Building a granny flat

2015-10-22 06:00
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You can view a granny flat as a value-adding upgrade to your property or for a parent in need of care.

PHOTO: supplied You can view a granny flat as a value-adding upgrade to your property or for a parent in need of care.

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IF you own a freehold home and have space to build or have outbuildings that could be converted, you may consider the advantages of adding a garden cottage to bring in extra income.

You could view it as a value-adding upgrade to your property or for a parent in need of family care.

Here are points to consider before adding a granny cottage:

• You may need planning permission

If it’s a new building or conversion you’ll need planning permission and an architect or draughtsperson who is qualified to draw up and submit plans to your local municipal planning department.

• Budget for more rather than less

Don’t listen to people who tell you it will cost “not much at all” as they don’t usually have first-hand experience.

• Be choosy about the builder

Everything should be clearly stated and in writing. The builder should ideally be registered with Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) and it would be wise to get references of past work.

• Don’t forget to include cost fittings and extras

It’s easy to look at the builder’s quote and think that’s it. But before you sign remember to make a list of all the fittings and fixtures you will need. These include bathroom and kitchen fittings, tiles, carpets or other flooring, as well as paint.

• Wise bathroom choices­

If you have little space rather have a shower, as a bath uses more water and not everyone likes one.

• Stick to neutral colours­

Go for neutral colours that would work for anyone. Keep it clean and contemporary so people will be able to add their personal items.

• Pre-paid meters and going green

Electricity is a significant cost and you need to think carefully about whether to include this cost in the rent or not.

• Safety and security features

If you have an alarm in the house you may consider getting a quote from your security company to install a separate keypad for the cottage linked to your home alarm but with its own code. - Property24

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