What to Expect When Using Granny Flat Experts
If you are thinking about having an extension done or, renovating your existing property to incorporate a granny flat, then it will probably be quite useful to know what the process entails and what you should expect when using one of the Central Coast’s leading builders. You might also be interested to know that a granny flat doesn’t necessarily mean that a granny has to live in it…
What is a granny flat?
Generally speaking, a granny flat is designed for one or two people, they are designed as self-contained living areas and are normally on the same plot as a family home. Granny flats can either be attached or detached, they are typically called granny flats because they are the most popular form of housing elderly parents, allowing them to keep some of their independence whilst still being close to the rest of the family, if they need support. You may also hear a granny flat, referred to as a ‘granny annex’.
- Design – First things first, you will want to choose your design, the look and the functionality will need to be considered. There is also the question of whether you want to use a custom floor plan or, a floor plan from a builder that can be modified if needed.
- Estimation – The next step will be to get an estimated cost for the job, the builders you are using should offer to come to your property to discuss your options and provide an estimate for the work that will take place.
- Accepting terms and agreements – Assuming the plans for your renovations and granny flat construction get approved, you will need to confirm with your builder of choice that you are happy with their estimate and that you understand that things can change as the process develops.
- Getting your plans ready for approval – Your builder should now work with you to ensure that the plans you put forward to either the complying consent process or to be submitted to the local council meet all of the necessary requirements.
- Colour and finishing options – A big sigh of relief as your plans have been accepted, now time to get your colour and finishing options chosen, the builders can help you with this if you don’t have a clear idea. Finally, you will need to get the approval finalised and move on to the final building agreement.
Surely, you’ll agree that the process seems pretty straight forward and you’d be correct, just be aware that things can change during the build process so be prepared in the event that something crops up.