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Do you own an apartment or are seeking to purchase an apartment to live in, or as an investment property? See below, a great article on how smaller style apartments are becoming more & more popular. *If you require any re-modelling work done for your property, call us: 1300405690 & let’s chat about your ideas.

SMALL APARTMENTS WILL HAVE A BIG FUTURE
Source:By Michael Yardney – propertyupdate.com.au

Whilst many developed countries have embraced the virtues of high-density accommodation clustered around major cities; think New York, Paris, London and Tokyo; here in Australia, our culture has been based on backyards, BBQ’s and wide-open family spaces.

Now though, a demographic shift is occurring, with more single person households and childless couples choosing to live in and around our big cities where employment and lifestyle factors are big drawcards.

Figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reveal that the number of one person households will surge to between 3 million and 3.6 million by 2031; a dramatic shift when you consider that in 2006 only 1.9 million people lived alone.

This massive increase is due to a number of factors including;

*Gen-X’ers downsizing as their children leave the family home.
a forecast jump in the number of DINKS (Double Income No Kids).

*According to the ABS couple-only households are set to overtake the number of families with offspring in the next two or three years, and it’s expected that DINKS will make up 60 per cent of all couple-only households by 2031.

*A rapidly growing population and continuing housing shortage in some of our major cities.

*Ongoing affordability issues and increasing rental prices forcing many to rethink their size requirements.

Demand for one bedroom apartments, which skeptics have long considered to be less desirable, is set to soar as many Australians adjust their ideals according to what they can afford. And one of the questions they’ll be asking is; do I really need that extra bedroom?

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Paul and Norah - Jindalee

McDonald & Son builders did an excellent job on our major extension which included two bedrooms a bathroom and decking. We are on a very difficult site and most of the builders that came to quote either wouldn’t take the job on or quoted an exorbitant price. The completed job is excellent with the team ensuring they matched both the internal and external finishes to the rest of the house – it is a very professional job. The finished product is something we are very proud of and we are very happy that we chose McDonald and Son Builders. They were incredibly reliable and courteous throughout the project. We have no hesitation in recommending Dean and his team for any building project and have even had them back for a couple of smaller projects – each of these finished with the same attention to detail.

Trisha Rogers - Cedar Creek

Dean, a special thank you for all your hard work and organisation – the house looks so much better than I could have believed possible and it’s also reassuring to know that you have made it more stable and secure. Your “can do” attitude was so refreshing and your attention to detail speaks for itself. I’ll remember to thank my nephew and niece for recommending you, I’m so glad they did.

Annette Dodson - Indooroopilly

We are so grateful to McDonald and Son Builders for the work that was performed to our Retaining Wall, Fence and Pergola maintenance. The constant communication and professionalism that Dean and his team showed was second to none. We were so impressed with the final result that we recommended them to family members. This resulted in McDonald and Son Builders being awarded the contract to fully restore our Grandfather’s house who was seriously affected by the Brisbane floods in 2011.

Micheal and Kylie Dean - Sinnamon

McDonald and Son Builders were recommended to us by our good friends in 2010. After meeting Dean and getting the quote, we contracted the crew to build a back patio for us. Unfortunately our house went under in the January 2011 floods. Dean rang us to offer help and actually sent around one of his apprentices to spend a whole day helping us rip out the inside of the house (poor guy – sorry DJ!). After we recovered, we were able to get Dean and the crew back to finally build the patio and a portico out the front. We were very happy with the whole process, from the very competitive quote to the finished product. They worked ridiculously hard in horrid conditions, and didn’t complain when all I had to offer were some measly icypoles! Dean and the crew are precise, flexible, and accommodating. They made sure we were happy every step of the way. They also cleaned up the site at the end of every day and kept us informed of the schedule. We’ve already recommended McDonald and Son builders to two of our friends, who have both contracted them to do the job. All of our future building projects will be done by McDonald and Son Builders without a doubt. No need to bother ringing around anymore. We definitely recommend them to you.

The Farris Family - Riverhills

I would highly recommend McDonald and Son Builders

I first employed McDonald and Son Builders to do repairs on my veranda. Found Dean’s quote to be fair and extremely honest. Workmanship was carried out to the highest quality they went well and beyond the work requested. I was very impressed as they found other problems that I did not know of and they fixed them with no charge. They cared for my house and brought it back to it’s original condition. I would highly recommend McDonald and Son Builders and use this company again and again.

Julie Patane – Oxley, QLD

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