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IN PROGRESS: New Home Build Pimpama


9 Dec: After a lengthy approval process, we’ve broken ground on the build of this new home in Pimpama this month.

Slab was poured last week and our team have been working hard to get the frame up so we can install the roof prior to the Christmas break!

Clean block



Slab complete

Back footings


Back slab finished


Ground floor framing

(What will be) the finished product!!

Is combined home and office the future of housing?

DID you know that Australia is ranked as being one of the world’s worst countries for commuters? A survey of the commute times for 110 countries found Australians will drive an average of 420,695km, or the equivalent of more than 10 times around the globe, to and from work in their lifetime.

This is because rising house prices across many of Australia’s capital cities are increasingly pushing people to the fringe, but jobs and infrastructure are remaining in the city.

Thankfully, better technology is allowing us to work remotely, with the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealing that almost one in three Australian workers now regularly works from home.

But for many small business owners, sole traders and entrepreneurs across the country, working out of their lounge room out in the suburbs can stifle growth.

A new development project being constructed in the Melbourne fringe suburb of Cranbourne, about 40km south east of the CBD, is trying to tackle this and transform the way we live and work.

Combining a residential and business address in one, the Duo development claims it is an affordable housing solution for small businesses, who can save cash by not needing both a mortgage and business lease, while also giving them the flexibility to grow.

One of the display Duo live-work homes, featuring an office on top of the garage and a two-storey home attached. Picture: AVID Property Group

In stage one of its release this month, AVID Property Group, the construction company behind Duo, sold 95 per cent of the 43 available house and land packages to buyers off-the-plan.

Peter Evans, a semi-retired builder was one of those buyers. Finding it difficult to run his business comfortably from the family home but unable to lease a business premise, he said this was “ideal” and “made for his type of person”.

“I was previously running my business from home but it was quite difficult. It was just a computer in a bedroom, so it was very tight for space,” he told news.com.au.

“You actually a private area and if you bring clients in, they can come to your private office rather than having then sit in your lounge room. It is going to make it a lot more comfortable and professional.”

Inside the office of one of the Duo display homes. Picture: AVID Property Group

AVID’s Victorian General Manager, Paul O’Brien, said combined living and working developments in the fringe will also ease congestion and create more jobs and infrastructure outside of our cities.

According to O’Brien 30 per cent of residents in Cranbourne’s local government area, the City of Casey, have small businesses but 70 per cent of residents have to work outside of the region.

“The travel times and congestion is worse out there in the suburbs [than in the CBD] because they are all trying to get to Dandenong or to the city,” Mr O’Brien told news.com.au.

“We don’t realise that there are satellite cities out there with traffic trying to get across roadways to activity centres. What we are trying to do is maintain people living and working at home or in their own precinct, and they haven’t had the accommodation before.

“Melbourne’s inner suburbs have this ‘shop-top’ living but out in the suburbs it is not done particularly well.”

Duo is trying to bring ‘shop top’ living to the suburbs. Picture: AVID Property Group

AVID confirmed it had plans to approach other local council areas and activity centres when Cranbourne’s Duo development is complete, due to its success with the City of Casey and its local residents.

“Councils are reluctant to give up their allocated job land, so when you zone land they are very scared it will be lost completely to residential and not provide jobs for those areas.

“But what we’ve done in the City of Casey is pushed for a mixed-use zoning and given local councils the comfort that our product is genuinely for business.”

Story by: Julia Corderoy

Forget apartments: We need more townhouses

AT AN auction held in inner city Melbourne on Saturday, townhouses were flying off the shelves. And it was largely young locals snapping them up.

Fifty-five townhouses, worth a cumulative $63 million, were sold off-the-plan in just three hours for Glenvill Group’s new YarraBend development, located along the Yarra River in Melbourne, just 6.5km from the CBD.

These townhouses weren’t even meant to go to market yet. Glenvill decided to fast-track its offer of 29 stage one townhouses by almost six months after more than 100 paid expressions of interests were registered by the Glenvill client base. Due to the overwhelming demand, the company also decided to release a further 30 stage two townhouses on Saturday.

YarraBend townhouses sold like hot cakes over the weekend. Picture: Glenvill Group

This townhouse bonanza represented a 95 per cent clearance rate, blitzing the Melbourne average of 78 per cent over the weekend recorded by Domain.

These sales results go some way to highlighting how in demand townhouses are — and how important it is our state governments promote greater supply — but even more telling is who was buying them.

The buyer profile was mainly young couples and young families, with prices ranging between $770,000 to $1.215 million. And it was also local Melbourne residents who purchased the vast majority (52 of the 55 properties sold). The remaining three were sold to one Tasmanian buyer and two New Zealand families.

Most buyers of the YarraBend townhouses were young families and young couples. Picture: Glenvill Group

Apartment developers and governments releasing land for apartment construction would tell you that building more multi-unit complexes will ease affordability pressures faced by our younger generation. But if apartment prices are dropping in our CBDs nationally as oversupply fears loom, and townhouse sales are going gangbusters, it makes you wonder if we are focusing on building the right type of supply.


In October, the New South Wales government recognised this, releasing its Medium Density Design Guide to try and encourage the construction of more townhouse and terrace style housing.

NSW Planning Minister Rob Stokes described townhouses and terrace houses in the draft guide as “the missing middle”.

“What we know is that we’re getting a lot of apartments and high-rise units across Sydney, we’re also getting detached housing on the fringes of Sydney,” Mr Stokes told the ABC.

“What we are missing out on though is that human scale of development that typifies so many cities overseas and that really is all about terraces.”

Townhouse supply is not keeping up with growing demand. Picture: Glenvill Group

The guide will allow a range of homes — including townhouses, terraces, dual occupancies and manor homes — to be assessed as complying development as long as they meet specific design standards, saving time and money for homeowners.

Complying development is faster than traditional development applications, taking about 22 days compared to 71 days as it meets already agreed stringent standards and local council zoning requirements.

The Medium density housing accounts for just 10 per cent of housing approvals in Sydney, with just 5,390 approved in 2015-16. This is despite there being the potential for almost 280,000 medium density dwellings in Sydney based on current council zoning and planning controls.

Glenvill Sales Manager, Nick Marinakis, said there is still room for both apartment and townhouse development in our capitals, but he also said the supply of inner city apartments may not be meeting the needs of those who need them most for affordability reasons.

“I think apartments still represent a good option for people … but what we are finding is for apartment dwellers, the downsizing or empty-nester market values apartments in the inner suburbs but they have to be very premium and they have to be oversized,” he told news.com.au.


Mia Fredrix, real estate agent and director of Cobden & Hayson Drummoyne, recently sold a three-bedroom townhouse in Abbotsford, about 10km west of Sydney’s CBD, for almost $1.5 million prior to its scheduled auction.

She said this is “definitely” a sign of the growing demand she is witnessing for townhouse and terrace style living in Sydney.

“[Townhouses] lend themselves to things like having a courtyard,” she told news.com.au.

“Owners can have an outdoor entertaining space and it makes them more pet-friendly. It is the lifestyle.”

Ms Fredrix said it also wasn’t uncommon for townhouses to sell prior to auction due to the growing demand.

“They are rare. People want them so they are prepared to make attractive offers before it even goes to auction.”

Townhouse in Abbotsford sold for $1,470,000 prior to auction this month. Picture: Cobden & Hayson Drummoyne

LJ Hooker Head of Research, Mathew Tiller, said demand for townhouses has been rising in the majority of capital cities over the past five years.

“This has been driven by upsizers, such as young families, looking for more space and a yard but due to recent strong price growth can’t afford a house,” he told news.com.au.

“Demand has also come from retires who have always lived in a large house and want to downsize into a home with a garden.”

Townhouses represent “the better of options for a house-dweller versus an apartment,” Mr Marinakis told news.com.au.

NSW may taking a step in the right direction in regards to addressing “the missing middle”, but Mr Tiller said there should be more effort across all levels of government nationally “to ensure we have a diverse mix of new housing”. And Ms Fredrix told news.com.au the same, suggesting that governments have been focusing on apartment supply due to a better return on the land — you can build more apartments on a piece of land compared to townhouses.

Glenvill’s YarraBend is a major urban renewal development which will build more than 2500 new dwellings — a mix of freestanding homes, townhouses and apartments — over an eight-year timeline. Construction on the townhouses will commence in mid 2017 with completion expected in mid 2018.

Written By: Julia Corderoy

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IN PROGRESS: Designer Townhouses


This is an epic project, on a very tight timeframe!

The finished product will be two new designer canal-front homes, in one of the Gold Coast’s most popular suburbs.

In just two weeks we have completely demolished the existing house.






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The final product! (back of the townhouses)




IN PROGRESS: Extension Project – Brisbane

For the last few months, the GCProjects Reno team have been working hard on this extension project in a leafy suburb of Brisbane.

The scope of this project has involved the enclosure of the original balcony to add extra space to the lounge and dining space internally, and then a new 40sqm deck to make the most of the beautiful view (and summer breeze).

We’re coming to the end of the project, so stay tuned for final photos very soon!


Before the extension

Enclosed – roof on

Upper deck

New lounge room

That view!!

New lounge room – complete!

New dining room

New dining room


The Backyard Renovation

This week, we’re looking into the many ways you can add a little bit of life into your backyard! Whether you’re getting ready for long summer afternoons, or getting ready to sell, there are so many ways you can change the use of what may be a tired outdoor area. A backyard is a great asset to have, so why not make more use of it? Here are a few of our favourites.


A home-servery is a fantastic way to open up your kitchen area into the great outdoors. Bi-fold windows and a shelf or bench enable easy access from the heart of the home in the kitchen for dinner parties, and celebrations.

Outdoor zones

Allow your backyard to become your oasis! Multiple levels allow for separation of space, think dining, relaxing, play areas or just enjoying some ‘me’ time!

Outdoor shower

You may think that an outdoor shower is reserved only for homes near the beach, but why not bring that beach house feeling home with you? An outdoor shower can be as luxurious or basic as you want!

Outdoor bar

Think the summer would be well spent in your own personal tiki bar? Invite all your friends over and enjoy the balmy extended days in your own backyard! This is also a great additional to an unused corner/area within a small backyard.

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A fire pit is another great way to create a usable area in your backyard, whether its summer or winter, it’s always a good time. When it’s warm, use your fire pit for evening cookouts. In the winter, gather around the fire for cozy chats with friends.

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This is great option if you’re wanting to create some more privacy or hide an ugly fence. Decorative screens are also a great way to create zones within a larger area.

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These seating areas are a great use of space to just enjoy being outside. Built in bench seats are great for entertaining, and such a simple way to increase the visual aspect of your backyard.


Note: Make sure you have the correct city council approvals prior to starting work

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Coast’s Billion-Dollar Field of Dreams


IT’S a massive parcel of underutilised caneland, it’s as large as Manhattan Island in New York and it could be the Gold Coast’s answer to Orlando, the undisputed theme park capital of the world.

In an extraordinary case of neighbours uniting for a cause, more than 6100ha of caneland nestled in the burgeoning urban corridor between Brisbane and the Gold Coast is being put up for sale for a deal that could be worth more than $1 billion for its 40 landowners.

The site, on the eastern side of the M1, comprises 248 lots stretching from Yatala in the north, Pimpama to the south and Jacobs Well to the east.

An information memorandum for potential buyers highlights Orlando’s status as the theme park capital of the world with nine theme parks attracting 55 million visitors a year and generating $44 billion a year in revenue.

“Similarly, the Gold Coast is regarded as Australia’s premier theme park destination,” it says.

The proponents say high density housing is not part of the vision for the holding, with 2500ha to be dedicated to open spaces.

The information memorandum also suggests a single buyer has the opportunity to rehabilitate the natural environment that has been denuded by a century of agriculture, create new waterways and lakes and better plan for major infrastructure such as a new eastern transport corridor to ease congestion on the M1.

Canford principal Roland Evans expects the city-sized land parcel, branded by the group as the Norwell Valley canefields, to garner interest from a broad range of international buyers.

“We could never have imagined such an opportunity would become available anywhere, let alone on the Gold Coast,” says Evans.

“It provides an opportunity for someone with foresight to craft the city of tomorrow.

“This land is a blank canvas offering the chance to develop a masterpiece that will stand out on the world stage.”

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate says a master-planned development incorporating health, education and silicon Valley-style technology hubs would deliver a major boost for jobs in the region.

“We have 13,000 to 15,000 people moving to the Gold Coast every year,” he says.

“The Gold Coast is the state leader in employment and a project like this will keep us number one.

“The secondary opportunities of education-sector expansion and Silicon Valley-type activity is particularly exciting to me.

“Of course, there will be residential in and around these nodes. It is smart planning to have many of the job-holders near their place of employment. That’s how you ensure transport and traffic congestion is managed.”

Most of the land being offered has been used for sugar cane farming for more than a century.

However, farmers in the region from Jacobs Well to Steiglitz and Woongoolba have been urging successive state governments to seek alternate uses for the land, with many farming families looking to exit the struggling local industry.

Production issues with the Rocky Point sugar mill have compounded the current problems, with suggestions that the privately-owned mill needs a $5 million upgrade to remain viable. It is currently out of action.

The first step for the landowners is to find a buyer with sufficient financial clout to see the project to fruition.

“We expect that negotiating a re-zoning of the land will be a very detailed process,” says Canford’s Evans.

“Success in that endeavour should give a buyer a pipeline of exciting and diverse development opportunities that could last 15 years or more.”

The site is being offered through an expressions of interest campaign, although no closing date for the campaign has been set.

New Social Living Groups

By 2030, Australia’s society will be defined by a broader group of social ‘tribes’ which will transform the housing market and shape how and where Australians live, according to research by the Commonwealth Bank.

For decades, Australia’s predominant households or “tribes” have remaned fairly consistent: Flatting friends, newlyweds, nuclear families and empty nesters. However, according to the CommBank Future Home Insights Series, an evolving population, more higher-density living, increased multiculturalism and housing market dynamics are driving the formation of new groups.

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Dan Huggins, Executive General Manager Home Buying, Commonwealth Bank, said: “Technological advancements, evolving housing design coupled with population growth, continued migration and changing age demographics, will bring with it new housing norms. What we are seeing is the emergence of new household groups, which will have a direct impact on how Australian property is built, renovated, bought and sold.”

The 10 household tribes identified include:

  • Social Singles
  • DINKs: Double Income No Kid
  • Lifestyle renters
  • The Home-Work Tribe
  • Nuclear Family
  • Multi-Generational Clans
  • Property accumulators
  • Peter Pans
  • City Switchers
  • Midlife Flatmates

According to Mr Huggins, “We know that most of these groups have existed for some time, but the newest to emerge, and the ones that will have the biggest impact on how the home is set up in the future, will be the Home-Work group, Social Singles and Multi-Generational Clans.”

According to the research, by 2030 one in three1 workers will be employed on a freelance basis, giving rise to the Home-Work Tribe. This tribe craves space that can be easily set up to accommodate their work and life needs with reliable wireless technology, sliding separation doors and flexible building design that allows owners to tailor their house to their needs.

Social Singles is another group on the rise in Australia. By 2030, more than 26 per cent of Australian homes will be single-person households, making Social Singles the fastest-growing household type, rising by around 2 per cent per year to reach 3 million households by 2030.

With children, parents and grandparents all living under the one roof, the Multi-Generational tribe puts family at its heart. The return of Multi-Generational Clans is a throwback to yesteryear, when extended families commonly lived together. The increase in Australia’s degree of multiculturalism is a big factor in the rise of cohabitating extended families as caring for elderly members of the family is still the norm in many parts of the world.

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Peter Pans are a group on the rise. Born between 1954 and 1965, this generation of Baby Boomers will be aged between 65 and 76 in 2030. This young-at-heart tribe has no intention of slowing down, they’ll live independent, live for as long as possible, enabled by the latest at-home technology.

Members of the City Switcher group are choosing the regional lifestyle over the hustle and bustle of city life enabled by technology and regional transport links.

The Commonwealth Bank research identified five architectural trends that will respond to these tribes, their needs and will transform how they live.

Shaun Carter, NSW Chapter President, Australian Institute of Architects, said: “As we become more digitally connected we are able to band together in social groups, or tribes, with people who share our values and are seeking similar lifestyles. We are not necessarily bound to the social norms and structures that formed our past, and we are increasingly looking to housing and architecture to better reflect this freedom.”

Adaptive architecture

A dramatic increase in the ability to reconfigure and adapt homes will allow home owners and renters alike to scale their dwellings in line with their financial capacity and living needs. Think flexible floor plans, sliding walls, mechanical ceilings and robotic furniture – all ways that architects and designers are making small spaces feel big. Architects are also designing small, basic homes that can be expanded and embellished as people grow their savings.

Health & wellbeing residences

In 2030, many Australian homes will do far more than provide shelter – they will also help occupants feel better. Sensors will assess people’s moods and breathing rates as they walk in the door, altering light and music accordingly. Homes will also monitor health and fitness, reminding people to be more active, and helping Peter Pans to live independently for longer.

Closed-loop homes

By 2030, more Australian homes will function as self-sufficient ecosystems, generating their own electricity, disposing of waste, recycling water and growing fruit and vegetables. Not only will homes be so technologically advanced that they will be able to learn people’s habits and observe changes in their routines, they will also monitor their own energy performance and help cut energy costs.

Less-is-more living

 Australian homes are currently the most super-sized in the world, with sprawling lawns to water and multiple rooms to heat. But more Australians are embracing a simpler way of living, a less-is-more philosophy that results in smaller-but-smarter spaces, eco-friendly materials, with an accent on social gathering points.

Home at work

As Australians embrace freelancing and agile work practices, their homes will more cleverly incorporate spaces for intellectual focus and productivity alongside areas for socialising and living. With space at a premium, get ready for clever dual-purpose furniture: kitchen benches converting to work desks, coffee tables becoming digital screens and desks folding out from walls. Apartments will also be designed with the Home-Work Tribe in mind, with communal spaces for working and swapping ideas.

Written by: Urban Developer

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Top 5 Kitchen Design Ideas

One of the most popular renovations we do are in the heart of the home – the Kitchen! Here are our top 5 favourite kitchen design trends/colour pallets at the moment.

Go Commercial

Concrete finishes are a very popular trend at the moment, and not just in the kitchen but the whole home. While concrete is traditionally used as a rough finish in commercial spaces such as factories and warehouses, the industrial chic trend is now a hot trend in the residential market. The key with using concrete surfaces in the kitchen (weather its flooring or bench tops) is to keep the space warm with contrast accessories/colours to avoid a cold, sterile space.

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White & Wood

These kitchens make the most of the modern clean kitchen designs that we’re so used to seeing. The use of timber as a feature to the typical white surfaces is a welcome change, and brings a lot of warmth to the space. We love the variety of timber as a surface finish, weather it’s used as shelving, cabinets or bench top.

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Eclectic Retro.

Clashing colours and surface material is what these kitchens are all about! Although this trend isn’t for everyone, it’s definitely a talking point. We love the use of pastel colours, contrasted with bold cabinet colour selection.

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Metallic Infusion

This trend is perhaps something that we’re used to seeing in interior design magazines, but not quite game enough to try in our own kitchen. An easy way to introduce some metallics into your kitchen is firstly with accessories – bar chairs or pendant lights.

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Shaker Style Colonial

This is the modern update for the traditional colonial kitchen design. Shaker style cabinet doors, as well as glass front feature cabinets are a very popular choice in kitchen renovations. By keeping the colour pallet light and clean, you can continue to update with accessories throughout the kitchen, such as pendant lights, chairs and appliances.

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