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 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

 

smarter small homeCheck out this video where founder of the Future Housing Taskforce, Kevin Doodney, talks about his joint venture with James Hardie creating a prototype for a compact solution to housing affordability – otherwise known as a smarter small home!

In an attempt to change the face of how we see housing in Australia, they’ve built a home for two families in just 65m2!

An intelligent choice of materials and efficient construction method were the key to ensuring an end product that was still liveable, stylish and sustainable all for under $150,000.

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Doodney explains that framed and light weight construction was a no brainer because the downside to brick is that you instantly lose 5% of your internal floor space, cavities cause issues and it’s too heavy.

They then chose compressed fibre cement board to line and clad the walls because of its structural strength, fire resistance and longevity. There are also so many architectural choices both internally and externally to assist achieving a variety of different styles.

At Perth’s Granny Flat Specialist we build using both timber and steel framing, and many of our clients are now opting for the weatherboard style of cladding to complete their new homes.

We are always looking at different ways to reduce costs and ensure we are environmentally sustainable – so important in this day.   The team look at a range of options, and chat with industry experts to stay on top of what is happening in the building industry.

Want to know more about the tiny house?  Watch Kevin tell us more about the process here now!  Plus read one of our previous blogs all about timer and steel framing options!

Many people tell Shane and the team that the main concern they have about granny flats is the size of the place. But our belief is, with some magic and interior design you can make a smaller area feel large and airy. Adriana from Hatch Interiors’ primary focus is on ensuring her clients have a beautiful airy place to live and she helps our clients with their granny flats.

Here are some tips for making the most of small spaces!

An important aspect of keeping a small place from feeling tiny is to declutter; staying organised is key to making the most of your small space

One important way of making a room feel bigger is having furniture that is the appropriate scale. No need to use a 36-inch-wide armchair when a 26-inch one would do. Apply this to all pieces, including tables, and lighting.

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We recommend looking at incorporating textures that reflect light, such as shimmery velvets, silk or silk style rugs, crystal lights, and lacquered furniture. Try and add lots of lighting that will amplify the perception of space.

Hang an oversize round mirror, our belief is – the bigger the better. The rule of thumb is to frame the mirror with at least 9 inches of wall space on all sides.  The other option is to hang a number of smaller mirrors, salon style, this also helps make a room feel larger.

Did you know if you include an oversize piece of art that will help make a wall feel bigger? A lot of interior designers recommend that with a piece of art, about 70 percent of the wall should be covered by the art to make it really impactful so that your eye sees more art than white space.

What other ways to help with interior design for granny flats?

Another trick of the trade is to hang window coverings at the ceiling line and from wall to wall rather than limiting them to the size of the window. It gives the appearance of a larger/taller space. Which makes it a lot of fun to find window coverings that will be appealing in a larger space than originally expected!

If you choose to hang multiples in a small space, whether that be light fixtures or art, always try for odd numbers. You can incorporate interesting details by adding various layers of texture or a mix of materials like wood, metal, and glass

There are so many amazing landscape photographers and artists, why not look at purchasing art or photography with a vista or a landscape, this acts like a window and gives depth to a wall, bringing the eye visually into another world.multigenerational living

Another option, which might suit the grandparents who probably have years of books available is to add built-in floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. They give the illusion of having a lot of furniture, but are narrower and require less depth

Here are a few tips to help make your granny flat feel larger, and ensure your visitors enjoy spending time at your place!  Hopefully by following these ideas, it will help with your ideas on interior design for granny flats!

 

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We get a lot of phone calls from people who are thinking about building a granny flat but are not sure where to start. This prompted us to put together a guide to assist people with what steps are required.

Before you start, sharing your space comes with a lot of compromises. This highlights why careful design and planning can go a long way toward creating two compatible, comfortable dwellings that can coexist peacefully where there was once only one.

Thoughtful construction details inside and out can make a new unit seem like it was always there. New landscaping helps to complete the effect.

The success of a granny flat also depends on whom you share it with, and how. With that in mind we’ve come up with a list of questions which will give you something to think about.

SHARING YOUR SPACE: BUILDING A GRANNY FLAT

This list explores how sociable you are, how much control you need, and how much experience you’ve had living with others.

  1. How many siblings did you grow up with?
  2. How much of last week’s downtime was spent with friends? How much did you spend alone?
  3. How relaxed are you about your material possessions? Do friends have any of your books, tools, cooking equipment, Tupperware? Do you annoy them to get it back regularly, or do you just trust they are good friends who will return things when they are ready?
  4. When you go to a restaurant, do you share what you order or do you keep it all to yourself and savour every bite?
  5. If someone cuts in front of you in traffic or at the supermarket, how do you react?
  6. When was the last time you had a fight with a neighbour and what was it about? In certain cases, these neighbours could be your parents or inlaws – could this cause issues with your partner?
  7. Is your work mostly solitary or social? Tightly focused or multitasked?
  8. Where are you on the “Speak My Mind vs Keep It To Myself” spectrum? Because that can make or break living relationships!
  9. Have you ever shared a house with anyone who wasn’t family of a loved one?
  10. Do you live with someone or alone? How long have you lived that way?

In general, people who have siblings, aren’t super fussy, can multi-task and don’t sweat the small stuff have an easier time sharing their property.

At the end of the day, communication is King. If someone does something that doesn’t sit well with you, talking is important.   Yes it might be your granny flat – but remember, its their home.

And a happy person living in your granny flat – is a good thing for relationships and investments!

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This week I wanted to go into more detail about YOUR input into the plan and what you need to do to make sure you get your perfect granny flat.

Building used to be easy. You’d choose a builder and a design…and that was about it.

But today, you have so much more choice. In fact, you have almost infinite choice… which can have its advantages and disadvantages!

For example, what sort of toilet do you want for your new home? At first this may seem like a simple decision. But when you are faced with a range of 50 or more toilets, things can get pretty confusing.

What about baths, showers, floor coverings, paint colours, light fittings, bench tops and doors? That’s before you even start to think about kitchen appliances. Are you starting to feel like a cup of tea and a lay down?

To make things even harder, designs and models change all the time. Updated models and new colours may even be available before construction is finished.

For example, although you may have already chosen your bath, a new model may catch your eye. This may cause you to rethink your taps, and your shower head!

Your perfect granny flat

Don’t worry. The team at Perth’s Granny Flat Specialists spend time helping you make these choices – explaining the differences in products and putting you in touch with the best suppliers who stock all the latest designs and models. And because we work to a ‘building plan’ you’ll know when you can and can’t make product substitutions along the way.

We work with you to make sure you get the exact granny flat you want.

If you’d like to talk through some of these options, feel free to get in touch and we’ll arrange a time to chat.

Shane Williams

P.S. After spending hours making decisions about specific inclusions (like toilets, bench tops etc.) some home owners are disappointed to find their builder has made a substitution along the way.

 

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We don’t employ commission based sales people at Perth’s Granny Flat Specialist. Sure, we need to make the sale to be able to build the project but we make our margin from the build. By not paying sales commissions we are able to provide better value to our clients.  You speak to the builder Perth Granny Flat Specialists.

In our view, the traditional sales role is endangered. Today’s buyers have access to endless information and peer feedback like never before.

Instead, we take a consultative approach to engage our clients.

Don’t get me wrong, we don’t have a problem with people making a living from sales. It’s just that in our industry the number one motivation should be customer satisfaction, not meeting quotas and having to rely on the commission to survive.

Here are four reasons why our company doesn’t look to commissioned salespeople to drive our business.

Relationships
Growing a business is about fostering trust and relationships, not pushing product. The goal is to show the value of the product and build a relationship with the customer. The only thing that matters is the customer’s success.

Authenticity
People crave honest suggestions, and can tell when someone is pushing an agenda. They do not want to be cajoled to buy something, especially a product that is a poor fit. If we can’t offer a solution that is right for you, we’ll tell you.

Collaboration
It’s much more exciting to collaborate to understand the customer’s needs vs. making a disjointed pitch when there is a bad fit. It’s a rewarding two-way street that leaves both parties feeling energized.

Relationships
Today’s customer can easily research an entire marketplace in minutes. This brings transparency to a process that was previously veiled. They don’t need someone to connect them with products anymore. What they do need is to be engaged, surprised, and delighted on their own terms.
We are players in a new world where innovation is being industrialized and every aspect of daily life is being impacted. We all have the opportunity to influence the future —it’s just not clear that commissioned sales people will be part of it.

There will always be people who work with customers, but I doubt that in the most successful companies that their compensation will be tied to the deals they close.

To discuss your building project and ideas, contact Shane on (08) 9248 7778.

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!

INQUIRY rates for granny flats in Perth have soared this year and they’re not all planned as a home for older relatives.

Specialist builders say there has been “a substantial increase” in the number of people asking about ancillary accommodation or “granny flats’’ since the State Government announced in March it would change legislation to allow the flats to be rented to non-relatives.

Investment experts said the legislation changes, gazetted on August 2, 2013, would be a “game changer’’ for Perth.

There has been a lot of interest from a broad cross section of the community. People in the 55 to 75 age bracket looking to rent out their larger house while they live in the Granny Flat. This also creates a great “Lock and Leave” option for grey nomads.

The rental market is bringing in the younger demographic who want to put granny flats on their investment properties and double their income.

Hegney Property Group chief executive Gavin Hegney said the new legislation would be a “game changer” that would increase housing densities in Perth suburbs built in the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s.

“The knock-on effect of more people in those suburbs would mean the local businesses would grow,” he said.

“Where previously those suburbs may not have been able to support a cafe, they might be able to with increased density.”

Mr Hegney said that if the trend developed as expected, blocks of more than 450sq m would become increasingly popular.

A new granny flat as an investment property would also have tax depreciation benefits, he said.

Mr Hegney said there would be significant financial gains for investors, with an estimated 14 per cent return on the costs of establishing a granny flat.

“It can turn a negatively, or neutrally geared property, into a positively geared property,” Mr Hegney said.

Granny flats could be a wise long-term investment, helping to pay the mortgage initially, before being used as crash pad for teenagers, and then for extra retirement income in later years.

But he warned that if even a portion of the family home was used to provide an income, it would affect the property’s capital gains tax-free status.

“People will need to look at their own financial circumstances and decide what’s right for them,” Mr Hegney said.

If you need help assessing how to build a Granny Flat on your Perth property then give us a call – (08) 9284 7778. We’d be delighted to help.

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