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What is a Granny Flat?

June 17, 2012

If you are wanting extra room in your house or looking for an alternative dwelling that is close to home, then you may have heard the recent buzz about granny flats. There is however a lot of confusion about what a granny flat actually is. In fact, if you read the rest of this blog about what is a granny flat, you’ll discover some things that almost nobody is talking about… yet…

A granny flat is a fully self contained unit that is built in your backyard for your parents, children or any other family member to live in. The correct term for granny flats is a ‘DPU’, which means a dependent person’s unit. A dependent person’s unit is actually clearly defined as being a moveable dwelling that is on the same lot as an existing dwelling and used to provide accommodation for a person that is dependent on the main house. This means that officially you cannot house anyone in the house that is not related or ‘dependent’ on the main house in one way or another.

Granny flats range in sizes and designs, from one bedroom to two bedroom through to three bedroom granny flats. Being a fully self contained unit, you can buy granny flats with built in kitchens, bathrooms, laundry’s and dining rooms. A cheaper alternative to a granny flat is buying one in kit form, however you need to be a handy man or have access to one in order to put these together. Granny flats are an economical solution, however there are important considerations to be met. These include making sure you have building permits and council approval, so it is best to work with a company that can provide the full service for you or at the very least, point you in the right direction.

Granny flats are becoming an increasingly popular choice for families who are wanting to extend their family home. There are many modern granny flat designs on the market and the options are endless from finishings, to flooring, to the paint colours that you choose for the walls.

If you are looking for a full service reliable company with the added benefit of building granny flats for competitive prices, then check out Matt’s Homes & Outdoor Designs. Located in Bayswater, they have a huge range of one, two and three bedroom granny flats available in kit form and fully self contained. Visit Matt’s Homesor call today on 1300 62 88 77.

Granny flats are an affordable solution if you are looking for extra room

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