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

“The capacity to care is the thing that gives life its deepest significance and meaning.”  Pablo Casals

When done in the right way, caring for a loved one can be rewarding and bring pleasure to both you and the person you are caring for.  Being calm, relaxed and taking the time to really connect with others each day can release hormones that boost your mood, reduce stress and improve your own physical health.

At times though, caring for an ailing parent, child or other loved one can also be overwhelming and isolating.  These tips can help you get the support you need while caring for someone you love in a way that benefits both of you.

Accept your feelings

Caregiving can evoke a wide range of emotions, both good and bad.  You may feel anger, fear, resentment, guilt, helplessness or grief.  It is important to acknowledge, understand and accept these feelings.  They don’t mean that you love your family member any less, they simply mean you’re human.

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 Talk to someone you can trust and confide in.  

Don’t try and do it all

You can’t do everything on your own and will need help from family, friends and health professionals.  Ensure you receive support as well to prevent burning out.  Before asking for help though, take some time to write out all the caregiving tasks required so you have a clear understanding of your family member’s needs.  Then determine which tasks you can manage and which you’ll need help with.

Attend to your own needs

In order to maintain your capacity to care for others, you must also care for yourself.  Avoid becoming distracted, burnt out or overwhelmed by paying attention to your own emotional, social, recreational and physical needs.   Take some time to visit friends, keep a journal, exercise regularly, pray or meditate, maintain hobbies or join a social club.  Watch out for signs of anxiety or depression and seek professional help if needed.

Take advantage of community services

There may be services in your local community able to assist you with your caregiving responsibilities.  These may include transportation services, personal care, day centre activities, health care services and meals programs.  Contact your nearest seniors centre or local Council for information, referrals or suggestions.  If your loved one has a particular disorder, you may also seek support from their relevant advocacy group.

As it becomes increasingly common for adult children to live at home and remain financially dependent on their parents for longer, such a living arrangement can cause some stressers and strains.

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Many parents talk about the lack of privacy, feeling taken for granted, being emotionally drained and financially under pressure as a result of supporting their ‘twixter’ offspring… those who are trapped between adolescence and adulthood.

Also having an effect on their social lives, these parents complain about the sacrifices they’re making in the years leading up to their retirement such as forgoing holidays and time spent enjoying each other’s company.

Studies have begun to show the notion of empty nesters as a bit of a myth. In fact, psychologist Katherine Burn from the University of Melbourne reports parents experience a significant increase in positive mood and wellbeing once the last child has left, and married couples begin to enjoy a happier union.

In the interim however, investing in a granny flat could be a mutually beneficial arrangement.  Building a granny flat in the backyard is an affordable way to keep the family together while offering independence, instilling responsibility and providing individual space.

Of course, conflict and resentment do not accompany every multi-generational living arrangement.  Most parents do genuinely enjoy spending time with their children and providing support for young adult children now is shown to increase the likelihood of reciprocation when the tables turn.

The key to successful cohabitation is open communication and clearly defining roles and expectations early on.  Discussing how things will work and agreeing to some ground rules from the very beginning are crucial.

To find out about how a granny flat could benefit you, contact Perth Granny Flat Specialist!

There are currently major changes in the aged care industry, with some of these changes coming into effect February 2017, this will mean that people can continue to live in their own house and receive a high level of support and care, even in later old age.

As part of the changes in the aged care industry, the team at Perth’s Granny Flat Specialist have spent time working with aged care and mobility experts to ensure that your granny flat will work with your needs.

Aged Care facilities aren’t always the best option, and a lot of people prefer to keep their loved ones close by, but understand that being in the same house doesn’t always work for all members of the family – young and old!

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A granny flat makes sense as more people choose home care.  Rather than having older parents living in the house with a range of generations, a granny flat means they still maintain their independence while being close to family and accessing a high level of home care.

Home Care is something that anyone can receive from care support companies, allowing family members who are either older or disabled to be looked after by professionals in their own home.  This removes the impersonal and sometimes impractical option of an aged care facility.

At Perth’s Granny Flat Specialist, we can custom design a Granny Flat to comply with Disability Access Australian Standard 1428.1-2009.

What does this mean, particularly with the changes in the aged care industry?  The standards ensure that the granny flat will include wider doors, a hobless shower base, safety grab rails and a raised toilet as well as any other features that are required.

This is why a granny flat is the perfect option for both the cared for and the family members.  People don’t have to worry about their loved one being in a retirement village or nursing home, but they are close enough in A custom made granny flats, while they are being cared for by professionals.

Perth’s Granny Flat Specialist has a range of design options from a studio through to 2 bedroom granny flats that allow clients to work  to create the perfect granny flat for your physical needs.

We are  continuing to meet with aged and disability care professionals to work closely and design granny flats that enable older and disabled people to have the independence they crave while still being looked after by professionals.

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If you have been tossing up between building a granny flat or moving in to a retirement village, one question the team at Perth’s Granny Flat Specialist would like to ask is… once you move in, with retirement living – who owns the land you live on?

Unless you can find a strata-titled retirement village with a freehold structure, the answer to this question is, probably not you!

It often surprises people to find out that in most retirement villages, the residents don’t actually own the land they live on.   Even when you’re paying several hundreds of thousands of dollars, you may still not technically end up being the title holder.

Retirement living – who owns the land?

Take for example a leasehold structure. Cleverly disguised as retirement villages, these places are often actually governed by the State’s caravan park laws and regulations.

This works similarly to how you would go on holidays.  You take your mobile home that is, your caravan, you rent a powered site in a park and set up camp for a few days!  Then you head back home.

These lifestyle villages operate in a very similar way. You buy your house (often at a premium from the park operator) and then pay rent for the privilege of sitting on someone else’s plot of land.  Doesn’t sound like the type of retirement most people dream of!

who owns the land you live onThe operator retains full ownership of the land and you have the ongoing delight of paying rent. Don’t forget that the land is the appreciating asset, so what happens when the park operator decides they want to do something else with their land? You may just have to relocate your home when your lease runs out!

This is just another reason why choosing to build a granny flat gives you peace of mind and security. Sign up for our 10 Steps to Building Your Own Granny Flat now and start thinking about how Perth’s Granny Flat Specialist might be able to help you.  Or why not have a look at our granny flat designs, and start planning your retirement!?

 

 

Humans are social animals who need contact and intimacy with others to feel good about life. This is even more important after retirement, when the social contact that comes with being in the workforce is gone.

Staying active and involved after retirement, in your local community, can help combat any social isolation, loneliness and depression that you may experience when you believe they have nothing much to do.

At Perth’s Granny Flat Specialist, we have put together some tips to stay active and involved involved after retirement!

  1. Improve your Health 

If health problems or reduced mobility are a barrier to your participation, work with your doctor for suggestions to better manage your condition.

Otherwise maintain regular exercise and eat healthily.  If you live in Perth, there are so many different places to go for exercise!  Keep your mind healthy by turning off the television and stimulating your brain reading, completing crosswords and paying board games.

  1. Make new Friends

While it is rewarding to put time, effort and love in to existing relationships, new friendships can energise your life and open up opportunities for fresh experiences.

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Maybe you have an interest or hobby you’ve always wanted to try but never had the time? Check your local paper for clubs, associations and groups that meet nearby. Ask people you already know to introduce you to their friends so you can widen your circle. Or meet other like-minded people by enrolling in short course or university degree.   Plus your local library often has a range of courses and sessions on to help with socialising!

  1. Volunteer

Volunteering is a great way to get involved in your local community. Along with life experience you bring skills and knowledge that many local councils, schools, libraries and community organisations would be very appreciative of assistance from an unpaid helper.

Volunteering can also be rewarding for you providing a sense of satisfaction, feeling good about making a difference to others lives and increasing your confidence.

  1. Get Computer Savvy

The internet offers immediate and easy access to an unlimited number of opportunities. You can find a wealth of information on any subject you’re interested in, take online courses and keep in contact with friends through e-mail or chat groups.

It may be a little daunting to get started but it’s worth giving it a go. Ask your grandchildren for a lesson or two, or contact your local council or library for information on appropriate courses.  If you are looking at a Perth granny flat, you will have younger family members available to assist you, which will be very helpful!

 

One of our recent clients has been Bill Nicholls and his family.

Bill’s family live in the Carine area of Perth and it was his daughter’s idea to build a granny flat in her backyard. Bill had retired and they wanted to ensure he was close to family.

All the Way from France

When the project first started, Bill was still living in France and wasn’t able to be part of the initial stages including the planning and design aspect.

The bonus of our ‘Your Project’ BuilderTrend program is that he could logon from France and look at different aspects of the job.  This allowed him to feel part of the project even on the other side of the world.

Bill talks about this in a video on our Facebook page, click here to visit our page and watch!

Still a Family Affair

Once he arrived in Perth he was able to be heavily involved in the project, ensuring he was happy with how the build progressed.  Bill and his family were fantastic to work with.  His other daughter lived in the UK was able to stay up to date with the build and project.  She could feel she was included and could contribute her own comments throughout.

Thanks to Bill and his family, we thoroughly enjoyed the job!  The end result is a beautiful 1 bedroom granny flat that allows Bill to live independently while being close to his family.

Visit our portfolio page to see more pictures and others from our best granny flat Perth projects!

 

With the cost of living getting higher and people living longer, having multiple generations all living together is a reality for some Perth families.

That is one reason why more people are turning to granny flats as the best way to create a multi-generational household.  However there can still be issues even being 10 metres away from each other!

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Here are some tips to make multigenerational living a happier experience for everyone…

1. Know WHY this arrangement is in place. Every living arrangement has its benefits and drawbacks, and in order for it to work, the benefits must be recognized and outweigh the drawbacks. Discuss the the different circumstances with your family so that everyone is on the same page as to why you are living so close to each other.

2. Define the responsibilities surrounding those who need to be cared for. Does anyone in the family have health issues that need to be addressed, such as an elderly parent needing special care, or a child with learning disabilities? If their care is home based, which of the other family members are primarily responsible for this care?

3. Discuss boundaries as a group, as they must be respected by each household member, from the youngest to the eldest. Address your concerns about privacy. It can be hard to have privacy in this living situation. Make sure everyone understands the importance of privacy, and have consequences for anyone who invades anyone’s privacy in any way, whether it’s the Internet, your diary, going through personal belongings, and even listening in on phone calls.

4. Set acoustic boundaries. It’s likely that at least one person will enjoy hearing loud music or even television. Tell those who want loud music or television to use headphones.

5. Let parents raise their own children. If the adults do not remain mindful of each other’s rights and responsibilities, homework can sometimes be a source of discord in the house. What causes problems is a non-parent adult’s sense of how far they should be allowed to go in deciding what is best for children. It’s especially important for grandparents, not to counteract the rules you’ve set for your own children.

granny flats perth6. Call a family meeting if there is a problem you think needs discussing. If it is a more personal problem, take the other family member aside and discuss it quietly. As mentioned earlier, there should be a time and a place where any family member can have privacy. It is under those circumstances that many personal problems can be addressed and resolved before they erupt into a major conflict.

7. Spend quality time together as a family. Have one day and/or night a week of fun for everyone!

Follow these tips and that will hopefully ensure a happy living situation for those in both the primary house and the granny flat!

Remember, it is fantastic to have family living close by, especially for children and grandparents – but there still needs to be boundaries!

For more on how your family can benefit from a granny flat, contact the team at Perth Granny Flat Specialist now – (08) 9284 7778!

A home is not always about investment dollars, it is almost always about investment in your future and having safe and comfortable spaces in which to live and move around.  That is why Granny Flats independent living is essential.

Universal Design features in your home combine barrier free living with eco and sustainable best practice.  If you are needing to build, add more space or incorporate a granny flat, then some thought and consideration at the pre-concept stage can maximise independent living and secure wellbeing, quality of life and independence with a home design that complements your immediate lifestyle needs with medium to long term planning goals.

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Universal Design principles assist you to meet individual and lifestyle needs of family members of any age, ability and stage in life.  The use of good appearance and stylish design can support any or all of these Universal Design scenarios:

  • A pregnant woman negotiating doorways and toilets, showers and the bath
  • A young family with prams and pushers
  • Sudden illness or injury resulting in temporary or permanent disability
  • Ageing bodies that need a home in which to move around more easily when using a frame or wheelchair:  it may not be you at the moment but how are your parents or grandparents, or family members or friends who visit?
    The number of people worldwide living with at least one disability is increasing exponentially.

Granny Flats For Independent Living

Homes and living spaces should be designed so they can meet changing needs, and can mean staying on in the home together with or near family and enjoying a more independent and fulfilling lifestyle with more comfort and peace of mind.  With a view to the present and the future, Universal Design features for your home that you should think about before making building decisions and committing yourself, are

  • Pathways from the footpath or garage
  • Entrance to the home
  • Surfaces and widths, landing areas and shelter from the weather
  • Garden beds and landscaping
  • Step-free flush threshold and width of your entrance door to entry level
  • Comfortable movement between spaces, level transitions and width for internal doorways and hallwaysgranny flats perth
  • Easy access, entry level toilet location with clear width and circulation space for toilet visits by visitors and anyone living in the home
  • Slip resistant, step free, for one bathroom at least with a corner location and reinforced walls so grab rails can be installed
  • Finishing items such as taps, fittings and tiles

Universal Design takes into account that changes will occur over the life of the home and lifestyle of its occupants.  These principles are based on customising and attention to functional needs of individuals and families to maximise quality of life, independence and financial security.

Acceptance and application of Universal Design in homes is increasing worldwide but not to the extent where governments are taking sufficient notice and incorporating programs and strategies that would inevitably help budget bottom lines.  There is a growing need to integrate housing and care needs of Australians particularly as they age.

The baby boomer era has accelerated the recognition that Universal Design spaces and products make life safer and simpler.  People will remain in their homes for as long as possible where they want to be and live independently where practical.  Nursing home places should be left available to those who desperately require specific high level care and support.

Perth’s Granny Flat Specialist has connections with Universal Design consultants in Perth who work with builders, building designers and contractors who can share ideas and provide guidance early in the piece on Universal Design aspects.

Perth’s Granny Flat Specialist is so supportive of universal design that it offers a free initial consultation with an access consultant who can illustrate where Universal Design features in a home can benefit individuals and families.  Contact us today!  (08) 9284 7778

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