When Scotland-born Gary Kelly moved to Canberra in 1986, he was quick to adjust to the cold weather and morning frost. He revelled in the friendliness of the community, and formed a large group of friends in high school and college.
After finishing school, Gary began working in kitchen and bathroom renovations. It was his first taste of the construction industry, and he loved it, so it wasn’t long before he decided to step out on his own and start his first business in kitchen and bathroom designs and construction.
It was then that he met Jaime Farrelly.
Jaime, who was born and raised in Cooma, moved to Canberra for tertiary studies and discovered his passion for the building industry as an architectural designer. After working for a local design company for a number of years along with a stint in Sydney, Jaime established his own Canberra based architectural design business, which he ran for 10 years before evolving it into a full service design and construction residential building company.
He called on Gary to install kitchens and bathrooms for a number of his properties, before Gary started his own building company Lifestyle Homes, and began calling on Jaime for design plans.
This back and forth went on for years before the pair decided to come together to fill what they both saw as a gap in the burgeoning Canberra townhouse market: making what are typically seen as “high-end inclusions” both standard and affordable.
“You should be able to bring the latest innovations, like home automation, into a townhouse, and get the same environmental elements and building principles through a townhouse as you can with a house,” says Gary. “Most developers probably avoid these things because of the cost. But we knew it could be done, so we wanted to set a new benchmark and we did just that.”
Jaime and Gary formed 3 Property Group, which specialises in developing townhouse communities in Canberra where inclusions, such as their own 3PUSH home automation system, solar ready infrastructure and above-average energy efficiency ratings, are included as standard.
“We are in ever-evolving times, especially in construction, and there was an opportunity to bring our 3 Property Group “3PUSH” home automation system into the Canberra townhouse market. We wanted to disrupt the perception that you have to be privileged to have inclusions such home automation and solar systems, so now it is a standard inclusion in all of our properties.”
Their 3PUSH home automation system allows home owners to control items such as air conditioning, lighting, TV, music, intercom, and blinds from their phone, iPad or smart device.
3 Property Group’s first townhouse development was Artego, a 90 townhouse development on Flemington Road in Harrison. Not surprisingly, and having overcome some initial planning challenges, the project is a finalist in the upcoming ACT Chief Minister’s Awards for Medium Density Housing.
For more information, visit 3 Property Group or call 6112 8519.
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