Margaret wanted her sons to have the opportunity to move out of home

Margaret shares her story of how she found a solution for her two grown-up sons with autism who would otherwise not have 'normal' options young men might have to try moving out of home.

Margaret wanted to provide them with a sense of independence while still being close to home, so she decided to build a Granny Flat on her property. After seeing a Granny Flat built by Cubitt's down the road, Margaret decided to get a quote from Cubitt's.

She was able to customise the flat to suit both her needs and those of her sons, with wider doorways and a bigger bathroom for accessibility.

Margaret found the process of building the Granny Flat with Cubitt's to be easy and flexible, and now her sons have the opportunity to try living with independence while still being close to family.

Watch the video to hear more about Margaret's story and how Cubitt's helped her find the perfect solution for her family.

When you build a granny flat with Cubitt's you can start from one of our standard designs or build a custom Granny Flat with Cubitt’s all over NSW and ACT

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Margaret says "I am a mother of two young men on the autism spectrum and the option of moving out of home is a natural step for most children - it isn't such a natural step for my sons. I wanted to look at the options of something that we could trial, but still be in control by being close to home."

Margaret isnt sure which son would best suit the Granny Flat but she plans to let them get used to the idea before maybe taking little steps like having them come home from work and get changed and have tea 'in the blue house'.

Ultimately she isnt planning to force the idea of moving out on either son, but sees a Granny Flat as giving her four options - either one of the sons could move in and express their independence, she could move in and give the boys the main house - or they could rent out the Granny Flat and earn a bit of an income on the side.

Margaret took a year to decide and build the Granny Flat. She visited the Canberra showroom on multiple occasions - bringing other family members who were supportive of her ideas, to plan out exactly what suited her famliy.

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THE GRANNY FLAT DESIGN

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Custom Home

1 Bedroom   |   1 Bathroom   |   45m2

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Margaret wanted everything to have extra space in case wheelchair access was required down the line. She only had 45m2 to work with so she maximised the bedroom and bathroom space for comfort and accessibility. While wheelchair access wasnt immediately required, because part of the home was on piers - you can see in the floor plan below how Cubitt's showed what ramp access could look like. Post-build, Margaret is doing her own work to connect the Granny Flat deck to the main home, including ramp access.

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THE FLOOR PLAN

Design Benefits

Spacious one bedroom with living and bedroom opening to the deck

Accessible bathroom and wardrobe design

Fully customised floorplan including extra wide doorways

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Granny Flat for Care at Home

Building a Granny Flat for Care at Home

When you know someone will be depending on you, as you yourself age, it can be overwhelming to know where to start figuring out how to organise your home and space.

With Granny Flat-friendly council policies in place across NSW and the ACT, many families are investigating how a secondary dwelling on their property can provide space and independence for a loved one while they maintain care at home.

Start with our free, Guide to Care at Home with a Granny Flat. We'll send via email after you fill this form.

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Our experienced Home Extension and Granny Flat builders will make the entire consultation, design and building process smooth and stress-free. We’re here to guide you through every stage of your exciting new project and will ensure you get the keys to your new Granny Flat or extension right on time and on budget.

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