Category Archives: Secondary Residences

10 things to know when building a secondary residence

Father-daughter team explains what to look out for when building your granny flat / secondary residence. Robert Valk and Jacqueline Valk have created an eBook to share their experience when building clients secondary residences / granny flats.  There are 10 main things to watch out for, check on and be mindful of. Rob and Jacki […]

We are finalists in the 2020 Master Builders Awards

Finalists? We are proud to announce the 2 bedroom 2 bathroom Chifley Pod project is a finalist in the Special Purpose/Adaptable Dwelling category of the 2020 Master Builders and Asset Construction Hire Excellence Awards.   When do the awards take place? Winners will be announced through a digital campaign on the Master Builders ACT Facebook and LinkedIn pages […]

Home Loan Requirements for a Secondary Residence

Thinking of financing your secondary residence with a Home Loan? A common way to finance your secondary residence is through a Home Loan. You can directly transact with your bank or you can reach out to a mortgage broker for some help. Here are the basic requirements to apply for a home loan to finance […]

What to Expect During a Site Inspection for Secondary Residences

Building a secondary residence requires the builders to meet you on-site for inspection. You may be wondering what happens during site inspection so we have listed down the things that need to be completed during site inspection so you can be prepared. The inspection involves examining and checking a block/site to make sure that the […]

Working from home? A Pod is perfect!

There are two opinions when it comes to working from home. Some think that you will not be productive because of distractions and the other one is, you will be productive in the comfort of your home with your loved ones. What do you think? The possibility of being happy and productive will depend on […]

Can Secondary Residences be Built for the Disabled?

A home is one of the paramount locations that give meaning and shape to a person’s day-to-day life. It isn’t just a mere structure that protects you from the cold and houses you for warmth but is in a sense a mirror of a person’s personal views and values. When your home is no longer […]

Maximize Storage in Your Granny Flat

A small, cozy space is the perfect feeling many of us want for our home. Storage is key to making areas feel spacious yet cozy. We have to admit, it isn’t easy in these tiny homes or granny flats, even the most minimalistic tiny-house enthusiast has to admit that more space is something that everyone […]

Best Building Materials for Energy-efficient Home

When building a home, whether it be a primary residence, secondary residence or granny flat, we must know the materials that we are going to use. We aim to help and guide you about what we think are the best building materials to use if you want to achieve an energy-efficient home. Here you will […]

How Much Will A Granny Flat Cost Me?

Cost of Granny Flats Canberra How much will a granny flat cost me? You might ask. We have summarised the base costs and options you need to think of when building or purchasing a granny flat in Canberra ACT. When looking at building a secondary residence (granny flat), there can be so many options to […]

Top 5 Design Elements We Love in Secondary Residences.

Small house design is the next big thing. Check out our top 5 design elements we love in small tiny homes and secondary residences.  1. Large glass opening windows/doors This design makes the room look wider. Long – wide glass window and doors can make your room look larger. Letting natural light inside the room […]

Affordable Housing for elderly Canberrans

The Pod Canberra is helping to solve ‘aging in place’ in Australia Reaching a senior age, people understand that there are things that they cannot do by themselves anymore. Being conscious of deteriorating health, slight mobility and flexibility, they are afraid of being dependent and start to be a burden on their loved ones. Extending […]

What is a secondary residence?

Secondary Residence: What you need to learn about the modern granny flat Are you looking for ways to live close to your loved ones but not under the same roof because you want to keep your privacy and independence? Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) or usually identified as a granny flat which we call ‘A secondary […]

You should know the rules for your Secondary Residence in Canberra

Black board with writings "Know the Rules"

It has come to my attention that a lot of people in the building industry do not know what the rules are pertaining to secondary residences. There are many requirements and rules that are crucial to building a secondary residence. I run an architectural firm in Canberra and I have worked with the rules, regulations […]

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