Turning the Garage into Granny’s Home

flatsEvery one of us has had that dream before – white picket fences, whitewashed walls, a garage littered with toys and your own Cadillac and rooms that could fit tons of furniture items. People work hard to make that dream come true, but what if you do not have a car yet? Or what if you do not have a need for that extra garage? Then, you can build a living quarter for the elderly members of the family.

Understanding Granny Flats

The term “granny flat” refers to an apartment adjacent or connected to the primary house, which is typically meant for the grandparents. While not many people build these, it has been a growing trend lately, especially for those who are reluctant to send their parents to nursing homes. It can even add value to a property.

One of the main reasons these types of accommodation are popular is that they can be relatively more affordable to construct. In some cases, homeowners have also considered building granny flats as a way to make a living by renting them out.

What to Consider

When building a granny flat, be sure to check the following details first:

1. Permits and licenses

Coordinate with your local council about the requirements when building a structure on your property. You would need to know the allowable dimensions as well as the materials you are allowed to use. You would need all this information when you draw your floor plan.

2. Floor Plan

If you are not sure how to go about with your floor plan, seek a professional who can help prepare a blueprint. Consider the dimension and allowances given by your local council.

3. Contractor

Although building it by yourself can be quite fulfilling, it is still best to get the services of a professional contractor. These contractors have the right licenses as well as insurance coverage to protect you from any mishaps, in addition to their wide experience when it comes to building structures.

4. Budget

Just like with anything else, you need to have a budget in place. Otherwise, you might overspend. Instead of increasing your budget to accommodate materials and such, do it the other way around – look for materials that are well within your budget.

Finally, since it would be your parents, or grandparents, who would use the flat, consider any preferences or needs they might have to lead a comfortable lifestyle.