Granny flats. A continuing trend for homeowners in 2016

Granny flatWorking in the building industry I often see trends in home design come and go, yet one trend that has really caught my attention and offers a lot of benefits is building a granny flat.


Granny flats are popular for singles and couples who don’t need a lot of space and for families with two or three generations living under the one roof.


The benefits are numerous including extra accommodation for your extended family or for generating rental income. Building a granny flat can provide you with extra privacy and they're a favourable return on investment by increasing the value of your property and allowing you to pay off your mortgage faster.


If you're building a granny flat, the primary requirement beyond building and planning regulations, is to ensure there is sufficient space. The most common conversions I have come across in the industry include garages and garden sheds, which often become one or two bedroom units with bathrooms.


If you’re thinking of building a granny flat, there are regulations to abide by, particularly in relation to their size and where they can be built. You are generally free to build a granny flat in any area however it’s essential you get professional advice and talk to your local Council.


It’s important to note you can only build one granny flat per block. You’re generally not allowed to build them on dual occupancy blocks and you can't subdivide plots in the process of building a granny flat.


Granny flats have a lot to offer. Seek information from your local Council or from an accredited builder to ensure you're in compliance.


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