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Are you thinking about building a granny flat but don’t know where to start? In this FREE GUIDE you will find great information about whether your property is suitable, how to choose the right builder for you and the steps to a successful building experience! You need to read this!

Are you thinking about building a granny flat but don’t know where to start? In this FREE GUIDE you will find great information about whether your property is suitable, how to choose the right builder for you and the steps to a successful building experience! You need to read this!

Granny flats could be the answer to some of Perth’s housing affordability issues.  In a recent report by the Housing Authority a lack of housing diversity and limited housing options is contributing to home ownership remaining unattainable to many West Australians.

Affordable Options for Downsizing?

In the same report the Real Estate Institute of WA commented that “with an ageing population and an increase in the number of smaller households, it will be important to have appropriate and affordable options for downsizing and resizing.”

The Perth housing market is heavily weighted towards larger properties, with over 80% sold having three or more bedrooms.  However, with the number of one person households on the rise, it is unlikely that these people will be looking for the traditional four-bedroom home on a quarter acre block.

Granny Flats are the Perfect Size

Smaller one or two bedroom properties are in demand and these are the perfect size for a granny flat.  A well thought out design can provide a spacious light, bright and airy feel making granny flats attractive to a wide range of people.

Not everyone wants to live in an apartment either; with stairs and elevators, parking issues and strata fees.  Outdoor entertaining is also a large part of the Australian culture and many people value being able to walk out the back door and look out a garden, invite friends over for an afternoon with the sun and wind on their skin or even just the space to allow a pet to run around.

The property market has been slow to adapt to the increasing demand for smaller properties but savvy home owners and property investors are taking advantage of the opportunity. Could a granny flat provide you with a reliable second income or a positively geared investment?

Contact the team at Perth Granny Flat Specialist today – (08) 9285 7778

Everyone is talking about energy efficient design and how this makes your home more comfortable to live in and cheaper to run. But do you know the importance building orientation plays in this?

Orientation refers to the placement and positioning of your granny flat in your backyard.  Good orientation will take in to consideration the local climate and seasonal sun and wind variations.

Poor orientation often occurs when a standard design is picked out of a brochure without any consideration given to the individual property and surrounds on which it will be built.

This is just another reason why we custom design all our projects at Perth’s Granny Flat Specialist.  A well thought out floor plan can save you thousands in unnecessary insulation, glazing upgrades, and long term heating and cooling costs.

How can Perth’s Granny Flat Specialist help?

One of the first steps in our process is carrying out a site assessment.  The company Director, Shane, will come to your property to see and listen to what you’re trying to achieve.  This also gives him the opportunity to answer questions such as… Does your backyard have large shady trees? Which side of the property does the sun rise?  Do your neighbours have a double storey house?  Do you get strong easterly winds or maybe a sea breeze?  Are you located on a hill?  Which direction does your existing house face?

What are some of our top tips for an energy efficient orientation?  In Perth we try to have:

  1. The longest walls (surface area) on the northern and southern sides.
  2. Kitchens and living spaces on the northern side.
  3. Bathrooms, laundries and rooms used less frequently on the eastern or western sides.

The building should be orientated to maximise sun exposure in the winter but minimise exposure in the summer.  Building setbacks also need to be considered to utilise natural light and air flow.

When it comes to designing an energy efficient home, there are many other factors for you to consider so why not get in touch with the team at Perth’s Granny Flat Specialist to find out more! (08) 9284 7778

The recent Housing Affordability Report by the Real Estate Institute of Australia shows WA remains one of the most affordable states in the country for housing. Despite a softening in the Perth real estate market and the median house price down to $525,000, why is home ownership still not attainable for so many?

Why is Home Ownership still not attainable?

Possibly because the median income for Perth households is recorded as $85,700?  Assuming that a household can save a 10% deposit, sign up for a 30 year loan at our current average 5.58% interest rate and then spend a third of their income on mortgage repayments… they should be able to afford a house around $415,000.

There is quite a gap there between what the median household earns and what the median house costs isn’t there!?

Increases in Multi-generational Households

Perth’s Granny Flat Specialist believes this is one reason why we’ve seen an increase in multi-generational households. Adult children remaining in the family home well in to their twenties and thirties…  Young families opting to live with their older parents… Or single parents relying on their own mum and dad for some financial assistance.

Building a granny flat can be a great stepping stone to home ownership.  From as little as $90,000 you can have a small home of your own…  A free standing, self-contained dwelling that is ready to move in to.

Granny Flats are more than just an Affordable Solution

Granny flats are not only affordable but they offer families space, independence and privacy. Two families living under one roof can sometimes cause stressors and strains in the relationship; requiring exceptional communication, constant negotiation and a high level of trust and respect.  Having individual space and separation can often solve these issues and offer a more relaxed and harmonious living arrangement while still being close by.

If home ownership is currently out of reach for you or someone you know, then feel free to contact Perth’s Granny Flat Specialist to see if we can design something to suit your needs. (08) 9284 7778

Very often we equate storage with closed doors and drawers.  However these require space for opening and closing which can be valuable in small rooms and small homes such as granny flats.  Open storage will not only save you space but it is functional as well as provides opportunities for creative styling.  Here are five tips from Better Homes & Gardens to show you how open storage saves you space…

how open storage saves you spaceDecorative storage pieces

Sometimes smaller spaces may necessitate storing items in view plain view so why not select a storage piece that compliments the rooms décor? Identify the hues in the room and then find a hook or shelf to match.  Here, rolls of essential papers and wraps are stored in a decorative storage piece that accents the metals in the Kitchen.

 

how open storage saves you spaceDouble Duty Furniture

A study or home offices may be difficult to create when space is tight but here some strategically placed bookshelves offers a practical and beautiful space. The stool tucks away under the work surface and the laptop can fold out of the way too.

 

 

how open storage saves you spaceSpace within Space

Rather than stacking items directly on top of each other, subdivide open spaces for better organization.

 

 

how open storage saves you spaceNarrow Shelves

Narrow or short shelves can give you extra surfaces to store items in easy reach.  Plates and glasses that are used frequently do not necessary need to be kept behind cabinet doors.

 

 

how open storage saves you spaceDon’t Waste Windows

Natural light helps make small rooms feel bigger, but windows also gobble up wall space and potential storage spots. To get the best of both worlds, consider a strategy used in this kitchen: a mid-height shelf for a few short bowls, and a hanging rack near the ceiling for essential pots and pans.

 

Better Homes & Gardens has more creative storage ideas for small spaces.

However if you’re interested in building your own small space, please contact Perth’s Granny Flat Specialist today – (08) 9284 7778

It never ceases to amaze me when people react like this…

The other day a friend and I were walking through a granny flat, it was the first time she’d ever seen one and her first response was “it’s like a real house!?”  It was a mixture of delight, awe, excitement and shock!  How could a granny flat look this good?  Do they all look like this?  I should definitely get myself one!

My response to her was “well what did you think it was going to look like!?”  Maybe we’ve been in the custom design game for too long… or in the granny flat industry for not long enough… but the idea that granny flats are some kind of cheap and inferior dwelling is most definitely a misconception.

So what is the difference between a granny flat and a house?

Come to Perth’s Granny Flat Specialist and the answer to this question is… practically nothing!

Most of the granny flats we build are self-contained, free standing units.  They have a kitchen, a bathroom, one or two bedrooms, a laundry, and a living/dining area.  They come complete with all the modern conveniences like cabinetry with soft closing hinges, breeze locks to sliding windows, built in wardrobes, shower screens, air-conditioning and LED downlights.  And they can even be fitted out with roller blinds, raised ceilings, bamboo flooring, rain showers and security screens. Anything you can imagine we can supply and build in.

So when people are surprised by the quality of our work, this is the perfect opportunity to remind them that it pays to shop around before choosing your builder.  At Perth’s Granny Flat Specialist we are committed to providing our clients with the highest quality work that not only meets, but exceeds their expectations.  We offer flexible designs, are responsive to your needs and can accommodate any special requirements you may have.

Our granny flats are really just a small house.  They are not dongas or transportables or sea containers.  They are built in your backyard from the ground up by professional tradesmen following a plan designed by you.

To find out more about building a granny flat with Perth’s Granny Flat Specialist, get in contact on (08) 9284 7778.

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.

granny flat finance property investor

  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.

Are you thinking about building a granny flat but don’t know where to start? In this FREE GUIDE you will find great information about whether your property is suitable, how to choose the right builder for you and the steps to a successful building experience! You need to read this!

Are you thinking about building a granny flat but don’t know where to start? In this FREE GUIDE you will find great information about whether your property is suitable, how to choose the right builder for you and the steps to a successful building experience! You need to read this!

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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Since the 1980’s the number of multi-generational households in Australia has been on the rise.  Particularly in the metropolitan areas of our major cities, it is now estimated that more than 25% of Australians live with two or more generations under the same roof.

There are several factors contributing to the increase of intergenerational households, many of them surrounding the delay of young adults leaving home… or what’s colloquially become known as ‘failing to launch’.

Multi-generational living is increasingly being used as a way to overcome affordability issues as young people rely on their parents for financial support well in to their 20’s and 30’s.

Higher Education

With employers demanding highly educated workers, more and more young people are undertaking post-school studies increasing the number of years they spend in education.  With undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications becoming common, young people are delaying their entry in to the workforce and decreasing their short-term financial prospects.

Other Factors

Higher education is however not the only reason for multi-generational living arrangements.   Other factors seen regularly extending young people’s stay in the family home include:

  • Unemployment and workplace volatility
  • Delayed partnering
  • Health issues, particularly with the prevalence of anxiety and depression
  • cohabitingSustained growth of the Australian property market has also meant that home ownership has become unaffordable for many. This can also be seen through the reduction in the number of first home buyers entering the market.
  • The increase in the cost of childcare has seen many young families identify grandparents as a more affordable alternative.

So if you have a kipper, twixter, freeter or boomerang child you may want to come to terms with the fact they be hanging around for a little while longer.  Or maybe you should be prepared for when they want to return!  In any case contact Perth Granny Flat Specialist to find out how a granny flat might benefit you! (08) 9284 7778

In last weeks’ blog we looked at Perth’s bush fire prone areas and explained that properties within these areas would need to be assessed for their Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) prior to building a granny flat.

But what happens after your BAL has been established?

Depending on your exposure to radiant heat and risk of ember attack or direct flame contact there are several products and methods we can use to help protect your building in the event of a bushfire.

 

Ember Attack

Embers are small pieces of burning twigs/branches/leaves/debris that are carried by the wind and land on or around houses before, during and after a bushfire.  Should embers land in gutters, enter roof spaces, get under doorways or be blown through windows it is then very easy for a building to catch alight even if a great distance from the fire front itself.

Some of the ways we can limit the damage of ember attack include:

  • Using aluminium flyscreens to windows and doors
  • Installing ember guards to gutters
  • Sealing all junctions between the external walls and roof
  • Installing sarking underneath wall cladding and roofing
  • Installing weather/draught seals to doors
  • Metal mesh over vents and openings

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  • Sealing around all roof and wall penetrations
  • Sprinkler systems

 

Direct Flame Contact

Preparing for your granny flat to be able to withstand direct contact with flames during a bushfire, some of the recommended protection measures include using:

  • Aluminium window frames
  • Hardwood timbers that are naturally fire resistant
  • Timbers that have a fire-retardant treatment
  • Non-combustible wall claddings such as fibre cement
  • Toughened or laminated glass in windows and doors
  • Solid timber external doors

Should you be considering building a granny flat in a bushfire prone area, you may also consider upgrading and retro-fitting some of these features to your existing home.

 

To discuss your ideas and options for building a granny flat please contact us at Perth Granny Flat Specialist on (08) 9284 7778.

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