So, you’re wanting to build a granny flat?
These days, who isn’t? Many Australians are choosing to make the most out of their space at home by building a granny flat. Whether it be to keep your loved ones close, extending your own home or you’ll be using it as an investment, it’s always a good idea to build a granny flat.
If you’re reading this now and thinking the idea sounds well and good, but how on earth can I start building a granny flat in my garden? Rest assured, we’ll show you exactly how. We’re here to answer all your questions about how to build a granny flat.
What are the laws, regulations and approvals around building a granny flat in my garden?
Before beginning the process, it’s important to point out certain factors that must be taken into consideration. Each state and territory have their own laws regarding building a secondary dwelling. Things like block size, and dwelling size are all things to think about. Also, it’s worth getting in contact with your local council before starting anything, to understand the regulations specific to your council.
Who can live in my granny flat?
Again, this is something that differs from each state. Currently, the states that have eased their granny flat rental regulations are NSW, WA, NT, ACT and TAS. Homeowners have the opportunity to now earn a rental income by renting out the granny flat they have. Unfortunately, in some other states, this isn’t always the case. Only immediate family or a dependant person can be living in the granny flat.
Do I need a lot of land to build a granny flat?
Australia’s states and territories have different requirements. In NSW, the minimum lot size is 450 square metres and the maximum size of the granny flat is 60 square metres. Your best option is to discuss with your local council and find out
How much will building a granny flat cost?
There is no exact price of a granny flat. This is all dependant on what type and how large you want it to be. Your granny flat may be one bedroom and one storey or it could be a three bedroom that’s two storeys! The price of building a granny flat will vary, and it’s worth contacting us and asking for a quote.
I still have no idea how to build a granny flat. I need help!
We can help you there! Leave it to the experts and let the Cubitt’s team assist you with all the hard stuff. Give us a call today!
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The idea of building a Granny Flat is exciting and it can be easy to get carried away, however it’s important to carry out the appropriate research before getting started. Be sure to consult both your local council and state government laws, as these will vary depending on your area.
Looking for an investment, flexible accommodation or a future rental property? Granny Flats are a practical and cost-effective investment that can be designed to suit any use, whether you’re wanting a pool house, teenagers retreat or Airbnb.
Granny Flats are known as ‘secondary residences’ in the ACT and are required to comply with regulations that are slightly different to those in NSW, hence why it is so important to refer to your local and state laws in the planning stages.
At Cubitt’s, we get it – Cubitt’s understand your needs. With maximizing your property’s space whilst keeping family close such a hot topic, we wanted to give you a strong outline of why a Granny Flat is the perfect solution to plan for now. Now that we are in a lockdown, there has never been a better time to plan for your Granny Flat.
Try to purchase a block that is rectangle, with house to the front and plenty of rear garden. It is best if the house is square on the land not on an angle….it gives you more room for privacy from the house and the granny flat.
You may need to vacate your home while the extension is being built. All first floors, or areas beneath works need to be vacated during construction. Legally, no one is allowed to be beneath construction works during the construction hours of 7am to 4pm or until sheet flooring has been installed.