Small House Real Life #1
What and How Big? This is a small self-contained studio dwelling of approximately 60m2 (645 sq. ft.) located in inner-west Sydney designed by Ben Giles. It is a new separate residential dwelling and a single car garage built to the rear of the existing home. It contains a ground floor living / kitchen / dining area. Behind this is a combined bathroom and laundry. Upstairs is a bedroom sleeping loft that is connected to the main living space which provides a sense of spaciousness and volume to this small house. The existing garage and studio on the lot were demolished. A portion of the garden was reclaimed to increase landscaping.
Where? This is located at the rear of an existing residential lot in an inner-west suburb of Sydney, Australia. It fronts on to a rear lane.
Why? There is new ‘Granny flat’ planning legislation introduced by the New South Wales Department of Planning in 2009 that allows the provision of small, separate, secondary dwellings on suburban residential lots. This has been introduced to increase the range of housing types and address housing affordability. The owner will be able to rent this house out to generate income as well as to house extended family.
When? Completed in January 2010.
Other details? Ben Giles is an architect with more than 20 years of experience in “residential projects from individual houses to apartment buildings; mixed-use projects; community facilities; retail centres; medical buildings; commercial office and hospitality fit outs” in Australia and the UK.