6 Oct

Why people will live in 38sq m lots on the Gold Coast

first_imgAn artist’s impression of the Envi terrace home development.The local process engineer said she and her husband, who works away, came across the Envi Urban Microvillage during their house hunt.“We had been looking at packages, but land on the Gold Coast was out of our price range,” Ms Nutt said.“We started looking at apartments and townhouses but I’m not keen on body corporate, and some apartments that were 60sq m, we were still looking at half a million dollars to buy.”At just 38sq m in size, the smallest Envi terrace lot has a price tag to match, of just $300,000.The home will have slightly bigger dimensions — the finished residence will be about 67sq m and be one of ten terrace homes available in the Envi village. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa20 hours agoGold Coast architect Amy Degenhart was a short-listed entry in the World Architecture Festival Awards for ‘The Micro’ model, built northwest of Brisbane.Mrs Nutt is preparing for her ‘urban pod’ slab on lot five to be poured early next year, with an anticipated move in around August.“We were able to design the kitchen and tailor the internal storage to suit our needs,” said Mrs Nutt.The micro lot is believed to be the smallest freehold residential lots in Australia, and is comparatively tiny on the Gold Coast, where the average size of new developments is 462sq m. Wendy Nutt has purchased one of the smallest residential lot developments in Australia, in Southport. Photo by Richard GoslingA STANDARD residential lap pool. A living room in a Sovereign Islands home. The master bedroom and ensuite of a Main Beach penthouse. You wouldn’t think those dimensions would fit an entire home, but that’s exactly what new buyer Wendy Nutt is preparing to move into in Southport, and she isn’t at all concerned about a downsize.“I currently rent a single converted garage, so I live in 22sq m at the moment,” she said.“You don’t really need that much space, we find that if you have space you fill it.” The design for Envi came from a “three-metre wide by nine metre terrace home in Vietnam”.Occupiers of Envi have chosen from the ‘pico pod’ — a one-bedroom, two-bathroom abode, the two-bedroom, one-bathroom ‘micro terrace’, and larger ‘urban pod’ (two-bedroom, two-bathroom) and ‘village home’ (three-bedroom, one study, two-bathroom). The terrace homes feature a free flowing design, open timber stairs, higher ceilings and glazing on the front and back to encourage air and light cross-flow.Already, seven of the micro homes have sold, with the remaining three under contract. Living small can have its appeal.Comparatively on the Gold Coast, the owner of the smallest Envi microlot will pay about $4,477 per square metre of liveable space.Not only does the Envi project give the developing Gold Coast an opportunity to tap into the micro market, but also lead the way and potentially see high rises replaced by terrace homes.“This is one of the first micro lots that are post town-planning and on a high rise lot,” said Ms Degenhart.“They may be on small lots, but half as much can be twice as good when it comes to combining architectural design and touches of luxury, with prime Gold Coast real estate, a central location and an affordable price tag.”Ms Degenhart’s developer client has pitched the design to an international audience, Google’s parent company, Alphabet, in the United States.“It’s quite revolutionary and a pilot study for what can be achieved,” Ms Degenhart said. Wendy Nutt will own the land and there will be no ongoing body corporate expenses. Photo by Richard Gosling“You’ve got your terrace homes in Melbourne that are about four metres wide and have been around for ages, and that’s where the name Envi came from, because the Gold Coast missed out during that period of time,” said Amy Degenhart, director of architect Degenhartshedd.“We were looking at New York, Sydney and Melbourne, and were envious in terms of their terrace homes.”Ms Degenhart said older, established cities around the world were able to introduce terrace homes pre-town planning. The design was inspired by a terrace home in Vietnam.The tiny house trend has emerged across the world, as an answer to increasing populations and property prices. America offers the most bang for your buck, with a median micro house (152sq m and less) price of $155,455. In London, affordable housing developer Pocket specialises in 38 sqm, one-bedroom apartments that carry an average price tag of $550,827.Demand in Sydney’s housing market saw a 155sq m block with approved plans for a tri-level, two-bedroom home in Freshwater sell earlier this month for $500,000. Construction costs were estimated to be $450,000.Collated property data revealed Sydney-siders are paying between $6,000 to $11,000 per square metre for a standard apartment, depending on suburb density.last_img read more

14 Aug

Ina “Wanda” Murphy, 96, Wellington: August 2, 1918 – July 7, 2015

first_imgIna Wanda MurphyIna “Wanda” Murphy, age 96, Wellington resident for the past 66 years, passed away Tuesday morning, July 7, 2015 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington, KS.  Wanda was the former co-owner of Modern Cleaners, and prior to that she was a department assistant supervisor at Cessna Aircraft.Ina “Wanda” (Roberts) Cowl Murphy was born on August 2, 1918 in Lenora, OK to Oliver W. Roberts and Fannie L. (Johnson) Roberts.Wanda married John Cowl on November 3, 1946 in Taloga, OK.  He passed away in 1973.  She then married Cleo (Pat) Murphy on March 26, 1977 in Wellington, KS.  He passed away in 1992.She was preceded in death by her two husbands, and two brothers, Waldo and Delvis Roberts.Survivors include her children, Clark Cowl and his wife Debra of Hutchinson, KS, Gary Cowl and his wife Barbara of Andover, KS, and Lenora Lovett of Loveland, CO; stepson, Charles Murphy and his wife Mildred of Waco,TX.  She was blessed with eight grandchildren; fifteen great grandchildren; and seven great great grandchildren.  She will be greatly missed by her family and many friends.Graveside Services will be held on Saturday, July 11, 2015 at 10:30 A.M. at Sumner Memorial Gardens in Wellington.  Pastor Brent Clayton will officiate.Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Friday, July 10, 2015 from 1:00 – 8:00 P.M.  The family will be present to greet friends from 6:00 – 7:00 P.M.A Memorial has been established with the First United Methodist Church.  Contributions can be left at the funeral home.Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.last_img read more