Granny flats have bounced back into the spotlight in recent years and they’re more stylish, more functional and more appealing than ever before. No longer an after-thought relegated to the far corner of the garden, today’s granny flat is fresh, modern and proud to be seen. It may be smaller than your existing home, but it’s no longer the poor relation.
Here are few things you didn’t necessarily thought about the not-so-humble granny flat…
It makes your home bigger
The face of the modern family has changed so much in recent years. Our offspring are taking longer to fly the nest – or are returning so they can save to buy their own. New retirees want to be close by so they can help out with the grandkids, but they don’t want the upkeep of a big home. What’s more, they want to free up cash, with the ability to lock and leave when they head off for travel and adventure. Ill or aging parents enjoy the safety, security and company that come with living with, or close to, their family. It all makes for extra pressure on the family home as we try to squeeze more people within our existing four walls.
So just think of all the possibilities that come with having a second home on your block. Built behind, in front of, or to the side of your existing property, a granny flat is a cost-effective way to increase your living and bedroom space. From independent living for the grandparents or those ‘boomerang’ kids who insist on returning, to home offices and studio-style spaces for long-term visitors from overseas, a granny flat could be just the solution you need.
You don’t have to subdivide your block
Your block stays as it is, with no need to go through the process of subdividing. This saves you time and money. You can literally team up with a granny flat specialist such asSuperior Granny Flats who will assess your block, design to fit, and then build it in no time. That’s extra functionality, flexibility and value, with minimum cost and disruption.
You don’t need a huge backyard
You may be surprised to hear that you only require a minimum of 450sqm to build a granny flat of up to 70sqm. Many of us are sitting on blocks that would easily accommodate a granny flat. With prices for a Superior Granny Flats starting at $39,500, you might also be surprised at just how cost-effective a granny flat can be to build.
It can match your existing home
Forget those images of dusty, forlorn-looking granny flats from the 1970s. The elevation of a granny flat can be tailored to complement your existing property so it looks as if the two were always meant to be together.
Designs have come a long way too, with attractive facades and a stronger focus on storage and functional spaces that are easy to furnish. No longer something that looks like an add-on, the modern granny flat has become just as stylish and well built as the main residence it complements. With one, two and three bedroom designs available, you can choose the accommodation that suits your needs as well as the backyard space you have available.