No permit required for granny flats and studios Tasmania

‘No permit required’ approvals for granny flats and studios, Tasmania

  • Streamlined ‘no permit required’ approvals to construct ancillary dwellings, such as granny flats or self-contained studios.
  • The first 250 new ancillary dwellings will receive $10,000.

The Tasmanian Government will develop a broader housing policy framework that looks at the full array of housing market issues across the public and private sector to drive solutions, in line with PESRAC’s recommendations.

Although over the past year Tasmania had been building houses at a rate not seen in nearly a decade, Minister for Housing Roger Jaensch said more needs to be done.

In the media release ‘Comprehensive package to increase housing supply statewide’ Tasmanian Housing Minister Roger Jaensch said that the government will be providing a streamlined ‘no permit required’ approvals pathway for landowners to construct ancillary dwellings, such as granny flats or self-contained studios, on their existing properties.

“And to help meet the demand for rental properties, the first 250 new ancillary dwellings that are made available for long-term rental for more than two years will receive $10,000.” – Minister Jaensch said.

Information source:
Media release: ‘Comprehensive package to increase housing supply statewide’, 16 march 2021

For current building regulations, please find more information on cbos.tas.gov.au > Consumer building information or contact our builder in Tasmania.

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Largest Display Village for Sydney, Central Coast and the Hunter

Breaking News: we’re hosting a Live 1-Day Building Event on Friday 23 April where a new 2 bedroom building, our flagship Madeira 2B, will rise on-site in just 1 day. and will be built to lock up in 4 days. Click the banner below for more information about the event.

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Do you live in Sydney, Central Coast or the Hunter Region? Welcome to our New Expanded Display Village of YZY backyard cabins and granny flats located in Ourimbah, Central Coast.

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Price change notice

Price change notice

Current prices of YZY Kit Homes will last until 15 April 2021 for granny flats range and until 31 May for backyard cabins range and will have to increase from 16 April and 1 June respectively across Trade Price lists. The expected price increase is 5% to be confirmed with the release of the new pricelists prior to a price change.

Whilst cost pressures for both raw materials and shipping (shipping container shortage, new international fees and port charges) continue to impact over the last year, YZY Kit Homes have both absorbed costs and improved efficiencies in order to minimise additional cost pressures on our Authorised dealers/Accredited builders in a tough trading environment during COVID-19. We are now unfortunately forced to pass on a share of increased costs.

Impact on standard cabins

  • For orders placed before 31 May 2021, current prices apply.
  • For orders placed after 1 June 2021, a new price list will apply.

Impact on granny flats

  • For orders placed before 15 April 2021, current prices apply.
  • For orders placed after 16 April 2021, a new price list will apply.

Please be assured YZY Kit Homes have made every effort to keep the increase to a minimum. As usual, YZY Kit Homes will be providing superior quality products and we greatly appreciate your continued support through this time of change.

Please contact your nearest builder for a new price list or information on how this will affect your current building project.

More information on the cost increase factors:
Google search has ample articles about timber prices skyrocket.
– Shipping container shortage is quite well explained in the video below

Telehealth office space in Epping. Featured

Telehealth office space in Epping

Telehealth office space was recently built for Shona Stewart running her Stewart Psychology business from the comfort of her own home in Epping.

Telehealth office space in Epping

“Highly recommend YZY Kit Homes. After looking at multiple backyard cabins for my telehealth office space I couldn’t find a product that compared both in terms of quality and cost-effectiveness. Now it is in place I wish the house had the same standard of doors and windows. The builder and his team were exceptionally professional and the cabin went up so smoothly. The biggest problem I have is that I don’t want to leave the office now!”

Testimonial from YZY Kit Homes Facebook page
Shona Stewart Inside Telehealth office space, Epping

Having operated her successful psychology practise for a number of years, Shona Stewart decided it was time to move the business to a predominantly telehealth focus. Needing the right space for work led to her installing an office Corsica Panorama cabin in her backyard.

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Featured Projects built 2020

Projects Built In 2020

Despite the global pandemic, the year 2020 was yet another great year with a number of projects built and many happy clients enjoying their new additional space. While larger buildings were used as secondary dwellings for family members, smaller cabins were used as Home offices, teenage studios and workshops. We at YZY Kit Homes are so pleased we could help families to get their life at home much easier with the extra room added to their property. We also had a custom design Tennis Clubhouse designed and built in the year 2020. The local community now has a new state-of-the-art Tennis centre they all can be proud of.

It all starts with the need for extra space. People contact the builder looking for possible ideas. At the same time, the builder takes into consideration the requirements and the potential restrictions present on the land. At the conclusion of several rounds of discussion, the ideal outcome is achieved through mutual cooperation. The feedback we are getting from our clients is a testament to it. Given below are some of the highlights of the year 2020.

“YZY Kit Homes features projects 2020” is a photo book published annually showcasing our most prominent projects of the year and can be viewed from any of the authorized backyard cabins builders and suppliers. The video given below is a compilation of the best work done by us in the past year, it consists of creative and finely crafted cabins.

We humbly wish that you enjoy our video and get new your home improvement ideas for 2021. Share the video link with your close friends and family or with anyone who is looking to add a Scandinavian quality space.

Below is a digital version of the Photobook about Featured Projects of YZY Kit homes built in 2020. Scroll down to view the featured projects and the purpose-built backyard cabins and granny flats.

Investment Property Ibiza Built by Owner-Builder in 4 days

Jim Rankin, the owner of IBIZA chose this model because he liked the design and layout. The client was happy he had great assistance from the local central coast builder of YZY kit homes. “We only had minimal adjustments to make in order to make it an ideal fit for the space. The construction was extremely quick and was completed within a matter of only 4 days” – said Jim Rankin.

DIY Ibiza project built in 2020

Space consists of an open plan living with a dining area, a single bathroom and two bedrooms. There is plenty of light flowing into the space making it airier and more spacious. “You can see how it looks when it’s all finished, it’s very spacious, airy and offers everything we wanted” – said Jim Rankin.

Inside DIY Ibiza project built in 2020
Kitchen DIY Ibiza project built in 2020

To view more photos or to get additional information on this project: Investment Property Ibiza Built by Owner-Builder

Multipurpose Room Skyros 19

According to Martin, the builder, clients are extremely satisfied with the new cabin and are thrilled having the double-glazing and doors and windows.

Skyros 19 project built in 2020

To view more photos or to get additional information on this project: Multipurpose Room Built in Armidale

Luxury Retreat Iceland Built for Father-In-Law

Property owner and son-in-law Richard said that Iceland was a special kit home. He was satisfied that he was able to make alterations to the design without any issues and that it was very convenient.

Iceland project built in 2020
Inside Iceland project built in 2020

According to homeowner Ulrich, it does not look anything like an ordinary granny flat. It is more of a luxurious holiday cabin which you can live forever. “We went along with Iceland as it offered a spacious living area and a large verandah. The doors of the bedroom open into the spacious verandah” – said Ulrich.

Bedroom to verandah Iceland project built in 2020

To view more photos or to get additional information on this project: Luxury Retreat Iceland Built for Father-In-Law

Custom built Charmhaven Tennis Centre

The very modern looking and spacious clubhouse was a custom design to replace the old structure and cater better to the requirements of the members of the club and community.

Tennis clubhouse project built in 2020

Now members of the club enjoy the brand new, tailor-made clubhouse with kitchen, pro shop, office, toilets and showers for men, women, and differently-abled individuals. It also comprises a water tank, deck with disability entryways. The clubhouse is also equipped with security cameras for protection. This would revolutionize the facilities offered by the community for tennis along the Central Coast.

Inside Tennis clubhouse project built in 2020
Inside Tennis clubhouse project built in 2020

To view more photos or to get additional information on this project: Custom built Charmhaven Tennis Centre

Garden retreat built for a grown-up daughter in Canberra

Naturally beautiful Capri, a garden retreat, built for a grown-up daughter in Canberra. Featuring two bedrooms and an open large dining living area and positioned in the lush and green sizable garden, this secondary dwelling feels like a holiday retreat. Ideally created relaxing space to clear a busy mind, transforming it into one that is crystal clear and focused.

Capri project built in 2020

Soundproof music studio in Gold Coast

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“It is an incredible space with a sense of homeliness” – said Russell & Kerryanne Neal, the studio owners. “Even with the delays encountered due to the pandemic situation, the process went without any issues. The builder was straightforward to work with and completed the project with exceptional quality. They were even able to accommodate any last-minute changes which we requested.

Pool house built in Sydney

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Skyros 19 and custom project built in 2020

Homes and Cabins built in Australia

The very last page of the photobook has a collection of several different projects completed in NSW, ACT, QLD and TAS. The photos show how every cabin looks different and unique depending on the color of paint.

Projects built in Australia in 2020

If you have a project in mind, feel free to get in touch with us and start creating the unique space that is perfect for you.

We at YZY Kit Homes thank all of our clients for choosing us to realize their dreams. We are also very proud to have our teams of quality builders and grateful for their hard work to make even most complicated projects happen. The results are fantastic and we look forward with excitement to the next year 2021.

Visitors inside Sicilia at the Home Show

Grand Opening Day of The Largest Display Village, Ourimbah

Updated: 5 Dec 2020

New Display Village is now open. Visit Display Village page for images of cabins on display, contact details and driving directions.

Exciting news for Sydney, Central Coast and the Hunter region – the Largest Display Village of YZY Kit Homes will be opening its doors to the public on Saturday, 5th of December 2020 at 10 am in Ourimbah. (check the map below for driving directions)

Display Village Grand Opening in Ourimbah
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Tax benefits for cabin set up for work

For business owners and employees

Working from a cabin in your own backyard has more benefits than escaping traffic and enjoying a slower morning routine, as a separate home office space could be 100% tax-deductible. Small business owners can use an instant asset write-off scheme and the employees working from home can also claim expenses related to their work.

Instant asset write-off for Business

Update after Federal Budget 2020 release. There will be no cap on each asset cost previously limited to $150,000 and extended till 30 June 2022. We will update the information below when the Government sources will be updated.

The Australian Government is supporting Businesses through COVID-19 by increasing the threshold for each asset to $150,000 (up from $30,000) until 31 December 2020.

So, if you have a business with an aggregated turnover of less than $500 million and if you can prove your asset is:

  • work-related and
  • costs less than $150,000 and
  • Purchased, installed and ready for use from 12 March until December 31, 2020.

You are eligible to use simplified depreciation rules and claim the immediate deduction.

As this Tax scheme excludes buildings, for a cabin to be classed as a ‘Plant and Equipment’, it would have to be a free-standing unit attached to the premise only for the cabin’s temporary stability. Building a cabin as a demountable or non-fixture structure will have no implications on Capital Gains Tax (CGT) in the future when you sell your home.

Update 6 Oct 2020: Capital Gains Tax exemption for Granny Flats set to commence on 1 July 2021, provided legislation passes Parliament.

Most of YZY Kit Homes backyard cabins in sizes of up to 20 m² will fit this tax scheme costing as low as $14,800 for a small cabin kit or fully installed 20m² cabin within $58,000 price range. As well as an office, cabins can also be useful for business-related storage shed, a workshop, maybe a portable gallery or space as a work-related purchase. Talk to your nearest cabins builder about the many possibilities. But before making enquiries, check with your accountant for professional advice first.

If you own a small business and need more space to improve your business, building a backyard cabin could be justified just like the other six most surprising items businesses claimed under the scheme. As long as you can adequately explain the usage of the item is work-related, even the latest Xbox, PlayStation and Nintendo games consoles, children’s pillows, doona covers and pyjamas, decorative wall hangings, bedding and night lights can be legitimately claimed.

It is a good chance to benefit from the tax incentive as the $150,000 threshold will reduce to $30,000 from 31 December 2020.

Tax deductions for employees

If you are an employee and are working from your backyard home office, work-related expenses may be claimed to reduce your income tax. Work-related expenses include the cost of using equipment and utilities. If you have an outdoor cabin built as a demountable structure, it may be classed as a piece of equipment and depreciated over time.

When using your separate backyard home office space for work only, you may be able to fully claim costs of the decline in value of other equipment and furniture in your workspace. Also, other expenses such as electricity and gas for heating, cooling and lighting, phone and internet and other running expenses, including computer consumables (such as printer paper, ink) and stationery.

But first, get professional advice specific to your circumstances to make sure you can reduce your tax with having a home office built in your backyard.

Information sources:

For Business

Instant asset write-off expansion: https://business.gov.au/news/instant-asset-write-off-expansion

Instant asset write-off for eligible businesses: https://www.ato.gov.au/Business/Depreciation-and-capital-expenses-and-allowances/Simpler-depreciation-for-small-business/Instant-asset-write-off/

Businesses given beefed-up asset write-off in $300m expansion: https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/businesses-given-beefed-up-asset-write-off-in-300m-expansion-20200608-p550j3.html

For Employees

Home office expenses you can claim: https://www.ato.gov.au/Individuals/Income-and-deductions/Deductions-you-can-claim/Home-office-expenses/

Employees working from homes: https://www.ato.gov.au/uploadedFiles/Content/IND/Downloads/Working-from-home.pdf

Capital Gains Tax exemption

CGT exemptions set to apply to granny flat arrangements: https://www.accountantsdaily.com.au/tax-compliance/14904-cgt-exemptions-set-to-apply-to-granny-flat-arrangements

Disclaimer

Information in this article is a general in nature and does not take into account your situation, is not a substitute for professional advice. You must not rely on the information in this article as an alternative to legal advice from your accountant, registered tax agent or other professional legal services provider. Please consult with a professional tax agent before the purchase.

Media release: 16-September-2020

Multipurpose garden studio Skyros in Armidale

Multipurpose room built in Armidale

A multipurpose cabin Skyros 19 is located just outside of Armidale. The studio will have multiple uses: as a student and teenage accommodation, also as a party room. The client is also an artist, and she wants to use it for her art studio as well.

Watch the interview with Martin Chaseling, the builder and take a virtual walk through the Skyros 19.

“Skyros 19 dark stained looks dramatic and it looks very at home in its landscape” – said Martin Chaseling, the builder servicing New England area.

Multipurpose garden studio Skyros in Armidale
Back of multipurpose garden studio Skyros Armidale

It’s probably something that you can get away within a cooler climate like Armidale, but a dark stain is generally not recommended for outside application. However, unarguably it looks spectacular!

“The clients are very happy with the cabin and that it features the double glazing on all doors and windows” – said Martin.

Panorama windows multipurpose garden studio Skyros in Armidale
Exposed beams multipurpose garden studio Skyros in Armidale

Project details

In this particular Skyros, there is installed under-floor insulation, as well as insulation and sarking in the ceiling. The other morning, we had a minus 8 degrees and we visited the site internally with no heating. It was quite comfortable, according to Martin.

Under floor insulation of Skyros, Armidale
Under floor insulation of Skyros, Armidale

“We incorporated a deck on this particular Skyros and the deck actually extends to the front of the building, and also goes around the side of the building. And the clients would like an outside bathroom, shower, toilet built on the side, which we will be doing shortly” – said Martin.

Decking front and side for external bathroom of Skyros
Decking front and side for external bathroom of Skyros

The newly added building is located about 10-15 meters from the main house and about 15-20 meters from the swimming pool. The Skyros cabin completed beautifully the outdoor area.

If you are looking to build a cabin or a granny flat in the New England region, 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.