A granny flat is a self-contained “house” and is usually built on the grounds of the family home.
The primary use of a Granny flat is to provide accommodation for older family members who may need care and support, while still providing them with their own space and their need for independence.
Granny Flats are usually attached from the main home, via either interior or exterior walkways. The granny flat should have enough space for 1 or 2 people to live comfortably.
Granny flats will almost certainly require Council approval and a BA (Building Approval) and be subject to myriad regulations including setback, and height requirements. Usually, they must be physically attached to the family home. One thing is for sure – building a granny flat is going to require costly and complex planning permit applications, with expensive consultants, and will take a considerable amount of time.
Where a traditional Granny Flat as described above is possible and desirable, these granny flats are often a wise choice, and can add value to your property.
But sometimes a process such as this is not possible or desired.
Enter the tiny home on wheels (THOW). As the name suggests, is a tiny home that is attached to a trailer and therefore, a transportable vehicle.
Tiny Homes built on wheels, go a long way to addressing the housing affordability crisis in Australia. This is because you often do not have to buy the land your tiny home is parked on, and so dramatically reducing the cost of ownership. Parking spaces are often rented from friends and family. They may also be parked in your own yard.
You can choose between an “off the grid” style tiny home, which comes with a composting toilet, solar panels, and a water tank, so you can relocate your tiny home anywhere, anytime.
Or there is a residential option, where you can connect to your existing home’s plumbing and electricity.
More likely people decide on a hybrid solution where the tiny home is connected to the family homes’ water supply though a garden hose, and connected the homes electricity through an extension lead, while utilising a composting toilet system to address the waste.