Focus How a granny flat could answer your building needs
More families are turning to the space in their own backyard to make room for all, writes Jennifer Veerhuis
It’s some years now since granny flat legislation was relaxed in NSW but the interest in them shows no sign of slowing. In 2009, the state government introduced the Affordable Housing SEPP which allowed for a granny flat to be built on blocks larger than 450sq m.
While investors continue to build them for financial reasons, homeowners are increasingly recognising the benefits of accommodating family in their own backyard.
Granny Flat Solutions design and approvals manager Wally Gebrael says it’s a trend that’s gaining ground.
“A few years back, I would have said it was more investors than for personal use,” he says.
“But a lot of our clients have become more owner-occupier — whether it be for granny or for the kids.”
He says most of their granny flats are built under Complying Development legislation but there are a number of factors that can require an application to go to council instead. Even so, councils are more supportive of granny flats now than they used to be.
Council approval may be required where the block size or dimensions do not meet the requirements for a complying development, while another factor can be the height of the building, particularly with sloping blocks.