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Embracing the Small Space with Shelford First Homes

27th April 2017

Large family homes can be difficult to manage, especially once your chicks have left the nest. And those big gardens and lawns that were necessary when the children were small, can become a huge hindrance once they’ve moved out. However, moving to a smaller, more manageable home is not limited to retirees and empty-nesters. More and more West Australians of all ages are ‘embracing the small space’ and choosing to downsize.

Smaller, narrower blocks are also becoming more popular, not only with downsizers, but also with first and subsequent home buyers due to increased density and rising land prices. Shelford First has created a clever range of floor plans ideally suited to living large when land size is restricted.

The Terrace is the flagship of Shelford First’s Narrow Lot Living range. Boasting big ideas and space-saving solutions, it is built to the highest of standards. The 3 x 2 Terrace combines simple lines and practical spaces with smarter building techniques to embrace easy, and enviable, low-maintenance living. This home is open for display in Cassia Glades Estate, for more information on The Terrace, click here

Martyn Ferris, Sales Manager at Shelford First Homes believes downsizing to a smaller home on a smaller block has many benefits, including less rooms to clean, less lawns to mow and minimal outdoor maintenance.

“An aging property can cost you more, both in terms of time and money. By streamlining your living arrangements and downsizing to a smaller home that costs less to run and is easier to maintain, you can free up your time, and your cash resources, while enjoying massive savings on loan repayments.” - Martyn Ferris, Sales Manager, Shelford First Homes.

Residential development can seem like a daunting process. However, a reputable builder like Shelford First can help navigate the red-tape so residents can divide, develop and embrace the smaller space, in their current location. Shelford First’s team is well-versed in Residential Design Codes (R-Codes) for single, multiple and grouped developments. They can help residents avoid unnecessary costs and delays by liaising with local authorities about building boundaries, covenants,and zoning.

Redeveloping a site to maximise profit potential can be an exciting way to create additional wealth to enjoy during retirement. The additional dwellings that can be built can then be rented out to provide extra income, sold off to top up superannuation, or used as equity for moving on to another property development.

Shelford First custom-designs cost-effective development solutions for residential sites. They will also organise the necessary permits and approvals, including the Development Approval, Building Permit and other construction requirements.  

“In custom-designing a cost-effective development solution for your site, your builder can not only help you achieve good urban design outcomes, but also address any concerns your neighbours may have about the development.” - Martyn Ferris, Sales Manager, Shelford First Homes.

Downsizing can provide more financial freedom to residents. A more manageable home requires less attention. For more information on Shelford First’s Narrow Lot Living range of homes, visit:

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