What you need to know about adding a granny flat to your home


If you need extra living space for adult children, a home office or guest accommodation, why not consider a granny flat?

The humble granny flat has come a long way, as this stylish design from McDonald Jones so ably proves. In fact, the McDonald Jones’ granny flat range, comprising nine designs and a host of lifestyle options, not only offers a new level of luxury, it’s designed to meet a variety of needs.

“Delivering an airy, open feel on a small footprint, our granny flat range provides stylish and practical designs aligned to our larger homes — and it offers ample space, flexibility and privacy for a myriad of uses across the generations,” says Nathan Thurston, marketing manager for McDonald Jones Homes. “Available in one- and two-bedrooms plans, our granny flats always surprise and delight thanks to the thoughtful details, clever layouts and easy-to-enjoy comfort.

“Many people choose to use their granny flat as an independent living space for aging parents, but that’s just one option,” continues Nathan. “Some find it the perfect teenage retreat; others use it as guest accommodation. Additionally, it can be used as a separate, private area for a home office or the pursuit of hobbies, and when built adjacent to a swimming pool, it can also serve as a pool house with all the amenities. Another use, of course, is for young adults saving for their own homes.”

McDonald Jones’ clients Christine and David McAlister are typical of the growing number of people attracted to the versatility of the granny flat. In addition to building a large Bronte Executive Lodge on their 2300sqm site in Box Hill, NSW, they wanted a granny flat. It needed to have two bedrooms and as it would overlook the pool area, it had to blend seamlessly with the landscaping around their home.

“Our daughter and her husband will be living in it while they save for their own home so it had to be large and comfortable enough for them to make their home in,” says Christine. “Once they move out, we’ll use it for guest accommodation and as a pool house. Over the years it will serve many purposes so we wanted it to be quite spacious and have all the amenities you need for everyday living.”

The two-bedroom display granny flat showcased here, the Granny Flat 9, is a stunning example of what McDonald Jones has to offer. “The spacious, open-plan living style is the perfect solution for so many different uses,” says Nathan. “There is a comfortable accommodation zone, a generous and welcoming living area featuring a kitchen and living/dining space, a bathroom, laundry, ample storage and you also have the option of an alfresco cabana.”

The features on display include full-length windows, Caesarstone benchtops in the kitchen, bathroom and laundry, a full-size cooktop, under-bench oven, microwave and dishwasher, a laundry with room for a washer and dryer, a large walk-in shower, a linen press and a double wardrobe. To enhance the bright, airy feel, a monochromatic palette of tonal whites and warm greys creates a relaxing and classic feel.

“With functionality at the heart of our granny flat range, the living needs of today’s family have been considered and translated into dwellings that function as timeless and flexible additions,” says Nathan. “What’s more, the granny flats have been designed to complement McDonald Jones’ extensive range of homes and as they are constructed at the same time as the main residence they easily integrate into an overall landscaping design, ensuring a soothing sense of harmony.”

The bottom line? With nine designs on offer, there is a plan to suit every purpose and block of land.

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