Thinking of Building a Duplex?

With it becoming increasingly difficult to purchase a home in Brisbane, locals are turning their attention to building in Brisbane instead, with many considering a brand-new duplex on land they already own. The benefits of building a duplex rather than one single or a double-storey home are numerous and offer many solutions. Dixon Homes offer a range of duplex home designs suitable for all lot shapes and sizes, and most importantly, tailored to suit your individual budget. If you are thinking that building a duplex may be a viable choice, let’s take a look at exactly what a duplex is, what the advantages are and some important aspects to consider.

What is a duplex?

A duplex is defined as two, or three, dwellings built on one single block of land. There are two main types:

• An attached duplex where separate living zones and entrances are built into one single building.

• A detached duplex where each dwelling is separate from the other.

With separate entrances, each residence can be built on separate floors or side by side. Each is completely separate with no shared rooms and has their own bathrooms, bedrooms, kitchens and living zones, plus courtyards. Depending on the design, some have garages too. Ultimately, the dwellings are independent, yet the way they are designed and positioned on a lot, can offer a range of advantages well worth taking a closer look at.

The advantages of building a duplex in Brisbane

Rising land prices and the soaring cost of living is resulting in home owners in and around Brisbane looking more closely at building a new home on their land. Many are taking a closer look at duplex properties, seeking ways to make the most of the land size and opportunities available to them, and it makes a great deal of sense. Whilst the concept of building more than one home at once can be daunting, when you work with Dixon Homes, you’ll soon realise that as an award-winning company, building a home is not as complicated as it may seem and the result you’ll achieve will be nothing short of perfection.

Significant savings

By building a duplex you get two, or three, dwellings for a significant savings. By using one new home as your primary residence, you can choose to rent or sell the other(s). The money you outlay for the result you achieve is a far more cost-effective solution.

Care for a family member

Depending on your financial situation, this may be the perfect opportunity for you to provide a home for elderly family members who like to maintain their independence but require limited supervision. In lieu of a nursing home, this could be the next best thing. Caring for family members in a private home, right next door to your residence is a clever alternative.

Receive rental income

One of the biggest potentials is the ability to receive rental income from a duplex—living in one property and leasing out the other(s) can provide a great source of positive cashflow. You may never have thought of yourself as being a landlord; however, if the opportunity presents itself, it may be something well worth considering.

Things to consider when building a duplex

If you are keen on building a duplex there are a few key areas to consider. Firstly, there are extra costs that need to be factored in and because most councils will charge rates per development, this could mean double or triple the annual outlay. It is important to be aware that each state in Australia has slightly different rules so before building in Brisbane, contact your local council or building regulator for details. Alternatively, if you partner with Dixon Homes, you don’t need to worry about a thing as all of your questions can be answered directly by the team. Their local knowledge is priceless and will definitely make building a duplex a seamless exercise.

Another aspect to consider is the size of the homes. Building multiple properties on one lot may impact the size of your living space so it pays to select the right floor plan for your land size.

Duplex home designs for building in Brisbane

Dixon Homes offers a huge range of duplex designs suitable for all lot sizes and locations in and around Brisbane. Options start at the smaller end of the scale, with one-bedroom, one-bathroom homes to double-storey designs and even three homes built alongside each other.

On a small lot size of 181 square metres the DR0219 is a quaint new home design offering comfortable living with each property boasting one bedroom and ensuite plus living and a garage. At just over $195 000, this could be the start of a great investment property.

If your land is very narrow and long, the DR5302 could be the perfect fit. Priced at around $260 000, you can build a duplex home, each with two bedrooms, open plan living and a lockup garage for one car. The DC0325 design takes things to a new level, providing for two spacious homes, each with three bedrooms, three bathrooms and a lockup double garage. With entries to each property at opposite ends of the block, this is great for a corner lot or simply to give each resident a greater feeling of privacy.

If you are fortunate enough to own a large block of land in Brisbane, over 590 square metres, you could look into building the TC4602 new home design, which provides for three separate residences, each with four bedrooms, two bathrooms and double garages. Building in Brisbane for just over $550 000, you could end up with three spacious homes—what an amazing opportunity.

Dixon Homes offers hundreds of duplex designs for Brisbane residents to consider so if you are thinking of building a duplex but not quite sure where to start, give the team a call and take the first step. With plenty of advantages to benefit from and a wide variety of home designs and floor plans to choose from, your new homes will come to life sooner than you may have once imagined.

Contact Dixon Homes today to make your dream a reality.