Building a Granny Flat: Lesson 1
Thursday, 22 February 2007
Deciding to build a granny flat.
My clients have used their granny flats for many different reasons:
- Aged parents
- Teenagers or young adults living at home
- Home office
- Rental income (Did you know that granny flats give one of the highest rentals per square meter?)
- Starter home for young couple (Live in the granny flat, rent out the main house for a few years)
- Housing for a live-in nurse
- Home schoolroom
These questions will help you get started:
- What will the town planning requirements allow you to do on your property?
- Where will the wastewater from the bathroom and kitchen drain?
- Where will the tenant enter the property?
- Where will they park?
- Will you be building completely new space or will you be converting existing space or perhaps a combination of both?
There is no global answer as to the best place to put a granny flat but I find it helpful to consider the following:
- Could the servant's quarters be converted?
- Could the garage be converted?
- Could part of the house be closed off into a separate unit?
- Could you build above the garage?
People often want to know how building a granny flat will impact on the value of their house.
- Does the style of the alterations and additions match the original building?
- Is the granny flat reasonably private?
If the answer to these questions is yes it is likely that building a granny flat will add value to the house.
In the next lesson we’ll look at what you should have in your granny flat.
Author: Pete Bowen
Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 February 2007 )