Whether you need extra living space or want to add value to your home, adding a granny flat or minor dwelling is an easy way to do it.
A granny flat can be useful for couples who have elderly parents who need to live nearby but do not want to share a house. Or for families with grown-up children who perhaps want to fly the family nest but cannot afford their own place.
They can also be used as a rental property to add a little extra income. Or if your current property is now too big for you but you don’t want to move far, consider building a granny flat for yourselves and renting out your main house.
Usually, granny flats are separate dwellings. This gives the benefit of keeping them slightly away from the main house allowing the two occupants to have more defined lives. This is especially good if you are planning to rent the property and might not be close to the tenants.
It can also sometimes be easier to start from scratch with a new minor dwelling than try to work within the existing structure of your property.
Don’t want to build a separate dwelling?
There are several ways you can renovate your existing house to create a space for a self-contained granny flat or rental. Which option you choose will likely depend on the amount of space in your current home and on your section and your budget.
Build Right can construct a range of conversions or alterations including:
Garage conversions – if you don’t need your garage for cars, then a garage conversion can often be a cost-effective way of adding extra space. The main structure will already be in place making it cheaper than a from-scratch extension, but you will still need to make alterations. If you plan to make the conversion a self-contained property you will also need to consider separate access and building consent.
Conversion of an existing room – again if you have bedrooms you aren’t using and they are a reasonable size you could consider altering a room to become self-contained.
An extension to your existing property – adding a house extension could give you extra space for elderly relatives while keeping them close. You may choose to make the extension self-contained or to simply add sleeping and living areas, and have the person living there use the existing kitchen and bathroom facilities. Again if you are planning to make the extension completely self-contained, for example, if you want to rent it, you will need to investigate consent issues and make sure you have access and parking sorted out.
Your extension or granny flat still needs to be professionally built
Whatever your reason for building, the fact that it is a small secondary dwelling or converted room doesn’t mean you should pay any less attention to the details and standards.
It is still important to make sure the dwelling complies with any regulations and meets safety standards. It also needs to be well designed and adapted to the needs of the user. If you are planning to rent the dwelling out then you also need to make sure it is adaptable for different tenants.
A reputable builder can help you make the most of a small space and ensure that your build meets the required standards. Build Right can carry out structural renovations in your property as well as cosmetic ones. If you need help drawing up plans we can recommend a professional to help you.
Talk to Build Right Contractors today. We can help you take the necessary steps to get your conversion, extension or minor dwelling right.