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Although most famous for housing your granny or older relatives, in today’s society a granny flat is a smart investment opportunity for a number of homes. From adding extra room so the family can continue to grown to adding an extra income (see renting out your granny flat) to help with the bills, a granny flat makes perfect sense for a number of Australian families.

To decide whether a granny flat is a smart move for your family, read on:

What is a Granny Flat?


No matter if you’re looking for a parents retreat for when all the kids come over or an extra income stream, a granny flat makes sense for a number of households. From building a home for your grandparents to stay close to the family to constructing a new property to help with the expenses of everyday life, a granny flat can be customised to any environment or need.

Simplistically styled or decked out in supreme comfort, a granny flat can be a complimentary  extension of your current home, whether it be attached, detached, portable or a prefabricated unit.

Types of Granny Flats


Attached:

Perfect for adding extra value and space to your home, an attached granny flat will not only compliment your existing property but it could also create additional income. As the name suggests an attached granny flat is either connected or contained in your home. If you’ve got a lot of spare room out the side or you want to turn your unused back room into a self-sustained granny flat, then an attached granny flat is the way to go.

Detached:

If you’ve got a lot of space and are looking to earn a little extra income, then building a detached granny flat is the perfect idea for you. Offering a lot more privacy and flexibility then an attached granny flat, a detached flat can be constructed from a variety of materials, so you can choose to compliment your home or create a whole new haven. This option is best for properties with a lot of land and for people who want tenants that are not too close for comfort.

Portable:

Pre-fabricated with all of the bells and whistles that you want in a home, a portable granny flat is the best option for busy people. As they are factory made, these flats are customised to your specific needs and are then easily assembled on your property within a few days. With fixtures, insulation, floor coverings, bathrooms and kitchen ready to be installed, adding extra room to your property has never been so easy. These portable granny flats can also double as a workspace, retreat or as a self-sufficient 2 or 3 bedroom home. – it’s all up to you.

Prefabricated:

Unlike portable granny flats, prefabricated granny flats are completely fabricated off-site and then delivered to your property in one complete bundle. After choosing your desired design, appliances and colour scheme, your prefabricated granny flat will be constructed and then delivered to your property. All that is left if for the professional plumbers & electricians to hook up your utilities and then you’ve got a new self-sustained property. 

Rules & Regulations

  • Granny flats can be built in all residential zones
  • There can be no more than 1 main home and 1 granny flat on the same property
  • Floor area of the granny flat must stay within council regulations (average 60 square meters)
  • Must also meet all the planning controls, environmental plans and building codes
  • Owner of the granny flat must also own the primary residence
  • Granny flats can’t be built on Strata title, subdivided or community titled property
  • Granny flat must have its own entrance
  • Detached granny flats must have street access
  • Must be self-contained
As long as your proposed granny flat meets the above requirements and adheres to the building codes and regulations, you can enjoy you’re the benefits of having extra security, space and financial stability.

Choosing a Builder


Before you take the leap and choose a builder to construct or prefabricate your new granny flat, consider these few tips:
  1. Decide what you would like to get out of your granny flat – extra space for the family, additional income etc.
  2. Draft up plans for your new flat or choose a design that suits you
  3. Make sure that your plans adhere to council rules and regulations
  4. Choose a licensed builder or prefabricated company to construct your dream granny flat
  5. Sit back and watch as extra value and living space is added onto your property.

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