Stroud Homes: Your Expert Minor Dwelling Builder

Stroud Homes: Your Expert Minor Dwelling Builder

Publish Date: August 19 2020

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Lockdown solutions

Minor dwellings have never been more popular in New Zealand, and for many good reasons.

Adding a minor dwelling to your existing house is perfect for those who want to be in the same bubble during lockdowns, but ensure that everyone has their own space too.

Choose between shared living/dual occupancy plans at around 250m2 or any of the attached minor dwelling plans to create your own haven.

We also offer a stand alone minor dwelling, the Tairua 78, for those who value their own space a little extra.

We speak to an expert Stroud Homes builder about building minor dwellings, and what options are available.

Minor dwelling styles and layouts

Except for the Tairua, the dual occupancy and attached minor dwelling plans all give the feel of being one continuous house. They are generally connected by the garages with shared laundry and outdoor spaces.

At the moment we mostly have classic façades available but we can adapt the plans to suit any façade.

The minor dwellings are one to two bedrooms with a bathroom and an open layout kitchen/living space.

Attached vs stand-alone minor dwellings

Attached or stand-alone minor dwellings, what are the pros and cons with the two different designs?

Some councils prefer ancillary dwellings to share a wall, so the attached minor dwellings are easier to get council approval and for those that want to have family closer it is more convenient.

Some people worry that it might be too close and so prefer having a stand alone so that everyone can have their own space.

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The stand alone is also better as a future rental property.

Council requirements and features of minor dwellings

Are minor dwelling add-ons available for all Stroud Homes designs or are they subject to local council planning requirements?

We can definitely look at adding it onto any design and especially the larger lifestyle designs are usually well suited to this. Having a minor dwelling is always subject to council planning requirements and land covenants.

However, the attached minor dwellings get around a lot of these rules easier as councils like the one house look, but it still depends on the land if this is possible.

Are most minor dwelling options designed to house one or more people and what features do they contain compared to the main build?

As they are one to two bedrooms they suit a couple or small family (two bed) best. They are built to the same standard as the main build, but we can include wheelchair accessible features if needed. They also tend to have a small stove and oven as there is less space.

Popular minor dwelling designs

The Hahei 394 and the Koru 428 with minor dwelling are the ones we have had more enquiries for so far as they have two beds in the minor dwelling and offer separate outdoor areas and an internal shared laundry rather than garage laundry.

The Hahei 394 and the Koru 428 minor dwelling plans:

Contact Stroud Homes NZ

If you are dreaming about a minor dwelling and are looking for a builder in New Zealand you can trust, contact Stroud Homes today on 0800 469 787 683.

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