Building a granny flat can be a wonderful idea for an elderly relative, as it allows them to spend more time living independently and surrounded by family. However, as explained below, there are a few things to consider before committing to building a granny flat.
Consider The Law And Your Budget
Rules on the construction of granny flats vary depending on where you live, and you will need to check that what you are doing is legal. Lendi explains the rules for different parts of Australia, which usually govern how large a granny flat can be and whether you need council approval. Domain also describes how in some parts of Australia, such as Melbourne, you cannot rent out a granny flat for money. Speaking of money, you need to consider your budget. If your relative is selling a house and is willing to contribute, this may not be a huge issue. If not, you will need to spend some time working out exactly what you can afford and communicating with your builders about your cost expectations.
Communicate With Your Relative
The next thing to do is to sit down and have an honest conversation with your relative. How enthusiastic are they about this plan? It's important that they don't feel pressured into this move. You also need to be on the same page about financial matters. How will you share bills? Who will pay for the granny flat's construction? Will you buy food and essentials together or separately? You might also want to discuss other issues, such as privacy. Are they allowed to walk into your house without knocking? Are you or your children allowed to visit the granny flat at any time, or are there going to be rules? There's a lot to think about, but it's better to have your expectations set out in advance.
Think Carefully About The Design
If you think a granny flat will work for you, you then need to think about the design. This is something that a granny flat building company can help with. Think about the type of design and rooms your relative would like and what sort of colours and furnishings they like. Let them help you with these decisions. You may also choose to add accessibility features at the time of building rather than waiting until they become essential. Abilities.com has some suggestions for easy accessibility, like wide doorways, low storage and grab bars. However, your building company will be able to offer more advice on this.
If you and your relative are on the same page about the granny flat and your budget allows it, you should get in touch with a building company in your area to discuss your needs and requirements.
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