The term ancillary dwelling, is used to describe “a small, self contained dwelling located on the same lot as another single house”. The government uses the appropriate term but for this article’s purpose, we’re going to be discussing detached granny flats, which are ancillary dwellings that are detached and independent from the main home but on the same block of land.
The recent rise in popularity of granny flats has been a result of legislation changes in 2013 across residential zones in WA that allow homeowners to build and rent out these granny flats to people other than relatives. The legislation change was spurred by the obvious shortage in rental properties and affordable living solutions.
These homes not only take advantage of this growing demand, but they offer a significant ROI. While helping increasing your wealth, they can also help reduce the stress of a looming mort return investment, help accomodate an elderly mother or father and simply isolate that difficult ‘live at home’ teen.
There are a number of requirements and regulations that new granny flats must adhere to which are:
- Maximum Floor Area of 60 square meters
- Can be built in any residential zone - as long as there is only one main home and one granny flat on the single parcel of land
- The block can not be sub-divided
- The maximum floor area of the Granny Flat + the home cannot exceed the maximum allowable ratio of that local councils environment plan
Whilst the 60 sqm maximum gross area limit stands, it does not include any patio or verandah areas - these are typically limited to 12 sqm.
How to get the most out of your granny flat
More space for entertaining
Typically we see most customers build granny flats to generate another income stream however more and more people are building ‘granny flats’ as secondary entertaining areas. Think of it as your very own poorhouse! If you have friends or family staying over, let them have their own space or if you’re having a backyard function, use the granny flat as an indoor/outdoor entertaining area.
Increase the Value of Your Property
Sometimes subdivision is not the most appropriate way to increase your property portfolio value. Rather than going through the lengthy process of dividing up your land into smaller parcels, granny flats offer landlords the opportunity to build a ‘second home’ whilst retaining a large parcel of land. With only a small investment, you can have a second home on your block that will almost immediately increase the value of your property.
Great for the young and old
As your kids get older, they may want a place to hang out with friends and feel a little more independent. A granny flat is a fantastic way to allow teens and even older, a separate retreat to stay without affecting your day to day life.
On the same token, perhaps your own mum or dad need some help with day to day activities and you want to keep them close (but not too close). A granny flat offers all the facilities that your mum or dad could need as well as easy access with the lack of stairs.
Working from home
The gig economy is growing by the day and more and more people in Australia have begun working from home. The dream! However separating work life and home life can be difficult if your office is in your living room so a granny flat gives you a real ‘office’ feel whilst still being able to make your lunch in the kitchen.
Here at SipFORM, we are the manufacturer of the panels that home builders use to construct granny flats. If you’re looking a for a granny flat specialist, then look no further than FORM Homes, who have a number of designs and floorplans to choose from.