BUILDING A GRANNY FLAT – OUR PROCESS
We provide easy and affordable granny flat solutions tailored to your individual needs. Many people think that the building process can be a real pain – but it doesn’t have to be. We’ve created a streamlined process to ensure your granny flat is built with the least amount of stress possible!
Here’s how it works:
DESIGN YOUR OWN GRANNY FLAT – AT NO ADDITIONAL COST
Making the decision to build your own granny flat is a great first move for many reasons. Unlike converting an old garage into a new room, our flats are an affordable, legal and elegant way to make the most out of the property market.
Custom flats are ideal for renting out, entertaining, providing guest accommodation or of course, to keep a watchful eye on an older family member.
BUILDING WITH OUR TEAM
At DB Homes, we recognize that each of us are unique in that we have our own individual needs and requirements. This is why we offer to build granny flats that are completely customization and to the highest quality.
Each property is different too. If you’re looking for something special, or want to tweak your designs in any way imaginable, simply let us know and we will keep it in mind when drafting your design. We are completely open to communicating with you in order to keep the process as simple as possible.
IN-BUDGET, ON DESIGN
When working with you, we always keep your budget and your design in mind and provide our assistance all along the way. We will work alongside you to design a beautiful and practical flat of your choosing. From the time you get in touch with us right through until the signing of the final contract, we’re always there to answer your questions.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KEEP IN MIND
Below are some important questions that you should ask yourself when thinking about designing your granny flat:
- How many bedrooms will I need?
- How large should my property be?
- Do I have a preferred design in mind? (If not, we can help!)
- What materials should I use for the roof?
- Will I require a sliding door, or just a regular front door?
- Is additional parking going to be necessary?
- What types of windows will I need?
CONTACT US TO START BUILDING
It’s no secret that the Australian property market is booming; this makes NOW the best time to start planning your granny flat project.
Whether you need the extra space, or simply want to supercharge your investment property by adding increased value – giving DB Homes a call could be one of the best decisions you ever make!
DESIGN MEETS VALUE WITH OUR CUSTOM GRANNY FLATS
Extending your property with a granny flat doesn’t just create a modern and unique living space, it also adds value to your land. As experts in creating fully customised and affordable flats, we make this process easy! DB Homes will handle the whole process – building to your design requirements, and even assisting you with government approval.
The good news doesn’t stop there though. With DB Homes you can:
- Choose from a range of designs or customise your own
- Customise entire layouts or individual elements FREE of charge
- Purchase an affordable granny flat through our special offer
- Build a flat with the latest designs and materials
Our granny flat builders give you the most out of your investment. We supply everything, from lighting to bench tops, making your extension as easy as possible.
Our inclusions are:
- Complete painting
- A modern kitchen, bathroom and laundry
- Custom-designed interiors
- Timeless exterior features
- Complete electrical work
CREATE YOUR OWN
We all have unique needs and requirements so why should our granny flats look the same? DB Homes makes custom designing simple and unlike some, we offer custom builds at no extra cost!
Whether you want a different room or a complete design overhaul, our prices don’t change.
We understand that making the decision to build a granny flat isn’t taken lightly. To help you with your decision, we have compiled just a few of the frequently asked questions we receive below. If you have a question and it’s not listed, feel free to contact us.
CAN MY GRANNY FLAT BE BUILT ON MY BLOCK?
Here are the general requirements for building granny flats:
- Maximum floor area 60m2
- 3m rear set back from property boundary
- Land zoned residential, and
- Blocks should be 450m2 or greater
CAN MY GRANNY FLAT BE BUILT ON A BATTLE AXED BLOCK?
The answer is yes. As long as the laneway to your block is at least 3m wide and the lot’s dimensions are at least 12m x 12m.
IS GETTING APPROVAL FOR MY GRANNY FLAT GOING TO BE DIFFICULT?
No! In fact, the Australian Government is encouraging people to build granny flats.
WHAT IS THE SQUARE METERAGE FOR THE PRICE?
HOW MANY BEDROOMS CAN YOU GET FOR THIS PRICE?
1, 2 or 3 bedrooms. We suggest 2, as the rooms are a generous size.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE GRANNY FLAT?
Please refer to our full list of granny flat inclusions here
CAN YOU ADD A GARAGE?
HOW LONG DOES THE APPLICATION PERIOD TAKE?
From the time of signing the contract and client approving preliminary plans, approximately 2-4 weeks.
HOW LONG DOES THE BUILDING TAKE?
10-12 weeks given weather conditions and public holidays.
CAN YOU ADD AN ALFRESCO AREA TO THE BUILDING?
Yes. Size will be determined on the size of the land and council regulations.
CAN IT BE 2 STOREYS?
No. Granny flats can only be built with single storey.
CAN I HAVE A CHOICE IN ROOF (COLOURBOND)
Yes. You can either choose colorbond or concrete tile roof. Price limitations apply.
HOW MANY GRANNY FLATS CAN I FIT ONTO 1 PIECE OF LAND?
Only 1 granny flat can be built on one title of land.
CAN I BUILD WITHOUT GOING TO THE COUNCIL?
Yes. Private Certifiers can approve given that your land is appropriate for Complying Development Application. This will be determined by assessing the Planning Certificate for each project.
CAN I HAVE AN EN SUITE?
Yes. Some designs come with an en suite, or you can customise an existing design.
DO I HAVE TO DO ANYTHING TO GET THE GRANNY FLAT APPROVED?
No! We handle the entire process for you – from start to finish.
Committing to building a new space isn’t usually a decision that’s made over night. When you are ready to construct your granny flat, we’re here for you, and in the meantime we can answer all your questions.
Can your granny flat have an outdoor entertaining area? Absolutely – we specialize in alfresco building! For answers to more important questions, explore our FAQs section now.
To learn more about what construction will involve, reading about our process is a great place to start. Just remember – we take care of everything, leaving you with a personalized, custom granny flat.
Unlike a simple DIY conversion of your garage, a granny flat is value-adding, modern and entirely legal.
This does involve getting government approval, but don’t worry – most residential areas are eligible and we can take care of the whole process. It just takes three simple steps:
- Building surveying
- Approval by a public or government/council certifier
- Construction – that’s our speciality!
There are three primary stages in the process of building your flat.
- The first stage is surveying. This is where your site or land needs to be surveyed in order to check that it complies with the building code of Australia and all of the standards involved. Fortunately, this is one of the areas we can help you with – and is an integral part of our service.
- Next, you need to seek government or council approval. Either a public certifier or the council will approve your granny flat plans, and fortunately it doesn’t take as long as you might expect.
- Then it’s time to get construction under way – by building it. This step involves taking the plans and designs and commencing construction. We help with each of these phases and you don’t need to lift a finger.
But more importantly, we ensure the area is clean and tidy, and take special care to not disrupt your neighbors when working on the granny flat build.
At DB Homes, our granny flat builders have created a range of affordable, elegant and comfortable living spaces for people who are just like you.
Coming in a range of colours, designs and features, our granny flats are completely customisable and can be constructed with your preferences and requirements in mind. For example, you might require an extra room, or a separate area for a pool table – this isn’t a problem at all – just let the designers know in the initial stage and we will add it in.
We understand that these flats are both homes and investments, and that you want to get the process right. That’s why we keep our processes simple and underscore our construction with constant communication. This ensures that the finished product is exactly to your design, just like the granny flats in our gallery below.
GRANNY FLAT DESIGN TYPES
Our granny flat design types are as unique and beautiful as the precious jewels they are named for. Each of them represents an investment and modern living and forms the inspiration for your fully customisable design.
Explore our site to see the floor plans for these designs, our view our gallery now and see how design is transformed into innovative granny flats for our clients.
All of our designs can be fully customised to suit you and your own style – at no additional cost
GRANNY FLAT GOVERNMENT APPROVALS
So the time has come and you have made the decision to build a granny flat – but what about the approval process?
When you’re a homeowner, this is considered an ‘application for a second dwelling’. You can apply for a secondary dwelling in two ways. Firstly, you can apply to an accredited certifier if it meets the development standards in your state’s policy. Or secondly, you can submit a development application or proposal to your local council.
In the case where your application doesn’t meet development standards, it is necessary to submit a development application, as instructed within the AHSEPP.
But the good news is that granny flats are allowed in most available residential areas. These include:
- Zone R1 General Residential
- Zone R2 Low Density Residential
- Zone R3 Medium Density Residential
- Zone R4 High Density Residential
- Zone R5 Large Lot Residential (via development application only)
- Equivalent zones for the local Council area (guide to equivalent zones)