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Should you add a Granny Flat?

Should you add a Granny Flat?

May 8, 2019

Granny Flats can be a smart and affordable addition to your new home and are a great solution for everything from multigenerational living arrangements and visiting relatives, through to becoming a source of additional income.

There are lots of builders that offer Granny Flat options with your new home design, so if you’ve been thinking about it, here are the top four questions to answer.

1. What are your local council’s regulations?

In 2009, the NSW Government released the Affordable Housing State Environment Planning Policy (SEPP), allowing residential homeowners with a property larger than 450 square meters and a minimum 12m street frontage to build a Granny Flat on their property.

While this is great news, it’s always important to get in touch with your local council and check that land size paired with the home design fits the requirements for your local area, such as Granny Flat size, distance between boundaries and trees, as well as the distance between your home and the Granny Flat.

2. What designs will work well with your land?

Once you have confirmed council requirements, consider what type of Granny Flat will satisfy these planning conditions and work best with your block. Granny Flats come in all shapes and sizes and can either be attached or detached from your primary build. There are many designs available, from small studio flats to larger multiple bedroom designs, so talk to your builder and get the best advice for the right design.

3. Who will be living in your Granny Flat?                                                                                                      

Beyond the design of the Granny Flat, it’s important to keep in mind who will be living in your Granny Flat. If a family member will be living there, can you share amenities, like the laundry, with the main home? This could leave extra room within the Granny Flat for storage or larger rooms. However, if you will be using your Granny Flat for an additional source of income, the Granny Flat will need to be completely self-contained.

4. What is your budget?

Beyond the design of the Granny Flat, it’s important to keep in mind who will be living in your Granny Flat. If a family member will be living there, can you share amenities, like the laundry, with the main home? This could leave extra room within the Granny Flat for storage or larger rooms. However, if you will be using your Granny Flat for an additional source of income, the Granny Flat will need to be completely self-contained


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