Big plans in going small Changes to Auckland’s unitary plan and proposed changes to the Resource Management Act are opening up a host of opportunities for Aucklanders to release the value of their land, says Goldline Construction owner Daniel Hemus. Demand has led to Goldline Construction specialising in building small homes, granny lats and minor dwellings from 30m2 to 120m2 on clients’ sites. Daniel says it’s an aspect of construction that requires high levels of knowledge and expertise to get right and be able to give clients a good idea of costings before they commit. Goldline Construction o ers a free minor dwelling e-book, checklist and the company’s 65m2 Riverhaven loor plan. A complementary initial Zoom call allows Daniel to go through the site with the client and identify any key issues that need to be raised to ascertain the feasibility of a project and determine an initial budget. “Every property is di erent and there can be a lot to think about that can increase the cost of a project such as sewer pipes or stormwater connections, loodplains, development contribution fees etc. We can help our clients to identify these things at the start of their project so they have a realistic idea of what will be involved and what it will cost,” he says Goldline Construction typically undertakes a design and build process as each property is so unique. It o ers a full turnkey solution and manages the whole process from start to inish. Daniel says that small homes, granny lats and minor dwellings are popular with a variety of customers from property investors wanting to take advantage of new tax rules, which still allow them to claim interest expenses on new builds to people wanting to help their children into the property market or older people looking to downsize and create additional income with a rental. A recent project in Howick is a good example. The two bedroom, two bathroom monopitch minor dwelling unit totals 67m2 and comes with a large deck. The client plans to live in the new build and rent out their house to create extra income for their retirement indicating the huge range of bene its adding a smaller home onto an existing property can bring to suit an array of lifestyle needs, says Daniel. “We’ve also completed projects for a woman who wanted to live closer to her grandchildren so she could help out with childcare while her daughter trained to be a policewoman, people wanting to house extended family or have an Airbnb.” For those interested in a DIY option, Daniel is also in the process of creating his own course teaching people how to project manage a small home, granny lat or minor dwelling including weekly Zoom calls, subcontractor and supplier contacts and Mitre10 Trade pricing. Daniel, who has a diverse building industry background, owned and operated a franchise for a property maintenance and renovation company before purchasing Goldline Construction in January 2019. He’s been busy navigating it through the pandemic and learned a lot along the way. The booming Auckland property market is keeping Goldline Construction extremely busy. He says it is an ability to listen to what the client wants, then deliver the appropriate minor dwelling or granny lat solution, that sets Goldline Construction apart.