Duplex homes or dual occupancy builds are becoming increasingly popular. As our way of living changes, we are often considering how we can accommodate in-laws, adult children or perhaps create an additional income from renting out the other side.
A duplex, or dual occupancy, allows a home owner to capitalise on their property by building two dwellings on one block of land. Flexibility is one of the key benefits of a duplex development, especially for downsizers or investment savvy clients.
Although we have standard designs for dual occupancy builds, we often do prefer to custom design duplex builds in-house to ensure we can maximise space & value as well as comply with local council guidelines. Here are some top considerations:
Ensure your land complies
Not every block is suitable for a duplex development but those that share certain features in common. Regulations vary considerably between councils, but blocks typically need to be at least 500 square metres in area and at least 15 metres wide. It’s best to become very familiar with the regulations in your local government area before committing to a duplex build.
Explore different layouts
One of the most important elements to consider in duplex house designs and plans is the layout. Make sure you take time to look at all your options carefully. Many different layouts can be chosen for this style of home, and you’ll have to make sure that one of them fits your idea for the duplex.
Unlike the traditional single-family home, a duplex layout has generally two levels and two sides, each with different functional areas in them. You can use this space creatively for an entire range of purposes—socialising areas could be on one side, studying on the other, and a home office right in between.
When designing duplex house plans, you must maintain a balance between privacy and openness. The socialising spaces should be located on one side of the duplex layout, away from bedrooms; perhaps an extended balcony or covered alfresco would work here.
Design a distinctive outside
When we design and build duplexes we find ways to ensure each side has its own distinctive facade. This can include using different contrasting colours or introducing a feature element on each side as its focal point.
Key points to help in the decision-making process-
Duplex making- is a double cost plan. A duplex may be a single step to creating wealth and a firmer financial future with the right effort. Having two homes on one lot means you have the potential to make twice as much money for building equity or selling at market value. This is a plus for someone who wants to invest in real estate however consideration needs to be made to ensure you don’t over-capitalise.
When you build a duplex house, the property becomes a valuable asset. The land potential is maximised and can quickly increase in value with little to no hassle of landscaping. The properties are so small that they appeal to younger families or individuals looking for lifestyle blocks with instant capital growth prospects.
Keep family closeby
It may give you a lot of peace of mind to have elderly parents live next door so you can check on them or simply pop over for a chat while still having your own space.