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What are Granny Flats and Tips on How to Properly Build Them
by Simon Hopes on July 10, 2017

House design trends keep changing every year. This 2017, interior designer David Hicks says it’s going to be all about natural tone with a rustic vibe. However, that’s not the only trend this year when it comes to housing. Granny flats are also becoming  more and more popular. Many homeowners now transform the extra space in their backyards into granny flats.

What are granny flats?

Granny flats are self-contained living area and are usually located on the grounds of a single family home. These are ideally designed for a maximum of two people and are sometimes used as a rental space. These are also called a mother-in-law unit or an in-law apartment because they are also used as an accommodation for aging parents or in-laws.

How to build a granny flat?

Building granny flats does not require a huge amount of space, but it may need you to have outstanding organizing and designing skills. A common granny flat must have one bedroom, a kitchen or kitchenette, a bathroom that could be outside or inside the flat, and a laundry that could also be outside or ensuite. If you want to build your own granny flat, here are some things you must consider.

  1. Space. Consider the space you are planning to use for the flat. Always think of ways to maximize the space without sacrificing the interior design of your granny flat.
  2. Cost. Set your budget. Know up to what extent you can you can splurge, and what kind of materials you can purchase. If you have a limited budget and the materials you have in mind are quite expensive, try to research for other alternatives.
  3. Materials. As much as possible, pick materials of high quality. While it’s true that you have to consider your budget first, you must also think about what’s a better investment. Spending on a more expensive but durable materials might be more worth it than cheap but low-quality materials.
  4. Consult experts. Either you are building it on your own, or you have hired people to do the work for you, always know who to ask. Experts can tell you if you are doing it right or not.
  5. Construction. If you are constructing the flat on your own, you should be very sure that you know what you are doing. If you are paying someone to do it, make sure that they are skilled workers and that they work diligently and honestly.

Final Thoughts

With regards to the planning of your granny flat, don't hesitate to ask help from someone who knows how to do it best, an architect. An architect will be able to help you have that perfect layout and design for your granny flat.  Also, do some research to widen your knowledge of what you are about to build.

Lastly, don't forget to follow the criteria of building and owning your own granny flat. The criteria may differ depending on the location of the flat, but you should adhere to their general rules.


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