You have a nice house and a backyard that is large enough. Why not use the available space to build a granny house that can be both an investment and just an extra living space? With house prices still rising, it is a good time to add value to your house. You can also rent it and have a passive side income.
But how to successfully build one? Here are 6 key steps that will take you to the granny flat of your dreams.
Choosing the right location
Location is paramount. Not all parts of your backyard are the same and you should carefully assess it to find the best spot for your granny flat. The first thing you need to do is to determine whether you are building an attached or detached granny flat. Natural light is also an important factor; any type of living space is better off with as much natural light as possible. Consider the distance between your main house and granny flat, neither too close nor too far is recommended. If you are planning to rent it out, a fair distance would be acceptable.
Developing a construction plan
Builders usually offer ready packages to their customer to choose from. However, with a premium builder like A1 Granny Flats, you can request a custom design. Having the design and construction plan will make the whole process easier. Nothing is more time consuming than not having a clear plan and trying to proceed with your project.
Getting your project approved
With the new laws, getting a granny flat project approved is not as difficult as it was in the past but there are still some hindrances. Your land should be meeting the requirements put by the government alongside other regulations. If you think it is a process you can’t handle on your own, A1 Granny Flats will do it for you. We can act on your behalf and speed up the approval process.
Trust the right builder
We have a dedicated blog post that discusses this topic in detail. In short, the quality of your builder directly impacts your project. Experience and reputation are two factors that overshadow price in terms of finding a builder.
Signing the contract
Make sure you have gone through the contract several times. A transparent contract is essential to avoid hidden costs in the future. Contracts are important because they mention crucial elements such as the designation of the building land, the description of the house, the date of opening of the site, the time in which the dwelling must be delivered, the amount of the penalties due in case of delay, the final cost of the house and the terms of payment
Visiting the site regularly
It is strongly recommended to visit the site regularly to check that the schedule is well respected. If you feel like something is not being done correctly, don’t be shy to let the site manager know. It is within your rights to receive the promised service.
Choose A1 Granny Flats to take on your project
We have vast experience combined with our unmatched skillsets that will deliver you a perfect granny flat. We know that love and peace are on the basis of happiness. Through years of experience and people’s trust in us, we have managed to implement them every single project we have done.