Interior Design by St James Whitting
FuturePOD construction NJO Building
Tiling by Five Dock Tiling & Bathroom Renovations
Joinery construction by Zarrella Kitchens
Photography by Marian Riabic
Are you looking for extra space at your house? Somewhere for you to work from home, exercise, play music, create artwork, or a place for the kids to study? A St James Whitting FuturePOD is a great investment for your property, which will add value to your home as well as for your family. Under 20m2 no council approval is required in New South Wales*. All our designs meet strict BCA requirements and we can design other sizes and designs to suit individual needs. The FuturePOD embraces sustainable and eco-friendly interior and building design to ensure that our projects are of the highest environmental quality providing spaces that not only look good but are also healthy for their occupants, and good for our planet. Featuring the St James Whitting curated furniture selections from SATARA Australia and One World Collection your FuturePOD celebrates signature style and sustainable design solutions.
Fully Transformable Interior
We know that your home needs to be flexible and accomodating. We have made the SJW FuturePOD interior completely tranformable with the integration of the Italian made Dotto Wall Bed – the DOTTO is a large two person study desk by day and with one easy movement allows you to pull down a bed ready for use without moving any objects from the desk – so that your FuturePOD looks great no matter who pops over at the last minute. With SJW, you tell us your needs, and we make sure that the FuturePOD meets them for you.
Pebble Coffee Tables
GBS317 Kitchen Stool
Jayde Sofa on Caster Wheels
Sustainable timber linings, UBIQ cladding, VOC FREE paint & LED lighting
Trademark in progress.
Fast and Council Excempt*
LiveIN – relax and restore
WorkIN – small business to guest room ( as pictured)
StayIN – overnight guests
CreateIN – studio space
Customised interiors that tranform day to night
The FuturePOD interiors are custom designed to your needs and tranform in function and form from day to night, including a fully rotational smart TV that you can view from the two person desk, consulting lounge or outdoor spa.
Fully sustainable materials
At StJamesWhitting we believe that all interiors should enhance the health and wellbeing of our clients and we specify and use only the most environmentally sustainable, eco-friendly products and practices.
The FuturePOD embraces sustainable and eco-friendly interior and building design to ensure that our projects are of the highest environmental quality providing spaces that not only look good but are also healthy for their occupants, and good for our planet. All our FuturePOD suppliers are selected for the material properties, design aesthetics and affordable price point to ensure that all FuturePODS provide a better environment to live in.
Council exemptions are available in NSW – *conditions apply
Can I use an exempt structure as a granny flat or secondary dwelling?
No. The exempt development code states that the development must not be habitable. This means that it cannot be used as a granny flat or secondary dwelling. If you require a habitable structure, contact us to find out more
Can I use an exempt structure as a bathroom, laundry toilet or other room?
The exempt development code states that the development must not be habitable, with the term habitable room being defined in Part 1, Division 1, Clause 1.5 of the NSW code as a room used for normal domestic activities, other than a bathroom, laundry, toilet, pantry, walk in wardrobe, hallway, lobby, clothes drying room or other space of a specialised nature that is not occupied frequently or for extended periods.
This means that bathrooms and laundries are not classified as habitable rooms.
In New South Wales, many types of minor building projects do not require Council approval or accredited certification. This is called an exempt development.
For more information visit: planningportal.nsw.gov.au
An Exempt Development is a low-impact development. Providing your building project meets specific development standards, approval from your Council is not required.
For more information visit: planning.nsw.gov.au
Although most properties in NSW and ACT are eligible for exempt development, some land is specifically excluded from exempt development provisions. Most NSW properties details can be checked using the NSW Planning Portal or by purchasing a ‘Section 149 planning certificate’ from your local council. If in doubt about your property’s eligibility, contact your local council or planning authority to ascertain what size shed or cabana you can put in as exempt development.
Although our FuturePODs are designed to be fully portable they are also carefully designed and engineered to meet the Building Code of Australia (BCA) construction requirements for exempt development in NSW.
There are also some property specific standards that must be complied with. Some examples of these conditions are:
floor area not exceeding 20m²
900mm setback from boundaries on residential zoned land
no more than 3m above existing ground level
no more than two such developments per lot
be located at least 1m from any registered easement
Please visit NSW Legislation website for full list of conditions. www.legislation.nsw.gov.au
What if my property or application doesn’t comply with exempt development requirements?
Some properties or applications require specific approvals and solutions. We can custom design solutions to solve your extra space requirements from small projects, renovations, new homes and multi-res developments; all with a focus on eco-friendly, sustainable design.
Where can I find the full list of exempt development standards?
The standards you must comply with for exempt development works are set out in the exempt development legislation for your state or territory. The full policy and list of standards for your state or territory can be viewed here at the following links:
NSW Legislation website www.legislation.nsw.gov.au