FAQ

1What makes the HOW - Nano Home different to regular Granny Flats?
  • We offer a fixed price contract.
  • A complete Turn Key solution to include:
    • Insulation and soundproofing
    • The precision of full steel construction
    • 6 star quality
    • High-end appliances with Australian warranties included as standard
    • An ensuite for each bedroom with floor to ceiling tiles as standard
    • Fully Ducted and zoned air-conditioning
    • Engineering sign off
    • Guaranteed formaldehyde and asbestos free
2I have seen them advertised cheaper.
You will always get what you pay for!

  • There can be significant differences in quality, price and service. As with purchasing or building any home, it is crucial to do your research.
  • HOW - Nano Homes conform to guidelines and building codes that often surpass those of traditional built-on-site homes.
  • HOW - Nano Homes feature all quality inclusions in a one all-inclusive price
  • NO hidden costs
  • Good quality maintains value
  • 25 year warranty
There is no substitute for quality! Better quality will always attract a better quality tenant and a higher rent!
3Can I change the floorplan/design?
Whilst the two designs noted are our standard designs, our architect is in the process of designing more options. Our architects and engineers have been researching and developing our plans to perfection over many years. By keeping to a smaller number of designs, we can also ensure consistent superior quality inclusions at a very competitive price. If you would like a custom design, please talk to our Sales Consultants. They will liaise with you and our engineers and architect to create a design perfect for you at a very competitive price.
4Are they built on a concrete slab?
They can be, but we recommend our HOW - Nano Homes to sit on advanced technology steel piers:
Insulated aerated concrete flooring sit on core pillar and post foundations.

This offers:

  • A category 6 cyclone rating
  • A cheaper alternative to concrete
  • Removability
  • Does not limit where on your block you can build
5What are the benefits of double glazing and ducted air conditioning?
  • All HOW - Nano homes offer comfort and luxury as standard.
  • Cool in Summer and Warm in Winter means you will always be comfortable!
  • Double glazing allows you to control the noise levels coming from inside and outside of your HOW - Nano Home. you will hear lower unwanted noise from your neighbours, and the power to play loud music in your house without the neighbours hearing it all.
6Are they assembled on site or do they arrive fully built?
They arrive fully built in two halves, that are assembled on site.

  • HOW - Nano Homes are built in factories, which means that the manufacturers are able to utilise tools unavailable to the on-site builder such as custom manufactured jigs which ensure that all walls, floors and ceilings are square and plumb.
  • HOW - Nano Homes are installed in a matter of 1 - 2 days!
  • They don’t see the typical on-site delays caused predominantly by the weather.
7How far off the back boundary and the main house do they have to be?
For NSW CDC approvals, there must be a setback from a rear boundary of no less than the following:

  • 3 metres, if the lot has an area of at least 450 square metres but less than 900 square metres
  • 5 metres, if the lot has an area of at least 900 square metres but less than 1500 square metres
  • 10 metres, if the lot has an area of at least 1500 square metres.
See this PDF for more information.
8Do I need a council DA?
NSW

  • Your HOW - Nano Home can be approved as either a Complying Development Construction (CDC) or with a Development Approval (DA).
  • For your HOW - Nano Home to be approved as a CDC:
    • Maximum floor area is 60 square metres
    • HOW - Nano Homes meet the requirements of the building code
    • Only the primary dwelling on the land prior to installation of your HOW - Nano Home
    • Combined total floor area of the primary dwelling and nano home still complies with the local council environment plan
    • The land is not subdivided, and is a minimum of 450 square metres
    • The HOW - Nano Home meets the planning controls such as building heights and setbacks for the SEPP
    • If your HOW - Nano Home does not qualify as a CDC, we will happily assist you with your DA
    Other States

    We will liaise with your local council on your behalf and assist with all DA Approval requirements.
9Can I add a water tank/veranda at a later date?
Absolutely! We offer a variety of veranda sizes from 3m to 12m in length and 2m in width.
Water tanks can also be added as well as solar panelling if required.
10Can you arrange finance?
We have an in-house finance team who can provide you with a number of tailored finance solutions.
11Can I fence off my HOW - Nano Home from my main residence?
Yes you can, we can arrange that for you as well as a landscaping service if that is of interest to you.
12What about connecting to mains power?
All HOW - Nano Homes come pre-plumbed, pre-wired and are both internet and automation ready as standard.
13Does a HOW - Nano Home need a separate entrance?
No! This is very much a personal preference and can be arranged if desired. Our builders will be happy to assist.
14Won’t I be worse off with a bigger mortgage?
The addition of a HOW - Nano Home will also add to your household income which in turn can actually help you pay your home loan off even faster. Depreciation claims can also help. Our Finance Team can explain this to you in detail.