Mistakes to Avoid When Building a Granny Flat

Perway Construction Services
April 04, 2024

Building a granny flat can be a fantastic investment for homeowners looking to add extra living space or generate additional income. However, there are several mistakes that people often make when embarking on this project. By being aware of and avoiding these pitfalls, you can ensure that your granny flat construction goes smoothly and yields the desired results.

Choosing the Wrong Design

One of the first steps in building a granny flat is making sure you select the right design for your goals. If someone will be living in the granny flat, it’s important to consider the needs and preferences of those who will be occupying the flat; meanwhile, if you’re looking to build a home office or a family retreat, you should consider how this will affect the layout. Opting for a design that complements your existing property and maximises space can help increase the value of your property in the long run.

When choosing a design, it’s also essential to consider factors such as natural light, ventilation, and privacy. A well-designed granny flat will not only be functional but also comfortable and aesthetically pleasing. Working with Perway Construction’s granny flat designers can help ensure that your granny flat meets all your requirements and is built to the highest standards.

Not Complying with Regulations

One of the most critical aspects of building a granny flat is ensuring compliance with local regulations and building codes. Failure to do so can result in costly delays, fines, or even the demolition of your structure. Before starting construction, it’s essential to familiarise yourself with the relevant rules and regulations in your area.

Read our complete guide to granny flats here.

Perway is well-versed in Perth’s building codes and council requirements: we can ensure that your granny flat meets all the necessary requirements – giving you peace of mind knowing that your project is in safe hands and will be completed to a high standard. We will obtain all necessary permits and approvals before starting construction as this is a crucial step to avoid any legal issues down the line.

Not Working with a Reputable Builder

Choosing the right builder is key to the success of any granny flat project. A reputable builder with experience in granny flat construction can offer valuable insights and guidance throughout the process. They can help you navigate the various stages of construction, from design and planning to completion and handover.

When selecting a builder, it’s essential to do your research and ask for recommendations from friends, family, or industry professionals. Reading reviews and checking references can also help you gauge the builder’s reputation and quality of work. Working with a builder who has a proven track record of delivering high-quality granny flats can give you confidence in the outcome of your project.

At Perway Construction, we take great pride in our expert craftsmanship, carefully selected consultants and suppliers, and our commitment to delivering top-quality granny flats that are built to last.

Not Considering Lifestyle and Future Needs

When building a granny flat, it’s crucial to consider not only your current lifestyle but also your future needs. While it may be tempting to focus solely on immediate goals, such as generating rental income or accommodating guests, thinking about how your needs may change over time is essential.

Choosing a flexible design that can adapt to different uses and occupants can help future-proof your granny flat. Whether you plan to use it as a home office, guest accommodation, or a granny flat for ageing parents or even yourself, designing with future needs in mind can save you time and money in the long run. Consulting with a builder who specialises in adaptable living spaces can help you create a functional and versatile granny flat that meets your evolving needs.

Building a granny flat is a significant investment. Perway’s Premium Pods offer the ultimate flexible granny flat solution from concept to completion: each pod from the range offers an array of customisable open-plan layout configurations. With timber frame construction, Proclima wrapping and double-glazed windows, we create homes that provide improved energy efficiency and a healthier living environment. Find out more