The Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) recently released a report stating that Greater Sydney is facing a severe shortage of greenfield land for residential development that will blow out to an undersupply of more than 25,600 sites by 2030.
The shortage of land in the Sydney greater metropolitan area will only serve to make knock down rebuild (KDR) housing projects more attractive for homeowners.
There are also several other advantages of a KDR project, including staying in a community you know and love, cost savings, and building a home that suits your specific needs.
Stay in a community you know and love
You really can’t underestimate the importance of feeling like a part of a local community. You’ve made connections with key services, like the local GP, shops, restaurants, and schools, and you and your family are surrounded by a support network of neighbours and friends.
If you love the area where you currently live, then the idea of selling and moving to a new address probably holds little appeal. It could mean you and other family members need to find a new job, perhaps a new school for your children, and even a new hairdresser. With a KDR project, you get a brand-new house andget to stay in familiar surroundings.
You really can’t underestimate the importance of feeling like a part of a local community.
By knocking down your existing home that probably isn’t serving your current living needs, and building a new dream home, you get the best of both worlds.
Save money with a knock down rebuild
Did you know that it can be cheaper, or about the same cost, to knock down and rebuild than to renovate? This is because a renovation is usually a one-off custom job. In many cases, you’ll uncover problems during the renovation that can also add to the cost, such as repairing major structural damage.
It can also be challenging sourcing the right kinds of materials or modernising an old house in terms of energy efficiency. This can make the project expensive, complicated, and labour intensive – and there’s a chance it’d be a fairly long-term undertaking. On the other hand, if you choose to build a brand new home on your existing land via a knock down rebuild (KDR) with a builder like ZAC Homes you’ll avoid all of those headaches. You’ll also avoid stamp duty, which you would have to pay if you sold your house and bought a new home.
Build a home that suits your needs
One of the best parts of a knock down rebuild project rather than a renovation is that you are given a blank canvas. You and your family can decide how many rooms you need, how they should be laid out, what you’d like the exterior to look like, what fixtures and fittings you’d like, and much more.
At ZAC Homes, we make the journey of building your new home as fun and exciting as possible.
Working with an experienced builder like ZAC Homes that guides you through the process from start to finish means you don’t have to become a building expert, but you get to make choices. You will have the freedom to create your home exactly how you want it, including designing that perfect kitchen just for you.
With a renovation, you have to work around your home’s existing structure, which often involves a level of creative compromise to satisfy your budget. Starting afresh means less compromise and more options, in terms of both size and style.
ZAC Homes: Trust, respect, integrity, and pride
At ZAC Homes, we pride ourselves on our exceptional customer service and make the journey of building your new home as fun and exciting as possible. Our core values are trust, respect, integrity, and pride, all of which we aim to live up to every day for every client we partner with.
Call us on 1300 350 793 or send us an online enquiry and our team will work with you to design and build your dream home.
Building a home is quite possibly the biggest investment you’ll ever make, so planning should inevitably become your best friend. Just like you would test drive a car or try on multiple outfits for a big occasion before the final purchase, visiting a display home is essential before you decide to build. We all know looking at something on paper or via a screen cannot possibly make up for the feeling you get seeing it or trying it out in-person. In the case of display homes, you can see things to size with the human eye and really get a feel of what it’d be like living in the space day-to-day. So, in the spirit of planning, planning, planning, here are 5 essential things to consider before visiting a display home:
1. Know your budget
Be sure to consistently liaise with your bank/lender throughout the buying and building process and only begin your shopping once you know what you can afford. That way, you can be a lot more specific in which display homes to visit and save a lot of time (and money!).
2. Be clear about what you need in your new home
Make sure to have a list of must-haves with you and know the land size and time frame you’re after. You should also be clear on the style of home you desire – whether that’s a single-story with 3 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms and a double-garage, or a multi-level home with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and 1 garage for example.
3. Plan a good time to visit
Most people have weekends available to knock out a whole bunch of display home visits but it may not be ideal to
a) rush through due to lack of time and
b) not get adequate time to chat to consultants with all of your questions. To avoid this, the best thing to do is book an appointment with a consultant in advance, and if possible, visit during the weekdays when they’re much quieter, giving you ample opportunity to browse the home without having to tackle a crowd.
4. Bring these with you on your visit
– Your family. It’s best for everyone who’ll be living in the home to be involved in choosing what their new home will be like.
– Floorplans. It’s helpful to have your own printout of the floorplans to put your notes in and mark ways you may even want to modify certain things.
– Your phone! Or an actual camera so you can take lots of photos and/or videos which will come in very handy post-visit.
5. Know what you’re getting
Display homes are idealised versions of home designs that tend to have additional finishes and features that may not be included in the quoted price, so make sure when you speak to the consultant, to get a clear outline of what’s included and what isn’t.
The great thing is, our consultants are a friendly bunch who are always ready to answer any of your questions, so give us a buzz on 1300 350 793 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s plan your display home adventure today!
Designing the perfect kitchen can be a seriously daunting task. We all have an image of what we want the finished product to look and feel like, but most of us are faced with financial constraints or limited space that may govern the final result. Let’s face it, we’d all love to have everything, but at the end of the day, most of us will have to compromise on a few things. That’s where asking yourself a few essential questions will come in handy and ultimately help you to make the right decisions for your perfect home.
Is cooking your thing?
If the answer is ‘yes’, then maybe it’s about organising your space to give you loads of preparation space and ensuring that your appliances are up to the task. Maybe set aside some additional funds to cover some premium appliance upgrades. Ovens especially have different functionalities to suit different cooks so it’s worth doing your homework and getting it right. Is a WOK Burner important? Do you prefer gas or electric appliances? Is there space for 900mm appliances or would you rather have smaller appliances and more bench space? Simple things like ducting your rangehood externally are also little bonuses for a kitchen that will be getting a pretty decent workout!
Have you considered your power points?
These are often the forgotten hero in most kitchens. Consider how many appliances you have and how they’ll be utilized in your kitchen. Power points can now be added to the end panels of kitchen cupboards and you could even consider having a retractable power point that sits under the bench and pops up when needed. Don’t forget USB charger ports as well – remember the kitchen bench is where most of us charge phones and laptops!
Do you want that ‘wow’ factor?
While it makes sense to think ‘function over form’, nobody can dispute the impact that a gorgeous kitchen has on a home! Never underestimate the power of the ‘wow’ factor when people see your kitchen for the first time. Colours and finishes will always be governed by the style of home you’re building, so, searching for images that appeal is a great way to start. If you’re a little budget-conscious, perhaps you’ll prioritise a premium benchtop colour and work the cupboard door colours and materials into something a little more cost-effective? In which case, what colour handles are you thinking? Or maybe you want no handles with a shadowline? Don’t forget, you also need to decide on a splashback finish. Will it be tiles, coloured glass or maybe you’ll consider continuing your benchtop colour up onto your splashback. The options are endless and ultimately will depend on you!
You’ll also be spoilt for choice when it comes to sinks and tapware. Stainless steel is no longer the only option, so working your sink in with your kitchen colour scheme is now easier than ever. Depending on the style of your home, you could even have black, white, gold, copper and even ceramic, with tapware to suit – a beautiful tap can make all the difference!
Lights – bright, moody and/or statement?
Lastly, consider lighting as both decorative and functional. Downlights will make working in the kitchen a breeze. Just be sure to position the downlights so as not to create shadowing where you need light the most. Think also about the impact LED strip lighting may have to the underside of cupboards and even benchtops. And of course, a hot little pendant light could certainly finish off your masterpiece.
There really are hundreds of things to consider when thinking about your dream kitchen, but hopefully these questions will help narrow them down. Above all, have fun and take your time; you’ll be in this kitchen for many years to come, so it needs to be perfect! And just remember, a good designer will work to your budget and deliver solutions to help make that dream kitchen a reality. So, get creative and let us know how we can help!
When looking for ideas on what type of house to build on your land (either a new block or a knock-down rebuild block), perhaps you should consider building a duplex.
What is a duplex?
A duplex is often considered a residential building containing two homes that are attached along a common central wall, (also known as a party wall). As such they are usually a mirror image of each other in layout, but this is not mandatory.
Why build a duplex?
After facilitating over 300 duplex builds, ZAC Homes has seen the advantages of building a duplex – especially in the Sydney market.
But the absolutely best reason to build a duplex is the ability to increase the money in your bank account! How? Well, when you build a duplex, you have the opportunity to:
No matter which option you choose, you’ll still gain a financial advantage.
Things to consider when building a duplex
If building a duplex appeals to you, ask yourself the following questions before getting started:
Knowing the answers to these questions will help you better plan your building project.
Setting yourself up for success
ZAC Homes is your local duplex expert. We can advise you on how to get the most value out of your project, including choosing the best size, position and house style. At ZAC Homes, we take care of everything including design, approvals, demolition (if required) and construction. We’re here to guide you every step of the way.
If you would like to explore the opportunities in building a duplex, give us a call today.
Who doesn’t love the look and feel of Autumn? It’s the perfect time to take in nature’s amazing colours and be inspired! Autumn hues are also an amazing antidote to ease us into the long and sometimes gloomy winter days that lie ahead.
To bring autumn colours indoors, try these 7 great decorating tips.
The ZAC Homes difference
With ZAC Homes, you get more than a builder. You get a partner to support you in creating a home that’s a haven with our in-house interior designer available to help you. Find out more by getting in touch or visit our display homes.
ZAC Homes has built its reputation around understanding exactly what its customers want and need, and with almost 23 years of experience in building custom designed homes, the company has an impressive portfolio of successfully built homes all over Sydney on blocks of all shapes, sizes and angles.
“We are one of Sydney’s leading new home builders which means that we have the experience, skills and above all, the passion to build your new custom designed home to suit your exact individual requirements and specifications”, says Peter Zaccazan, founder, owner and director of Zac Homes.
“We understand that everyone is an individual, and so having an individually-designed home that reflects both your personal tastes and unique requirements should always be the rule, and never the exception”, says Mr. Zaccazan.
Like an artistic masterpiece, Zac Homes can design your dream home starting with your initial ideas as a blank canvas. Then, from floor to ceiling theycan create a uniquely designed home that best suits your wants and needs- both for today and for tomorrow.
“It’s not only about the cost but also about the medium-to-long term benefits and features your new home will have”, says Mr. Zaccazan.
ZAC Homes simple checklist for those looking to build a custom designed property includes:
“At ZAC Homes, we can build a custom designed home to suit the most discerning of clients – all you need to do is to bring us your dreams”.
“We are not just builders – we are experts in listening to our clients and turning their dreams into reality”, Mr. Zaccazan says.
ZAC Homes have been in business 20+ years and within this time we have seen all sorts of residential trends including the evolution of Duplexes (also called Dual Occupancies).
Dual Occupancies are two dwellings on the one block of land and can be attached or detached. Duplexes are a therefore a little more involved than doing a standard single dwelling, but when all you do is duplexes, you get pretty good at it!
Here at ZAC homes we want to make your Duplex process as stress free and simple as possible.
Firstly, you should ensure that Council permits a Dual Occupancy being built on your land. Most Councils will have a minimum lot size or width in which you must meet, in the first instance.
TIP: A current Council Section 10.7 certificate will have information on the permissibility of a Dual Occupancy, as well as information like bushfire or flooding, on the land. A quick call to Councils duty planner will let you know if there is a minimum lot or frontage requirement to build a dual occupancy along with any other special requirements e.g. subdivision. At ZAC we can help you with gathering this information if you need.
At Zac we understand that affordability associated with new developments is expensive. Being prepared for your preliminary plans and tender makes it easier and faster for us to get the ball rolling. Some points to consider are:
Budget: This can be a touchy subject, but the fact is duplexes cost more than a standard home, so budget is a big factor. Once you have an approximate budget, we can then work further with you to estimate your costs.
TIP: Having land that slopes towards the street is less expensive than one that slopes to the rear. Land that slopes to the rear requires a stormwater easement to be created or obtained.
Requirements: Do you need to demolish anything on the land (including removing any trees?) What size of house do you want? What kind of finishes would you like? Do you want to subdivide? Strata? Torrens? All these questions will need to be answered so we can quote packages to suit your needs.
TIP: ZAC homes speciality is duplexes. You can select these from our range (of 17+) or we can customise a duplex to fit not only unique blocks but also your unique requirements.
There are a few differences in the process that set duplexes apart from standard homes.
Hydraulic Plan: The most common misunderstood item is this. All duplex builds require a hydraulic (stormwater) plan designed by a qualified hydraulic engineer. The engineer will work to Councils requirements and other studies produced specifically for your stormwater catchment. The hydraulic plan shows how rainwater will be effectively drained from your land and where will it go. In most cases your hydraulics will also require On Site Detention (OSD) and often add a considerable amount to the overall price.
Landscape Plan: Working in conjunction with the hydraulic plan, Council will also require a Landscape Plan to be prepared by a qualified landscape architect/designer. As above, the landscape plan takes into account Councils requirements and the requirements of the hydraulic design.
The hydraulic design and Landscape plan (and price) cannot be fully worked out until your final plans are drawn and the house is confirmed.
In some cases, Council may have already advised you if no subdivision, Strata Subdivison or Torrens subdivision are permitted with the construction of your Dual Occupancy. If subdivision is permitted this may be (in most cases) carried out at the same time as the application for the construction of the dual occupancy, or sometime after the dual occupancy is built. Some main differences are:
Torrens: This is the subdivision of one lot into two and there are no shared services.
Strata: If your land cannot meet the requirements for a Torrens subdivison you may be able to Strata title, similar to that of a town house or apartment building. This means that you will need to work with the resident of the other unit for joint concerns (maintaining driveway or roof, etc).
TIP: When you subdivide, you will need the help of a surveyor and / or conveyancer to change the details on the first title and to create an entirely new title that will represent the now separate second property. Once you’re the official owner to two legal residences, you can sell one or both at your leisure.
TIP: Zac covers everything from start to finish with your subdivision so if your undecided with another builder ask the question if they included these in their price?
We have been building duplexes for 20years + and specialise in knowing the best construction methods and giving the best advice for our clients. Key factors why our clients continue to build with us are:
I hope this article helps answer any questions you may have with duplexes.
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…ZAC Homes kept us regularly up to date with the progress of our home and the job was finished on time, which was very important to us. We are one hundred percent happy with our home and can thoroughly recommend ZAC Homes and their crew to anyone contemplating building a home.
…Firstly I would like to thank the ZAC homes team for the experience that my wife and I have had when making the purchase of an investment property. The professionalism and dedication that was displayed, was by far the best that we have seen or experienced previously.
I can not speak more highly of this local building company. Right from the beginning they have been excellent to deal with…The finishes were very good and any work that I wanted fixed which was minor things was done
Very well managed with no hidden cost or surprises. Workmanship was excellent and very professional
Really pleased with the building process, communication and designs. Would definitely recommend.
The customer service and assistance was superb with quick turn around times and patience with our queries. Everything from initial consultation, to colour selection to hand-over was organised easily and open communication was maintained throughout the process.