Frequently Asked Questions
Here you find answers to some of the most frequent questions. If you need to find out more, please email us or simply call us on 02 9687 1160
I heard we can build up to 60sq. mtr Granny Flat under Complying Development Certificate, is that true?
YES, that’s right! Little Aussie Homes can build your Granny Flat up to the maximum size of 60 sq. mtrs. which can fit 3 bedrooms! all under the Complying Development Certificate (CDC)..
I heard it can take only 4 weeks to get approval before we can start building a Granny Flat?
YES, that’s right! It usually takes approximately 3-4 weeks to gain Complying Development Approval. Please keep in mind that each property is different and is assessed on its own merits individually under the State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP).
Is it true that that Private Certifiers can approve the build of a Granny Flat?
YES. Private certifiers have the authority to assess and approve the construction of granny flats. Benefits of gaining approval through a private certifier is the quick turnaround time rather than submitting documents through a local council. Records are provided to Council once the Granny Flat has been built.
Who is a Private Certifier?
Private certifiers are qualified and professional people that are entitled to issue approval and permits for construction proposals, either residential or commercial.
I want to build a Granny Flat but not sure about Council regulations?
You will need to check with your local council to see if there are any restrictions, which may prevent a granny flat being built on your block. This is usually highlighted in the Section 149(2) Planning Certificate that can be purchased from your local council. You will also find this document in the Contract of Sale of the property.
Are your Granny Flats custom made?
YES they are!. Little Aussie Homes prides itself on providing quality built custom-made Granny Flats built right in your backyard by fully licensed and experienced tradespeople.
What are the guidelines I need to meet when building a Little Aussie Home on my property?
All guidelines must comply with the current legislation. This is called the Affordable Rental Housing State Environmental Planning Policy 2009, otherwise known as the ‘SEPP’. A few tick boxes that want to be completed before we start the Granny Flat experience;
- your backyard must be 450m2 or larger to satisfy State regulations policies
Set backs – the granny flat needs to be built:
- 3 metres from the rear fence
- 0.9 metres from your side fences
Do you have any hidden costs building a Little Aussie Home?
There are no hidden costs at Little Aussie Homes. Once we prepare your pricing assessment, the total amount for the entire project is clearly outlined and explained to you. We pride ourselves on honesty, integrity and open communication.
Do you build on a concrete slab or steel piers?
We can build a Little Aussie Home on either a concrete slab or steel piers. At Little Aussie Homes, our preferred method of construction is concrete slab on ground. There are times when some properties are unable to use concrete slabs due to flood zones or if the property is on a large slope. In this case, steel piers will be used at no additional cost.
Do I get a choice in the colors and finishes for my Little Aussie Home Granny Flat?
Yes. We have a large range of suppliers, colors and materials for you to choose.
Are your granny flats prefabricated kit homes?
Little Aussie Homes specialise in building custom designed homes that are cut and constructed on site by fully licensed and qualified tradespeople.
Do you need access to the main water, gas and electricity?
Yes. Granny Flats are built using the existing residential services during construction. If there are tenants in the main property, impact will be minor. All services to the Granny Flat are supplied and handed over with separated metering, making it easier to separate services bills if the granny flat is being rented out.
How long does the granny flat construction experience take?
It takes up to 14 weeks for your Little Aussie Home Granny Flat to be built from start to completion subject to weather and other unforeseen circumstances.
Am I insured through this experience?
YES, all building approvals are provided with seven years structural home owners warranty on your Little Aussie Home Granny Flat
Attached vs Detached Granny Flats – A Guide
The question of which are better granny flat designs, Attached vs Detached Granny has come up a bit lately, so we thought we’d better highlight the pros and cons of the two design options. Granny Flat Designs need to be tweaked to take advantage of the specific property.
We have clients that are both investors and home-owners who are looking for either an income from granny flats or for somewhere to accommodate their extended families. Suffice to say that it makes sense to consider the creation of separation where the property is being developed for tenancy. In truth though, it’s also worth noting that whilst you might be planning your granny flat design for your family today, the intended use may change in the future. You might decide to sell your house at a later date, and investors will always be more attracted to buying an investment property where the granny flat has been sited with privacy and separation as the primary goal.
Privacy & Separation
The point worth making is that creating a sense of two separate dwellings is paramount. If you want to maximise your rental return or enhance the attractiveness of your new secondary dwelling, it definitely pays to plan for separation and privacy. So this is the first and primary goal when deciding between an attached or detached granny flat for your residential property.
The pros and cons can be summarised below, in the order that we have found to be the most important:
1. Design for Privacy and Separation – This means ensuring that both occupants can enjoy acoustic and visual privacy without ‘overlooking’ each other. You want the occupants to be able to spend some time outdoors without looking at each other.
2. Views and Solar Access – If the new granny flat totally blocks out views or obstructs the sun, it will devalue the main dwelling. This is not desirable and should be avoided as much as possible.
3. Structural Considerations – If the roof of the existing dwelling is a single gable-roof, it’s much easier and cheaper to extend it in order to attach a secondary dwelling. The two dwellings must have a fire-rated wall between them in accordance with the Building Code Of Australia (Part 3.7.1). A hipped-roof is always more difficult to extend because the hip is ‘broken’ at the wall, so the roof tiles will need to be lifted, the roof frame re-worked and insulation re-installed in order to accommodate the extension. If the existing dwelling is tall enough, a flat roof (also called a skillion roof) can be attached to the existing brick wall. This is good solution in many cases as it’s cheaper and easier to design. So the existing roof-line may or may not be conducive to such an extension.
4. Looks – How will an attached granny flat make the combined building look? If the extension is to one side, a gable-roof or skillion-roof extension is usually a good way to make the building look more integrated. Wide residential properties are great for attaching granny flats to them. A detached granny flat situated in the rear yard is less visually intrusive but, again, separation and privacy must be maintained wherever possible.
5. The Cost Difference – Taking into consideration all of the points above, it may be more cost-effective to build a new detached granny flat as opposed to demolition part of the existing dwelling, exposing it to the elements, risking damage and inconveniencing the existing tenants.
Below, we show the difference between the 3 different roof types- Hipped, Gabled and Skillion Roofs. It’s much easier to build an attached granny flat as a skillion or gabled roof. If the existing roof is hipped, it’s always better to attach a skillion roof to the wall or fascia of the house. You can also attach it above the fascia, onto the tiles, but this is more expensive and has the risk of future leaks.