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Granny Flats are the new trend

Why?

With the change in family types, more of us are looking to accommodate a range of generations. The good old granny flat is a good option for some of us.

The granny flat seems to be a trend in adding value to your property as you can rent it as a self contained home.

Restrictions

There are a few restrictions on building a granny flat in Australia so you need to check with each council but most have relaxed these restrictions over the past few years. Some restrictions include

    • Only one granny flat is allowed on any single residential property.
    • The property must be the primary residence of the party building the granny flat.
    • The size of the granny flat is determined by the size of the property.Granny floor plan
    • Granny flats must be fully self-contained, including bathing and cooking facilities.
    • Private access to a granny flat must be provided.
    • Some green space (yard space) must be retained.
    • oAn outdoor entertainment/relaxation area must be provided.
CostsGranny flat
Many homeowners are finding innovative ways to save on the cost of building granny flats without sacrifing quality. If you have a 2 car garage, for example, you may be able to convert your garage into a granny flat. Another popular and cost effective solution is to have a kit home (also called a modular home) installed on your property.
The cost of a granny flat varies but somewhere between $70-$100K would be the norm.
Regardless of whether or not you are planning n converting a portion of your house into a granny flat or adding a separate dwelling, the granny flat will probably require the services of a plumber, an electrician, a builder (preferably one who specialises in granny flats) and other tradies. You will also have to factor in the cost of designer (be that architect or draftsman) and the costs associated with getting a building permit, such as the services of a building certifier.
If you are looking to add a granny flat to your existing property or perhaps to some beachfront land, call us to discuss how we can help!

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