As property prices and rents continue to soar, a growing number of Australians are turning togranny flats nsw for extra space and value.
Two years ago, the NSW government sparked a lively debate when it proposed granny flats as the solution to Sydney’s rental crisis. While the jury is still out on whether granny flats nsw are a sustainable long-term solution to a shortage of rental properties, one thing is certain: the popularity of “secondary dwellings” is on the rise across Australia.
Whether built as accommodation for elderly parents or children struggling with rising rents and property prices, or as a serene parents’ retreat, granny flats nsw are an affordable way to expand your home’s living space and accommodate more family members. And they can also improve the value of your home.
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“Ten to 15 years ago, granny flats NSW were almost unheard of; the building and planning regulations in most states didn’t allow it,” he says. “The regulations have been eased up in different ways in different states, as governments across the country have embraced granny flats.
“Granny flats are proving to be a very useful and economical way for people to look after their elderly parents or as accommodation for teenagers.”
From open-plan studio spaces to spacious two-bedroom apartment set-ups, the design possibilities are endless. With their own plumping, kitchens and bathrooms, granny flats nsw are more like a second home. Other creative uses include home offices, rumpus rooms, parents’ retreats, artists’ studios and home gyms.
Like all buildings, granny flats nsw must meet planning controls, including building height and floor space ratios. The legal maximum size for granny flats is 60 square metres, and they must be built on the same block of land and title as the main house — not on a subdivision. The combined floor space of the main home and the granny flat must also comply with the local council standard.
Granny flats nsw boost the value of a home. “There are many people, particularly with teenage children, who would be attracted to a property with a granny flat,” he says. “But you still have to have good usable space in your backyard. If the granny flat takes up the whole backyard, that’s not acceptable to most people.”