The MJS Dual Occupancy builder difference.
With 35 years of experience building hundreds of Dual Occupancy, Duplex Developments and commercial spaces. The MJS Construction Group team with private clients to large property developers – and always take care to understand the project details so that you’re overwhelmed with excitement and joy at the finished product.
Valuing relationships, respecting the details and ensuring quality results set MJS Construction Group apart. We don’t just “say” we’ll do all this, we actually deliver on our promises. This is how MJS Construction Group has grown and how our unique organisational structure continues to excel in the design, building and construction industry.
Feel at home with Bentleigh East builders who specialise in Dual Occupancy Duplex Builds that deliver their construction projects on time, on budget and with the highest attention to detail.
Our winning Dual Occupancy building services.
Our family has been building quality dual occupancy homes for over 35 years. MJS Construction Group listens to you about how your family lives and then we customize your duplex home to your family’s lifestyle or perfect investment property. Managing your dual occupancy building project from beginning to end is just one way we make your building process simple and convenient.
Some of the Elsternwick Dual Occupancy homes we've built.
The best way to appreciate the quality and finish of an MJS dual occupancy home is to flick through some of our stunning projects below. MJS Construction is a local Elsternwick duplex builder with a vision to design and build new homes of quality and excellence. When it comes to new dual occ builders, Elsternwick residents can rely on MJS for quality, style and service.
Our team of experienced professional designers and dual occ builders can help you create the home of your dreams. We guide our clients through the entire home building process and take time to ask the right questions to help each client create a layout and design that perfectly suits their needs.
Monier Roof Tiles
Lemaar Door hardware
See what clients say about our Dual Occupancy building services.
Located in Bentleigh East, MJS Construction Group brings to life high quality
Dual Occupancy & Duplex construction projects throughout Bayside, and the greater
Your Dual Occupancy journey starts here An award-winning Elsternwick Duall Occupancy builder you can trust.
Experience the MJS reputation for Excellence. Receive a home built with design sensibility, quality construction and quality inclusions. Enjoy a memorable homebuilding journey where you receive complete transparency, regular communication and personalised service. Partner with a builder who stands apart for all the right reasons.
Are you considering building Dual Occupancy residences?
MJS Construction Group has successfully completed many dual occ developments both side-by-side as well as backyard dwellings. Both are a fantastic option to build your home and second residence to capitalise on your land use and maximise your income potential.
Engaging MJS Construction Group means that you’ll enjoy the same expert, second-to-none service that our clients truly appreciate.
Do you have Dual Occ plans?
If so, MJS Construction Group will review your plans, discuss your requirements, and put your dual occ site plans into action. Managing the project for you reduces your stress levels and ensures your build is delivered at the highest possible quality.
If not, MJS Construction Group can also help with all design aspects of your project. Our unique building methodology and design systems ensure your structures are efficient to build and the end results exceed market expectations.
How we make your Dual Occupancy investment dreams come true (in a nutshell):
Everyone loves a great deal, which is why home builders may be tempted by the idea of getting two homes for the price of one.
Although it costs more to build a duplex than a single freestanding house, it’s usually cheaper than building two houses, and because both dwellings are on the same block, the land costs less than two separate lots.
Duplex projects have the potential for significant profits, but considering the hidden costs, determining whether a duplex is a good investment depends on several factors and diligent number crunching.
The State Government Laws defines a dual occupancy as, “two dwellings on one title, either attached or detached”. A dual occupancy is different to having a secondary dwelling or granny flat situated at the back of a property. ... An example of dual occupancy is a duplex.
An example of dual occupancy is a duplex. At MJS Construction Group we have the right guys for the job if building a duplex is something you’re considering. We have a team of expert dual occupancy builders who will be able to guide you throughout the process from council approvals right through to the final product.
A duplex is a single residential building with two dwellings under the one roof and a dividing wall between. Also known as a dual occupancy, each side is a completely separate home, with its own entrance, amenities and yard. Duplexes are sometimes on one title, meaning both halves must be sold together.
The biggest appeal for investors is the value added to the property when a duplex development is complete.
In 2019 the cost to build a duplex is around $1m to $1.1m and timeframes can take anywhere from between 12 weeks to 16 months, says RealEstate.com.au. Not all blocks are suitable to build a duplex on, however. Ideally, you want a block that is level, without too many trees and that has a slight fall to the street.
Why build one house when you can build two and pocket some cash? Building a duplex offers you the opportunity to live in the location you desire for a fraction of the cost.
SUBDIVIDING YOUR DUAL OCCUPANCY
Depending on the LEP, subdivision of a dual occupancy is usually permitted with consent by way of a Torrens title or a Strata subdivision. This means that for each individual dwelling within a dual occupancy will be created either as a strata title unit in a strata plan or as a Torrens title lot. Subdivision of a dual occupancy can only be done with the lodgement of a Development Application
One of the advantages of a dual occupancy over a secondary dwelling is that a dual occupancy can be sold separately. The challenge is how to sell them separately.
As quoted by councilapproval.com.au, "you can only sell them separately, of course, if they’re on two separate titles. You can do that in two different ways. The first is what we call strata subdivision. The second is Torrens title subdivision."
Can you show recent examples of your work?
Check out completed homes in your area and talk to previous customers. Reputable builders confident about their own work will be happy to put you in touch with previous customers.
Are you licensed?
Unlicensed builders might be cheaper, but you won’t have any protection. So work with licensed builders only. And don’t just take their word for it—you can check yourself online.
Are you fully insured?
It’s important you’re fully protected. Generally, home indemnity insurance covers you for financial loss, while workers’ compensation and general or public liability insurance protect you against workplace accidents. Make sure your builder has
the necessary financial protection in case something goes wrong. Each state and territory has different rules about the amount and type of insurance that builders must hold.
How long have you been in business?
Ideally, you want a well-established builder who enjoys solid long-term relationships with their tradespeople.
How do we pay?
You don’t want to be paying substantial amounts up-front. So set expectations in advance. Progress payments should be made after the work is done to your satisfaction.
Who will supervise the work?
The onsite supervisor’s role is crucial to the smooth running of the project. Meet up to make sure you’ll be comfortable working with them.
Do you have other jobs on?
If the builder has other commitments, your work could get bumped and delayed. On the other hand, if the builder is free to start tomorrow, it may be worth asking why they are so quiet.
What happens if there is a problem?
With any complex building project issues are bound to crop up. Ask how long they guarantee their work. There is usually a building maintenance period during which the builder will come in and fix any problems. Make sure you know what is relevant in your state or territory.
Will costs change?
Make sure the quote includes total costs and there are no hidden surprises. But even so, when it comes to building it’s a good idea to expect the unexpected. If the builder encounters a site problem which requires more work or if you want to vary your plans, it’s important to discuss up-front how this will be managed.
How long will it take?
Complex building projects rarely run exactly to schedule. You’re subject to the vagaries of the weather and the reliability of suppliers. But it’s a good idea to set a timeframe for completion, along with progress milestones along the way. Remember, it’s your house and you need to get it right. So you need to be comfortable with your choice of builder. If it doesn’t feel right, shop around and get a second opinion.
Would you like to get started with your Dual Occ project?
Schedule an appointment with MJS Construction Group to discuss your project dreams and requirements. Our Dual Occ specialist team delivers on its promises, on time, on budget and with the highest attention to detail.
MJS Construction Group prides itself on building valued relationships with clients. We understand that long-lasting and multi-project partnerships are only possible through maintaining consistent performance and commitment to service.
Located in Bentleigh East and servicing Bentleigh and surrounding Elsternwick suburbs, MJS Construction Group are your dual occupancy build specialists. Whether it’s your own backyard, a project for profit or a large multi-site development, MJS Construction Group treats your build as if it were one of our own.