What to Know When Building a Granny Flat

If you’re an Australian homeowner who’s looking to pay off their mortgage while making a profit, your best option should be to have a granny flat in your backyard.

It’s Easier and Cheaper!

Homeowners are taking advantage of relaxed laws allowing secondary dwellings in housing zones and streamlined processes for council approvals, and are building easy-to-install “Granny” flats. These can be rented out, used for family members or even a B & B. The money they receive can be used to help pay off their own mortgage.

What You Should Know about Granny Flats

If you’re interested in building a granny flat on your property, here are some things you should know:

– Granny Flats cannot be Roman Villas

This is a fancy way of saying, granny flats are simple, keep it that way. You have limited space. Try to build a home that’s balanced in design and is sustainable as a living option. Take inspiration from your own home, and build it as a miniature version.  Even if you have some great ideas, it’s best to present your potential tenants with a simpler housing option, rather than an extravagant one.

– Focus on Comfort

There is no room for a study room in a granny flat. Instead of cramming different areas into a small space, focus instead on the essentials and build on that. Bedroom, living room, bathroom and a kitchen – that’s all you really need for a small space. That and some cosy, comfortable furniture to make a house look like home!

– Include Storage Space

With a granny flat, you have two options for storage; under the floor and in the ceiling space. Add shelving and storage cupboards in the structure and point them out when showing the house to potential tenants.

– Think about Your Privacy Options

Windows and glass walls have been a prominent feature in many granny flats. However, when installing them, you may need to consider how they influence privacy. Of course, your tenants will want their personal space. So instead of building those windows facing the house, add them to the alternate sides of the house.


– Incorporate Minimalism

Minimalist décor can make even the smallest homes look substantially bigger, making this design choice perfect for granny flats. Use simple tones when decorating the house, make less clutter and add only furniture that is necessary.

This will also allow your tenants to add their own personal touches to a basically blank canvas when they move in.

– Install a Skylight

Inexpensive, easy to install and aesthetically appealing, skylights can help bring those energy bills way down, since your tenants won’t have to have the lights turned on throughout the day.

Granny Flat Kits and Designs

Now that you know the basics of granny flats, call us at (07) 5641 2020 and talk to us about granny flat installations.

Offering specially designed homes that are custom designed to meet your requirements, these kit homes are available in various sizes and at affordable rates!

Why Building Your Dream Home is Better than Buying One

You’ve been swimming in the murky waters that are the Australian housing market for some time now, and you’re ready to admit that you’re exhausted. Ranked as the second least affordable housing market in the world, you aren’t really to blame if you can’t find an affordable dream home in the Aussie market.

However, all hope is not lost.

With pre-existing homes out of reach, many are now turning to kit homes, and greatly benefiting from their investments.

Why You Should Get a Kit Home


Comparing the average cost of a house to that of a kit home, you can clearly see why more people are switching to the prefab option. With pre-cut homes, it takes less material, less wastage, less manpower and less time to have the home constructed, which saves costs. These homes also come with eco-friendly options in doors and windows, as well as fittings and custom additions which in the long term, helps save on utility bills.


This is especially useful if you have land that requires special construction techniques. For example, you may have sloping land that might need excavation and costly retaining walls so you can have a safe foundation built in. This would cost more money. However, with a kit home, you’ll have a structure that is specifically designed for sloping land, thus eliminating unknown costs.

Uniqueness in Design

Kit homes come in a variety of designs and models. They may range from country rustic to minimalist modern and would be easily customizable to your wishes. That is not something you can get from a pre-existing or project house. With a kit home, you’ll be able to make modifications and inclusions that would suit your taste and modifications in home design that would not cost you a pretty penny.

Making the Right Decision

If you’re still wondering if a kit house is the right option, consider this.

With a Classic kit home, you have a pre-cut house that comes with plans, engineering, construction details & unlimited phone support and all the materials to build your home to “Fit out” stage (including the floors). There’s no worry about extra material or long-term construction. You can construct the home by following the owner builder manual, or hire a builder you know or someone recommended by the company that offers you the kit home.

In addition, you can choose from a variety of home designs that can come in handy if you can’t afford an architect to design a home for you. All in all, a kit home can be the answer to your dreams!

So don’t wait!

Contact Classic Kit Homes today and ask about the best kit homes that we can offer. And click here to check what our small homes will look like at each stage. Your dream home is about to become a reality! Phone 07 5641 2020