When you have a garage or outdoor shed in your property that is no longer being used, one option that you can consider for putting this space to good use is to convert it into a granny flat. This miniature house of sorts has become a popular fixture in many Australian homes because it offers a great way to utilize space in a residential property as well as save on rental costs that a person would have to pay if he were to settle into a place elsewhere.
This second dwelling can be fixed up to be attached to the house or separated. Many property owners choose to build it as a separate structure so that it would not disrupt the original house, which could involve high renovation fees.
Not just for grannies
The name “granny flat” is said to have come from the fact that these structures would be used by families to provide a separate living space for their ageing or disabled parents, so that they could maintain some degree of independence while still remaining within the family property where they can have company, assistance or any help that they would need.
But more and more people are becoming creative with their use of the granny flat; others would use the space as a home office or a place to pursue hobbies, like making crafts or building things in a workshop. Still others fix up the place to so that they can rent it out to individuals or couples looking for an affordable place to live.
How do these spaces look?
Granny flat designs, Sydney experts say, can vary greatly from place to place, depending on their intended purpose. Generally, a granny flat has to be smaller than the original house in the property; some of the minimum requirements include maintaining a property size of 450 square metres, and a maximum size of 60 square metres for the actual granny flat.
Some granny flats come with one or two bedrooms, one bathroom, and an open-plan kitchen and living area. Others can have up to three bedrooms and two bathrooms instead of one, plus high ceilings so that the unit can benefit from more space and light. A porch in front can also be incorporated so that its dwellers can have a place to enjoy the sun and the breeze.