Building a granny flat

What to Consider When Thinking About a Granny Flat

Due to changed demographics and lifestyle, as well as soaring property prices, granny flats are becoming an increasingly popular option, and not only for elderly citizens, but also for single workers in their 20s and 30s and young couples. They are also nice additions to have when you want to have a place for guests to stay or a rental property. Regardless of why you are considering buying or constructing a granny flat, this may be a brilliant idea. However, there are some things you need to consider when beginning and throughout the construction to end up with the best space you can get.

Getting approval

Getting approval

A granny flat or a secondary suite requires a permit to be built or installed at a block of land. Despite the myth that this approval is difficult to get, because of the new planning policies for increasing affordable rental house, it is easier to get the construction approved. Of course, it must adhere to the building code of your state. If everything is by the book, you can get your permit in ten to twenty days.

Establishing a budget

How much money you have will have a significant impact on the size, appearance and furnishing of the granny flat. As for the building the granny flat, costs can vary between $10k and $120k, depending on the method you choose.

Buying or building?

This is one of the factors that affects the price the most. The most affordable option is to buy a pre-fabricated granny flat. Their usual size is 15 square meters, but you can opt for a bigger one. For such a purchase, you should ask whether the plumbing and electrical costs are included. If you opt for the custom build option, experienced granny flat builders can construct an object that will satisfy all your needs, and that even fits in its own kitchen and laundry. This option is more expensive, but in the end, more practical.

Determining the size

You will know how big your granny flat needs to be once you figure out how you are going to use it. Will you rent it? Will your mother-in-law live there? Will you and your partner live there? Depending on the number of people and its function (primary or secondary residence) you will be able to determine the square footage you need.

Determining the size

Optimizing the limited space

Tiny living has grown in popularity in recent years and it has motivated us to find innovative ways to use our living space. This means using vertical storage and multifunctional furniture pieces, as well as using up every inch of the space available.

Creating comfort

While you do have to make some sacrifice to fit everything in a constrained place, that doesn’t mean you can’t make it comfortable. In fact, such a tiny place doesn’t even need a lot of effort invested to feel loungy. You will achieve this with standard additions like shag rugs, velvety cushions, soft blankets, etc.

Basic necessities

What are the two most important rooms in the house? The kitchen and the bathroom. Many people are skeptical when it comes to installing them into the granny flat because they are often small and basic. This doesn’t mean they have to be unpractical. A basic bathroom needs a toilet, shower, sink and a mirror. The kitchen needs downsizing of appliances, but it should be fully equipped for maximum functionality of the household.

Basic necessities

Minimalist décor

Small spaces look better and more open when decorated with a minimalist approach. This means embracing a design style, such as Scandinavian, which focuses on light colors, minimum clutter, hidden storage and plenty of natural lighting. All of this helps highlight and enhance this otherwise restricted space.

Outdoor space

Finally, if you want your granny flat to truly feel like home, you can complete the look with a garden and exterior landscaping. You can amplify the overall look and feel by growing hedges in trenches around the object, putting up lattice on one of the outside walls, planting trees near the foundations and building a gutter garden. Such combination of the interior and exterior turns a secondary home into a primary one.

Outdoor space

In today’s crazy economy, building a granny flat is a good investment. And if you consider everything you need to, you will surely create a beautiful place to stay or permanently live, without any budgeting or legal issues.

By Derek Lotts