How Common Are Two Bedroom Granny Flat Designs & What You Need To Know?
A modern granny flat can have two bedrooms or other design variations. This article will list some of the uses for a granny flat. You will realise the intended usage of the property may influence the design decisions, including whether to build with one or two bedrooms.
What are granny flats?
A granny flat is a small, self-contained home. A granny flat shares a block of land with a larger dwelling.
How could you use a granny flat?
- teen pod
A place for your growing family. Your older children will love the feeling of independence living in a separate home. Their friends will be able to visit them and they can play their music as loud as they want to!
You will love the security of them living close by. If they are working, you could even charge them rent, as a taster of the real world!
- guest house
A house for your guests. If you are lucky enough to live somewhere beautiful you may have a stream of friends and family visiting throughout the year.Your visitors will enjoy having their own holiday home. You will be able to visit each other for meals, drinks and chats then go back to the privacy of your own living space.
- granny flat, of course!
Not forgetting granny. Your granny flat is perfect for elderly relatives who relish their independence. You will be there for them if needed for any emergencies or simply for a run to the supermarket!
- home office
If you are working from home all, or part, you will be able to utilise your granny flat as an office.Your truly luxurious workspace will have an ensuite bathroom, plus a full kitchen and dining/living/meeting space
- home studio
Artists, musicians, and writers, you will have the opportunity to convert your new granny flat into the creative studio of your dreams. You’ll no longer bother your family with noise or mess while you work and, of course, they won’t bother you while you are trying to work, either!
As with the home office, above, your new creative space comes complete with the luxury of a full bathroom and kitchen too.
- rental income
A granny flat is a perfect investment property and can provide you with an instant income from rent. A popular investment because of the relatively speedy build and affordability.
The level of rent you are able to set in the Central Coast and Newcastle region may be greater than repayments on an interest-only loan for the building work, giving profit from day one!
What are their benefits for homeowners and renters alike
- It is right next door!
The obvious benefits, if your granny flat is providing additional living space for family, is the peace of mind and security for both properties with having family living so close.
If a workspace/studio then you benefit from an easy, short trip to work!
- DIY property management
If your granny flat is an investment property then you can maximise the returns on your investment by managing the property yourself rather than hiring a professional property manager.
Generally, a property manager will collect the rent and pass it on to you plus keep an eye on the condition of the property, ensuring it is repaired and maintained as needed.
Living next door, you could do these tasks yourself.
There are several designs available for a granny flat or, of course, you could incorporate your own ideas into the design.
- Single bedroom designs
Perfect for granny. One bedroom and easy maintenance. Or use the single bedroom as your ‘work from home’ space!
- Two-bedroom designs
If you are creating more living space for your growing family, your teenagers will appreciate having an extra bedroom for their friends to sleepover.
- Designs with a garage
As with most garages, this will be used for storage of all the things you don’t want to throw out yet. Or, maybe, safe storage for your car!
- Two storey designs
Two storey granny flats help provide the bedrooms with more privacy as well as a view out over your block of land.
- Custom designs
If you have ideas you’d like to see in your granny flat, discuss them with the design team.
Acrow Investments – expert builders of granny flats
Acrow investments are the major house builder covering Central Coast, Lake Macquarie, Newcastle and Sydney. We have hundreds of delighted customers and we build lasting relationships based on our reputation, values and the quality of our homes.
Our granny flats are stylish, modern and comfortable and are desired by families and investors alike.
Your journey – the Acrow process
Our experience of building hundreds of homes has helped us to develop “The Acrow process” to ensure you understand every step of your building experience and to make it stress-free for you. We work with you throughout the process. We make sure you will live in the home of your dreams.
- Inspiration and designs
Meet us for a chat. Share your ideas and dreams. Our design team will inspire you with what you can do or simply help you to choose one of our fabulous floor plans. Our team will work with you to explore and select the features, upgrades and options for your new home.
Once you have approved your tender and are ready to move to the next stage with council submission we will then organise your building agreement for signing.
- Obtain Approvals
We have a lot of experience working with local councils. We prepare and arrange all necessary paperwork to ensure council requirements and controls are satisfied for us to obtain council and all necessary approvals to begin construction.
- Select colour schemes
Once we have council approvals we will arrange for you to meet with our design team to select colour schemes for your granny flat. We will suggest colour palettes and offer inspiration with your colours and finishes, the way you dreamt it to be!
- Choose your inclusions
We partner with big-name Australian suppliers to deliver the confidence of top-quality inclusions for your home.
Our kitchens are modern, stylish and durable. Your cook-top, range hood and oven are top-quality Harvey Norman-supplied appliances.
Your beautiful bathroom includes Beaumont tiles and Harvey Norman appliances.
- Electrical and lighting
We provide a porch-entry light, to welcome you as you enter your new granny flat, plus energy-efficient LED lighting throughout. Not forgetting a split system airconditioning system to ensure you are comfortable all year round.
- A final flourish…
A full builder’s clean for internal areas means you can move in as soon as you have the keys to your new granny flat. We even make sure you have a letterbox, clothesline and a TV point.
- Construction phase
The plans, designs and price are fixed from here. Now our construction team can do what they do best. You are 6 steps away from moving into your new home
- Preliminary stage
Our team will prepare your land, install temporary fencing, undertake demolition, prepare the site for
excavation and lay underground connections and pour your slab.
- Frame Stage
You will see your designs coming to life as our team of carpenters stand up walls and roof trusses, install windows, and then complete the external work, brick by brick.
The finished frame is inspected and signed off by a Building Surveyor.
- Lock Up Stage
This is the first time your home gets secured. Brickwork and/or external cladding is in place and insulation and roofing are installed. We hang temporary doors and lock them to make sure your home is safe and sound.
- Fixing Stage
Waterproofing of wet areas is undertaken before tiling of walls and floors can start in the bathroom. Internal plasterwork is completed. Cupboards and cabinets are fixed into place.
- Fit Off Stage
We finish off the interior with your specifically chosen inclusions and colours. Benchtops, doors, showers and mirrors are all installed while we paint the house. Finally, we fit off electrical connections and plumbing fixtures.
- New Home Presentation
Around two weeks before the completion of your new home, you will be invited to the Practical Completion Inspection (PCI) stage.
Acrow will present your new home to you with a demonstration of fittings, fixtures and features.
Congratulations, moving day!
With Acrow’s clean-up complete, you will be able to move in immediately and spend the first night in your beautiful new granny flat
Acrow Aftercare service
You will love the quality craftsmanship of our construction but we realise there may be some settling in of your new home and Acrow are there for you when you need us.
We are confident you will become one of our hundreds of delighted customers, with your beautiful new home and the peace of mind of choosing to build with Acrow Homes.
Acrow Investments – tell us your property dreams and your design ideas. Together, we will design and build the perfect granny flat for you.
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