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Thinking About Building A Granny Flat?

Property prices are on the rise as are fees at elder care homes. This is one of the primary reasons why an increasing number of people are choosing to live right next to or with elderly relatives. This has given rise to the granny flat trend. Regardless of whether you want to extend the living spaces on your property, construct a separate living space for a parent, or need to create a rental unit, a granny flat is a great option.

Aspects To Consider

If you are considering building a granny flat, there are a number of different aspects you would need to keep in view; here we take a look at some of them:

1. State Regulations

There are certain state-specific rules &regulations that the local council lays down. These would have to be taken into consideration before constructing a granny flat. Some of these include:

  • Size limitations
  • Seek local council permission
  • Construction of only one granny flat on each property
  • Could be a standalone feature or attached to the main house
  • Needs to be BCA-compliant

Since most of these regulations are state-specific, it important that you get all this information from your local council before you commence any construction work.

2. Budget

Once you have checked all the regulations that we just discussed above and everything is in line, it important to set a budget. Proper budgeting helps ensure that everything runs smoothly. There are a number of different options to take into consideration while building granny flats. The construction type will depend largely on the type of materials and amenities you choose and what you want to use the structure for. You’d have to discuss your requirements with a credible builder and give them a budget range to work on. They would be able to customize solutions for you based on your needs and budget.

3. Council Permission

This is something you will need in order to start the construction. And the local council has specific planning policies and you need to be aware of what these are before starting on any type of construction project. Getting this permission isn’t very difficult, and your builder would help you with the paperwork required. In most instances, the approval comes in within 20 days. The other aspect to take into consideration is insurance. Insure the granny flat regardless of what you are using it for.

Choosing the builder carefully; look for reputable and professionals that have experience with building granny flats. They will work with you to make sure that every feature in the flat is exactly as you expected it to be. For information about our granny flat design and construction services, feel free to contact 5 Star Granny Flats at 1300 843 921 or use the Online Form on this page to send us queries.