A granny flat is a small addition in the outdoor space of an existing property. Designed as a self-contained structure to accommodate one or two people, it provides independence and privacy. Some owners prefer to build it as an extension of the family home while some others prefer it as an independent structure.
Aspects To Consider Before Building A Granny Flat
As an addition to the existing property, granny flats are cheaper to build. However, the actual building cost depends upon several factors that builders consider. Look at these factors.
1. Standard Or Customised Flat
Depending on individual preferences, granny flats builders offer both standard and customized designs. Prefabricated kits available for easy installation of one or two bed-room flats are budget-friendly and make the granny flat building process quick. But custom-designed granny flats are popular because they give the homeowner the option to include the features they want; however, they are a little more expensive to build.
2. A Small Or A Big Flat?
People build granny flats depending on the availability of space on their property. They can construct three or four bedroom flats on a bigger property. It means that such a flat would require more material and labour to build and will be costlier than a standard small one.
3. Pre-Construction Work
The cost of building a granny flat increases if some preparatory work like earthwork is necessary before the actual building or installation work starts. In addition to excavation, some obstructions like trees, large stones need clearing, and the work adds to the cost. That is why granny flats builders inspect the area carefully where site clearance work is involved.
4. Requirements For Constructing Granny Flats
You need to understand the rules and regulations of building a granny flat before you hire a builder. While small differences in regulation from one state to another may exist, these are the general guidelines:
- The minimum area of the property – 450m2
- Zoning of property as residential
- A minimum boundary of 3m at the rear and 0.9m from the side for any property
- A maximum external area of 60m2 for a property
The Parameters of floor space requirement as follows:
- 330m2 for 450 – 600m2 area
- 380m2 for 600 – 900m2 area
- 430m2 for 900m2 or more area
When you think of making some major changes to your home, building a granny flat is an attractive proposition to create an independent and private space. If you are not inclined to subdivide the large space you own, building a granny flat at a small investment is advantageous. It creates an additional source of income and gives you a great space that you and your family can use as required.
For more information on our granny flat builders’ 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.