ADVERTISING FEATURE: More than meets the eye

SIZE IT UP: Granny flats are by definition a maximum of 60 metres of living space, which is ample for a two or even three-bedroom home with a nice finish.
SIZE IT UP: Granny flats are by definition a maximum of 60 metres of living space, which is ample for a two or even three-bedroom home with a nice finish.

Over the last few years the property market has been made aware of the existence of the granny flat.

The rise in popularity of the granny flat has been propelled by their affordability and versatility.

The popularity of these cost effective constructions has been propelled by their affordability and versatility.

From humble beginnings, such as a refurbished garage in which a family member might live, to today’s clean modern and comfortable air-conditioned units with beautiful kitchens and bathrooms, granny flats  are a great way to generate extra rental income and can create  equity in a property.

But as significant as that rise has been, there is still more to consider when we think of granny flats.

Granny flats are by definition a maximum of 60 metres of living space, which is ample for a two or even three-bedroom home with a nice finish.

This does not include a veranda, should you choose one, or a carport or garage, however, the size of these may need to be considered on a site-by-site basis. 

Newcastle Granny Flats and Homes, the Hunter’s leading granny flat builder has a specially designed showroom with completed granny flats on display at 124-126 Maitland Road, Mayfield.

They are the people to see if you want to explore how a granny flat could work for you. 

But that isn’t all they do. As the broader market adapts to the changing needs of the buying community, the team at NGFH also assist people design and obtain second dwelling approval, one-off investment designs and even homes.

“A second dwelling is basically a granny flat with as much room as you need or can afford,” Terry Clayton, from NGFH, explains.

“With much of the same characteristics under the Building Code as a granny flat, they offer the ability to exceed the 60-metre threshold when designing a second home on your land. 

“However,  where granny flats have a simple one-size-fits-all criteria, second dwellings have a more stringent set of requirements when being approved and often suit the more specialised investor.” 

If you’re thinking of building a granny flat or a second dwelling, Terry suggests you visit the showroom at Maitland Road, Mayfield, open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm, and Sundays from 10am to 4pm, and discuss with one of the friendly staff how a granny flat might work for you.