What is an Attached Secondary Dwelling?

Are you thinking about an attached secondary dwelling but wondering if it will be good investment? Learn tips and where to get more advice.

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Hi, my name is Colin Fragar from Council Approval Group. I’m here to answer the question, what is an attached secondary dwelling? And I’d like to reach out to you through this video and really to connect with you on a way that hopefully moves your project forward.

So an attached secondary dwelling, by definition, of course, means it needs to be attached. Attached to what? Attached to the principal dwelling.

Typical Attached Secondary Dwelling

Okay, so what I’m going to do is I’m going to bring up my notepad here and share with you the different concepts of an attached secondary dwelling. So an attached secondary dwelling, by definition, of course, means it needs to be attached. Attached to what? Attached to the principal dwelling. So we will do “P” for principal and then attached is “S” for secondary dwelling. So that usually goes through a common wall, a party wall, but keep in mind that it can be under the same roof form.

Alternative Configurations

So what I’m about to show you is something that I’ve done personally. You might be able to have an attached secondary dwelling which is side by side and you’ve got the secondary and the principal dwellings like that. It doesn’t have to go back to back.

Another way that I often see it, and we’ve done thousands of these for our clients and we’ve done this personally ourselves in our own projects, is that you attach it via a garage. So say you’ve got the street here and you’ve got your principal dwelling there. Instead of attaching through a party wall or common wall, which is really where it goes from floor all the way up through to the roof for fire protection, maybe a smarter and a cheaper way to do it is to be able to have it attached by a carport or double carport – one for the principal dwelling and one for the secondary dwelling. That is a really way to have an attached secondary dwelling.

Free Resources For You

Something which I really recommend is that you grab right now Your Ultimate Guide to Council Approval. Make sure you get that. We will pop it on out in the post for you. There are a bunch of tips and tricks in there.

I recommend if you’re getting this far that you actually speak to one of our consultants who can help you to understand your project. And if you need someone to help you with this council approval process, we’d love to be able to offer our services to you. So if you book in for your free 30-minute consult, we’ll better understand your project, the challenges you’re facing and then create a clear path for you going forward.

My name is Colin Fragar and thanks for watching. All the best.