There are always many questions that you may have regarding the process, the approval, the construction, the costs etc. We have listed some of the more common ones. However, there is no substitute for a face to face chat.
Drop us a line and we can call you back OR send us a message with your query OR call us for an obligation free chat.
A Backyard Apartment (granny flat) is a self-contained dwelling that can be a standalone building or attached to your house.
Does my local council permit building of granny flats?
Generally yes, but there can be restrictions based on the zoning and whether your site is bushfire affected. We will research all of this for you.
Are there constraints or rules when it comes to designing and building a Backyard Apartment?
Yes. There are 2 different ways of getting your new Backyard Apartment approved and each has its own set of rules that we must comply with.
How long does the approval process take?
It usually takes 3 weeks to gain approval using what is commonly called “Complying Development”. If we need to get approval through your local council then it could take 6-12 weeks.
Do I have to use one of your standard designs?
We don’t have any standard designs! You are welcome to get inspiration from other sources but we custom design each Backyard Apartment based on the orientation of your site, slope of the land, overshadowing from neighbours and other factors.
How big can we make it?
The maximum allowed size is 60m². We can however include covered outdoor areas, carports and garages depending on the site.
Does the granny flat have separate metering so if I rent it out my tenant pays the bills?
We can provide a separate electrical meter box and gas meter but there will be no extra water meter as per Sydney Water’s guidelines.
Can I choose my own colours?
Absolutely. We work with you to select all of the colours and materials.
Do you offer a fixed price contract?
Yes we do.
Can you design a Backyard Apartment to be wheelchair accessible?
Yes we can. This would include wider doors, suitable fixtures (the toilet for example) and ensuring there are no steps.