Funky Little Shack introduces you to our granny flat solutions Brisbane team.
Master of Architecture MAIA
My dream is to help bring affordability back into housing and make retirement more achievable and fun.
I knew I could make a difference in people’s lives and the environment by providing a range of beautiful, sustainable homes that were affordable for the average Australian family. But they also could be used as a source of retirement income.
We’re living in a time now where it is so difficult to find affordable housing with design style, and it’s becoming such a stress and strain for young people that they’re giving up trying before they even start.
Meanwhile there’s another major problem with those looking to retire often can’t because they don’t have enough retirement income to do so. I realised that adding an extra home to your backyard could solve both these problems and I started designing home styles for people that could really complement their property.
So many of our properties have large backyards and a second home could provide cashflow income for those looking to retire. It could also house elderly family members in a safe and secure environment, or help out adult kids while they save for their own home.
Our community deserves to love where they live, invite their friends to, and feel proud to come home to, and as a Collective our team’s mission is to consistently strive for a higher living quality and environment for the Australian family.
Client Solutions / Brand Guardian
Francine loves everything property; improving the value of property and people’s lives. As an experienced manager she has a proven track record in both real estate and construction.
Formerly from London, but with both her parents coming from Sydney, Francine grew up thinking of herself as an Aussie in England…. but you can’t tell that from her accent!
Francine worked in the English real estate and house renovations scene for over a decade in London, from renovations of Victorian and Edwardian houses with her builder husband, to appraisals and selling homes. Her experience has been broad and interesting in the industry.
In 2000 the couple decided it was time to come home to Australia to bring up their 2 young sons, Josh and Ethan and lived for 2 years in a 26 foot caravan travelling around the country, so she understands all about living in smaller spaces. Ask Francine about her clever design ideas that make the simplest spaces work perfectly for your lifestyle.
Having now raised her 2 sons with her husband Angus (another Aussie with an English accent), Francine has returned to what she loves to do most – building homes and making peoples dreams come true.
A good listener, Francine can quickly help assess your needs, then work tirelessly to achieve the results you desire for your own small home. By utilising her building and real estate background you’ll get invaluable advice on what can improve your existing property’s equity and family lifestyle.
Master of Architecture MAIA
Rina is a driven individual who enjoys solving meaningful problems innovatively and creatively.
You could say that design and architecture is Rina’s blood. Since young, she’s been surrounded by structural engineers, designers, and construction managers and as such, even as a kid, developed a hobby of drawing up floor plans.
With both a Bachelors and Masters of Architecture Rina was recognised for her outstanding academic performance and established herself as a passionate designer who seeks to explore new territory and solutions in any endeavour she engages in.
Rina values multi-generational and multi-cultural living situations that life can bring. She’s always on the move between visiting mum and dad, grandma, her big sister and her mother-in-law– all while being concerned about their future health and well-being. Her plans are to build a multi-generational living situation for her family where she can take care of those she cares most about…to keep them close, but not too close! Funky Little Shack provides Rina a way to practically engage in solving these kinds of problems for her own family as well as others and is excited at the prospect of positively impacting people’s lives through architectural design.
When Greg’s not building, cutting, hammering, or testing something, you’ll see him out catching a wave along the Casuarina Coast. Greg has a 30 year history in building renovation, landscaping and development. He has a natural creative, construction ability with a hands on approach, and loves to pour himself into unique and challenging projects, which has even included boat building in the past.
Greg immediately fell in love with the Funky Little Shack concept from the get-go, and loves promoting the values of living bigger through thinking smaller. With a passion for energy efficiency, recycling and conservation, Greg is our go-to man for the latest in innovative efficient building materials and eco-systems. He loves a good conversation about sustainability and offers extremely wise advice regarding the most efficient ways to run your home.
As our knowledge source for greener options, Greg ensures Funky Little Shacks are sustainable, support conservation and ecological living.
Driven by challenges of the urban intricacies and sustainable urban living, Douglas is a space maker by trade that has travelled around the world and found his own special corner in Australia. His awareness of climate responses combined with his passion for build practice and construction detail produces unique design and space solutions for a myriad of sites and client requirements.
Douglas is a building information modeller and parametric enthusiast who proudly embraces the information sharing knowledge between trades for a better urban space creation and client satisfaction. He loves a good chat about local living strategies and architectural views, and offers a professional view on how to achieve the best design solution at the lowest budget.
A true architect at heart, you’ll often find Douglas on the laptop designing something interactive, constructing something with his self-built machines, in a fabrication laboratory constructing a prototype model, or sketching an ocean view from a recent visit.