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Considering a Granny Flat? 3 Things to Know

Jun 26, 2014

3D granny flat mockup

Granny flats come in various designs and styles, depending on one’s specific preferences and purposes. You can design it as an “attached” structure or opt for a “detached” design. Either way, it would be to your utmost advantage if you understood how to make them more effective.

To help you out, let’s look into 3 very important details to take note of, when undertaking this home improvement project:

The Size of Your Backyard or Area

Before deciding to build a granny flat in your yard, do an objective assessment first and see if the area is actually large enough to hold a new structure.

Measure your yard and compare it with the sketch plan of your flat. Is your current design really appropriate for the area? Are there external factors that may affect how your granny flat will look or function? Does your yard have trees, pools, fences or other structures that may need to be cleared when the construction starts?

By determining these factors beforehand, things will become more convenient for you. In turn, this can eliminate any “headaches” later on, as well as keep unnecessary expenses at bay.

Council Regulations

Before you start construction, make sure to get the needed details regarding the specific building rules, regulations, laws and codes that you will need to comply with. This will help you avoid any legal issues later on.

It would also be advisable to ask your granny flat builder regarding building permits and licensing fees, and whether or not they have included it in their initial budget-estimate of your project. If not, ask them to include such fees, so that you’ll be able to set your budget beforehand.

Professional Help

By getting expert help, you’ll be able to choose the right options that will actually fit your needs. If you have a specific style in mind, you can also opt for customised services for a more “personal” concept and design.

In other words: hiring professionals will not only make your structure even more effective, but they can help keep costs at a minimum as well.

Are you looking for a home extension expert to help build your granny flat in Perth? Give us a call on (08) 9240 5888.

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