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The Best Granny Flat Designs: Inspiration, Trends & Tips

by Sep 21, 2020

We’ve all been spending more time than ever at home this year and it’s been the perfect time to work on getting those home projects underway and looking at how you can maximise your property’s income yield.

A granny flat provides the perfect way to increase your property’s value and income, and is a fantastic alternate solution to aged care facilities for extended family. With Spring upon us, now is the perfect time to get your granny flat project started and we’ve put together some of the best trends in granny flat design to help you!

Please note: All listed granny flats are Acrow Investment designs. We have more than 15 standard plans to meet your particular needs, view our gallery for more granny flat designs.

1- The Modern Granny Flat

This Acrow Investments Central Coast granny flat utilises a skillion roof, a juxtaposition of horizontal and vertical Weathertex cladding, and a simple yet impactful neutral colour palette to create an appealing modern façade. A modern design will increase your appeal to potential tenants and increase the value of your property.


The Modern Granny Flat

2- Bright and Bold

Buck tradition and choose a bold jewel tone to add vibrancy into your design! This Acrow Investments granny flat in the Central Coast region of Bonnells Bay featured a gorgeous blue exterior accented with white and a large Merbau deck that is the entertainer’s dream.

Bright and Bold granny flat
Bright and Bold granny flat

3- The Entertainer

Adding an entertaining area onto your granny flat is a great way to extend your living area to your outdoor space, and the best part is – it isn’t included in the maximum internal area restrictions! Combined with wide glass doors, this will make your granny flat feel a lot larger and is the perfect spot for relaxing or entertaining friends and family.

The Entertainer granny flat

4- Timeless Elegance

You can’t go wrong with a timeless design. Neutral colours will appeal to any potential tenant and compliment almost every existing home. Keep the design simple with a gable roof, neat porch, and easy-to-maintain grounds

Timeless elegance granny flat

5- Contemporary Brick Façade

When most people think of a granny flat, they picture the classic weatherboard look. But granny flats can be built from brick too! This contemporary brick façade complimented the design of the main house of this Umina Beach property on the Central Coast. By choosing brick, this client also tied their design in to fit with the surrounding homes in the area.


Contemporary Brick Façade granny flat

6- Let There Be Light!

Skylights are a fantastic way to let plenty of natural sunlight into your home. By allowing as much light as possible into your rooms, it will feel bigger and brighter.

Let there be light granny flat

7- The Breakfast Bar

If you’re conscious of space, a breakfast bar in the kitchen is an easy and cost-effective way to save space in the living and dining area. With stone benchtops as standard across all Acrow Investments granny flat designs, your breakfast bar will be as beautiful as it is functional.

The breakfast bar granny flat
The breakfast bar granny flat

8- Add a Touch of Luxury

Choosing a feature tap or sink in your kitchen not only makes your kitchen unique from a standard design, but it also adds a touch of luxury to your home. This granny flat features a very on-trend matte black gooseneck mixer tap and black sink to compliment the neutral tones of the kitchen.

Add a touch of luxury granny flat

9- Optical Illusions

Make your bedrooms appear bigger by adding mirrored wardrobe doors to reflect light. Large windows will also give the appearance of a larger space as well as letting in plenty of natural light.

Optical Illusions granny flat

10- Open Plan Living

When designing your granny flat, keep in mind that the living area is where you will spend the majority of your time when you are home so it is important to ensure you create a functional space. Open-plan living will maximise the space in your granny flat and create a seamless flow in design throughout the house.

Open plan living granny flat

So, what’s next?

Now that you’ve got plenty of inspiration to draw upon when designing your granny flat, it’s time to take that next step and speak with a granny flat expert to assist you in bringing your design to life.

At Acrow Investments, we offer free site inspections and no-obligation quotes. As a local Central Coast builder with over 20 years’ experience in construction, the Acrow Investments team have a wealth of knowledge to draw upon and are passionate about helping people reach their property goals. Our team will help you customise a floor plan and design to suit your needs.

A family-run business, Acrow Investments specialises in building custom granny flats, homes, duplexes and dual occupancies across the Central Coast, Lake Macquarie, Newcastle, and Hunter Valley regions. Whether you are looking to build for investment or personal reasons, Acrow Investments is here to help you every step of the way.

Get in touch with us today for site-specific advice and your free quote.

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