A granny flat is like a small guesthouse that you have built on your property. These are a very popular way of accommodating family members such as elderly parents whom you want to keep close by but not necessarily have live in your own home with you. A granny flat can also be rented out as a way of earning a second income. If you’re thinking of having a granny flat built on your property, note a few important questions to ask a builder so you know what to expect and know you’ll be happy with the finished product.
1. Ask if a flat can be built if your lot is somewhat irregular
There are laws that dictate how close a granny flat can be built to a fence, roadway, and the like, and if your lot is somewhat irregular, you may assume that a granny flat won’t fit without encroaching on these boundaries. You might also have landscaping features that you don’t want disturbed and may assume these will prevent you from having the granny flat built.
However, it’s good to discuss your concerns about your lot with a builder so you can determine your options. You not may be able to have a granny flat built from a kit but may be able to have a custom flat built. A contractor may be able to create the flat in an L-shape or other such design so that it sits back from the fence as legally required, or works its way around a tree you don’t want to cut down. If you have actual measurements of your lot, this can help a contractor determine if a flat can be built, or you can ask him or her to examine your lot in person and note if it’s suitable.
2. Ask what safety features can be included
Just because the structure is called a “granny flat” doesn’t mean it’s necessary safe and accessible for someone in a wheelchair or who may have balance issues. If you need your granny flat to suit a person with limited mobility, ask about a wheelchair ramp at the front entrance, a walk-in shower without a tub, handrails in the bathroom, and other such features.
One reason to ask about this is that it may be more cost-effective to have these things incorporated into the design of your granny flat than adding them yourself once it’s built. Also, this would also allow you to move in your elderly relative as soon as the flat is constructed rather than waiting on a second contractor to install these features.
For more information, contact a builder in your area like Vickers Home Improvements.