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Airbnb popularity encouraging self-contained unit building work

Growing numbers of Brisbane homeowners are building self-contained units on their property in the hopes of capitalising on the increasing popularity of Airbnb. 

Paul Phillips, a resident of Camp Hill, told Domain that he spent four years renovating his home to accommodate his family - and when he decided to try to take advantage of the Airbnb craze, he decided to build a standalone, single bedroom flat as well.

"It's got every aspect of a one bedroom house," he remarked, adding: "It was designed with Airbnb in mind."

Mr Phillips said the extra income would be a big help in terms of paying off the mortgage, which is one of the main reasons why he had it built. 

Rob Gray, owner of Graya Construction, said an Airbnb flat is becoming a must-have in a lot of people's property renovation checklists. 

"It's only going to get bigger," he said. "Airbnb is the way everything's going."

He agreed with Mr Phillips's point that it is a good way of generating extra income for a mortgage, or just to spend on the family - and this means more people are attracted to the possibilities it opens. 

Indeed, Mr Gray added that he has started to incorporate separate living areas into his newly built homes in Brisbane. 

"Going forward I'm going to use it more and more in my own houses."

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