Granny Flat's & Building One With Your New Home
If you are looking to build your new home on a corner block, a large block, a long block, or a block that has good side access then you should be considering building a Granny Flat too!
Fitting a Granny Flat on Your Block
Certain blocks are more suited to Granny Flats than others. While you might be able to fit a Granny Flat on your block with your new home, the block might just not be shaped or sized in best way to accommodate it.
It is important to think about how the tenant will access the flat. This is why corner blocks are a perfect opportunity for a second dwelling. The tenant will have the convenience of accessing the block from one side and you have the privacy to access the block from the main street. Blocks that are particularly wide (16m frontage or more) may also provide easy access for prospective tennants.
Long blocks (longer than 35m) provide ample space for a Granny Flat. You should consider how the tenants will access the home. Do you really want your tennants walking past your windows on their way in?
When should you build a Granny Flat?
If you are already looking to build your new home then you should seriously consider building your Granny Flat too. By combining your main home and Granny Flat into one build, you can save both time and money.
Don’t be fooled by the misconception that by adding a Granny Flat to your home building project it will take more time. It is in fact the opposite!
If you build your Granny Flat after you have completed the build of your new home, you will essentially have to repeat the submissions, approval, and build process.
If you opt to build the Granny Flat at the same time as your new home, everything will be completed side by side as the main home takes it’s shape. This will save you time on planning, approval, and construction times. Even better, the total project time will barely be affected by the small addition.
If you build your Granny Flat at the same time as your main dwelling, it will also save you significant money!
Rather than adding the granny flat after the new home is built you should consider building it at the same time. This can be significantly cheaper in the long run. Here are a few reasons why:
- Trades: The tradesmen will simply complete the construction process side by side with your new home. This saves you extra callout fees on your trades.
- Deliveries: Delivery fees for materials can be significant, especially when the quantities are low. If you build the Granny Flat with your main home, all of the materials will be delivered for both dwellings at the same time. This will save a significant amount on the final cost.
- Applications: All applications for a main dwelling and Granny Flat can be submitted together. If you build both at the same time, you don’t need to pay the application fees twice!
- Logistics: Depending on where the proposed Flat is due to sit on your block this could cause some logistics issues. If your site is narrow or the new home takes up the access to the Granny Flat, then you could be looking at adding crane hire fees if you want to build the flat separately.
It might seem easier to delay the cost of building a flat until after your main home. However, in the long run this may be costing you more.
If you’re looking into building your home, make sure that you consider all of your different options. Ensure the space on your block and this can save you money in the long run.