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Attached Vs Detached Granny Flats

Last Updated Feb 4, 2015 · Written by Jaclyn Fitzgerald

If you’d like to keep your family and friends close by, or you just like the thought of earning a little extra money, a granny flat could be the perfect solution.  You have two choices in this regard – an attached granny flat or a detached one.  Here are the pros and cons of both.


All about Attached Granny Flats

An attached granny flat is simply a granny flat that has been attached to the main house or that has been built within the main house itself.  You can do this by building an extension or by converting part of your home.  The only thing that you have to make sure of is that there is a new entrance to the granny flat and that the granny flat meets all of the requirements set out by the local Housing Code.  An attached granny flat is a great idea if you have the extra room either in or beside your home, and you don’t want to lose much of your garden space.

If you do decide to opt for an attached granny flat, you need to think about who will be living in it.  Since you will be in such close proximity, you may prefer a family member or friend to live in it, rather than rent it out to someone completely unknown.  As well, an attached granny flat may actually be more expensive to build as you may need to make structural changes to the existing home to ensure its integrity.

All about Detached Granny Flats

A detached granny flat is one that is built on the same block of land as your main home but it is not attached to the home in any way.  These are the granny flats that most people are familiar with.  A detached granny flat can give you more freedom of design but you still have to make sure that you comply with all of the relevant legislation such as maximum floor space and so on.  A detached granny flat can be quite cheap to build depending on the type that you choose (kit home etc), and you can rent them out to anybody. Of course, you can use them for friends and family if you prefer!    You also have the ability to give the occupants of the granny flat their own private garden space but you do need to be aware that the granny flat is on the same title as the main home – there is no separate title at all.

Detached granny flats are best for situations where there is a lot of land, or if the people living in the main home don’t mind sharing the backyard space.  This is because they can take up a fair amount of space when built; more if you are attaching a courtyard or deck for the occupants to enjoy.
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