TOO GOOD TO RENT OUT
There was one granny flat that stood out from the crowd when the NSW Housing Industry Association judges saw the Affordable Housing category entries in last year’s awards.
The one-bedroom granny flat on a rural site overlooking a lake near Coffs Harbour (below) was built for a retired couple living in their own home nearby.
They wanted to use their new granny flat for Airbnb accommodation and enlisted Build by the Sea to construct it.
The design was drawn up by LAB Designs, a company that designs buildings that follow “passive house” principles, so they’re comfortable to live in all year round, are low maintenance and don’t cost too much to run.
Timber features strongly in the design, tongue and groove flooring, stylish light fittings, double-glazed windows and a spacious alfresco area outside.
“It does have a really nice open flow to it, especially as it opens up on to the deck,” Build by the Sea director Sam Broomfield says.
“They really focused on their cross flow design, from front to back, so it’s really nicely ventilated.”
Sam says while the owners initially planned for the granny flat to be a short-term stay option for other people, they love it so much they’ve now moved into it themselves and they use their former house as holiday accommodation.