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A clever Atlas Living home offers this couple the chance to build on their dreams of travel and adventure
For newlyweds Jordan and Lily Cooper, taking on a sizeable mortgage to build their own home would have severely impacted their ambitions to travel. But, after investigating all other possibilities, they still believed building presented the best option - so long as they could do it affordably.
'We looked at renting, buying (and) renovating (and at) units, houses and everything in between," says Jordan, a chef. "After great consideration, we decided it would be best for us in the long-term to create and build our own home. We didn't want a large mortgage hanging over our heads but (we) still wanted a comfortable space to call our own ... thus why we built a granny flat."
Jordan 's mother , Karen, was happy for the couple to build on her Macclesfield property, which allowed them to take out a much smaller bank loan to finance their dream. Jordan and Lily, a photographer, then turned to Atlas Living, who specialise in smaller homes, and were won over by the Eco 65, a two -bedroom, one bathroom and open living/dining/kitchen design. But the couple were surprised to find small home builds can be just as problematic as larger builds and say a lot of negotiation was required to get their plans approved by the local council, who had implemented strict conditions on the size and location of the home.
"Unfortunately, we did have trouble with council approval," says Jordan, who had expected his plans to be approved without a hitch. 'We had to go back to council on three more occasions, as they were most unhappy with the placement of our proposed build. "Our build dates were changed and were pushed back about three more months, making the entire process, from plans to keys, approximately seven to eight months. " The approved location for the build turned out to be a hill, requiring a cut and fill which was organised by Atlas Living and included in the contract price, as well as the removal of some existing shrubs.
Jordan and Lily also worked with Atlas Living to modify the plans to a one -bedroom home and converted the original three-way bathroom into a combined shower/bath/vanity area, with a separate toilet. The end result is a bright, light-filled home that looks deceivingly larger than its actual footprint. Timber flooring , along with a slow combust ion fire, provide a warm, cosy feel while a smart, grey blue splashback, soft rugs and throws and plenty of indoor plants add a touch of colour.
'Working with Atlas Living, we were able to create something exciting and wonderful," Jordan says. "The open -plan design creates a much more spacious environment and, as a newlywed couple, fits our current lifestyle." The couple have now lived in their granny flat for about 18 months and have already put the money saved by building a smaller dwelling to use, spending time in Canada for the snow season while renting out their fully furnished home.
"(Building a smaller home) has given us the opportunity to have a base , to house our belongings and be close to family - but to also pursue our ambitions of travel and adventure," says Jordan. "Given our situation, as a young couple and with available funds, we created our ideal home."
The Sunday Mail Home Magazine
For more information about a similar house to this story please look at the Eco 65 (modified)
Atlas Living's Eco 70 offers independent living at the back of a property and is an ideal choice for those with elderly parents or adult children
Multi-generational living is a concept that is become increasingly important to homebuyers, with many actively looking for homes that cater specifically for the extended family group. It can also be the reason to extend a home and require a considered layout.
But for those who don't want to move to a bigger home or necessarily extend, there is an option which is practical and allows for independent living, especially if elderly parents or relatives are moving into your property.
You can incorporate more living space - perfect for grandparents to enjoy independent living or for children who refuse to move out of home - with Atlas Living's Eco 70, a contemporary, freestanding living unit that can be added to your block, pending council approval.
The Eco 70 is the ideal size for grandparents with two bedrooms, one bathroom , an open kitchen/living zone and measuring 9.lm wide and 7.9m deep. Atlas Living's marketing manager Jaye Smith says the traditional granny flat has been updated as families are once again looking for affordable home options to keep elderly family close by.
"The old granny flat has come a long way and this contemporary solution mean s older children, in-laws and extended family can have independence and space, but still be close to home," she says. "Our linked extensions also provide an alternative to traditional extensions, with minimal disruption to family life during construction."
Jaye says council approvals for additional dwellings on home blocks are relatively simple and Atlas Living's sales team are always happy to walk homeowners through the process. "Depending on your council and the configuration of the space, the approval will generally be classed as a 'habitable outbuilding' or 'dependent accommodation'," she says. "Common requirements are a maximum size for the granny flat, minimum setbacks from your rear and side boundaries, and nominated private open space.
"Our experienced sales team will be able to ask all the right questions for your council area to ensure the approval process is as easy as it can be." On display at Atlas Living's Clovelly Park display centre, the sleek Eco 70 has been showcased with accessibility at the forefront of the home 's design. This can be seen from the ramp leading up to the front deck, ensuring the entrance to the building is wheelchair and walker friendly, which is a practical consideration for the elderly.
Sliding doors open to a full-size contemporary kitchen, complete with breakfast bar seating and ample storage. A generous living room is adjacent and large windows flood the space with natural light. "The living area also features a high raked ceiling and louvre panels alongside the large windows, bringing light and air in and opening up the space for energy efficient and sustainable living," Jaye says.
Off a neat hallway, you will find two bedrooms, one with a built-in robe. A spacious bathroom is nestled between and features a shower, a vanity unit and a toilet , plus a linen cupboard in the hallway. Although the Eco 70 has been designed with multi-generational living in mind , it would also suit as accommodation for additional income or as a separate studio or home office, and provides homeowners with plenty of flexibility for future needs.
Priced from $63,800, the design offers an affordable option to homeowners looking for additional flexibility to accommodate extended family needs.
Features you'll love
Contemporary kitchen: Offering an airy decor. the sleek full-size kitchen is as stylish as it is practical - boasting a large island bench, ample storage and overhead cupboards.
Multi-generational: Whether you have children who won't move out of home or elderly parents who you want to look after, this design offers an affordable option to homeowners in need of extra space.
Good design: A mono pitch roofline soars creating a feeling of increased space, while the contemporary look all combine to create an attractive outbuilding you can admire in your backyard
The Sunday Mail Home Magazine
For more information about the house in this story please look at the Eco 70.
As the article appeared in the paper:
From airbnb retreats to modern granny flats, there's numerous reason to want extra room in the backyard.
If you love your home and the suburb you live in but are in need of extra living space, you can have it all without having to move and buy a bigger house. From home offices and yoga studios to teen retreats and games rooms, the desire for more indoor space is pushing the trend for alternative living zones right into our backyards.
Whether it is renovating the old shed out the back to use as an office or having a separate bedroom and living area in the backyard to rent out as an Airbnb, the trend for extra contemporary living spaces offers homeowners the chance to stay in their dream home with the added flexibility of more living quarters.
Julie Durand , business development manager of the Longridge Group, says "factors such as cost of living increases, teenagers staying at home forlonger, people wanting to be closer to extended family and the rise of Airbnbs, are all contributing to the increasing trend of people wanting extra space in their existing backyard ".
"The option of moving house is proving less attractive as many of our clients seek to avoid the expense and hassles associated with uprooting your family," she says. Longridge Group's Atlas Living brand has 14 stand -alone contemporary living designs and nine linked extensions which can be built on a customer's property. Julie says these are just starting designs with Atlas Living able to customise each design for their clients, their property size, as well as council restrictions.
"Home owners tend to have established networks in the areas they live - whether it's a local school, family nearby or having a short commute to work - so when they need more space, they can be reluctant to move." "Having the ability to increase your living space in your own backyard is far less disruptive and much more cost effective."
Atlas Living can deliver everything from a simple rumpus room space or studio, right through to an independent living unit - fully decked out with kitchen , bedroom and bathroom. Its Eco range of stand -alone start from 36sqm and can be as large as a property and budget allows.
"Whatever the need for space, we have a range of range of flexible and adaptable options that we can use as a starting point ,' Julie says. "We then work closely with our clients to design them a brand new space that suits their individual preferences and tastes, inside and out."
The Sunday Mail Home Magazine
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If you have an older home you adore ... but it's not quite big enough for the growing tribe, maybe it's time to think about gaining more space. Here's why Atlas Living's Mod 88 is a good alternative to a traditional home extension
The children have started at a great school and settled in nicely, and you have got the morning commute down pat. Your neighbours are great and it was well worth buying that smaller home because of the location - and most likely the price too. But now as the kids get bigger your cramped older home is feeling decidedly, well, small. Sound familiar?
Renovating can seem like a daunting option as you weigh up living in a building site for the next six months or more. So what if the option was a separated extension that could let you live as you are while they build it outback?
Atlas Living's Mod 88 is a self-contained linked extension and there's a host of reasons why it could be good choice for you. It offers two bedrooms, a bathroom plus an open -plan living/dining/kitchen, all within an 117sqm rectangular frame that can linked to the back or side of your home, depending on your block and the available space. There's also an outdoor zone as part of the package.
You may want to ditch your old kitchen because this has a good-sized galley-style kitchen with a long island bench and a heap of storage cupboards. Atlas Living's Julie Durand says the beauty of opting for a linked home extension over a traditional renovation or addition is that it causes as little disruption as possible to your normal family life during construction.
"Clients are able to stay in their existing homes while we build their beautiful new space, then at the end we link the existing and new spaces together seamlessly," she says.
"The new space is linked to your existing home with a unique, light-filled, fully enclosed walkway. Besides providing safe and comfortable access to the new space, the link enables clients to extend their home without the mess and disruption that typically comes with home renovations.
"The flexibility of the design and the nature of the link means clients have more options to capture natural light and optimise the use of their backyard space."
Julie says the Mod 88 will suit families of all ages "who need more space but don't want to move from their existing area" and can be adapted to suit any existing house. "It is only really limited by the available space in the backyard," she says. "The extension also suits buyers looking for extra bedrooms - they might be planning a larger family or looking for extra space to sleep guests."
While most councils will restrict a granny flat to 60sqm, the linked extension will sit adjacent the existing home and can be larger in size. "The Mod 88 can be adapted to a stand alone addition for those who wish to keep their new space separate from their existing dwelling," Julie says.
"Many of our clients like to link their new space to their existing house when it is additional space for children or for a parents zone. "Separate dwellings or granny flats work well for in-laws or extended family, for those looking to work from home, and for those with older children who possibly should have already moved out!"
The Mod 88 can be tailored to suit the client including the layout , rooms and sizes. "You can also add form and texture with a wide variety of building materials such as Hebel, glass, modern composite and steel cladding to give your space its own character, " Julie says. "Most of our clients opt for a more modern look and feel, so the extension - and the link itself - become a real feature."
The Sunday Mail Home Magazine
For more information about the house in this story please look at the Mod 88.
Being able to live independently, while still being close to family, is an important choice for many retirees. Atlas Living's stand-alone Eco 58 living space may be the perfect solution
When looking into retirement property options, you want to have a decent balance between your proximity to family and your independence. For northern suburbs retiree Julia Skane, the decision to build an independent studio style home to downsize to was an obvious choice. Already owning a block with a house on it, Julia opted to build a granny flat out back, while renting out her main house.
"I wanted to build on my land so that I could live alone, but be close to my family," she says. As this was her first time building a home, there were a range of needs Julia wanted met by her new home, which ultimately led her to look at Atlas Living and its range of modular designs.
Julia choose to build the Eco 58, a contemporary stand -alone living space that's built with a mix of modern materials and designed for energy efficiency with large windows and sliding doors. The design also comes with optional decks adjacent the living, while for privacy the bedroom and bathroom are situated at the back.
"I wanted plenty of light, energy saving features and a separate bedroom," she says. "I chose to build with Atlas Living because they had good reviews and a reliable history." With 59sqm total size, the base design of the Eco 58 - a one -bedroom, one -bathroom design with one large living/dining and kitchen zone met most of Julia's needs. However she did want to change some aspects of it.
"The only modification was to exclude a bath and have a bigger shower," she says. And the builder was more than happy to modify the design to meet her needs. Vibrantly decorated inside with a veranda adjacent the living zone, her home is welcoming and bright. From signing the contract to getting the keys, the build process took about 12 months and allowed the retiree to move into her home with a relative amount of ease.
"Once the weather cleared enough for work to commence it was completed quickly," Julia says. "I was fortunate to have a flat block, the only issue was very large tree roots which had to be removed, but the site supervisor was most helpful."
Having lived in the new home for just over eight months, Julia says the low maintenance design allows her to enjoy time with family and friends without the stress of and upkeep of a larger home, while still remaining independent. "It's warm, easy to keep clean and very convenient generally," she says.
"I enjoy the veranda very much, I had great fun watching and playing with my grandsons over Christmas and the summer." Although she admits she would make minor changes to the layout if given the chance, Julia is very happy with her home and believes it will keep her comfortable and relaxed well into the future.
Features you'll love
Open plan: The open plan kitchen, dining and lounge area provides plenty of flexibility and having a deck straight off it is a bonus.
Low maintenance: With 59sqm of total space, this design makes the most of its compact size and is ideal for singles or couples, teens or adult children.
Accessibility: Allowing the modification of the bathroom to increase the size of the shower and remove the bath gives homeowners more accessibility which is a necessity for the elderly living independently.
Outdoor entertaining: The optional veranda and deck give occupants the chance to have an independent outdoor space, which is important particularly if you are building a studio at the back of another house.
The Sunday Mail Home Magazine
For more information about the house in this story please look at the Eco 58.