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.

Craft room front, left side

Classic style Craft room

This Classic style Craft room was recently built by our team Canberra Outdoor Structures in ACT. Cabin was custom designed to suit the client’s needs for a functional craft room. The building has a spacious one room in total size of 25m² plus a room for storage.

Craft room front, left side

In the 6.6 m wide back wall there are 3 Built-in wardrobes installed to organize neatly all craft materials. Lots of windows and French doors bring the natural light in to the room.

Craft room wardrobes

 

We added Colorbond steel on rear wall for built-in wardrobes not compromising on the room space. The cabin was professionally painted inside and out, still a few finishes to completion. Owners are very happy with their new building. I bet lots of beautiful art pieces will be made in this new addition. – said Murray Fleming, the builder at Canberra Outdoor Structures.

This cabin features double glazing on all windows and doors. Laminated timber construction, tilt and turn windows – European standards all over. It’s made for a draft-free and comfortable work space. “It would be hard to find many houses of such quality as this craft room in Canberra.” – said Murray with a smile.

If you cannot find a floor plan or a building design from our standard range of timber cabins that suits  your needs, contact your nearest builder to discuss.

All the best in choosing a new addition to your lifestyle!

Craft room floor plan

front of craft room

front of craft room

inside craft room

inside craft room

craft room, front left side

craft room, front left side

craft room, back

craft room, back