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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
Retiree Ulrich has sold his house in Newcastle and built a luxury retreat Iceland at the back of his daughter’s family place in Canberra.
Watch the video interview with Ulrich and his son-in-law Richard and the reasons they chose YZY Kit Homes. Also, the builder for Canberra talks about the building side of this project.
“In a lot of ways, this does not feel like a granny flat, the traditional granny flat being cramped, small and contained. It really feels like a very luxurious retreat, that you can live in forever.” – said Ulrich
Why build a granny flat?
“The genesis of this move was when the Federal government decided to allow people to put AU$300,000 back into their superannuation fund if they downsized” – said Ulrich. Downsizing contributions into superannuation were introduced as part of the government’s package of reforms to reduce pressure on housing affordability in Australia.
Ulrich looked around for a number of options to downsize. And after thorough research, building a luxury granny flat on his son-in-law and daughter’s property seemed to be the best option. There was a sufficient space on the block to put a granny flat in a backyard that would suit his needs. And then it was a decision which builder and what sort of granny flat to build. So, together with his son-in-law Richard, Ulrich started looking for a builder who could realize their plans.
Richard came across local builder Murray Fleming in Canberra, who has introduced Richard to the Scandinavian granny flats range made by YZY Kit Homes. Quality materials used in the building, quick construction time and ability to easily alter parts of the design were some of the great aspects of YZY Kit homes.
“This is not just an ordinary kit home. YZY kit homes made the transition and the ability to move different parts of the design without much of a fuss. It was very easy experience.” – said Richard.
Advantages of the Iceland design
One of the granny flat designs called Iceland was the perfect fit for the block. “We chose Iceland because of the large living area and the fact that had a large veranda and the doors open directly from the bedroom onto the veranda which appeals to me for summertime benefits. – said Ulrich. “The living area is really quite well structured. I have a kitchen the entire length of one wall and still have a big enough space to have quite a few visitors. I can have people for dinner and still not feel cramped.”
“Another advantage of Iceland is that the ceiling height is really quite substantial and it means that it feels very spacious, much more spacious than the actual floor plan would suggest. So, that’s another advantage and it means you can have ceiling fans in every room” – said Ulrich.
One of the other advantages of Iceland is it has 2 bedrooms. I could live in one as a bedroom and I could use the other one as an office/computer room. So, I can really spread out a bit and have my gear and my computer without being tucked in a corner somewhere.
The energy efficiency of the Iceland
“Now as the Iceland is built, I’m living in here and it is really comfortable place to live.” – said Ulrich. “The fact that it’s designed in a very cold European country means it is ideally suited for this climate. The double insulation in the roof, very thick timber walls, the double glazing on the windows and doors all mean that when I get up in the morning it’s still quite comfortable in here even I haven’t had any heating on; when I walk outside, it’s freezing.”
Richard recently had upgraded his main house with double glazed uPVC windows in order to try to bring in some more efficiencies. According to Richard, comparing the temperatures of the main house to YZY Kit home’s Iceland, there is a remarkable difference. The Iceland seems to hold the temperature more stable and keeps the comfort level during the night without the need to use the air conditioning.
Sloping block challenges and the solutions
The site where the Iceland would ideally suit the block was excessively sloping. On the lower side of this project, it required the piers/posts to be over 2 m height and they had to be braced. There was a retaining wall through the middle of the proposed building.
This presented quite a few challenges during construction. And we overcame that by using a steel sub-floor system. The design of the sub-floor spans a larger distance and allows to minimize the number of posts. Posts required quite deep holes and quite a lot of concrete. So, the steel sub-floor foundation was the most economical option for this project and also is termite-proof.
The orientation – getting the most out of the new dwelling
Richard decided to reverse the initial floor plan of Iceland to get the most out of the new building. By reversing it, the building took the Northerly aspect on to the veranda and the North Westerly into the kitchen allowing a lot of light into the living area. With the bedrooms to the South, South East. Which made it a better option for summer keeping bedrooms in a cooler aspect of the house.
The time it takes to build the Iceland
“It took us 2 days to build the steel sub-floor and 5 days to install the kit to lockup stage with windows and doors all on and roof secured.” – said Murray Fleming, the builder.
“That short construction time reduces intrusion into their backyards. People can carry on with their normal life prior to construction.” The quick construction pleases the clients because it has less impact on their day-to-day life. That not only keeps the client happy but also the sub-trades can come in and do what they have to do in a shorter time frame.
“Despite we had a challenging building site, we were fortunate that the client had a clear idea of what they wanted. This made it into a relatively easy job at the end of the day because of that. Richard and his father-in-law have a good taste in design and selected the color palette really well. This was something that enhanced the look of the building.
I am very happy with the result. We fulfilled the client’s aims and that is most important.” – said Murray.
If you are looking to build a granny flat in Canberra and surround areas, 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.