DE­SIGNED TO EX­TEND

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AN EX­TEN­SION-READY home de­sign is ex­pected to at­tract first-home buy­ers, down­siz­ers and in­vestors when it is launched by Lend Lease on Mon­day.

EVO Homes, de­signed by Bur­bank Homes, be­gins as a two-bed­room, one-bath­room dwelling, but comes ready to ex­tend with plumb­ing, foot­ings and ap­provals for an added bed­room and en­suite.

Lend Lease Queens­land com­mu­ni­ties gen­eral man­ager Guy Gibson said EVO Homes rep­re­sented af­ford­able and for­ward think­ing.

“Mov­ing and ren­o­vat­ing your home are both ex­pen­sive and, at times, daunt­ing un­der­tak­ings,” he said.

“There’s of­ten a strong de­sire to get into the mar­ket at an af­ford­able price point but, in the back of your mind, you know what you’ve bought won’t last you through the next stages of your life, like start­ing a fam­ily.

“EVO Homes al­low en­try into the mar­ket at a price point you can af­ford with a ready­made op­tion for the fu­ture.”

The de­sign’s orig­i­nal floor­plan in­cludes a large cov­ered ter­race ad­join­ing the open-plan liv­ing area.

When up­graded, the ter­race be­comes the new bed­room and en­suite.

Bur­bank state man­ager Queens­land Louis Sul­tan said the con­ver­sion was sim­ple enough for DIY-savvy home­own­ers but his builders were also avail­able for the job.

“All the plumb­ing and drains are al­ready in, so they would just have to put two ex­ter­nal walls up and put win­dows in,” he said. “Other­wise, we do it for $8500.”

He said the first-of-its-kind de­sign was also ready and ap­proved for an added back ter­race and ex­tended tan­dem car­port.

EVO Homes, which is exclusive to Lend Lease, will be avail­able at three com­mu­ni­ties across south­east Queens­land with fu­ture plans to roll out across Aus­tralia.

At Stoneleigh Re­serve, 13 will be re­leased in house-and-land pack­ages start­ing at $259,600.

Mr Sul­tan said the price point would ap­peal to firsthome buy­ers, down­siz­ers and in­vestors and all could ben­e­fit from the flex­i­bil­ity of fu­ture ex­ten­sions.

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