Front verandah Rhodes Sydney

Independent space for teenage kids, Sydney

Homeowners Catherine and Alex recently added granny flat Rhodes at the back of their property in Sydney. The growing family needed more space and a new added independent dwelling completely changed their life. Now two older teenagers get to enjoy their new space and privacy; parents have their house back for themselves and the youngest child.

Watch the video interview with Catherine and Alex reasons to choose YZY Kit Homes. Also, the builder for Sydney talks about the benefits of building system YZY Kit Homes are designed with.

Interview with the Homeowners and the builder

“It was a thrill when our Rhodes was finished and the kids could move in. We put our 2 older teenagers in here. It’s just completely changed our world having them in this space.” – said Catherine. “Honestly, we could not love it more. I pinch myself every day when I see it. Thank you [YZY Kit Homes] for creating such an incredible product we are so proud to own.”
“Everyone who comes over is blown away by it, from tradies to friends, everyone is like really impressed with the look, the tradies are impressed with the quality of the build. So we just feel like we made the best investment we’ve ever made.” – said Alex.

Rhodes: added independent space for teenage kids Sydney
Granny Flat Rhodes
Front verandah Rhodes Sydney
Front verandah
Kitchen and dining Rhodes Sydney
Kitchen and Dining
Bedroom Rhodes Sydney
Bedroom
Bathroom Rhodes Sydney
Bathroom
Living room Rhodes Sydney
Living room

Finding a granny flat that suits your property

Catherine came across YZY Kit Homes pretty early on in her research. “I was instantly drawn to Rhodes 2 bedroom design. It just completely complimented the look of our own house. I love that they were made of timber that they were quickly built, sustainable materials, just it really ticked all the boxes.”- said Catherine.

Tying new building with the existing house

When Shayne Price, the builder, initially got to the block, he noticed it was a nice, big, open block which works perfectly. However, Shayne didn’t want to just put a building in a backyard. He aimed to tie the new building in with the existing house.

Backyard space before Rhodes was built Sydney
Backyard space before Rhodes was built

To achieve this, builders raised Rhodes on the subfloor to be the same level as the main house. And then joined the existing deck from the pool area to the deck on the new dwelling. This way existing house, new granny flat and the entertaining area in between tied everything in together.

“I think it looks absolutely fantastic. I think it looks like it has been here for years like it was part of the original build, so tied in really nicely.”-said Shayne.

Arial view Rhodes Sydney
Arial view of Rhodes
View from the main house verandah
View from the main house verandah
View from pool area
View from the pool area
View from Rhodes verandah
View from Rhodes verandah

There was no challenge we could not overcome

We had to change a few things on the Rhodes model to suit council heights.
So, we changed the pitch of the roof to get it under a building height envelope. We also had to factor in that we are on the main road, we had low power lines for unloading and loading of trucks and we also had narrow access in-and-out of the property.

Delivery of Rhodes: challenges main road and low power lines
Delivery of Rhodes: main road and low power lines
Narrow access to the backyard
Narrow access to the backyard

The time it takes to build the Rhodes

“We [builders team] spent a few days doing the piers and the clients sort of think what’s going on and we’re not far ahead and then within 2 days, we have a whole building in the backyard. That is the beauty of YZY Kit Homes, they are very quick to go up.” – said Shayne. Every component just locks together, there are no nails, no need to seal any gaps. And then we tie the structure to the subfloor with cyclone rods. “We can complete a building to turn-key stage anywhere between 30 and 40 days. And that’s complete from footings to basically giving the key to the client to move in.” – said Shayne.

Raised sub-floor foundation for Rhodes
A few days building raised sub-floor foundation
Rhodes-completed independent space for teenagers Sydney
Rhodes: completed independent space for teenagers
Right side of Rhodes Sydney
The right side of Rhodes

If you are looking to build a granny flat in Sydney-Central Coast-Newcastle and the Hunter area, please contact the builder of this project.

If you need an extra room built somewhere else, please find your nearest builder and contact him for a quote, site inspection or general information.

New range granny flats

New Range: 2 bedroom Granny Flats

At YZY Kit Homes, we’re excited to announce the launch of our new range of two-bedroom granny flats. These larger dwellings have a living area less than 60m² which conforms to council requirements for a 2nd dwelling and can serve as secondary or even primary homes. We’re offering six different one-of-a-kind designs ranging from ultra-modern to traditional. Each design can be modified and customized to reflect your unique tastes and preferences. You can even create your own one-of-a-kind design, and we’ll produce it for you. Continue reading New Range: 2 bedroom Granny Flats