Are There Any Drawbacks To Building A Granny Flat?
Building a granny flat will come with a multitude of benefits for you, your family, and your property. You'll be able to either generate more income from your property or offer your family and friends a cost effective place to stay, your property will be worth more when it comes time to sell, and you'll be able to do all of this without needing to sacrifice any of the privacy or comfort that your home currently affords you. However, for as perfect as that sounds, there are still some drawbacks to building a granny flat that you should be aware of before you dive straight in, and that's something our team can help you understand.
In Space, No One Can Hear You Scream
If your property is big enough to fit both your home and an additional granny flat, it's likely safe to say that you currently have quite a bit of privacy when it comes to your neighbours. It might be as simple as having enough space between your homes that you can play music or the TV at a high volume without risking irritating your neighbours, or it could be that you live on an acreage property upon which the word 'neighbour' is a foreign concept that is better suited for those strange city-folk. Either way, once you build a granny flat on your property, you're more than likely going to end up with an extremely close and intimate neighbour that you simply didn't have beforehand. They'll hear any loud noise you make, you'll hear any party they throw, and you'll likely bump into them in the yard quite often. For as much as the two properties allow you to retain your privacy, they will bring you into much closer contact with your neighbours than you would be currently, and that is a drawback worth considering.
You Try Keeping A Project Of This Scale Cost Effective
Managing to stop the cost of building a granny flat from creeping higher and higher with each update from your builder would be quite an impressive feat. Materials can end up being more expensive than expected, labour can take longer, and overall, your builder may simply try to extract a higher price from you. Whatever the reason, you should expect that the final cost of the home will be a little higher than you expected, and you should make sure that you're ready to accommodate that while also working with a contractor you can rely on to give you a turnkey quote at the start of the project that will be relatively close to the final invoice.
Making Mountains Out Of Molehills
On such a small house, any issues with the design or construction will be much more noticeable than it would be on any other home. Fortunately, while we can't help you with the latter, the realm of home design and layout is where the team here at Go Design Solutions excel. To see how we can help you with all drafting in Penshurst, you can check out our portfolio, or call us on (02) 8091 0588.