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If you’re plan­ning a knock­down re­build project and think­ing about in­clud­ing a granny flat in the back­yard, there are ben­e­fits to get­ting both homes built at the same time by the same builder.

“There’s a big cost sav­ing be­cause we can build at the rates that we’re build­ing the house at,” new home builder All­worth Homes director Stephen Thomp­son says.

A granny flat built with bricks, tiled roof, tim­ber frames on a slab can cost about $80,000 when built at the same time as a main house.

“If I tried to get trades out to build a granny flat on its own it would cost at least 10 per cent more, maybe 15 per cent more,” Stephen says. “Be­cause to get a brick­layer out to do 1500 bricks, he won’t do it at the rate that he would do the whole house at.”

Stephen says most of All­worth’s Syd­ney granny flats are built as part of knock down re­build projects, but peo­ple try­ing to max­imise rent re­turns would be in the mi­nor­ity.

“The bulk are just try­ing to house fam­ily on the block as com­fort­ably as they can, par­tic­u­larly in the Ryde, Auburn and Bankstown ar­eas,” he says.

“They build a de­cent two­s­torey home in the front and put a two-bed­room granny flat in the back.”

Stephen says while it’s hard to find the right-sized block to fit a house and granny flat in a green­fields area, sites can be found in ar­eas such as Oran Park in south western Syd­ney.

All­worth Homes have 10 granny flat de­signs in their Smart Space se­ries.

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