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4 Things You Must Know About Granny Flat Designs

September 9, 2012

We all know that the benefits of granny flats far outweigh any negatives. Not only are they an economical and easy to maintain alternative dwelling, the functionality of the designs make them the perfect option when you are looking to downsize or need extra room.

Read on to find out the 4 Things You Must Know About Granny Flat Designs

1. Size of Rooms

Before you start looking for granny flat designs, make sure you know what size each room is that you are after. If the design you have chosen is not on display then ask the company to write the sizes of each room on the design. There is no point building the granny flat to find out that your bed won’t fit in the bedroom or the TV unit won’t fit in your lounge area. Drawing programs (such as google sketch) allow you to draw the layout and size of the granny flat. You can measure your furniture and place this in the rooms also to ensure that it fits comfortably. Alternatively, measure the unit in your backyard to get a feel for the size.

2. Plumbing

Because plumbing can be expensive, we suggest having the kitchen, bathrooms and laundry close together in your granny flat design. If they are spaced out then it will be less cost effective in the long run. Do note that they all need to come to one point in the unit in the end, so therefore the closer they are, the cheaper it will be. When positioning your granny flat in your backyard look for where your sewerage and water pipes are as the unit needs to be plumbed to these, and again the closer they are the cheaper it will be. If you can’t locate your pipes you can always visit dial before you dig on the web or call them and they will send you out the information of where all your pipes should be located.

3. Light & Windows

People say that the more light you let in, the better and happier you feel. Since all granny flat designs now need a 6 star energy rating, it can make a difference as to how many lights you have, along with the sizes and positioning of the windows. Where you position your granny flat on your block of land also contributes to this. When choosing your design keep in mind where the windows are located, as well as the climate of where you live. Remember if you want a lot of windows they might need to be double glazed.

4. Colours

My best advice is to keep it simple. Blend in with your surroundings, make sure windows, roof and cladding colours all blend. You might want to resell this unit one day and it’s easier to sell natural colours then bold colours. Internally keep this natural; walls, carpet and tiles should all blend the same with the kitchen and make sure that this also is going to fit in with your current colour scheme. Lastly, think about the furniture that you might be moving into your unit and make sure this flows through with your chosen colour scheme.


If you are looking for competitively priced and quality built granny flats and granny flat designs, then visit Matt’s Homes & Outdoor Designs, located in Bayswater, Melbourne or phone today on 1300 62 88 77.

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