Garage to secondary residence in Canberra

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  1. Shane1

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    Hi guys

    I have a 930sqm RZ2 corner block in Canberra with a double garage with concrete flooring, bricked sides and tile roofing. It roughly measures 9.5m long, 5.7m wide and 2.9m high.

    I'm thinking of converting this into a secondary residence but keen to understand from anyone who has experience in this field to see if this is possible and where to start.

    Thanks
     
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    @S1mon is clued up with this stuff - but not sure if he's looked into a garage conversion. I know he's done a GF.

    I'd follow Paul's advice too and hit up ACTPLA - at the end of the day, there the guys that will say yay or nay

    Cheers

    Jamie
     
  4. Shane1

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    Thanks guys, I've spoken to ACTPLA and there are definitely a lot of requirements.

    Before I even start, it looks like I need 2 new car parking spaces one of which is roofed. This means I may need a new driveway and carport on the secondary street frontage of my block setback 5.5m.

    I will also likely have to meet water savings measures and some acccess/mobility requirements.

    Looking at Sydney conversion websites, there is a whole bunch more stuff I haven't look at such as structural integrity, energy efficiency, water proofing etc...

    Very complicated stuff!

    I've had a look at S1mon's post and left a reply so hopefully I'll get some more info.
     
  5. S1mon

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    Hi @Shane1

    I don't know a great deal..but taking a step back

    Your in RZ2 so you have 2 options ,separate title or secondary residence. Given the changes in the recent budget, separate title would now have a 60k change of use fee, as opposed to 15k. So probably not worth it. If you do a secondary residence its good to design it as such so you could title later if you wanted (i think you have to do storm water direct to mains, as opposed to from same pipe which is required for secondary residence, so some smallish changes would be needed no matter what).

    I would have a chat to a designer, try Nathan Beer, the guy i used, he was happy to take on something outside of the norm and would be happy to have an informal chat.

    The accessibility reqs are not actually that bad. They sound painful but nothing a good builder can't handle without any issues or much additional cost. When i started I thought it would be a lot harder. Sure, you need a larger room and some flat paths etc but nothing too bad.

    Again, the water saving measures are not that bad. There is a spreadsheet on ACTpla somewhere and you just have to get to a certain %...nothing a few 5 star toilets etc can't help with. And the water tanks just need 'provision for' so you get points but don't have to actually do them.

    Anyhow happy to chat further or even show you mine if you are keen. I think its a good idea, particularly on a corner block, particularly if you don't jeopardise future unit titling of it.

    I would have chat to a builder too. Might be cheaper to knock down and rebuild

    Cheers
    Simon
     
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  6. Shane1

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    Thanks S1mon and appreciate the offer of help which I will definitely take up as I get further into this project.

    I've emailed Nathan and he has responded pretty quickly so will explore it a little with him and get a feel for how things could go.

    At this stage, I am 100% keen on getting this done so it's just a matter of finding the right person with the right process and cost.

    I'll keep everyone updated as I go along until I succeed or get shut down by something.
     
  7. Shane1

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    I thought I’ll post an update on this. I’ve made a lot of progress and have got my BA and will commence construction shortly.

    This type of project is doable with the right people and plans.