Long gone are the days when these separate dwellings were just to keep elderly family members out of your hair. Granny flats are making a comeback in Australian backyards due to increasing flexibility of design and affordability. They're bigger, stronger and flashier – perfect for property owners wanting to expand and increase the value of their home.
More than just house accessory, granny flats are part of the growing dual occupancy trend that's taking Australia by storm. Granny flats usually consist of one or two bedrooms, and are situated at the back of a property or, less often, attached to the side of the main house.
A September 15 article published on Realestate.com.au has quoted "granny flats" as the fourth most searched property term in New South Wales from September 2014 to August 2015, and the third highest in the Northern Territory, according to its keyword search database. A quick image search will tell you that granny flats can look modern and inviting as opposed to a drab garden shed.
So jump on the expansion bandwagon today! Here's why granny flats are a desirable addition to the family home.
Take the 'granny' out of granny flats – put your kids in there!
A common misconception is that granny flats are only suitable for elderly people, in-laws or parents. However, these structures are also suitable for those who enjoy living at home but wish to stretch their legs and maintain an independent lifestyle that's only a short skip and a hop away from family – namely young Australians leaving the family nest for the first time.
Parents fed up with their mature kids still residing at home can teach them a lesson or two about independence by building a separate living arrangement on their property. Let's be honest, moving out of home is scary. However, moving into a stylish and independent residential shed would definitely ease the transition for millennials.
Many South Australian Councils allow granny flats to be built, provided it is for an immediate family member to live in, whether it’s elderly parents or teenage children.
Research from CoreLogic and Commonwealth Bank has found that there are almost 700 Australian suburbs where it is cheaper to buy a property than to rent one. By creating more properties available for rent, this will reduce these suburbs' rent rates and open up the market for either low-income families, home migrators or those unwilling to commit to buying their own property. These could all apply to young Australians having just started a family and wanting their own place, or leaving their parental home for the first time.
The 2015 Future Leaders Index, a study conducted by BDO in partnership with the Co-op, found that 93 per cent of young Australians have money saved, but 87 per cent believe they will "never own their own home outright". The study also revealed unaffordable housing as one of the top two concerns in the sample of 18 – 29 year old Australians surveyed.
Small, stylish and strong
While granny flats are typically small, many things can be done with the limited space within a granny flat. Enthusiastic designers have the option to add custom designs and accessories to improve their residential space. Mezzanine floors can split a room into sections and provide extra levels of work, living and play space.
The orientation of your granny flat can also help to cut down on expenses such as power. Installing a window or a glass sliding door in the northern facing wall will allow for maximum amount of natural sunlight. Skylights and our six-star energy rated insulation are also a savvy way to keep the bills to a minimum.
At Shed Boss, we offer customisable and cost-effective steel sheds that are adaptable for residential purposes. Made out of top-quality galvanised steel built to withstand Australian weather and engineered with modern COLORBOND® steel colours, our sheds are built strong, and built right.
The products used to build residential sheds are all sourced from locally owned suppliers. This ensures that the top-quality materials meet Australian laws and regulations, and are reliable for long-term peace of mind, all the while looking stylish in Australia's finest, sleekest steel.
All the buildings also come with the ShedSafe guarantee, an accreditation programme that ensures you'll get the best shed to suit your needs.