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5 Golden Rules for building a Granny Flat

Granny Flats Auckland – Granny flats are on the rise – and they do not just suit granny anymore. In times of increasing rental and housing costs, this rather wonderful option can generate income or provide accommodation for dependent relatives, teenagers or adult children saving for a house – without driving you mad!

So, what do you need to consider before going ahead with the build?

Attached or detached

There are two main types of granny flats – freestanding or an extension of the existing home. Choosing which one will depend on the size of your block plus the configuration of your existing house. Freestanding is totally separate and will always be separate. That is a detached building with a front door and no connection to the main home.

It offers the most privacy if you rent it out to a holidaymaker, tenant, or family member. However, it does not offer any flexibility and does not enable you to expand your existing house.

The other option is an attached granny flat. It can be a guest room or kids’ playroom, then as the kids get older or if you want an income simply lock that door, separating the property completely.

Check local council regulations

Go to the authorities from the start. Finding out what you can and cannot do with the council is crucial.

There is so much legislation already and more will be introduced, especially when it relates to health and safety or taxable income being generated.

As a rule of thumb, when a property is under one title it is only allowed to have one meter. So, you might be renting out that additional property, but you will be paying their electricity, water bills and Wi-Fi yourself.

Plan, plan, plan

Services are one of the most expensive things to relocate or install. Think about where your water comes in and where your sewage and drainage pipes and power sources are. You might just put a bathroom in but if it had been designed a bit better than the bathroom could be in another location and save you thousands.

It’s about practical planning. The most successful situations are where you do not just give your property a single added benefit. You give it multiple added benefits – they are the most successful ones.

Once you have considered these things, you are good to go. Rarely, almost never, do granny flats put off potential buyers when it is time to sell. They are only seen as a negative if they are unsightly or poorly designed. For separate professional advice, design, and friendly service – give us a call today.

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