So, you want to know more about building a granny flat. That’s exciting news! These features are convenient additions for lots of homes. They offer more living space, while maintaining privacy, and often increase the value of your property, too.
But like any construction job, there are a few things clients should keep in mind before committing to this kind of renovation. For that reason, we’ve compiled a list of five important things to know about building a granny flat.
Check them out below:
1. You need to get approval, first:
Sounds obvious, but it’s worth covering anyway. If you’re looking to build a granny flat on your property, you’ll need to submit a council application first. According to the NSW Government, you need to ensure that your proposed granny flat is:
“Established in conjunction with another dwelling (the principal dwelling). On the same lot of land as the principal dwelling (and not an individual lot in a strata plan or community title scheme). And may be within, attached to, or separate from the principal dwelling” for it to fit the requirements for complying development.
The estimated wait time for this application is 20 days – this is just a starting point, however.
2. Not every property is eligible:
There are sizing restrictions in place, limiting who can and cannot legally build a granny flat. This is a detail that cannot be overlooked. In NSW, your property must be at least 450 square metres to be eligible. For more detail on that, you can speak to our team at ATN Constructions or reach out to your local council.
3. Your granny flat can’t be any size you like:
As with lot sizing regulations, there are also restrictions in place regarding the size of the granny flat you build. Again, we suggest speaking to your local council for up-to-date information, but you’re generally limited to 60 square metres for the structure.
4. Try to ensure it’s self-contained:
Some properties will run into issues when it comes to elements like plumbing, but if you can, design your granny flat so it functions as an independent dwelling. If you’re able to include a bathroom and kitchen, this will improve the experience of those using the space while increasing your home’s value.
5. Be clever with your use of space:
Bright neutral colour palettes; loads of natural light and high ceilings will help give the illusion of space. Additionally, work with your design and building team to find a layout that optimises the area effectively. L-shaped walls can be a great way to divide areas, and seamless storage options will keep the granny flat feeling open.