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Kempenfeldt Avenue, Sorrento – a Multi-Unit Site 1000 750 Ultimo Constructions

Kempenfeldt Avenue, Sorrento – a Multi-Unit Site

Kempenfeldt Avenue, Sorrento was an exciting development for the Ultimo team, and a different brief to our regular development projects. This project brief was for an Over 55’s development in a suburb where existing residents could downsize, or an opportunity to move to a more affluent suburb for retirement.  Designed by Mikasa Designs, the homes were designed to be liveable for the Over 55’s market, with future consideration for living requirements of the elderly, such as ensuite, master bedroom and living areas to the ground floor for easy accessability.

This site provided a challenge due to the natural terrain of the suburb of Sorrento, and working with challenging blocks can sometimes guide the design. The site was sloping and elevated, and required extensive limestone retaining to enable the blocks full potential to be maximised for size, density and ocean views.  Taking this approach allowed for 5 new homes to be constructed on the block – and on completion the development comprised of 4 prestigious townhouses with ocean views, and a single storey villa.

The elevations are a stand out for this development, as are the ocean views obtained from each home. The development is finished with luxurious, high-end fittings including Smeg appliances, full height tiling throughout, high-end tapware and fittings, ducted air conditioning, timber screening for privacy, timber look garage doors, and this is all complemented with mature landscaping to provide an established look which suits the surrounding suburb.

We loved the challenge of this block and were extremely happy with the final product. To see the full photo gallery of this development please click here

If you would like more information about getting started with your development contact the Ultimo Constructions team today.

Hampton Road, Burswood – Working With a Challenging Site 1000 750 Ultimo Constructions

Hampton Road, Burswood – Working With a Challenging Site

Retain and build is a popular option for many developers in today’s property market, particularly where rezoning has changed the requirements for subdivision in many suburbs. This development method refers to renovating the blocks main property and subdividing the backyard into a second, or potentially third block and building new homes with the view to sell or lease.

In Perth’s older suburbs where 700 sqm+ blocks are still found, this development technique is a great way to create a return on your initial investment followed by buying and selling or potentially constructing a new property to rent out and create a steady income stream. The benefits of this development style are vast including:

  • Increased profits on your investment.
  • Flexibility and immediate profit should you choose to sell your secondary block.
  • Downsize a potentially high maintenance block to a manageable size property.
  • Increase your chance of future financial security.
  • Your investment property could be your next door neighbour which may provide peace of mind.

Our clients decided a retain and build project was the best solution for their Burswood property. Burswood, along with many other established Perth suburbs has an increasing demand from both the renter and buyer market. Situated only 10 minutes outside Perth and near many new amenities including the new Optus Stadium and Crown Tower Developments, Burswood is tipped for growth over the coming years.

As seasoned property developers, they were familiar with developing property, however, their Burswood home was the first retain and build of their portfolio. Ultimo Constructions were able to guide the process, ensuring feasibility and a return on their investment were planned for early on.

The brief was to design and construct two investment properties to the rear of the established home with the view to be leased to tenants. Two storey villas were chosen to make the most of the new 1,012sqm block size by effectively doubling the living space that a single story property would provide. The floor plan was carefully designed to maximise the potential return for these two properties allowing for possible house sharing by their tenants with the kitchen and bedrooms upstairs as well as separate living quarters downstairs including bedrooms and a kitchenette.

This was a challenging site to work with, however this is a challenge the Ultimo Constructions team love to work with! The block level had a steep slope, with an 8m drop from the front to the rear of the site, which required substantial excavation work during the site works stage. There was also a single driveway which made access to the rear of the property difficult for larger machinery.

Our clients renovated the front property whilst construction commenced to the rear blocks, and so the Ultimo Constructions team were considerate with their working times to ensure minimal intrusion during site works and construction.

This challenging block was a great project for the Ultimo Constructions team to develop a unique solution that maximises our client’s investment potential. We couldn’t have been happier with the final result.

Check out the gallery below to view the final result and get in touch to begin your development journey today!

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Ultimo Constructions – Renovating for profit 990 550 Ultimo Constructions

Ultimo Constructions – Renovating for profit

Triplex and multi-unit developments, custom builds, and demolish and builds are the make-up of Ultimo Constructions, yet every so often our team are challenged to change tact and tackle a renovation project – and they love every moment of it!

It takes a certain skill and one different to a new home construction to work with an existing design and create an addition that complements the flow of the existing home, matches the style flawlessly and meets the needs of a changed lifestyle.

This challenge happened recently with the renovation of Whittle Place, Stirling. The brief: Renovate a 4 bed, 2 bath, study, theatre and activity room home to include a third single garage, extended ensuite and design a modern elevation and modern interior to increase the value of the home within the parameters of the 779sqm block.

Despite the challenges of running family life in the midst of a renovation; dust and a little uprooting while the transformation took place the decision to renovate rather than build new made sense. The owners loved where they live, the home worked for their family and the space flowed well, they just needed to adjust the design to work for their family’s lifestyle.

The finished result met and exceeded the brief, with the polished concrete, the entrance inside and outside being a real highlight of the home. The use of aluminium panels, timber slats and concrete create a statement elevation. Above all, the design, and updated floor plan works for the entire family. More space, a modern look and functional rooms has given their much-loved home longevity for years to come.

Renovating your existing home can be a great solution if you love where you live but are outgrowing your home. Many older properties have larger blocks, which means you also may have the option to maximise the return on your block by subdividing and constructing a new build to the rear of your property, depending on your suburbs zoning requirements. If your block is over 700sqm this is a real opportunity for you to build to sell or build to lease; a fantastic way to create a profit from your existing home and unused backyard space.

Below we share some of the benefits to subdividing your block, renovating your property to meet your family’s needs and creating a new home the rear of your property:

  • Increase your profit by building and selling
  • Create a steady income stream by building and renting to tenants
  • Create your own growth with an existing asset
  • Potentially reduce your mortgage
  • Downsize of a big block that can contribute to large maintenance costs.

There are many benefits to maximising your blocks potential and all can be done with a fantastic aesthetic and financial outcome. Choosing to work with a team of property development specialists is a great way to ensure your development is in safe and experienced hands and maximising your potential is a primary outcome.

Ultimo Constructions can partner with you on your subdivision and renovation journey, helping you create a home that works for you. Contact our team on the details below to get started.

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Top Tips for Developing 990 550 Ultimo Constructions

Top Tips for Developing

With a supply of properties available in Perth’s established suburbs that have been subject to rezoning, subdividing is an appealing proposition for first-time and experienced developers.

Whether you are looking to subdivide and develop to sell and maximise your return, or to build your property portfolio, there are a number of questions you need to consider before you buy that dream block.

Choosing Your Block

This is one of the most important steps to consider. The questions below should be considered before put an offer on a block.

  • What is already provided on the block – water, power, sewer, gas connections? Are relocations for these services required?  When looking at the power, do you need to consider any costs for underground power?
  • Is the block currently strata-titled, and if it is, will this restrict my design ideas?
  • What is the ‘fall’ on my block? Does it slope from front to back?
  • Is my block soil or clay? If it is clay, this could add additional costs to the budget for site works.
  • Consider the orientation of the block for design purposes.

And, equally important are questions about the location of your block.

  • What is the surrounding infrastructure?
  • Are there amenities in the immediate area – consider schools, parks, shopping centres and public transport.
  • Is the general population of the area increasing or decreasing?
  • What changes are planned for the future that could affect your development? Planned road widening, noise impact and split zoning should all be researched.

Make sure you try to identify any unforeseen difficulties you may come across with your block of land.  This may not stop you from purchasing, but you will be armed with all the facts, and can manage your budget appropriately, to ensure you maximise your return.

Understand the R-codes

The revised Residential Planning Codes, or R-Codes as they are known, have created a range of new development opportunities.  The R-codes indicate how many dwellings can be built in a specified area.

The R-codes take the block size into account, and provide for street frontage and any required setbacks. The R Codes regulate what you can build and the number of residential units allowed to be built on a block of land.

Make sure you check with the local council to confirm the zoning of your block.  This will provide you with the right information to ascertain the type of development for your block.

The different types of development options are:-

House behind house

Duplex

Triplex

Multi-unit

It can be easy to misinterpret the R-codes and speaking with the experts will help you make an informed decision.

It’s important to partner with a building company that specialises in residential developments and will be able to provide advice on the best development solution to meet your needs.

When you partner with the experts, you will have peace-of-mind knowing you are getting the best design solution and maximising your return potential.

Click here to speak to us and find out how we can provide you with a one-on-one consultation for your development requirements.

Markham Way, Balga – a triplex development 990 550 Ultimo Constructions

Markham Way, Balga – a triplex development

Maximising your blocks potential with a triplex development solution

Case Study: Markham Way, Balga

Markham Way, Balga is a triplex multi-unit development designed for our clients Nick and Rosanna; designed and constructed to maximise their investment potential. Nick and Rosanna had owned their investment home for many years and decided to capitalise on the property location and large block by building three investment homes to increase their overall rental return.

The block offered a great foundation to build three investment properties, being a level corner block with a lot width of 27m and a total block size of 830sqm. This was advantageous as each of the three villas were built with an individual street frontage, a driveway for each villa, as well as privacy from the neighbouring home; a great feature for prospective buyers or renters as often multi-unit developments need to share a driveway due to block size or building parameters.

Not only do each of the homes have their own privacy and individual property access, but due to the block size each home is large enough to accommodate an open plan, flowing floor plan ideal for a range of home occupiers; professional couples, families, retirees or downsizers. Each home has an individual address, which can often be appealing to buyers as the home appears to be more premium, for example; 1 Markham Way rather than 1a Markham Way. Each property was built to our Premium Inclusion Specification with the addition of ducted air conditioning for an additional selling and/or rental earning potential. Our Premium Specification features tiling to main living areas and bathrooms, carpets to all bedrooms, air conditioning and alarm, plus paving and landscaping; a one-stop-shop solution for many developers as the property is ready to lease or sell soon after handover.

Each of the three villas has a three-bedroom, two-bathroom layout; with a family bathroom and en-suite to the master. The living areas all have an open plan kitchen, dining and living area which leads to an alfresco courtyard; bringing the outside in and provides an ideal layout for entertaining purposes; high on the priority list for professional couples and families. Flowing between each of the homes is green landscaping, tying the properties together with floral and green features and complimenting external render colour and enhancing the feeling of space and seclusion.

One of the top 2017 suburbs for renters, Balga is set to provide a great return for our clients, with 31 percent of residents being within the age of 25-34 years and seeking an affordable property with close proximity to the city. Balga is also sought-after due to its schooling options and tertiary education pathways as well as plentiful public transport and nearby amenities.

To get started on your development journey and to maximise your investment potential, contact the Ultimo Constructions team today.

Dagnall Court, Greenwood – a sloping block development project 990 550 Ultimo Constructions

Dagnall Court, Greenwood – a sloping block development project

Dagnall Court, Greenwood was an exciting development for the Ultimo team. Every so often a client introduces us to their block and our eyes light up at the challenge of creating the perfect property for our client, and meeting their brief, whilst overcoming site works and logistical challenges.

Dagnall Court is a ‘house behind a house’ construction, often called a ‘battle axe block’. A battle axe block design alone can often have access challenges but add to this; a slope, an unusual kite shape and five neighbouring properties and our team had a few adversities to overcome during the design and construction process.

Our client, Sarah, had purchased the property in the newly rezoned suburb of Greenwood, with the intention of retaining the front property that existed to be her own family home, while building a new property on the rear block to lease and retain as an investment property. Greenwood is an extremely popular suburb for subdivision developments due to the new regulations after a recent rezoning change within the City of Joondalup. With these changes in place, Sarah was able to subdivide the block, creating two ‘Green Titled’ home sites to multiply her property potential, portfolio and provide a rental income.

 

During the Design Consultation with our client, the 450 square metre block was suggested to be home to a 205 square metre; 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom property. We partnered with resident Designer Andrew Priolo from Archivision to achieve the perfect design for Sarah. Andrew is a Property Development Specialist, and provided innovative ideas regarding how we can minimise the impact of the sloping site on the home design while keeping Sarah’s budget in mind.

Working with a more complex block can often guide the design and floor plan. We made the decision to have the entrance to the upper level, along with the master bedroom and ensuite bathroom, allowing the lower level to be the heart of the home including; kitchen, living room, dining area that extends to the beautiful back garden with lush lawn and trees and two further bedrooms and a bathroom.

Mindful of Sarah’s want to design the home to lease to tenants, a 3×2 home with a large living/kitchen/dining area that flowed through to outdoor space was a perfect solution that would appeal to both families and downsizers. Working with the blocks shape ensured a natural flow to the home that really utilised the blocks potential.

Our client Sarah renovated the existing home to the front of the block to her personal wants and tastes. During our initial conversations Sarah expressed how although home for now, she would like to keep the option open to sell both properties in the future.

We loved the challenge of this block and were extremely happy with the final product. Sarah rented the home within 2.5 weeks of handover; a fantastic result. If you would like more information about rezoning, constructing on a difficult block or getting started with your development contact the Ultimo Constructions team today.

Study Nooks – Why they are a ‘must-have’ for your new home 990 550 Ultimo Constructions

Study Nooks – Why they are a ‘must-have’ for your new home

Designing your new home is a big decision, with so many factors to take into consideration.  You need to make sure your home has the right flow, that it meets your needs and that it utilises the space in the best way possible. Sometimes a smaller block in a great location requires a little more thought and so, a carefully thought out home design is vital for you to gain a return on your investment.

Use of technology in the home is the norm and is no longer contained within one room, like a home office. Instead, the demand for more bedrooms, bathrooms and living space is higher on home owners and renters list of priorities. With this need in mind, we have to think outside the box when designing your home – the solution? Study nooks, integrated into family living offering seclusion and inclusion simultaneously.

Often referred to as an e-space, the study nook typically includes a small, streamline working area, charging platform, printed and router – the modern-day essentials. Study nooks can be incorporated into almost any room of the house, bedrooms, lounge rooms and even kitchens offering a solution  for today’s professionals that integrates seamlessly into the design of your home.

Study nooks have seen a shift in how our families interact and offer flexible options for all the members of the family. Unless your home is on a particularly large block, or you work from your home office for most of the working week, a dedicated home study can seem like a waste of space and an additional bedroom or bathroom is much more desirable. Whatever your age; child, adult or retiree we all have the common need to be ‘online’ and it’s becoming an increasingly higher demand on the wish-list of renters and developers.

If you’re sold on the inclusion of a study nook into your new home, we have identified a few consideration factors to keep in mind when selecting its location in your home:

  • Do you crave your own space and a quieter working environment or perhaps prefer to work alongside your families evening activities?
  • Is a study nook a necessity, or for design? A large, empty hallway may be crying out for a sleek study nook, adding purpose to the otherwise vacant space, as well as some separation from the main family hub of kitchen/living.
  • How long will you spend here? If most evenings or weekends, daylight might be a must-have but if not, locating your study nook in an unused corner may serve multiple purposes; think under the stairs or in the awkward corner that would otherwise have no purpose.
  • Where you choose the new home of your study nook will determine the materials you need. If the study nook is in your main hallway, the nook itself may become a central feature of your home and a statement that sets the tone as soon as you walk through the front door. If so, prioritise the space with high-end finishes to make a statement. If under the stairs suits you better, functionality may be on your agenda and money spent on utilising awkward corners with shelving might be your best way forward.

Ultimo Constructions are a big fan of the inclusion of a study nook in your home design. Whether you are building a custom home for your own family or a development to sell or lease, a study nook may add the crucial space and value you need. Below are some of our favourites thanks to Pinterest.

Proudly introducing Hamilton Street, Bayswater by Ultimo Constructions 990 550 Ultimo Constructions

Proudly introducing Hamilton Street, Bayswater by Ultimo Constructions

Hamilton Street, Bayswater is home to one of Ultimo Constructions recently completed developments. Centrally located, just off King William Street, the 549m2 block has been the foundation of a development which comprises of two, 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartments and a luxurious 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom townhouse.

The two apartments have been designed with functionality and lifestyle in mind, finished to Ultimo’s premium specification and complete with a courtyard to the ground floor and balcony to the second; perfect for entertaining.  Ultimo’s premium specification ensures that the homes are finished to the highest quality for future sale or rent return; featuring a premium appliance pack including dishwashers, stone tops to the kitchen, roller blinds, quality tapware, air conditioning, timber flooring, carpets, wall painting, lighting, tiling, balustrading, paving and landscaping are all included, as standard.

To the rear of the block sits the 3-bed townhouse, unique in design and completed to an exquisite finish. The elevation of the townhouse is mirrored by the apartments creating a stunning elevation that creates the illusion of a secondary townhouse to maximise the blocks potential.

Designed to complement the Bayswater lifestyle and location, this exclusive development uses a mix of materials to suit its surrounds. Rendered brickwork, one course red face brick, cladding and aluminium features including the vertical screens ensure this development matches its leafy neighbourhood perfectly.

Floor plans were designed to meet quintessential modern day living requirements for a single, couple or young family. The reversed floor plan is a unique feature with the bedrooms located downstairs and kitchen-living areas upstairs to capitalise on stunning balcony views; perfect for summer evenings entertaining guests. Privacy, another essential requirement for developing multiple homes on a block, is guaranteed with rear laneway access providing the townhouse with its own private entrance and aluminium vertical screening to the large balcony.

Developing and constructing homes is a personal experience and it’s important to choose a building partner who can offer customised, tailored service that meets your needs and aims of your project. Choosing an award-winning development specialist with experience in challenging sites and odd shaped blocks is vital for the success of your project. As a novice developer, assistance in identifying the needs of your block to maximise your return on investment is essential for long term development success.  And for the more experienced developer, at Ultimo we can handle all aspects of the development process, giving you peace-of-mind.

Trust Ultimo Constructions to deliver your blocks potential. As an experienced, award-winning, specialist property developer, we deliver fixed price contracts and build time frames, giving you the peace of mind you and your project deserves.

To find out more about Ultimo Constructions, or to get started on your building journey contact the team today here.

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Your 5 step plan for Property Development 990 550 Ultimo Constructions

Your 5 step plan for Property Development

“A step-by-step process that leaves no surprises”

Whether you are an experienced developer or it’s your first multi-unit development, the Ultimo Constructions 5-Step Plan for Property Development ensures you have no surprises as you progress through your construction journey.

Step 1 – Consultation

Contact Ultimo Constructions for an obligation free consultation. Together we will discuss your development requirements and the options available to you. Once we explore your development goals and understand whether your aim is to build a property investment portfolio, develop and then sell, or to gain a rental return, the expert team at Ultimo Constructions will present you with the best option to meet your goals and expectations.

Top tip: Always choose a Multi-Development specialist for your build. A Multi-Unit Development requires a different set of skills than a project home builder. Read about the Ultimo difference HERE

Step 2 – Design

With over 30 years of combined experience between the Ultimo Constructions Team, your development is in safe and experienced hands. After our initial consultation the Ultimo Construction Design Team will put your ideas on paper, designing floor plan and elevation options for you to review. Our team are experienced in strata plan development and design, but if you have your own architect designed plans we can work with those too. Once we confirm your chosen design, we will prepare your cost estimate. We have no hidden costs or surprises, the number here is the number you pay.

Top tip: Don’t be afraid to ask questions. As Multi-Unit Development experts, we expect you to have lots of questions as we explore the options available to you.

Step 3 – Planning and Building Approvals

Once you are happy with the cost estimate, we will prepare contracts for you to read and sign. We use plain English Housing Industry Association (HIA) contracts for your peace of mind and 100% transparency. All planning and building approvals will be co-ordinated by our in-house team prior to working drawings and building permits. 

Top tip: Look for a building partner that offers a turnkey solution where everything is included and ready to sell, or rent out when construction is complete. 

Step 4 – Selections and Construction

One of our favourite stages of the development process is your selections meeting. Together with a qualified Selections Consultant, you will journey through our state-of-the-art showroom choosing colours, fixtures and fittings. You can be hands on or we can make recommendations with your development objectives in mind. Once confirmed, your development will progress into the construction stage – where the action happens! We pride ourselves on consistent communication throughout your construction journey. Regular site visits will be scheduled, and you will also receive email and phone updates throughout the process.

Step 5 – Completion and Maintenance

Once construction is complete, your Site Manager will meet you on site to carry out a detailed inspection of your development. You will receive all maintenance and warranty documents and the exciting part… your keys! Completion doesn’t mean our journey parts ways, we are here for any items that require attention for 90 days after key handover.

Teaming up with a recommended and experience Multi-Development building partner can ensure your building process is as smooth as possible and meets your development goals. To speak to a member of the Ultimo Constructions team click HERE to organise an obligation free consultation.

How To Choose the Right Block of Land 990 550 Ultimo Constructions

How To Choose the Right Block of Land

Choosing your block of land can be an exciting but daunting experience and it’s important to know what to look for before you make an offer. You most likely have an idea of location, and an idea of what your development aims are…but it’s important the development solution works best for your block of land.  This will ensure you maximise the potential of your return.

The Ultimo Constructions team have put together a list of considerations you should think about before purchasing a block of land to subdivide and develop:

Consider the macro and micro location of your development. It’s very risky to be the first developer constructing in a location, especially if you’re new to the development game. Look at the wider area first and explore if other similar developments have been constructed nearby and then look into the finer details.  Consider the public transport and education options?  Are there nearby amenities for your buyer or tenant to benefit from?

Will the development floor plan work with the block you are choosing? Think about where the sun rises and sets in relation to your windows and outdoor areas. The depth and width of your block will determine the design of your home. If your block has a slope, extra site works may be required to carry out the design you are set on. The rule of thumb for subdividing blocks is to choose at least a 700 square meter block, and make consideration for the space requirements between the edge of the house and boundary line to build a driveway. 

House behind house

Duplex

Triplex

Multi-unit

Is the current and planned infrastructure to your liking? Look into planned developments including roads, zoning, and nearby amenities such as schools and healthcare. If your block is close to commercial or public space, visit the site at different times of day and over the weekend to get a full picture of the area to foresee any noise or security problems.

BAL ratings, also known as bushfire attack levels may restrict the building materials or require additional considerations during the construction phase. Your building partner can advise you on any BAL restrictions your block may have in place.

A map of bush fire prone areas can be found on the Department of Fire and Emergency Services website —http://www.dfes.wa.gov.au/regulationandcompliance/bushfireproneareas/Pages/default.aspx

It’s important to research and understand the Council’s rules and zoning requirements to ensure the block is zoned according to the development you wish to build. Complying with their requirements will assist in submitting your Development Approval (DA) and prevents any hold ups along the journey.

Check the title on the block to ensure there is nothing preventing strata titling, or subdivision of the land, such as a restrictive covenant that could hinder your development plans. Applying for strata titles is part of the development application. More information can be sourced here.  Ultimo Constructions are experienced to assist you with this part of the process.

Taking time to consider these factors may prevent hold ups in your project and unnecessary costs. Teaming up with a great builder can take away these concerns and ensure your building process is as smooth as possible. To speak to a member of the Ultimo Constructions team click HERE to organise an obligation free consultation to discuss your block of land and development options.

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