The Benefits of L Shaped Floor Plans – and Five L Shaped Granny Flat Designs for You to Consider

October 23, 2022

An L shaped Granny Flat is a Granny Flat that is flexible in design and can often allow for unique features of a block. Here we explore some of the benefits of choosing an L shape for your Granny Flat Design.


1. L-shape gives privacy

An L shape Granny Flat can shelter the outdoor area from the main dwelling or closer neighbours allowing for peaceful enjoyment of outdoor spaces. The L shape can be used to box off the backyard or courtyard, so the occupants are hidden from view.

2. L-shape zones the house

You can use one side of the L-shape design for bedrooms and the other for living areas, depending on your Granny Flat design. Creating separate physical zones for social vs bedroom spaces also helps with privacy.

3. Indoor-outdoor spaces

An L-shape granny flat design lends itself to a seamless continuity of indoor to outdoor spaces which support the Australian way of life! You can customise your design for sliding doors to decking and truly enjoy your indoor-outdoor space.

4. All windows see the views

Has your property got amazing views? An L shape Granny Flat design could make sure you can see it from every room of the house.

5. Build around things

Got a tree you want to keep? The L shape turns that tree into a features and allows you to build around it. Does the wind come from a particular direction? The L shapes Granny Flat design could protect the home by providing shelter if the right angle pointed into the usual wind direction.


Cubitt's L-Shaped Granny Flat Designs

Here are some L shapes designs in our standard collections. Cubitt’s are customising these designs for the exact requirements of our customers so use these as a starting point and adapt how you like. For a free site assessment get in touch.

Floorplan showing granny flat layout

L-Shaped Granny Flat Designs in our Classic Collection


Bottlebrush I – one bedroom L-shape design

The Bottlebrush I Granny Flat is a tidy 40m2 dwelling with a unique L-shaped floor plan, making it adaptable to a variety of land sizes and shapes. The smart interior design hosts a full-sized built-in robe within the bedroom and practical space for a compact laundry. The Bottlebrush I takes its design cues from the subtle earthy hues of the Australian bush, creating an abode with enduring style.

L-Shaped Granny Flat Designs in our Country Collection


Barrington – one bedroom L-shape design

A little L shape design, the considered internal layout of the Barrington offers a spacious master bedroom with huge built-in wardrobe, private bathroom with separate laundry and features an expansive living and dining area. The cleverly designed kitchen provides ample storage and stylish bench seating perfect for breakfast guests, while the open plan living area integrates seamlessly with the large porch adorning the front of the home. This compact and functional design is the perfect choice for investors or those wishing to add a private retreat to their property for family or themselves.


L-Shaped Granny Flat Designs in our Contemporary Collection


Kingston – one bedroom L-shape design

The Kingston is a striking contemporary design showcasing a modern façade and seamless blend of minimalist and industrial design techniques. The functional floorplan has been cleverly designed to maximise space while still offering generous sized rooms and ample storage.

L-Shaped Granny Flat Designs in our Custom Collection


Abercrombie – three-bedroom L-shape design (remove Bed 1 to make 60m2)

The Abercrombie design offers an extensive layout including 3 generous bedrooms, the master with its own ensuite and private balcony, two bathrooms, and a large open plan kitchen and living area with separate pantry. Enter via a stylish timber porch and enjoy alfresco meals on the second porch framing the large living area. You could remove the master bedroom of this design to reduce the floor area to NSW requirements of 60m2.

Floorplan showing granny flat layout

L-Shaped Granny Flat Designs in our Coastal Collection


Wallarah– one bedroom L-shape design

The Wallarah is a beautiful mid-sized Granny Flat from our Coastal Collection. Luxury and lifestyle were considered at every step of the design process for the Wallarah; from the flooring to the bathroom fittings, great consideration was given to create a soothing seaside sanctuary. This Granny Flat is the perfect accompaniment to homes with a Coastal or Hamptons aesthetic

Customise your own L-Shape Granny Flat Design

Our free Site Assessment could help you sketch out what an L-Shape granny flat design could look like on your property. Knowledge is non-negotiable. Our Design Consultant will measure out your site and help you fully understand the possibilities for your block, and be able to discuss in detail your options for a CDC or Development Application. When you’re planning to build, you want assurance that your site is suitable, and that you are not going to be impacted mid-build by unforeseen or surprise costs. We provide a thorough, free, upfront feasibility study for your Granny Flat which gives you an assured green light to build.

Play Video

Free On-Site Assessment at Your Property

Interested in finding out how to make a positive investment from a Cubitt's Granny Flat or Home Extension? Get in touch for a no-obligation site inspection today.

If you are looking to purchase a new property and want to do a Granny Flat Suitability Check - please use this form instead.

We require your name, email and phone number to get back to you - and the more you can tell us about your build project, the more effectively our local teams can help.


Recent Blogs

How to Determine Bush Fire Attack Level (BAL Rating)

The Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) rating is a critical assessment that categorises the potential bushfire risk for properties in Australia, spanning from LOW to FZ, representing various levels of fire intensity and potential hazards. Use this article to do your own estimation of your potential BAL rating

Read More about How to Determine Bush Fire Attack Level (BAL Rating)

Building a Granny Flat in the Blue Mountains. Q&A with Kate Cubitt.

Explore the nuances of building Granny Flats in the NSW Blue Mountains through our Q&A with Kate Cubitt, an expert in the field. Learn about size limitations, property location restrictions, approval processes, and considerations for bushfire-prone areas. Kate also discusses the option of renting out Granny Flats and provides insights into the costs and design guidelines for these unique living spaces amidst the stunning Blue Mountains landscape.

Read More about Building a Granny Flat in the Blue Mountains. Q&A with Kate Cubitt.

Embracing the Future: Cubitt’s Passively Designed Homes Ready for Faster Council Approval

Discover a new era in home construction with Cubitts’ Passively Designed Homes. Already NCC compliant, our energy-efficient designs not only help ensure we are in the best possible position to meet Basix compliance but also offer a future-focused lifestyle. We’re ready for faster council approvals while reducing your carbon footprint and energy costs. Embrace sustainability, efficiency, and comfort—all in one place.

Read More about Embracing the Future: Cubitt’s Passively Designed Homes Ready for Faster Council Approval

Quennie: International Architect Extraordinaire with a Passion for People and Spaces

Collaborating with Quennie at Cubitt’s for Custom Design Packs or Granny Flat alterations ensures an empathetic and expert partnership. With her extensive architectural experience, Quennie excels at understanding your requirements, translating them into designs that surpass expectations. Her attention to detail and commitment to your vision guarantee a meticulously tailored outcome. Working with Quennie guarantees your ideas will come to life in ways that resonate, leaving you thoroughly impressed with the final result.

Read More about Quennie: International Architect Extraordinaire with a Passion for People and Spaces

Can You Build a Granny Flat on Lot Sizes Less than 450m2?

Want to build a Granny Flat on a less than 450m2 block? Good news! Cubitt’s can do this for you. Regulations provide avenues for approval, debunking size myths. Whether it’s a Complying Development Certificate (CDC) or a strategic Development Application (DA), explore the possibilities of smart living with Cubitt’s, even on sub-450m² lots. Your dream space awaits!

Read More about Can You Build a Granny Flat on Lot Sizes Less than 450m2?

What ROI will a Granny Flat deliver in 2023?

Discover the untapped potential of Granny Flats as a smart investment avenue in NSW and ACT. While initial returns might seem modest, these secondary dwellings hold the promise of impressive long-term financial gains, offering a compelling proposition for those seeking to build wealth strategically. We explore real scenarios, and expert insights, illustrating how Granny Flats can be a game-changer in your investment portfolio.

Read More about What ROI will a Granny Flat deliver in 2023?

About Vince Zinghini

Vince is Cubitt's Director of Planning. With two decades experience in NSW and ACT Council planning and a team of people covering the specific areas in which Cubitt's build, its rare to find a planning scenario we haven't been able to tackle.