Thinking About Some Of The Trickier Parts Of Converting A Single Home Into A Duplex
Converting your home into a duplex home isn't exactly impossible, but that doesn't mean it's entirely easy, either, thanks to the possibility of facing an intense challenge in convincing the local council to alter their city zoning plan to allow you to replace a single dwelling with multiple homes. Unfortunately, once you've overcome that challenge, the real journey has only just begun, but luckily, we're here to help and make sure you won't have to go through it alone.
The City Council Doesn't Recognise A Shoe As A Dwelling
While the homes in our stories and fairy tales might take all sorts of fantastical shapes and sizes, in the real world, there are a pretty stringent set of requirements that deem a property habitable or not, and you need to make sure that both sides of your duplex home are able to meet those requirements. Ultimately, those requirements are going to be somewhat different dependant on which city council you fall under, but in general, you'll need to make sure that each residence can be independently accessed from the outside, every utility is individually metered for both properties, and that each home has a bedroom, a bathroom, and a kitchen-area.
The kitchen-area typically has the most wriggle-room out of all of these requirements. While the fire code requirements are incredibly stringent (for instance, there is a minimum height for every room, and a failure to meet that height makes that room uninhabitable), a kitchen only really needs a sink and a space to prepare food, and you are normally under no obligation to provide modern appliances such as an oven, stove, dishwasher, microwave, or refrigerator. With that said, though, considering how hard it can be to secure tenants at time, it may prove in your best interests to ensure your kitchen provides the most basic of appliances, generally in the form of some type of stove or oven.
The Tax Man, However, Is Quite Happy Too
When it comes to your yearly tax returns, owning a duplex property is going to invariably complicate things. Your rates are probably going to go up, but you'll be able to deduct a variety of tenant costs from your taxable income, helping offset those costs. This proves incredibly useful if you occupy one section of the home, as you'll be able to deduct a limited set of costs that will benefit you as well.
Don't Do It Alone
Preparing these plans alone can prove difficult, and it's best if you get some professional help to do so. Thankfully, here at Go Design Solutions, we have years of experience working with the local council, and we're able to provide a residential drafting service that is sure to leave you satisfied with the final product. To see how we can help you with all drafting in Penshurst, you can check out our portfolio, or call us on (02) 8091 0588.