Did you know – You can add an external porch, deck, carport or garage to your granny flat WITHOUT using up your maximum 60m² building footprint? See some examples of how you can add more space below.
Under the new State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP), the maximum permissible floor area of a Granny Flat can‘t exceed 60m2 under the new Complying Development regulations. Furthermore, as the floor area is calculated from the external walls of the building – therefore using different external building materials (such as brick, render or cladding) can impact on the internal usable floor area.
For example, a brick veneer building has a thicker external wall than say a timber frame with cladding, and since the floor area is calculated from the external face, you could be losing around 4-5sqm of internal floor space… that’s the size of the bathroom in most cases!!!
So it is important when designing your Granny Flat, that careful consideration is given to the building materials used to ensure you maintain the required internal space.
For those Property Owners that want more space for their Granny Flat and believe that living in a Granny Flat should not compromise the quality of the tenants or your living standards, then there is an opportunity to upgrade your new Granny Flat building with the following additions which are NOT included in the 60m2 internal area:
– Front porch or deck to give your building a homely feeling;
– An alfresco to create a flow from the inside to out;
– Carport or garage to keep the car close by for the ease of carrying your shopping;
These features will help improve the look of the building, and make them more functional to suit your lifestyle. Remember, a good building starts with a smart design, which is what we do best!