What is a Granny Flat?
Granny flats are an increasingly popular addition to any suburban or country home, especially if you are looking for extra space or an extra room. Granny flats are a fully self contained home that is built on the same block of land that you own. The correct term in Victoria for granny flats is a ‘DPU’, which means a dependent person’s unit. A dependent person’s unit is actually clearly defined as a moveable dwelling that is on the same lot as an existing dwelling and used to provide accommodation for a person that is dependent on the main house, keeping in mind that a Granny Flat can be equipped with a full bathroom, kitchen and laundry.
Check with your local council about their rules and regulations concerning Granny Flats when you are going to sell your home. Please call us for more information.
Teenage Retreats / Studio Living - an alternative living solution
With education costs and rent on the rise, more and more kids are choosing to stay at home longer these days. The pressure for your kids to earn money, whilst studying or saving for their own home can be too much for teenagers to take on as soon as they leave school. Having said that, not all parents want their kids to stay at home longer than they have to! Teenage Retreats/ Studio Livings are a popular and economical option to help solve this problem for families. Bigger than an extra room, teenage retreats are cheaper than a granny flat and come in many different designs and layouts.
What are Teenage Retreats?
Teenage retreats are self-contained bungalow style homes. They can fit easily into your existing backyard, from small to large outdoor areas. Unlike a Granny Flat, (which can be equipped with a full bathroom, full kitchen and laundry), a Teenage Retreat can only have a small bench with a sink (no cooking facilities) and bathroom (no laundry). There are different options available though, please call us with your wish list and we will advise you on your options. We advise that you work within your local council regulations as there will be specific guidelines you may need to meet.
Not only are our Teenage Retreats manufactured in our local factory, they are also fully engineered and certified to meet all relevant building codes and we provide a complete product and installation warranty. Our experienced staff provide an obligation and hassle free experience throughout all stages of the process including initial design, council approval, installation, and after sales service. All teenage retreats require building permits, which our friendly staff can obtain for you.
Workshop Sheds - pool house, home office, studio - the choice is endless
Granny Flats & Cabins Victoria offer a comprehensive and stylish range of timber workshops that offer the flexibility to be used as a pool house, home office, studio, rumpus / games room or even just storage. With ample width and space our workshop sheds will suit any project or purpose that you have in mind.
At Granny Flats & Cabins Victoria our workshop sheds are all engineered to meet Australian Standards and Building Codes. All workshop sheds require building permits, so why not let one of our friendly staff arrange your building permits for you. All workshop sheds within our range are designed and constructed to uphold our commitment to style, function, durability and attention to detail - all at competitive prices.
Our attractive timber workshop shed range is available in kit form, with prefabricated panels, making it easy for any handyman and DIY couple to install. Alternatively, you could have one of Matt's builders install your workshop for you, leaving you to just plaster the workshop shed if you so desire.
Installing a verandah adds style and space providing not only protection from the weather, but also a place to relax and unwind after a hard day’s work. Our signature verandahs come standard at 1.2 or 1.5 metre wide treated pine decking, overhanging Colorbond® roof and kiln dried treated pine posts. Your verandah can be positioned anywhere on your teenage retreat or workshop.
Granny Flats & Cabin Victoria have a range of set granny flat designs for you to choose from, which can be modified to suit your situation. If you have a design that you have dreamed of, simply bring it in and we will let you know if it is possible to build or we will redesign it with you.
Consultation is vital and we pride ourselves on developing the best solution to your needs. We consider site restrictions, family concerns and of course the needs of the occupier. The final outcome is a home personalised to your situation.
Colours: We have a huge range of colours to choose from for your carpets, paint, kitchen benches and more.
Many factors play a part when it comes to where you position your granny flat, so first things first, it is vital that a site inspection is done on your property. These include setbacks from side and back boundaries, easements, size of the property, trees etc. Our fully trained staff will assess your situation and offer relevant advice to simplify the process. Even though we do a planning check before we attend your property so we know in advance if a planning permit is needed, your council area may still require you to have one, which will be determined at the building permit stage.
Everybody who buys a granny flat needs a building permit, but not everybody needs a planning permit. This can lead to confusion; however we will work with you to sort out these requirements. A building permit makes sure that the building of your granny flat meets Australian standards and building specifications. We advise that we obtain your building permit on your behalf, to make the process a whole lot smoother. At Granny Flats & Cabins Victoria we obtain the building permit from our private building surveyor who we have been dealing with for over 17 years.
At Granny Flats & Cabins Victoria we can build a pergola to suit your area and your needs. We build custom sizes and have different roofing materials that you can choose from such as Colorbond Roofing, Balinese Thatching, African Thatching and SolarSpan.
A Colorbond roof gazebo can blend in with any backyard setting, and are great for those outdoor entertaining areas. You have a choice of any of the colorbond colours, and they can be designed to suit your house and your backyard. If you would like to build a Colorbond pergola that is larger than 10sqm, we can also handle the building permit for you.
Our Balinese Thatched pergolas are a natural product that will enhance your outdoor area and create a resort like atmosphere. The thatching is made from alang alang grass, and its natural insulation qualities can reduce heat in the summer by up to 10 degrees. As a Balinse Thatch is not 100% waterproof, you are allowed up to 20sqm without a permit. However, if you would like to go bigger, we can handle the building permit for you.
Our African Thatched pergolas can also give you the resort vibe, with a neater finish. A natural product, made from Cape Reed, it also has insulation qualities that can reduce heat in the summer by up to 10 degrees. The African Thatch is also not 100% waterproof, so you can build up to 20sqm without a permit. However, if you would like to go bigger, we can handle the building permit for you.
The SolarSpan pergolas are a great alternative to the Colorbond pergola. They can blend in with your backyard, and also have insulation qualities that reduce the heat in the summer. The SolarSpan material gives your pergola a modern feel and is great for those outdoor entertaining areas. The SolarSpan also gives you less timber framing underneath, leaving you with a neat finish. If you would like to build a SolarSpan pergola that is larger than 10sqm, we can also handle the building permit for you.
Why not add decking underneath your pergola! To view information about our decking, click here
Granny Flats & Cabins Victoria have designed a luxury garden shed range that is classier than a standard shed, where you have the option of insulating and plastering. Built with higher walls to achieve more space, our sheds are an attractive addition to your backyard.
Our garden sheds are perfect for those who need more storage space, or a larger working area for projects. We have many different sizes and options available and we are confident we can meet your needs. With the flexibility of changing your solid timber door to double shed doors to help get those bigger items in and out of your shed, or add a step to make it easier to access your new working space. If you need extra light, you can add a sliding aluminium lockable window.
At Granny Flats & Cabins Victoria we custom design every shed to suit your backyard. Custom making every shed means you can have any size as long as it comes under 10m2. We can add doors and windows and position them where you like, we can also change the cladding to suit your needs. If the gable roof design isn’t what you are after, we can change it to a skillion or hip roof. The possibilities are endless, and our goal is to give you the shed that you want.
Installing a verandah adds style and space providing not only protection from the weather, but also a place to relax and unwind. Our verandahs come complete with decking as well as a Colorbond® roof.
At Granny Flats & Cabins Victoria, we only need one day on site for installation. As we are a custom shed builder, we build everything out on site. This means that there is no problem if the access to your backyard is limited, as we can also carry the materials through a doorway.
Timber garden sheds are not only an aesthetically pleasing addition to your backyard, they are the perfect solution for your storage needs. Sheds provide endless storage options, from storing bits and pieces that clutter up your home and garden, to neatly housing your bikes, tools, chemicals and lawnmower. The list is endless as to what you can store away safely and easily in your new outside haven.
View our Garden Shed range here.