Designing your future home is fun to some… and not to others. If you are a person who loves getting involved you will enjoy working through your design to have things fitting and looking 100% how you would like, if not, let your trusted builder and Perth granny flat specialist take care of your ideas while you sit back and relax.

To start with you should put together a ‘wish list’ which includes things like the desired size of your granny flat, the number of bedrooms, level of finish you’re after, particular inclusions you want… like do you need an entertainer’s kitchen or is an outdoor area a priority?

If we can offer any advice on size, it would be that you shouldn’t try to squeeze in too much. Clever layout and design will make up for that one less bedroom or separate laundry and make the place feel much more liveable.

Once we have an initial design, it’s then a matter of moving things around to allow for your block orientation, add in features you do like and take out the one’s you don’t.

 

Get the Best Bang for your Buck

While inclusions like premium floor coverings, benchtops, tapware and lighting can add thousands to the price of your new granny flat, there is something more fundamental that may affect the price.

In fact, just being aware of this little-known design feature could save you tens of thousands of dollars without compromising on style and sophistication. And it simply has to do with…

 

The Shape of Your Granny Flat

The simpler the external shape and perimeter, the lower the cost is to build.

A more complicated shape is not more expensive because of added difficulty, it just simply requires more building material!

A house with more angles will more than likely have a greater overall surface area. This will increase the amount of materials needed to build the walls… It will increase the length of guttering and eaves and it will usually also increase the roof framework, plasterboard, cornices and other building materials.

A house with a simple shape (e.g. rectangle) can retain the same floor area with a greatly decreased wall surface area and make more effective use of the available space. The savings can run into the tens of thousands.

 

And Don’t Forget Orientation Too…

It’s important to get the orientation right too.  Poor orientation can result in you having to spend more on glazing and insulation to get the required energy rating. It can also lead to increased long term running costs to heat and cool your granny flat. This is a common downside when choosing a design straight out of a brochure.

 

Now that you have your design worked out, your builder will need to do their preliminary investigations. In our next video we’ll cover what these are and why you need to do them before signing a building contract.  Feel free to subscribe to our YouTube channel so you don’t miss it!

In the mean time please contact us to discuss your ideas for a new granny flat – (08) 9284 7778.

Do you have an investment property with a large backyard and plenty of space but are not able to subdivide?

Using a granny flat to turn a negatively geared property in to a cashflow positive asset is a well-recognised investment strategy in many Australian states.  Particularly suitable for investors with a long-term view to derive income from their property, we’ve come up with six other reasons why a granny flat may benefit you.

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  1. Extra income

Building a granny flat in the backyard of your investment property provides you with an additional source of income.  Turn that underutilised patch of grass in to a money making machine.

 

  1. Cashflow positive

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Granny flats have a very high rental yield and return on investment in Perth.  They can generally be rented for significantly more than it costs to build and maintain them so granny flats are usually cashflow positive from the very start.

 

  1. Demand for affordable housing

The demand for smaller homes such as granny flats is increasing hand in hand with the demand for affordable housing.  This will continue to be driven by population growth, housing pressure and a trend towards single-occupant accommodation.

 

  1. Depreciation

Renting out a granny flat gives you extra claimables when it comes to tax time.  BMT report the average first-year depreciation deduction for a new granny flat is $5,288.  Any common areas such as swimming pools, patios and barbeques can also be added to your depreciation schedule even if you occupy the primary residence.

 

  1. Spreading your income risk

If you just have one investment property and it is vacant then you will have no money coming in.  With the addition of a granny flat however it is unlikelygranny flat small home perth both properties would be vacant at the same time.  Knowing you’ll have money coming in 52 weeks of the year will give any investor some peace of mind!

 

  1. Increase the value

And obviously, building a granny flat will increase the overall value of your investment property.

 

With a shortage of rental properties in some Perth suburbs, a granny flat is a low-cost method to maximise the overall value and profitability of your investment property.

To find out more contact Perth Granny Flat Specialist on (08) 9284 7778.

home office granny flatFlexible hours, less distractions, the convenience of your own home – there are many perks to working from home!

With the adoption of digital technologies, the work patterns and places for the Australian population are changing dramatically.  Not only are more people turning to freelance work and self-employment but we are also seeing the emergence of hybrid work patterns with employees working from home on some days and commuting to the office on others.

This gradual shift towards work-life flexibility has found many Australians in need of a home office.

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But do you have such a designated functional space?  One that is private and free from distraction?  Something comfortable and inspiring?

If the answer is no… Have you considered a granny flat?

Granny Flat as Home Office

Granny flats are often versatile spaces used for a variety of activities.

At Perth Granny Flat Specialist we work with all our clients to design a space that works for them, whether it’s for elderly parents, a teenagers retreat, guest quarters or a home office.

A custom designed home office will allow you to plan:

  • Smart Storage – have your desk, shelving and storage crafted to fit your professional requirements. Ditch the clutter, keep organised and set up a filing system to make finding paperwork a breeze.
  • Natural Light – Take advantage of the sun, your properties orientation and choose the type and location of your windows to make an inspiring space to work.
  • For specialty equipment and furniture – Do you have room for the multifunction printer, drawing table, ergonomic desk, sewing machine, therapy chair? Perth Granny Flat Specialist can completely customise the space to suit your work needs and business requirements.

 

By having a designated home office you can enjoy a fifteen second commute, spend less time stuck in traffic and save the environment as well.work from home backyard

You’ll also gain some separation from the kids, the pets, the washing and all those things around the house that might distract you.  And at the same time you can ensure your work doesn’t spill in to your home life – you can lock the door at the end of the day and go enjoy time with the family.

 

If you think you could benefit from having your own home office contact Shane and the team on (08) 9284 7778.

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