Work in­side the box

Clever so­lu­tions for mod­ern hous­ing dilem­mas

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No mat­ter which way you look at it, the Syd­ney hous­ing mar­ket these days is tough. With me­dian house prices sit­ting at $1.048 mil­lion ac­cord­ing to fig­ures re­leased by fi­nan­cial ser­vices com­pany Core­L­ogic last week, many of us are look­ing at dif­fer­ent ways of liv­ing to keep costs down, without com­pro­mis­ing on what mat­ters most to us and those we care about.

For many, fam­ily comes first but fac­tors such as be­ing well con­nected to ser­vices, min­imis­ing the im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment and main­tain­ing a man­age­able mort­gage also play a role.

So rather than stick­ing to tra­di­tional hous­ing styles, more peo­ple are think­ing out­side the box to cre­ate their ideal home.

Small is good

For some, they would rather choose a home that is quite small so that they can live closer into the city and en­joy every­thing it has to of­fer. But liv­ing in a tiny apart­ment can be a frus­trat­ing ex­er­cise if it’s not well planned.

In­creas­ingly, ar­chi­tects and de­sign­ers are chal­leng­ing them­selves to come up with live­able so­lu­tions and cre­ate spaces that feel far larger than their foot­print would sug­gest.

Oth­ers just need some­thing af­ford­able but live­able to place on their block of land. They are ex­plor­ing the pos­si­bil­i­ties of ship­ping con­tainer hous­ing and other pre­fab­ri­cated hous­ing op­tions that can be fac­tory made and de­liv­ered to the site, re­duc­ing time and waste.

Big­ger is bet­ter

For larger fam­i­lies, it may be worth look­ing at pool­ing re­sources while still keep­ing ev­ery­one close by.

With chil­dren stay­ing at home longer while they study or save and more cou­ples tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for the care of age­ing par­ents, homes big enough to ac­com­mo­date the whole fam­ily are gain­ing trac­tion.

New-look granny flats and spa­cious two-storey homes with sec­ondary ground floor mas­ter bed­room suites are meet­ing de­mand.

Whether you’re strug­gling with what your up­front build­ing bud­get can buy, or what your home may cost you down the track, it’s time we re­con­sid­ered the stan­dard hous­ing styles on of­fer.

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