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Latest Dual Occupancy Home Trends For 2022

by Jun 14, 2022

The Dual Occupancy home trend is continuing to grow in popularity across NSW. This type of construction offers a great way to maximise the use of your land and create an extra home. This can be rented out or used as additional space for your family.

Dual occupancy homes can come in many styles and configurations. Work with the expert designers at Acrow Investments to build your dream.

In this article, we will explore the benefits of Dual Occupancy homes and provide some helpful tips on how to get the most from your property choice.

What is Dual Occupancy?

In order to promote well-designed, diverse housing and to increase the housing supply, the NSW government introduced the Low Rise Housing Diversity Code. This specifically includes Dual Occupancies as one of a range of housing types to be encouraged.

The code defines Dual Occupancy as two houses on a single block of land. The homes may be detached or share a common wall. They may be larger than a granny flat and have up to two storeys. If your local council’s Local Environment Plan permits Dual Occupancy housing then the NSW code provides fast track complying development approval.

What are some benefits of Dual Occupancy homes?

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Dual Occupancy homes offer a number of benefits making them an attractive option for investors and homeowners alike.

They are a great way to maximise the use of your land. By building two homes on one block of land, you are effectively doubling the amount of living space you have available.

Dual Occupancy homes can offer greater flexibility in terms of design and layout than traditional houses. This means you can tailor the project to suit your specific needs and taste.

Dual Occupancy homes can provide the best return on your investment. They are in high demand at the moment, by building one you are effectively increasing the value of your property. Dual Occupancy homes also offer greater rental potential than traditional houses, as you can rent out both dwellings to generate income.

If you’re thinking of building a Dual Occupancy home, there are a few things to consider. You will need to make sure your block of land is large enough to accommodate two homes and you will need to obtain planning permission from your local council.

Acrow Investments will help you through those steps leaving you free to meet the design team and start looking at Dual Occupancy home designs and floor plans to find the perfect one for you.

Design options

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Dual Occupancy homes can be either detached or semi-detached, and they come in a variety of shapes and sizes. You can also choose between single or double-storey designs. You will find the perfect design to suit your block of land and your family. Dual Occupancy homes can be designed to look like traditional houses or they can have a more modern feel.

Remember, you are designing two separate, individual homes. your expectations for how you will use them must influence your design decisions.

Size of the Homes
When designing a house, it is important to consider the size of the house. You want to make sure the house is comfortable for your family. You don’t want to be cramped up in a small house or, possibly, too spread out in a large one.

There are a few things you can do to make sure you choose the right size for your home. Think about how many people will be living in the house and their needs. Make sure to include room for everyone.

You also need to think about the type of lifestyle you lead. If you enjoy being active and spending time outdoors socialising or gardening, you will need more outdoor space than someone who prefers to stay inside.
Consider the number of bedrooms and bathrooms you need.

When it comes to deciding on the number of bedrooms and bathrooms for Dual Occupancy homes, consider the needs of your family. You will want to have enough bedrooms and bathrooms. Everyone can have their own space and can comfortably get ready in the morning, without having to queue for the shower.

The size of your block of land may also be relevant. If you have a large block then you may be able to build homes with more bedrooms and bathrooms. Again, remind yourself your family could have the use of both dwellings.

Think about how you want to use the different rooms
When you are designing a dual occupancy project, think about how you want to use the different rooms in the house. Will you use one room as an office and the other as a home gym or play area? Will you use one home as a place for guests and the other for the main residence?

As with any home, you can have multiple uses for the different rooms. This means you can use one house for your needs and the other for your guests’ needs. The usage of a room often changes over time. A good example of this is the number of bedrooms, garages and dining rooms turned into “home offices” since the Coronavirus pandemic began!

Design with flair?
When designing your Dual Occupancy project, you want to make sure it reflects your personality and style. However, you also need to make sure it is functional and easy to maintain. Here are a few tips on how to achieve this:

  • Make sure the layout of the house is sensible and designed for how you live. For example, if you have kids, make sure there is a designated, easy to clean, play area.
  • Choose stylish but durable materials. Go for stainless steel appliances or ceramic tiles.
  • Keep the colours simple and neutral. They tend to match with other colours and patterns and can be easily changed if you get bored of them.
  • Use space wisely – think about what you need and want and use storage solutions such as built-in wardrobes and cupboards.

Location of the Block

If you are purchasing a block for your dual occupancy build project, location is crucial, whether you are building for profit or for your family:

  • Work and school locations
    If you have children, consider the distance from their schools, and from your workplace, too. You don’t want the children travelling great distances alone and you will want as easy a commute to work as possible.
  • Public transportation
    Make sure the location you choose has good access to public transport. Think local buses for schools and shopping trips and major roads and railways for your daily commute.
  • Shopping and essentials
    You will need to do the weekly food shop; you should make sure there is a supermarket with parking nearby. Check out the location of other shops and shopping malls, for clothes, shoes, books and everything else a family needs. Don’t forget about doctors, dentists and hairdressers, too!
  • Sports and recreation
    Your children will do various sports with school, but you and they may appreciate a nearby sports centre, golf course, or even the beach for swimming and surfing.
  • Entertainment
  • You may not often go out, but sooner or later you, or a friend or family member will want to visit a cinema to see the latest blockbuster movie. Local cafes, restaurants and bars are great for relaxing after a long day at work and they’re good places to get to meet the neighbours.

How to make the best use of the extra living space

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When you get the keys to your new houses, you can put those designs to work. These are some of the uses you may have planned for your double-dwelling block of land:

Home office
Dual occupancy homes provide the perfect opportunity to have a home office, studio or workshop separate from your main living area. This can help you to stay organised and focused, and avoid distractions.

Here are some tips for making the most of your home workspace:

  • Make sure you have enough space for all of your equipment and supplies.
  • Decorate your office or studio to make you feel comfortable and inspired.
  • Consider using another room for meetings or even a home gym.
  • Set up a regular work schedule, and try to stick to it as closely as possible.
  • Take breaks when necessary, but make sure you don’t get too distracted by other activities in the house.

Guest accommodation
Dual occupancy homes offer a number of benefits making them ideal for accommodating guests. They can provide space be used specifically by your guests. This means you won’t have to worry about your guests feeling cramped or uncomfortable in a single house.

Plus, dual occupancies typically have all the amenities and services your guests will need, such as laundry facilities, their own bathroom, kitchens and dining areas.

Consider providing your guests with everything they need to be comfortable during their stay. This includes fresh towels, bedding, and toiletries.

Family living space
There are many different ways to use dual occupancy living space, and each family will have their own preferences. Here are some of the popular options for using dual occupancy homes effectively:

  • Space for growing children/teens
    • Your children will love having their independence
  • A retreat for you
    • Imagine a space of your own, to relax, play music, or chat with friends.
  • A granny flat
    • Your elderly relatives will have the luxury of an entire house to live in. You will have the peace of mind of them living next door!

An Investment Property

A Dual occupancy build offers flexibility and the chance to have additional income. You could subdivide the block and live in one home while selling the other, or sell both and see an instant profit.

For the rental market, you could live in one home or even rent them both for double the income. This also greatly reduces the chance of you having no rental income, as you are unlikely to have both homes vacant at the same time.

Acrow Investments – master house builders

Make sure your partners are Acrow Investments for your dual occupancy building project. With over 20 years of experience, we’ve built some of the best dual occupancies in NSW.

From your first meeting with our design team to receiving the keys to your beautiful new homes, we’ll be with you, making sure your construction project is stress-free.

Don’t miss out on the building trend of the year. We already have hundreds of delighted customers. Why not be the next?

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