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Exactly What Are Granny Flats?

Ideally, one or two people live in a granny flat. It’s constructed in the backyard of a property. Usually, a granny flat is a separate structure and not connected to the main house. But some people build them as an extension to their home.

Granny flats were constructed primarily for aging parents or family members. People have increasingly started opting for these houses over the past couple of years and are building them to accommodate aging parents.  Professionals commonly refer to these structures as an Accessory apartment or even an Accessory dwelling unit (ADU).

A few other common names would be granny pod, carriage unit, or an in-law apartment, etc. We at 5 Star Granny Flats have seen a sharp surge in interest to get granny flats built. They are proving to be a boon for grandparents who feel the need to live close to their families. 

Custom Designs For Granny Flats

Since real estate prices have hiked considerably, it has become nearly impossible for many people to buy houses. Due to this, even the charges at nursing home facilities have shot up. Since not many people can afford either, they opt to build granny flats on their property. It also becomes more comfortable to take care of relatives if they’re in the vicinity of your home. The granny flat can then be rented out to students. It can also function as a workspace for you, in your own home.

A lot of people have started hiring professional builders and local contractors to construct granny flats on their property. You can add custom features since you build it from scratch. Granny flats can accommodate a lot of features like:

  • Full-scale kitchen
  • amenities
  • The number of bedrooms you want
  • A living room
  • Full baths with customized features like shower stalls, grab bars and bathtubs

People are also starting to get smart technology enabled devices for these structures. Cameras, motion sensor lights, and more are being installed to improve the comfort, convenience, and safety aspects of granny flats.

Safety Features

When you decide to build a granny flat, you’ve got to consider the functionality of that space. Other aspects include aesthetics,¬† comfort, and, most importantly, the safety of the house. Keeping this in mind,¬† builders will construct it with the following features:

  • Anti-slip materials for the living areas and bathrooms.
  • A ramp installation if the inhabitant uses some mobility device or is bound to a wheelchair.
  • Wider halls.
  • No thresholds in any room.
  • The hallways, bathrooms, and passages will have grab bars installed.
  • Safety rails fitted against the beds
  • Easily accessible light switches.
  • The bathroom will be designed to offer better maneuverability for a person in a wheelchair.

For more information on our granny flat builder services, you can get in touch with us at 5 Star Granny Flats today! Just give us a call on 1300 843 921 or fill in this contact us form. You can also use this form to get a quick online quote.


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