Modernising the Granny Flat

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Baahouse + Basstudio    
Sept 2016 Newsletter    
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Modernising the Granny Flat

Gone are the days where we think of a Granny Flat as a small brick veneer box like structure with a few windows tucked away in the back corner of your property with little thought to aesthetics when accommodating your elderly parents during their final years. 

The aging population is now expected to enjoy a longer life expectancy with the number of people aged 65 and over tripling over 50 years to 3.4 million in 2014, and projected to increase to 9.6 million by 2064 (statistics from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare aihw.gov.au/ageing/).

Baby boomers in this category will increasingly look to down size but they no longer need to settle for the traditional style ‘Granny Flat.’ BAAHouse is a modern solution to the traditional granny flat design. We have created a new range of architecturally designed and affordable houses that incorporate lifestyle requirements and design elements so our clients will enjoy their grand years.

These custom built Granny Flats means are constructed as a 2nd dwelling on an existing site with low impact on site conditions. Our range of designs are small in size to meet council approval however designed in a way that ensures there are no wasted circulation areas and suit the particular site conditions to maximise views, natural surroundings and breeze/light flow and the Australian climate.


 They feature large ceilings as well as a large connecting deck to the outdoors giving the feel of a larger home. 
Visit www.baahouse.com.au to see the new range of granny flats
LOCATED ON THE FOOT HILLS OF SAMFORD VALLEY

2 BEDROOM 80 SQM GRANNY FLAT
LINCOLN 2B DESIGN
Designed by Baahouse + Baastudio, this 80sqm+20sqm 2 Bedroom small house was built by Saunders Building Company Brisbane. 
It is located in the beautiful hilly area of Samford Valley located 21km from Brisbane City in Queensland, Australia and was designed for an astute and hip elderly couple who wanted to live on the same property as their children but sought their own retreat to enjoy their retirement years.

The brief for the project was to design a small, tropical, modern house that utilises the steep site.
The client decided on the Lincoln 2 bedroom from the BAAhouse range. It consists of 2 bedrooms, ensuite, shared wc, large study, laundry and the main kitchen - living / lounge area.  The Lincoln is cleverly designed to maximize all internal spaces; the large windows and sliding doors allow for airflow and a large high raking ceiling and the position of high windows makes the 80sqm house feel more like a 100sqm house. A large open deck flowing into the main living area with the sliding doors merges two spaces together to create a large enjoyable space that connects inside and outside together which was a key element for the design.
The clients were able to use the same vertical textured cladding from the existing house on site which was painted a dark colour so it disappeared into the leafy surrounding.  With the use of hardwood outriggers, handrails and vertical timber battens, the house has become a stunning tropical form of modern architecture that will over time blend into the surroundings but hold its own style for years to come.
One of the feature materials is the use of fiberglass transparent cladding on the deck area. The fiberglass is semi-transparent which creates a lovely sense of light, and from the outside gives the house a water like appearance glow. At night the house glows in the dark like a Japanese lantern.

The inside finishes consist of Spotted Gum Hardwood timber flooring which is the same material as the outside decking. The spotted gum flooring wraps up the kitchen island bench. The Feature kitchen bench is raw concrete Caesar stone that compliments the colours of the dark grey laminate and the natural colours of the timber flooring. With the use of timber veneer in the kitchen and tv unit, the blend of materials work together to create an inviting space.
Main Design features are:
  • Large eave overhangs.
  • Expressed hardwood studs.
  • Kitchen designed custom designed to suit your requirements.
  • Separate powder room and ensuite.
  • Large high raked ceilings.
  • Privacy to rooms and neighbours.
  • Storage spaces.
  • Functional laundry area.
  • Natural lighting and airflow.
  • Interior detail.


BAAhouse have truly created a new style of Granny flats /Small houses that combine architectural features and concepts together with natural materials to blend in with the environment that sets them apart from what’s on the market.
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Book a 2hr onsite design consultation today for only $395 .

What we offer:
1.      Initial investigations regarding your site
2.     Travel to and from site (Subject to location)
3.     The meeting itself
a.     Confirming client ideas & brief
b.     Discussing client budget
c.     Discussing key site issues
4.     BAA House + BAAStudio introductory forms
5.    Onsite sketches
6.    Post meeting investigations into any specific items discussed on site
7.    Drafting of fee submission or turn-key engagement if requested
8.    Any further correspondence

 
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BAAHOUSE + BAASTUDIO TIPS

We cannot believe half a year has gone and winter is upon us already. So we thought we would give you some tips on staying warm through the cold winter months.

 

1. Install insulation in your house 
2. Close off any rooms that are not in use
3. Let it shine! Let the sun in.
4. Maintain your heaters
5. Seal up gaps and cracks that let the cold air in
6. Use Thick Curtains
7. Double glazing
8. Cover Bare floor boards
9. Reverse the fans and get them going
10. Choose energy efficient glass
11. Have a fireplace



BUDGET TIPS

1 . Get a quote from three builders and consult with your Architect
as this could potentially save you thousands of dollars

2. Know where to save and where to spend. While and addition such as a pool may seem like a luxury, it adds to the enjoyment value.

3. Do you research on materials and products you use for your project. Your Architect may be able to save you money using their product suppliers. 

4. The more details and documents you have for your project the more accurate fixed costing you will get for your project and you'll be less likely to get variations.

5. When engaging an Architect company, know who in the company will be working on your project? Sometimes a small company which can provide you a personalised service will give you a  better service and outcome that can save you money through out the project.

6. Be honest with your Budget. As this can help with the design process and outcome.


Make sure you understand what is

your overall budget and construction

budget!!!




 
Below are a couple of new jobs on the drawing boards.
New Indoor-Outdoor living / Cannon Hill / Manly
Completed job at The Gap. Modern Tropical Living.
Creating indoor-outdoor spaces.
Homely Hampton style house renovation. Converting an old cattle ranch house into a inviting house for the young family. (Dalby/QLD)
 
2 New BAAhouse designs currently under construction at Samford Valley
and Lennox Heads. 
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Book a 2hr onsite design consultation today for only $395 .

What we offer:
1.      Initial investigations regarding your site
2.     Travel to and from site (Subject to location)
3.     The meeting itself
a.     Confirming client ideas & brief
b.     Discussing client budget
c.     Discussing key site issues
4.     BAA House + BAAStudio introductory forms
5.    Onsite sketches
6.    Post meeting investigations into any specific items discussed on site
7.    Drafting of fee submission or turn-key engagement if requested
8.    Any further correspondence

 
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It is important to choose the right Architect or company

Here are some of the questions to consider before engaging an architect

 

1) How interested is the Architect in your project?

2) What are the Architects fees for the entire job? Are the fees transparent?

3) Who in the Company will be working the project?

4) Has the Architect explained the different stages required?

5) What services does the Architect provide during the construction?

6) Can the Architect provide you with onsite ideas and understand what the project will cost you?

7) Does the Architect provide meetings and sketches along the different stages and what involvement do you have throughout the job/process?

8) Is the Architect a designer? Do they have creative ideas and can they think outside of the box to give you a unique design that will suit your lifestyle needs

We provide all of this at Baahouse + Baastudio

 

 

Designing your home to stay cool over the summer months.

Now is the time of year where we attempt to keep cool at all costs which usually means turning on the air-conditioning or being in close proximity to a pool or a large expanse of water!

What if you could design your home to be that cool oasis you desire over the summer months without needing air-conditioning. We believe this is achievable with the following building tips:

1) Ensure that your house is designed to face predominant breezes (south easterly and north easterly winds) and the house can be opened up to capture these breezes once the temperature cools. Shade your east and west facing windows. Window and door options can include: louvres that open wide, bi-folding and sliding doors, effective screens and shutters. Avoid aluminium frames.

2) As hot air rises, if you are building or renovating a two storey house, design this so your main living and sleeping areas are downstairs.

3) Effective insulation will keep your house cool and reduce energy use in the future.

4) Raise your house slightly off the ground to allow air flow underneath. See our Lincoln BAAhouse design above.

5) Create a lovely outdoor shady area with landscaping to enjoy the cooler nights. Plant trees for shading east and west walls.

6) Choose lighter colours for your exterior and interior walls. As black and dark clothing absorb the heat, so lighter colours reflect the heat and are therefore more cooling.

7) Eaves. Make sure these are at least 900mm wide.

8) Equip your house with quality fans.

9) Allow for internal voids, high ceilings, and roof ventilation for better air flow and cooling.

 

If you need further advice on these options and the types of materials to stay cool for future summers, give us a call.

This Hip Granny Flat Seems To Float Among The Trees

This 592 sq. ft. home in Queensland, Australia might be called a “granny flat” because of its practicality but you won’t find any mothballs, chotchkes, or wild wallpaper. This accessory dwelling has enough clever features to accommodate anyone who has a sense of style thanks to the collaboration effort between Baahouse + Baastudio and Kim Alexander builders, who delivered on their promise to construct a fashionable secondary dwelling on the owner’s property. With lower construction costs and advances in prefab and modular design approach, it makes sense to build a small place like this to keep your aging parents, or “returned to nest” college graduates out of your hair. Plus if there’s no full-time occupant, you always have Airbnb as an option to pull in a few extra bucks to offset a mortgage.

This particular design seems to float among the trees thanks to the steel beam foundation that raises it above the ground. The designers found a perfect blend of hip modern aesthetic and a touch of country with the wedge shape and pitched roof, plus the huge deck that wraps around the house adds a ton of extra space to relax.

The living room and bedroom each extend right onto the deck, accessible through large sliding glass doors and covered by the cantilevered roof.

The living room especially makes great use of the deck, basically doubling the floor space as the two areas seamlessly blend together with the doors are wide open.

Inside you’ll find tastefully Scandinavian style decorations, with lots of white, a splash of color, and plenty of open space. A galley kitchen offers plenty of space to prep and cook, with the island featuring a built in sink and seating for 3-4 on the barstools.

 

BRISBANE’S BAAHOUSE + BAASTUDIO RECEIVES BEST OF HOUZZ 2015 AWARD AS ONE OF AUSTRALIA’S TOP HOME PROFESSIONALS

Over 25 million users in Australia and around the world select the best of 

Home Building, Renovation and Design

BRISBANE February 19, 2015 – Baahouse + Baastudio of Brisbane has been awarded ‘Best of Houzz 2015’ for Design by Houzz.com.au, the leading platform for home renovation and design. The Company Baahouse + Baastudio was chosen by the more than 25 million users that make up the Houzz community (with over 1 million in Australia). Baahouse + Baastudio was selected from among more than 500,000 home professionals worldwide!

The Best of Houzz awards fall under two categories: ‘Design’ and ‘Customer Satisfaction’. Design awards are granted to home professionals whose work was the most popular among the more than 25 million monthly users on Houzz, affectionately known as ‘Houzzers’. Customer Satisfaction honours are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews received by a professional in 2014.

Winners of the awards will receive a ‘Best of Houzz 2015’ badge on their profiles to highlight their talents to the community. The badges will highlight the award winner’s popularity and satisfaction rating among their peers on Houzz, distinguishing them to Houzzers around the world who discover and love their work.

Jason Chuck, Managing Director of Houzz Australia, says: "It's great to see Baahouse + Baastudio recognised as the Best of Houzz from across Australia and more than 500,000 businesses worldwide. It's a genuine tribute to their expertise when the award is judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively building, renovating and decorating their homes."

"For homeowners, Houzz.com.au provides them with everything they need to build, renovate or decorate their homes, connecting them with not only the best home professionals and products from Australia, but also from around the world. Our community in Australia is already over 1 million and growing every day."

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