Looking for architect-designed granny flats? Ashcroft Architects offers premium granny flat designs in Brisbane that perfectly blend style and functionality
At Ashcroft Architects, we craft high-quality granny flat designs in Brisbane and surrounds.
Our granny flats designs are tailored to your specific needs and preferences. Ashcroft Architects’ team of experienced architects and designers work closely with you to bring your vision to life.
Everything you need to know about granny flats
Also known as a secondary dwelling, a granny flat is a self-contained unit that can be built on the same lot as your principal dwelling.
Granny flats can be used for a variety of purposes.
A granny flat typically includes a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and living area, and is designed to be separate from the main house.
Granny flats are often used to house elderly relatives, (hence the name), but they can also be used for other purposes, such as a parent or teenage retreat, a guest house, or a rental property.
Ashcroft Architects offer a range of architectural services for residential properties in Brisbane, including designing and constructing granny flats in partnership with experienced granny flat builders in Brisbane.
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Advantages of architect-designed granny flats
Architect-designed granny flats offer many advantages over traditional designs. They are not only visually stunning but also functional and practical.
We use the latest design techniques to create spacious, natural light-filled living spaces that are comfortable and inviting.
Our designs are tailored to suit your individual needs and are flexible enough to accommodate future changes in your lifestyle.
There are many benefits to building a granny flat on your property. Here are just a few:
Extra living space
A granny flat provides additional living space on your property, which can be used for a variety of purposes. Whether you need extra space for the family or a home office, a granny flat is a cost-effective solution to solve a growing family’s problems.
Increased property value
Adding a granny flat to your property can increase its value, as it provides additional living space and can be used as a rental property.
Additional rental income
If you choose to rent out your granny flat, it can provide a source of rental income, which can help pay off your mortgage or provide extra income. You can rent out the flat for long-term tenants or even open it up as a short-term homestay.
Lower build costs
Building a granny flat is often more cost-effective than building a traditional single-family home. With fewer materials and a smaller footprint, you can save money on construction costs.
Less council and land costs
In addition to lower construction costs, you may also save on council and land costs, as granny flats typically have little to no impact on rates.
Faster construction time
Unlike larger homes, granny flats can be built in a relatively short amount of time, with construction typically taking around 16 weeks from start to finish.
Important considerations when building a granny flat
While there are many benefits to building a granny flat, it's important to consider some key aspects during the planning and construction process. Here are four important considerations to keep in mind:
When designing a granny flat, consider how individuals will access the property. Make sure there is a clear and easy pathway or route to the flat that doesn’t intrude on your living space.
Not all backyards have side access or enough space for parking. Consider whether your guests or tenants will park on the road or in a designated car park.
To improve the functionality and comfort of both buildings, it’s important to plan for privacy. Ensure that the granny flat’s entrances and windows are facing away from the main house or create entrances that won’t intrude on your own living space.
Granny flat design options & size regulations
If you’re considering building a granny flat, it’s important to understand the size limitations and design options available.
In Australia, for most councils the maximum floor area for a granny flat is 50m². This means that your granny flat will need to be smaller than your main dwelling and designed to fit within the available space on your property.
However, keep in mind that some councils may have different size restrictions or other regulations that you need to follow. It’s always a good idea to check with your local council before you start building. Ashcroft Architects can help you navigate these often tricky waters.
Our granny flats are designed to blend seamlessly with your existing home and can be customised to match the style and colour scheme of your main residence.
Despite the size limitations, there are still plenty of design options available when it comes to building a granny flat.
You can choose from single or double-storey designs, depending on your needs and budget. You can also customise the layout and features of your granny flat to suit your specific requirements. For example, you might want to include a separate bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, or living area.
Build a granny flat in Brisbane with Ashcroft Architects
We are a leading architectural firm in Brisbane, taking a personalised approach to each individual project.
We work with you to understand your unique needs and preferences, ensuring that your granny flat is a true reflection of your individual style as well as your needs.
Our granny flat build process
The design will address privacy measures, access in relation to the site and existing dwelling, parking requirements and more. Your Granny Flat should look beautiful too! Our Architects spend time carefully crafting your Granny Flat design so that it will feel spacious and light filled even if it is compact, and ensure it complements and enhances the look of your existing home.
This meeting and documentation formulates the design requirements to set realistic targets and expectations for the project.
We will arrange for a survey on your land, identifying a range of features such as the contours, the condition of the soil (geotechnical survey), and any NBN, gas, wastewater or plumbing works.
Let us help you bring your plans to life: choose Ashcroft Architects as your trusted granny flat architects in Brisbane
If you’re looking for architecturally designed granny flats in Brisbane, Ashcroft Architects is the perfect choice.
Our team of experienced architectural designers will work with you to create a beautiful and functional Granny Flat that perfectly suits your needs and lifestyle.
Contact us today on (07) 3206 0239 to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards your dream granny flat.
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