Building a granny flat is a worthy home investment.

It increases the overall value of your home, but it also adds more space to the existing layout and ensures comfortable living. So, now is the time to build one!

But unless you choose the right placement or location, even the best designs will fail to yield satisfactory results. So today, we have curated this short guide to the top factors to keep in mind while choosing the location of your granny flat.

Without further ado, let’s dig in!

5 Things To Consider For The Placement Of Your Granny Flat

Granny Flat Located Privately On Residential Lot

1. Factor In The Natural Ambience 

Indeed, you wouldn’t want to live in a dark and stuffy home, and this thought shouldn’t change while choosing the placement of the granny flat either. Ideally, you should be building this extension in the direction which receives the most (or a significant amount) of natural light.

The other things to consider are the climatic condition in your region, the need for artificial heating or cooling solutions and the direction of your backyard. These will help you determine the best position for your granny flat so that it doesn't require too many heating and cooling fixtures.

In fact, the proper orientation of a granny flat can do wonders to improve your home's energy efficiency and save on your power bills. Long story short, you should put the natural elements to the best use.

The best position for a granny flat is north in winter regions, as it receives plenty of sunlight to remain warm for longer periods. For instance, you may choose a location such that the windows of the other rooms open to the north for heating the space naturally.

But keep in mind that it can get considerably warm during the summer months, especially in the absence of wind or shades.

2. Decide Who’s Going To Use It

Another important factor that many homeowners miss out on is determining who will use the space the most. For example, if you plan to turn it into a full-fledged room for your parents, then you should factor in the outside noise. After all, you wouldn’t want to expose the elderly to high noise levels, especially if you live near the highway or have a lot of noisy neighbours.

Similarly, it should be easily accessible from the driveway or the garage so that they don’t have to walk too much. These features will also earn you bonus points if you want to put it for rent.

3. The Local Council Requirements

No matter how small or big your construction is, meeting the criteria of the concerned authorities is imperative. 

Although the rules and regulations for building a granny flat usually change from one region to another, there are a few basic things that you should take care of. For one, you should measure the distance between the main home and the potential location of the granny flat while keeping in mind ease of accessibility and the natural environment.

The proposed position shouldn’t interfere with the area's existing power lines, water and sewage tanks. It should also be away from any large trees that may fall and damage its roof later on.

Hence, we’d strongly recommend learning about the different guidelines to plan the position accordingly. You can even hire professional services to do the job on your behalf.

4. Complement The Attributes Of Your Land

If you have an outdoor swimming pool or a beautiful garden, it’s only natural to choose a position that overlooks these stunning features. You’d want a granny flat that utilises the available space the best, no matter how big or small it is.

Professional architects, designers or home extension services can come to your rescue by offering different layouts and plans that match your requirements. Alternatively, you can go for customised designs, so do your research before finalising an agency or professional.

5. Note The Boundary Regulations

If you want to draft a successful home extension application, then you have to be extremely careful about meeting the boundary rules. As far as the NSW region is considered, here is a list of the guidelines that should be followed:

  • The applicant’s property should be at least 450 square metres
  • A minimum of 12-metre width at the building line of the home
  • The proposed location for the granny flat should be at least 3-metre away from 4 feet or taller trees

Regarding the plot size and side boundary, plots ranging between 450 and 900 square metres must have a minimum setback of 0.9-meter. Other than that, plots between 900 and 1,500 square metres should have a minimum of:

  • 15-metre frontage
  • 5-metre setback from the rear boundary
  • 1.5-metre setback from the side boundary 

Likewise, plots with more than 1,500 square metres of space should have a minimum of:

  • 18-metre frontage
  • 10-metre setback from rear boundary
  • 2.5-metre setback from side boundary

Another thing to know is that plots measuring between 450 and 600 square metres are allowed to have a floor space of 330 metres. And the ones between 600 and 900 square metres can have 380 metres of floor space. Any plot larger than these measurements can avail a floor space of 430 square metres.

Small Granny Flat Positioned On Lot To Enhance Light

Finding The Perfect Space For Your Granny Flat

That’s all we had for today’s guide.

Hopefully, our efforts will eventually help you choose the best placement for your granny flat. And if you’re hiring an agency or a designer for the extension purpose, then don’t forget to communicate the points mentioned above to ensure a smooth experience. 

Contact the team at Final Touch for licensed builders in Sydney to help you build your new granny flat. We are a team of experienced and professional builders who specialise in renovations and granny flats. 

On that note, watch this space for more informative reads. Till we meet again, here’s us wishing for a happy home extension!

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