MI­CRO HOMES SHOW WAY TO USE SPACE

The Advocate (Perth) - - RESIDENTIAL -

THE new mi­cro lot homes launched at El­len­brook re­cently are a prime ex­am­ple of good things com­ing in small pack­ages.

In­tended to in­crease hous­ing diver­sity and af­ford­abil­ity, the two houses of­fer 100sq m of liv­ing space over two storeys up to 130sq m in­clud­ing bal­conies, court­yards and garages, all on an 80sq m block.

They were built by Now Liv­ing.

Ex­ec­u­tive gen­eral man­ager Troy Gor­ton said the prod­uct was be­tween an apart­ment and a tra­di­tional de­tached home, ad­dress­ing the “miss­ing mid­dle”.

It terms of af­ford­abil­ity, he said it was about more than just the pur­chase price; it was also the on­go­ing costs.

“Con­sumers are chang­ing and their lives are chang­ing,” he said.

“Peo­ple don’t nec­es­sar­ily have the time or the spare money to worry about main­te­nance or se­cu­rity, so the on­go­ing costs of prop­er­ties like these are quite ben­e­fi­cial as well.”

Mr Gor­ton said the key prin­ci­ple be­hind the de­sign of the homes was to make use of ev­ery square me­tre.

He said de­sign needed to con­sider mul­ti­ple use of space and hous­ing also needed to be adapt­able, cit­ing the ex­am­ple that in five or 10 years maybe not every­one would have a car.

To that end the garage in one of the dis­play homes has been con­verted to a room to show pos­si­ble op­tions.

The use of space is high­lighted in the other home which has an IT nook at the end of the kitchen and the laun­dry in garage, set un­der the in­ter­nal stair­case and still pro­vid­ing plenty of room for a car.

The homes come in two-bed­room, two-bath­room or two-bed­room, one-bath­room op­tions with liv­ing ar­eas up­stairs or down­stairs.

They are op­po­site open space, in walk­ing dis­tance of the El­len­brook town cen­tre and less than 450m from the up­com­ing train sta­tion.

The house and land pack­ages are priced from $299,000.

The first re­lease will be avail­able in late May. Buy­ers can reg­is­ter their in­ter­est at www.nowl­iv­ing.com.au/80-el­len­brook.

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