A granny flat is a self-contained housing unit located on the same block as a single-family dwelling, often used for an aging parent. Building a granny flat is increasingly popular across Australia but, due to differing rules and regulations, it’s not straightforward. At Lifestyle Granny Flats, we understand how frustrating council requirements can be, which is why we’ve put together a list of things you should consider before building.
Size of your backyard to accommodate the extra room
First, you need to find out whether you can even put a granny flat in your backyard. Unfortunately, when it comes to sourcing information about this, it can be difficult to ascertain the correct information and understand what is involved. When building a granny flat, make sure your backyard is big enough to fit the unit. Measure up the area, then draw a sketch, measure from all the boundaries, including the fences, pools, house, trees, and mark all the measurements down clearly. What may seem like hard work now will make your life a whole lot easier when it comes to the rest of the logistics and choosing your granny flat design.
Council regulations concerning granny flats
Unfortunately, council rules and regulations come into play when building a granny flat. Every council will have their own separate building and planning regulations that you will need to be aware of. All councils will have different overlays on everyone’s property and it is very important that you are aware of these potential overlays, such as Flood, Bushfire, Heritage/Traditional Character, Landslide, and Acoustic. You should also investigate any easement or infrastructure requirements, such as sewer, stormwater and water requirements. Councils will also have maximum Gross Floor Areas (GFA) relating to the size of the granny flat you can build on your block.
Finding a company who knows what they are doing
Now that you know the measurements of your space and you have spoken to your council regarding any regulations, it is time to hire expert granny flat designers and builders. Make sure you look at the various designs on the market, as well as a builder who works closely with town planners and can custom-design your granny flat. Done correctly, a granny flat can be a great investment, a real convenience and add value 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 get started building your dream granny flat today, and make sure you have a look at some of the granny flats we’ve built for previous clients.