Want to buy a luxurious home for $100,000 or less?
Two Victorian tradesmen have come up with the perfect solution — turning shipping containers into custom-designed granny flats, that can sit in the backyard.
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Carpenter Jesse O’Connor and plumber Ron Hartshorne appeared on Sunrise on Tuesday, and revealed their idea, that for some could be an affordable solution amid the housing crisis gripping Australia.
Their designs feature containers that can be one converted into one or two bedroom units with a living area, kitchen, bathroom and laundry.
Carpenter Jesse O’Connor and plumber Ron Hartshorne appeared on Sunrise on Tuesday. Credit: Sunrise
“(We got the idea from) the cost-of-living (crisis) — my daughter and I started building (a prototype) a few years ago — and it just sort of took off from there,” O’Connor said.
The pair launched Geelong Tiny Home (GTH) Living a year ago, and it didn’t take long to generate interest.
The idea gained traction after Victoria eased its urban planning laws last year — meaning most backyard granny flats no longer need a permit if they are under 60 square metres.
Their designs feature containers that can be one converted into one or two bedroom units with a living area, kitchen, bathroom and laundry. Credit: Sunrise
Hartshorne said the homes were an upgrade from traditional granny flats.
“It’s tiled throughout — bathrooms have floor-to-ceiling tiles,” Hartshorne said.
“You’ve got heated bathrooms — 6R insulation (which is usually between 250mm and 275mm thick) — so they’re good for either in Cairns (hot weather) or in the snow.”
Buyers have the option of connecting the container to existing plumbing onsite, or using a composting toilet.
Their designs feature containers that can be one converted into one or two bedroom units with a living area, kitchen, bathroom and laundry. ` Credit: Sunrise
It’s not getting any easier for Australians looking to get out of the rental market and purchase a home.
For a second year in a row, rental prices grew faster than home values, property data group CoreLogic reported on Monday, putting home ownership out of reach for many.
It follows a 9.5 per cent increase in rents in 2022 and a 9.6 per cent jump in 2021.
With rental vacancies at historic lows, additional supply is needed in the market to drive prices down.
The Albanese government has promised to reinvigorate the sluggish home-building sector, pledging to deliver 1.2 million new dwellings over five years.