Whether you want to increase value of your house, or simply have a place for your in-laws when they are visiting, installing a granny flat is something you won’t regret. However, there are a few details worth considering before starting, so take notes.
What will you use it for?
Your budget and space entirely depend on this object’s purpose. You can use this area for renting, you can use it to provide your children with some extra space once they are older in order to avoid them having to live in some dirty apartment and paying huge rent, or for your in-laws when they come to visit you. Note that it will be a little bit harder to use it for renting, due to all the tax implications and other law regulations.
Have predicted as well as hidden costs in mind
The costs of granny flat construction can range between $30K and $60K all the way to $120K, depending on whether you want a simple shipping container, a prefabricated model or a full brick building. In Australia, prefabricated models are a huge trend, so if you want something simple, inexpensive and practical, you should hire granny flat builders from Sydney and let them do their magic. However, there is also the option of spending not more than $10 to $15K if you want to build a simple sleep-only apartment that has no bathroom or kitchen. After all, the price goes up once you introduce electrical and plumbing costs to the space.
Additional costs can appear if you are planning on renting the space and they include blocking the space off from your home with a fence and adding its own private pathway since tenants will naturally expect their privacy.
Include storage space
When designing your granny flat, consider incorporating clever storage space that can be installed under the floor or in the ceiling. This way you won’t hinder the livability of the space, and you will still provide it with the best possible storage solution for all the items and belongings. More space and less clutter is always a smart option.
Bathroom and kitchen
A bathroom is, of course, a necessity. However, it shouldn’t be overdone. Opt for a small and practical bathroom that only serves basic needs, and leave the glamour and glitz for your main house. Go with a basic setup that is commonly found in motor inns and studio apartments.
When it comes to the kitchen, note that many granny flats don’t include them. But if you have enough space, note that right planning can do wonders and incorporate everything you need into that space. A fully equipped kitchen will also be useful for you in case you want to renovate yours or if, God forbid, something bad such as a natural disaster happens to your own. A man can never have too many kitchens (wink).
Currently, granny flats with glass walls are quite popular. And while this is quite an aesthetically pleasing option, there are still a few things worth considering. Firstly, one day, you might want to start renting your granny flat. And those tenants will definitely want their privacy. You can lose many customers this way, so if you decide to incorporate big windows or glass walls, make sure you also incorporate “hiding features” such as curtains, two-way mirror glass, or blinds.
Consider a minimalist approach
Granny flats are usually really small. And if you go with a minimalist design, the space will appear much larger than it actually is, so you will create a greater living environment that will improve the mood and overall atmosphere of the space. Not to mention that you will also attract many renters since, firstly, people love modern design, and secondly, they will notice how you’ve invested time and effort to make the space aesthetically pleasing, comfortable and calming.
Add a verandah
If you want to ensure your granny flat does not feel claustrophobic, add a patio or a verandah to it – if you have the space, of course. It’s a nice detail that works when it comes to council regulations as well, since the 60 square meter rule doesn’t apply to verandahs (wink).
This should be enough to start. What do you think about these tips? Do you have any more you would like to share? Feel free to comment below.