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AUSBUILD’S floor­plans, con­struc­tion com­po­nents, lot sizes and de­signs will change in 2016 as the builder and de­vel­oper over­hauls its in­no­va­tion, re­search and de­vel­op­ment ar­eas.

Joint man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Matt Bell said there would be an in­crease in dou­ble-storey homes and a de­crease in lot sizes in the new year.

“There’s been a grad­ual pro­gres­sion to­wards smaller blocks but mums and dads don’t want smaller homes on smaller blocks so we’re see­ing the come­back of dou­ble-storey homes,” Mr Bell said.

“Dou­ble-storey homes have a much smaller foot­print and in the next few years, we could see the num­ber of dou­ble storeys rise from 25-30 per cent to 50 per cent or more.

“Ter­race homes are also be­ing in­cor­po­rated a lot more into de­vel­op­ments and peo­ple look­ing for a point of dif­fer­ence ap­pre­ci­ate skil­lion roofs blended with flat roofs.”

With more fam­i­lies think­ing ahead to what chil­dren re­quire in dif­fer­ent age brack­ets, sin­gle use spa­ces such as cinema rooms will be re­placed with mul­ti­func­tional ar­eas.

“Theatre rooms are not be­ing used,” Mr Bell said.

“We’re tak­ing this into ac­count and with­out pi­geon­hol­ing rooms, we’re pro­vid­ing good sized multi-ac­cess rooms which can be used a play­room while kids are young and as a rum­pus or bil­liard room later.”

Light­weight con­crete pan­els are also be­ing tri­alled by Ausbuild.

“CSR Hebel pan­els have been around for a while but used in com­bi­na­tion with steel fram­ing, they can be a good re­place­ment for brick­work,” Mr Bell said.

“They have a ren­dered and painted fin­ish but they have great ther­mal and in­su­la­tive prop­er­ties and the pric­ing is more ef­fi­cient.

“We are test­ing the pan­els in two houses we’re build­ing now and once we see the re­sult of the tri­als, we could see them come to mar­ket in the se­cond half of the year.”

BUILD­ING UP: Ausbuild has over­hauled its de­signs and con­struc­tion com­po­nents to cater for the come­back of dou­ble-storey homes.

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