There are so many options with buying a granny flat online that living regionally is really no barrier anymore. Most of the online kit homes and granny flat providers offer national delivery and some you can purchase for just $10,000 and build in 4 hours. My brother recently built a granny flat in Port Macquarie as a investment and the process was relatively easy. While once upon a time granny flats use to be used as their name suggests, a house for the elderly members of the family, they are now becoming more popular as extended living areas for our homes. A granny flat has now become a kids retreat, investment, games room, pool room, home office or even a man cave!
So, if you are lucky enough to be living on a block that can afford you the luxury of adding another dwelling, then you might want to consider the following tips before going ahead and ordering your new abode online!
1. Check Granny flat Council Guidelines
Before you do anything, you need to make sure you have all your ducks in a row because your new granny flat needs to be approved and certified before being erected. All councils within Australia will have their own rules and regulations about building additional structures on already developed pieces of land. This is generally to keep up the appearance of the area as well as prevent multiple dwellings being erected on unsuitable blocks of land causing endless issues.
Within Australia, the current legislation is the Affordable Rental Housing State Environmental Planning Policy 2009, otherwise known as the ‘SEPP’. A fairly standard regulation across the board is a granny flat can not be more then 60 sqm in size (which is actually quite sizeable) and it must be able to sit comfortably on the existing land with reasonable access. If you have a 400m2 block of land, chances are you probably won’t get your man cave approved! You will also want to check for tree removal and other council regulations before purchasing one online.
2. Decide On Your Granny Flat Design
Building a granny flat is a big decision to make as it is going to change the usability of your yard size and it’s not like your building a garden shed. You need to consider what you are going to be using it for both now and in 10 years time. What might be a home office now, could soon turn into a teenagers retreat or even, would you believe, a new home for the in-laws. To make things easier you can even purchase granny flat plans online from only $10. This is such a great website it provides you with over 50 granny flat designs and they are Aussie as well. They have a variety of plans to suit different types of land and they also provide a free quote for any changes that you may need to make.
So other things to consider include accessibility, plumbing requirements and overall space. You might also want to consider how the layout of the granny flat can be re-configured for multi purposes. Erecting too many walls might make it harder to change it’s use down the track. A more open design will leave you more options. Below is a granny flat my brother has recently had constructed in Port Macquarie in front of another investment property.
3. Consider Resale of Granny Flats
Adding a granny flat to your existing property might have a lot of appeal. After all, it will improve the overall value of your house… won’t it? Unfortunately, sometimes this is not the case. A poorly constructed granny flat or one that does not look like it belongs will not go well when the time comes to put your house on the market.
The last thing you want is a potential buyer looking for ways to take the dwelling down because it is an eye-sore or in need of major repairs. Dollar signs could start ticking in the wrong direction for you and buyers will be looking to bargain you down to factor in added expenses.
A well built and practical granny flat though, can go a long way in adding extra value to your property as the extended living space will be factored in. Check out some of the amazing design from Creative Spaces Australia.
4. Granny Flat Exterior Design
Following on from our previous point, make sure your new granny flat looks like it belongs in your space. If you have a gorgeous country weather board home dating back to 1900, then adding an ultra modern granny flat with concrete walls and steel features might look a little out of place.
Someone who is looking for a turn of the century property, aka 20th century, probably isn’t looking for a turn of the 21st century granny flat in the back yard. And in contrast to that, if you have a modern home then one of the striking pre-fab granny flats might just look a treat in the back corner.
A granny flat can take around 12 weeks to construct and a few weeks before hand getting all your permits in place. My brother recently added a granny flat to his property and decided to keep it simple in keeping with his weatherboard home.
So, if you are keen to add to your living space or the kids are just becoming too much trouble squashed in the lounge room, then once you have considered all the above, make the appointment and head on down to your local granny flat man because they are back in vogue and you won’t regret it. Just get it right!