Our Process | Backspace Living

At Backspace Living, we work to continually refine our process to make our clients’ building experience enjoyable and intuitive

We pride ourselves in delivering a seamless building journey that is unique and personalised and creates a backspace that is right just for you.

Explore our process in more detail…

1. Contact Us

Your backspace journey begins when you reach out via phone or email, or connect with us on social media. Our friendly team are always ready to assist and discuss your overarching vision, needs and budget. Plus, we provide a complimentary, real-time property assessment and preliminary advice for your project.

2. Display Visit

We invite you visit our display home to experience our version of the humble ‘granny flat’ in real life, as well as the endless design possibilities we can create together. Our professional and knowledgeable team will then discuss the next steps.

3. Virtual Site Analysis & Preliminary Quote

Our team then conducts a virtual site inspection of your property. Once inspection is complete, we offer tailored advice for the most cost-effective way to bring your backspace design to life. We provide a preliminary quotation based on your provided site requirements and specifications.

4. Feasibility & Design

Forget everything you thought you knew about granny flats and get ready to get creative! Whether you opt for one of our award-winning existing designs or your own custom option, we will create a luxurious backspace design delivers your vision to suit your lifestyle and budget. We then finalise any compliance plans for your immediate approval.

5. Quotation & Tender

Every one of our customer relationships is predicated on trust, and that’s why once you have accepted your plans, our team provides you with a comprehensive, totally transparent, and detailed quotation for your backspace project.

6. Sign Your Contract

Once you are ready to move forward with your project, we finalise the contract and arrange a time to take you through the entire construction process. Our team will address any queries or concerns you may have prior to signing the contract.

7. Selections

It’s time to get inspired! Choose from our pre-selected packages or customise your own backspace together with our interior designers, colour specialists and supplier representatives. Our team will assist and advise in choosing your interior and exterior colours, fixtures and finishes to bring your exact vision to life

8. Building Approvals

Our team prepares all required documentation for either a Complying Development Certificate (CDC) or a Development Application (DA), and keeps you updated throughout the process.

9. Construction

Sit back and watch your backspace come to life! Progress invoices will be sent to ensure you’re only paying for work that’s been completed.

10. Practical Completion

Once construction is officially complete, your site supervisor and project manager meet with you on site to inspect your completed backspace, identifying any areas to be finalised.

11. Handover

Your Backspace dreams have come true! Our project manager hands over the keys to your finished backspace, and you receive an Occupation Certificate (OC), as well as a book of warranties and vouchers from our trustworthy suppliers. Should problems arise in the future, the team at Backspace Living is just a phone call away.

Award winning granny flat design

We are deeply honoured to have been recognised by local and national industry bodies, including the Housing Industry Association.

Winner 2019

HIA Hunter Region Affordable Housing

Finalist 2019

HIA Hunter Region Affordable Housing

Finalist 2018

HIA Hunter Region Affordable Housing

Winner 2017

HIA Hunter Region Outdoor Project

Winner 2017

HIA Hunter Region Affordable Housing

Wondering whether your backspace project will require council approval?

The NSW Affordable Housing State Environment Planning Policy (SEPP) allows granny flats in NSW to be approved as a complying development. This policy permits residential homeowners to build a granny flat on their private property, as long as they meet the minimum requirements. Namely, a property larger then 450m2, with a minimum 12m street frontage.

As long as the criteria above are satisfied, residential homeowners do not require any granny flat approvals on their property. If you’re still unsure, take our survey below to determine whether your project will require council approval.

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