Charmhaven Tennis Clubhouse entry

Custom built Charmhaven Tennis Centre

While we’re best known for our stylish and functional granny flats and backyard cabins, our high-quality kit homes are also ideal for larger custom designs too.

Charmhaven Tennis Clubhouse entry

A great example can be seen in the recent Charmhaven Tennis Centre project, situated on the Central Coast of NSW. The spacious and modern clubhouse was custom designed to suit the exact needs of club members and the community and was constructed to the lockup stage on-site by our local builder in just six days.

So if you’re a homeowner who is looking for a faster, easier, hassle-free way to build a cabin, studio or granny flat (or even a larger custom design home or another type of facility) read on to discover how it’s done.

Charmhaven Tennis Clubhouse before
Charmhaven Tennis Clubhouse before

Getting the design right

When the Charmhaven Tennis Centre Board decided their old clubhouse was in need of an upgrade, and they were granted government funding to make it possible, they explored a few options before settling on a customised kit home. The kit home won out due to the streamlined design process, faster build times and cost efficiencies. Like any build, a clear brief is a must if you want the design to meet your needs, and the board sought feedback from members of the club and community to be sure the new clubhouse ticked every box.

Charmhaven Tennis Clubhouse

Manufactured with precision

All our kit homes originate from Europe and are made from Nordic Pine Spruce trees grown in FSC certified forests. Each design is manufactured to order with precision and care, to ensure quality and accuracy every time. Once the engineering drawings are complete, 3D virtual model rotating 360 degrees is reviewed and approved by the client, the factory mills the timber to the exact specifications shown on the plans.

Built with speed

While our kit homes are DIY kits and can be built by an owner-builder, the majority are constructed by local builders we have partnered with and trained to install our homes quickly and to the highest standard. For example, the Charmhaven Tennis Centre clubhouse is approximately 200m² and it took just six days to complete the job even with the multiple interruptions to work due to the weather. While for smaller studios or cabins such as the Crete Panorama design which is 10 m², the build can be completed in just 1–2 days!

Watch the time-lapse video of building the Tennis Clubhouse

Stylish design features

Lounge Charmhaven Tennis Clubhouse
Lounge at Charmhaven Tennis Clubhouse
Lounge room Charmhaven Tennis Clubhouse

All of our kit designs have a bright and modern look and feel and the clubhouse is no exception. The exposed raked ceilings add a sense of space, while the timber adds a natural warmth and provides a durable surface that can withstand heavy traffic.

Kitchen Charmhaven Tennis Clubhouse
New kitchen
Inside Charmhaven Tennis Clubhouse

Quality, speed and style

These days, we’re all on the lookout for innovations and efficiencies that can save us time and money—and our kit homes can certainly do that and more. If you’re looking to build a secondary dwelling to accommodate your grown-up kids or parents or need a home office or a studio for yourself, our kit homes could be the ideal solution.

Do you have a question about our process or design possibilities? Get in touch with your nearest builder to find out more.

Get in touch with the builder if you have any question relating to this project.

Ibiza - investment property

Investment property Ibiza built by owner-builder

Nearing retirement Jim, a father of two young adults was looking for options to get his children into the property market. The family decided to purchase a block of land with an existing house and add a granny flat to double the income by renting two properties.

Continue reading Investment property Ibiza built by owner-builder
Log house earthquake testing in Japan

Solid timber home takes earthquake resistant test

Japan Log House Association performed a test simulating an earthquake magnitude 7.3 in Richter scale, proving that solid timber homes are incredibly durable.

Forming a rigid structure and being both flexible and stout, YZY Kit Homes can withstand earthquakes and cyclones.

Our homes are an excellent choice for seismic areas due to their flexible and robust structure. The factory has extensive experience in designing and delivering homes to seismic regions such as Japan and Italy. Because of the way buildings are designed YZY Kit Homes have the superb earthquake resistance.

Construction of the structure consists of tongue & groove milled solid timber logs interlocking with crossing walls in the corners and in one or more points with crossing internal walls. Buildings have a robust angular
bisector joint at the corners that keeps the structure solid in extreme weather events.

Having a Granny Flat Could Add Value to Your Property By 30%

We have big news for homeowners across Australia as according to combined researches by Archistar & CoreLogic and their report on granny flats, building these flats on your property has the potential to increase their value by about 30% and add another 27% to the homeowners’ rental income. The research revealed that just over half a million homeowners inhabiting the eastern seaboard of Australia have sufficient space on their lands to construct a granny flat. 

Researches by Archistar & CoreLogic

Top suitable areas in Australia

The analyses by the research departments of these two lead to them identifying a total of 583,440 properties in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney that met the criterion for accommodating a ‘granny flat’ of at least 60 m². Out of these three, Sydney had the highest number of properties-233,218-that meet the criterion for the construction of a granny flat. Brisbane came next with a total of 204,598 properties, followed by the Melbourne metropolitan area comprising of 145,625 properties.

Custom Granny Flat built in 23 days, NSW Sydney 2019

Cost for homeowners

Expert researchers from CoreLogic believe that the construction of a double bedroom flat would require an investment of $200,000 whereas a single bedroom granny flat would require just $120,000. The availability of Scandinavian design granny flats available from our accredited builders has made the construction of these flats even easier. Ingenious building system allows for quick installation time, saving money on labour for homeowners across Australia.

Granny flat Cyprus, QLD
Tracey’s granny flat Cyprus built in 10 days, QLD Sunshine Coast 2017

Benefits of building granny flats

Tim Lawless, the Head of Research at CoreLogic, is positive that investment in granny flats not only has the potential to help homeowners in benefitting from boosted capital gains (up to a hefty 30 per cent) in the future. Tim believes that these flats can be a source of rental income for them as well.

Granny flats serve renters looking for affordable housing options. And it is important to mention that the demand for reasonable housing is increasing. A granny flat usually tends to be rented out for lesser than the standard rental charges. This way backyard grannys makes it a very affordable housing option.

The properties identified earlier are mostly located in areas that are traditionally expensive & densely populated as well. These characteristics will make a granny flat in any of the popular suburban areas very economical for potential renters and increase demand for granny flats.

Amidst these capital and rental gains, the family benefits of a granny flat cannot be neglected. Such a unit can be used to accommodate overseas family members residing in your house. Adult children will enjoy a temporary place to stay.

Guest house in ACT: ensuite bedroom
Carly And Ben’s Garden Cottage For Guests, ACT Conder 2019

Moreover, it is believed quite rightly that capitalization of this opportunity will reap benefits for the economy and society as well by creating employment opportunities for the construction workforce and others involved in the construction process. A prediction suggests a massive boost of $87.5bn in the construction industry.

Bedroom in John's House in The Snowy Mountains
John’s House, NSW The Snowy Mountains 2019

What should be kept in mind before building a granny flat

If you wish to have a granny flat on your property in Australia, make it a point to get into the legalities before. Laws related to secondary residencies vary depending on the state you’re in. Make sure that you are aware of each and every detail related to the construction of a granny flat in your area-size requirements, what you can add and what you cannot, rental laws governing granny flats, etcetera. Don’t hesitate in taking help from a local construction and planning expert!

Please feel free to consult with YZY Kit Homes accredited builder, either at their office or a display village or book your site inspection. It is usually cost and obligation free.

Granny flat from Europe built in Sydney

Faith and Richard’s Granny Flat from Europe

Custom Creations, YZY Kit Homes builders for Sydney, recently built a granny flat in Campsie, a suburb in south-western Sydney. A new independent dwelling was built for Faith and Richard’s daughter and her family.

The clients started from one of the standard granny flats and customized it to suit their backyard and everyone’s taste. They have combined classic Australian architecture with a very modern Scandinavian feel.

“I love old Australian houses; my daughter and her partner like a more modern look.  Using the Scandinavian ‘timber cabin’ style enabled us to visualise exactly how the building would look – an Australian weatherboard with white painted lining boards – and achieve exactly what we all wanted.”

Interior design and styling

“We put in all the things we love the most – a very modern black and plywood kitchen (which we designed and built ourselves) with a pressed tin splashback; a cast iron freestanding bath; recycled timber floorboards and lovely large windows.” – said Richard.

Faith and Richard were able to design the building exactly how they wanted it to maximise the winter sun, summer shade and views.

“We now have a beautiful cottage which fits well with our 1940s fibro house and is comfortable, practical and stylish.” – said Richard.

Testimonial: YZY Kit Homes and Custom Creations worked with us to help us realise our dream, from our original concept to our finished cottage. We couldn’t be happier with how they worked with us and the level of care and craftsmanship they applied. Nothing was too much trouble. Do we recommend them? Yes, without any hesitation.

Building features

“Faith and Richard’s granny flat was custom designed by the client and we made it become a reality for them. It was only 23 working days from start to finish.” – said Shayne Price, the builder at Custom Creations.

Granny flat cyprus design

Scandinavian building systems are designed perfectly for uneven blocks as everything is built on piers so there is no concrete slab required. And, being Scandinavian manufactured obviously comes as a flat pack. So like a big jigsaw puzzle” – Shayne said.

According to the builder, another advantage of these building systems is access isn’t a problem. “You can basically walk in the front door and out the back door with our product. No crane needed for installation.”

Shayne also said that everything is built to all the Australian Building Code and is covered under homeowners warranty as per Building Code.

Sustainable building

A granny flat built out of sustainable building materials was one of the criteria of Faith and Richard’s. YZY Kit homes buildings are made of FSC certified timber and clients used other recycled materials for internal fit-outs. And a result is that “it is all built out of sustainable timber so it’s fantastic for the environment.” – said Shayne.

There are some shots while building a granny flat for Faith and Richard’s daughter and her family.

If you are looking to build a granny flat in Sydney-Central Coast-Newcastle and the Hunter area, please contact Custom Creations, builders 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.