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.