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Removable/Transportable homes for developments/granny flats

Discussion in 'Development' started by gach2, 13th Aug, 2016.

  1. gach2

    gach2 Well-Known Member

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    I do recall of a few on the somersoft forum where people were putting second hand removal homes on larger blocks and subdividing or granny flats.

    Does anyone here have experience in this. Looked at building new but the quotes are making the projects look non feasible (have not found a builder in brisbane that is efficient at building budget small homes/granny flats)

    Did find a house for sale by a house moving mob that fits in the building envelope and has been refurbed (new cladding/internal walls/flooring/kitchen/bathroom/internal electrical and plumbing) and can fit on my land in one shift (no need to cut etc). All they said it needs is water/sewage/phone/electrical connections and have the current electrical box tested which may need replacement.

    Currently the project is self assessable and only a private certifier is involved. Does anyone know whether council will have more issues as it is a used house (no asbestos as cladding has all be replaced?

    In terms of connection fees could around 10k be within budget? Council sewage manhole is around 8 metres from the house (though bathroom and kitchen would be around another 8m (though this could be built under the house and not under the ground). Water meter should also be able to be installed around 6m from the house. Electricity and phone runs across the road. Only other thing is stairs which shouldnt be over $500 ($200 for frame from bunnings + $30 treated pine sleepers + install)

    Also considering prefab/cointainer homes. Although ugly what's people thoughts? Could look nice if raised with garage below and cladded to match home?
     
  2. Joynz

    Joynz Well-Known Member

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    I considered a transportable home for a while. Be aware that connection costs can be higher than expected, though.

    And if it is still on it's original site, confirm that all of what you see will be transported (read an article where the buyer didn't realise the house would lose the rear lean-to kitchen/laundry until too late).

    If electricity is across the road, will you need to go underground with a pit? Or will they bring the wires overhead - costs differ.

    The moving company, if they are specialists (e.g. golden age homes) should have a pretty good idea of final costs. Get firm quotes from the trades you need, anyway.

    I reckon $10,000 sounds too cheap for the connections, but happy to be corrected.

    Some Councils may require a refundable bond for a relocatable house.
     
  3. gach2

    gach2 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the reply,

    Good point about the inclusions, Hopefully electricity is overhead (all other properties are but maybe it has changed)
    Moving company has said 5-10k (but council (water supply) fees already eat up 2-3k for water meter etc)

    Did speak to a few builders to do a new build whom were allowing 15-20k for electrical and plumbing (but this included complete internal + builders margin).

    Lets see how it goes, will update when i find more
     
  4. regionalpropertynsw.com

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    I've been looking at new prefab transportable grannyflats. For about 60k I can have one delivered to my site that is completely fitted out with floor coverings, kitchen, bath, everything... Have to put in basic foundations, pay for connection to services and council contributions.
    Council, in preliminary discussions, have been very positive, their main worry was would it look OK.
    Interested to hear if others have any experience with this, will keep people updated on my project.