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August 17, 2023

The top 4 mistakes people make when building granny flats

So you’ve decided to add a granny flat to your property? 

While it can be an exciting adventure that leads to a range of benefits such as potential rental income, increased property value and flexible living arrangements, there are some pitfalls to avoid. By understanding these pitfalls you can help to ensure a successful outcome. Let’s delve into the top 4 mistakes people make when building granny flats. 

Not understanding council regulations

Before you build a granny flat it’s essential to have an understanding of your local council’s regulations. This will ensure you don’t encounter problems further into the construction process. 

Generally in Queensland, you need building approval, however, you don’t need a development application when: 

  • it is zoned residential
  • it has a block size greater than 450m2
  • it’s the only granny flat on the property
  • it has separate unhindered pedestrian access
  • the owner of the property and granny flat is the same
  • it has a maximum living space of 80m2 (carports/verandahs and patios are additional to this 80m2). 

You should contact your local Council for any explicit requirements that may apply to your particular property. However, for a $490 site feasibility fee (refundable), Moncasa will carry out a detailed analysis of your site to determine the optimum position for your granny flat.

Not questioning what’s included  

Not all granny flat construction companies offer the same inclusions. When quoting prices for our Gold Coast granny flats, Moncasa Granny Flats always ensures our clients are fully aware of all inclusions and exclusions. =

Optional extras on other granny flats are standard features on Moncasa granny flats. Our prices are turnkey, with the homes ready to move into without any further expenditure. The prices include air-conditioning and a dishwasher as standard, as well as all council paperwork. 

The only additional expense is site work. Site work includes soil tests to ensure that appropriate foundations are used, bringing or extending utility services to the site, driveways, paths and any landscaping. If the site is steep or uneven, additional foundation expenses may be incurred.

Hiring inexperienced contractors

One of the biggest risks when selecting the cheapest option for building a granny flat is hiring inexperienced contractors. The lowest quote may seem like the most cost-effective solution initially, however, they may lack the expertise and knowledge needed for constructing a high-quality granny flat. 

When you hire inexperienced contractors it could lead to delays, poor quality workmanship and the need for ongoing repairs and maintenance in the future. You may be happy with the low prices quoted for some granny flats, only to learn that in the fine print of the website that the prices are for Chinese DIY flatpacks. 

At Moncasa Granny Flats, we have a talented team of professionals who collectively come together to deliver premium quality granny flats on the Gold Coast. Backed by a team of construction experts, engineers, architects and designers, we ensure that every aspect of your granny flat project is meticulously planned, executed, and finished to the highest standards. Our expertise and attention to detail guarantee that your granny flat not only meets your specific needs but also exceeds your expectations.

Not considering energy efficiency

It’s never been so important to consider energy efficiency when building a granny flat. Failing to recognise the importance of sustainability in your build can result in higher utility bills and increased costs in the long term. 

When planning the construction of a granny flat, explore energy-efficient building practices and materials. Features such as good insulation, energy-saving appliances, and LED lighting can significantly reduce energy consumption and ongoing expenses. Investing in energy efficiency not only benefits the environment but also enhances the appeal of your granny flat to potential tenants or future buyers.

Moncasa Granny Flats prioritise ecologically sustainable solutions. We take pride in creating living spaces that not only meet the highest standards of comfort and aesthetics but also contribute to a greener future. 

To achieve this, we employ innovative approaches, including ensuring that our granny flats comply with the new NCC 2023 energy efficiency standard for roofing and walls. Additionally, we offer a 100% off-grid model that allows our clients to reduce their environmental footprint significantly.

Our dedication to sustainability extends to incorporating full solar hot water systems, harnessing the power of the sun to provide energy-efficient and cost-effective heating. Our septic bio-systems ensure responsible waste management, promoting eco-friendly practices for a cleaner and healthier environment. 

Moncasa granny flat designs

Moncasa specialises in off-site manufacturing, offering convenience – our granny flats can be delivered within 12 weeks. While we offer 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom granny flats, the Moncasa 3, or our flagship large 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom granny flat design redefines the standard for Granny Flats on the Gold Coast. 

With the flexibility to expand from a single-bedroom module to include two additional bedrooms over time, it offers unparalleled versatility. It boasts luxurious features that are typically found in high-end residences, elevating it to a mini-mansion status. 

Gold Coast granny flats

Ready to build a granny flat on the Gold Coast? By understanding council regulations, understanding inclusions, hiring an experienced contractor and prioritising energy efficiency, you can ensure your granny flat is a valuable and financially sound investment for years to come. 

Moncasa Granny Flats offers sustainable architecturally designed living solutions using off-site manufacturing and delivery. We are committed to reshaping the concept of Gold Coast Granny Flats with our cutting-edge designs and sustainable approach. 

For more information and to learn more about our range of granny flats, contact our Gold Coast team online, email or call 07 559 353 74.  

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