Granny Flat

They’re not just a place to stick your granny.

Granny flats are becoming more and more popular as a main stream alternative to just adding an extra bedroom to the original house.  They have the added benefit of being a completely separate living area giving the occupants their own space and independence.

In most of the councils in South East Queensland granny flats can only be used for family members and they cannot be self-contained.  This means they are not allowed to have a kitchen if they have a laundry and they can’t have a laundry if they have a kitchen.  I think this rule exists to deter people renting out the granny flat to boarders.

Building a granny flat on your block of land is a great way to add value to your property.  They are perfect for teen ages that need a little more space, young adults who just won’t leave home or even the granny who just wants to be close.

Flexibility in design is another advantage of building a granny flat they can be either attached or detached and there are pros and cons to both.

When building a granny flat the impact of the extra structure on the existing dwelling needs to be taken into account with reference to blocking the sun and prevailing breezes.  The last thing you want is for your granny flat to devalue the main house value simply because it was positioned wrong.

If you are considering a granny flat either attached or detached give us a call at Impact Design & Drafting and we will be able to design something for your specific requirements.