Given the increased time at home which so many of us have spent over the last 12 months, a lot of people are looking at starting to invest in new projects. One commonly desired home project is the building of a granny flat. These properties are great for renting out or for using as increased living space and granny flats are becoming more popular than ever.
With this in mind, let’s look at some of this year’s granny flat trends, which may just inspire and motivate you to kick-start that design process.
Head to Toe Windows
Given that space is a challenge with this kind of small property, it makes sense to seek out creative ways to amplify it as best you can. One way to offer the feeling of more space is through the use of long windows. Not only can tall windows make the space feel bigger, they offer additional benefits such as bringing in natural light which can heat and illuminate the space.
In the early days of granny flat design, fold-out furniture was the perfect choice. Sadly however, the quality of the construction and the design of these items just wasn’t good enough for it to provide a permanent solution. Currently however, there are some very high quality products on the market, from beds to kitchen tables. These items are stowed away in the wall and only brought out when needed.
Bringing The Outside In
When it comes to granny flats Victoria has led the way for quite some time with regards to design, and now there are many more outdoor spaces being built. From carports to awnings with patios below, a granny flat can bring the outside in for increased living space and comfort. Large patio doors help to connect the two spaces and some even have luxury decks right outside the front door.
Behind the Cupboard
Continuing with the trend of perception of space, some designers are looking to give up floor space to make things feel more open. For example, instead of having the interior walls pushed out to the boundary, some designers are allowing a perimeter of closet space and then using that to hide away large items. A laundry room inside a cupboard for example, does offer the feeling of more space than if the washing machine was in the room itself.
Keeping it Low
Granny flats can really feel more spacious when things are placed lower down to the ground, and this again is a trend which is being seen more this year. Tables, seating and even wall mounted items, can deliver the feeling of increased space when they are installed lower down.
Granny flat trends continue to be more and more creative as people seek to find new & innovative ways to increase the space of the property. When you are designing, be sure that this is something that you are always thinking about, to ensure that you deliver the best possible granny flat to match your preferences.