Building a granny flat is no small undertaking. While it might seem like an easy job, there is a lot to consider and many hoops to jump through. A granny flat is a self-contained unit which can be built on the same block of land as a single-family dwelling. The name granny flat comes from the fact that often these units are lived in by ageing parents. At Lifestyle Granny Flats, we know just how many hoops there are to jump through, which is why we’ve put together this article for when it comes to figuring out council regulations and what it means for your property.
Can your backyard accommodate a granny flat?
First of all, you’ll need to see whether your local council will even allow a granny flat to be built in your backyard. This can be time-consuming and difficult to find out, given each council has different stipulations on building a granny flat.
Council regulations with regards to granny flats
Council rules and regulations are a big factor when it comes to building a granny flat. Every council is going to have its own separate building and planning regulations which you will need to be aware of. These stipulations include setbacks from side and rear boundaries along with total site coverage. To make things even more confusing these requirements can vary with the size of the block you propose to build on. Also, overlays such as flood lines, bushfire zones, heritage/traditional character and landslide areas will require investigation.
Once you have all this information, it is wise to physically measure your proposed space to see if the granny flat will fit. This means getting out the tape measure, drawing a sketch and measuring all the boundaries and setbacks (this includes fences, pools, existing structures and trees). Marking all the measurements down will save you time and money later on when it comes to choosing your granny flat design.
Now that you know what the size of your lot is and have done your due diligence when it comes to council regulations and requirements, it’s time to find a team which you can trust to complete your build. Looking around for different builders is a good idea. Don’t just settle for the first builder you find on Google. Compare quotes, compare designs. Find a builder who works closely with town planners and someone willing to alter their design or build you something completely customised, should you desire. If a granny flat build is done correctly, it can be an excellent investment and asset to your property.
At Lifestyle Granny Flats, we are here to help you with the entire granny flat building process, from the initial consultation to the building handover. Contact us today to start building your dream granny flat, and make sure you have a look at some of the granny flats we’ve built for previous clients.