“All Granny Flats” keeps the process simple.
The first step to building your granny flat is selecting a design that meets your needs. Here are some points to consider:
- Will the layout fit into the area that you’ve allocated for your granny flat?
- Is the lot 450m2 or larger? This is a requirement of the state environmental planning process (SEPP)
- Will the council setbacks suit the plotting of the design in your yard?
- Are there any council sewer mains running through your yard? If there is we will need to determine the type of sewer. Generally a 150mm line can be built over, however a 250mm council main line cannot.
- The design should allow morning sun into the living and verandah areas.
- Consider where stormwater will go. If you are unsure, All Granny Flats can work this out for you.
- If this is an investment property ensure there is ample space between the existing home and the new proposed granny flat – for privacy.
- Some designs are more cost effective than others. The simpler the design, the more cost effective it will be. For example, a straight gable roof line is more affordable than an “L” shape roof.
- Once you’ve chosen your floor plan then you need to consider external finishes. Do you prefer weather board, brick, Custom Orb Colorbond, a Hardies, or CSR sheet cladding? Take your time with this selection, and remember it is not just about looks – it is also about maintenance. A cladding that needs painting will require ongoing maintenance. A brick or Colorbond external finish will still look the same many years down the track. Some finishes are more cost effective than others. For example, brick is more expensive than Colorbond.
- Internal choices need to be considered so that when you move onto the next step ‘Decide’ it is possible to establish the budget. (You’ll discover more on that in the next step.) The internal finishes should be all about décor, affordability and maintenance.
- Every application is different. Some are what are referred to as complying developments (CC) and some applications have to be submitted as development applications (DA). A complying development can be lodged with a private certifier, not council. A DA must be lodged with the council.
Make sure whoever ends up building your granny flat uses quality products. There are a lot of building products on the market that just do not cut it for the long term. Builders have access to a wide range of cheap imports, and that is exactly what they are – cheap and inferior, and do not last the distance.
All Granny Flats only use products that meet the Building Code of Australia (BCA), and all construction materials are 100% Australian.
All Granny Flats wants you to make the best choices for your needs and budget. If you need help deciding what is best for you please call us. We have been in this industry for over 47 years and would be delighted to assist you.
If you would like a list of past and present customers that you can chat with about their experiences with All Granny Flats, simply give us a call.
When you are confident you have all the ‘Select’ points sorted, then tick this step off and move on to ‘Decide’