What to look for in a holiday cabin design


You’ve found the idyllic location for a holiday home.  But the question remains – what to build? Holiday cabins offer a good cost-effective alternative but often those offered on the market don’t make the most of the fantastic view from … Continue reading


Posted on May 25, 2013

The granny flat gets a makeover – What to look for when purchasing granny flat plans


Traditionally the dark and damp understorey of the house or a few rooms clumsily separated from the main residence with badly proportioned room sizes, characterised the old granny flat.  Now some good architecturally designed granny flat plans are emerging on … Continue reading


Posted on May 10, 2013

Home office design – setting up a productive and inviting home studio – a home workers perspective


Over the ten years of running a business from home, I have learned some key lessons about good home office design. I started working in a spare bedroom gradually working up to purpose-built granny flat office. The granny flat serving … Continue reading


Posted on May 8, 2013

Evaluating the cost of an extension


Shall I move or extend? How much will my extension cost? Is the cost of an extension going to proportionally increase the value of my home? These are questions most homeowners come up against at some time or another and … Continue reading


Posted on April 3, 2013

What is Complying Development?


Prior to the introduction of complying development, putting up a standard house through to major commercial development went through the same development approval processes. And it clogged up the system! In the Sydney Metropolitan area, simple new house or home … Continue reading


Posted on April 1, 2013

What are the Benefits of Quality Architectural Design?


Quality residential architecture delivers more than aesthetics, although this is undeniably an important aspect.  Modern architecture increasingly focuses on creating more liveable spaces to enhance the function and comfort of our homes. Architectural design delivers more thermally comfortable homes You … Continue reading


Posted on March 22, 2013

Why granny flats in NSW are proving to be a good investment


Granny flats in NSW are proving to be good investment opportunity due to the on-going housing shortages, especially homes suitable for one and two person households. As a result, the NSW Government introduced a streamlined SEPP complying development approval processes … Continue reading


Posted on February 27, 2013