The Lightsview community, east of Adelaide and Fitzgibbon Chase in North Brisbane, are two examples of new communities taking significant steps forward in building for smaller lot sizes. After seeing the innovative designs emerging at these developments, the Aveling homes team were excited about the challenge of designing for slender sites on offer at the Drummond Precinct, and the Skinnies™ concept was born. The challenge was to find a way to create highly desirable homes with a spacious feel on 4.5m and 6m wide blocks at the exciting new Ellenbrook towncentre in Perth’s North East.
“Buyers are looking for more internal space for their dollar so they can have the budget for the bells and whistles too. We’re offering a cosmopolitan style of living younger buyers can’t achieve if they’re buying a traditional double brick home on a normal lot.”Sean Quartermaine, Aveling Homes
A smart and slender design
Aveling were one of four builder groups selected through the LWP tender process. The final design is packed with rooms and features including three bedrooms, two bathrooms plus powder room, double garage, courtyard and balcony. “When you’re working with minimal setbacks of just 20 - 30 mm, you really need to adapt your whole approach,” says Aveling Homes Construction Manager, Stuart Griffiths. “Without that thick profile of a double brick wall, you get more space but you still need to address the building code requirements for fire and acoustic ratings and structural integrity…we’re miles behind other states in terms of building technology,” says Stuart. “It’s great to be raising awareness about alternatives to double brick, especially when there’s a new market of Millennials and downsizers coming through.”
“Without that thick profile of a double brick wall, you get more space...”Stuart Griffiths, Aveling Homes
“Skinnies™ take just 15 weeks to construct, compared with 48 weeks for a double brick property”Sean Quartermaine, Aveling Homes