Having a Granny Flat Could Add Value to Your Property By 30%

We have big news for homeowners across Australia as according to combined researches by Archistar & CoreLogic and their report on granny flats, building these flats on your property has the potential to increase their value by about 30% and add another 27% to the homeowners’ rental income. The research revealed that just over half a million homeowners inhabiting the eastern seaboard of Australia have sufficient space on their lands to construct a granny flat. 

Researches by Archistar & CoreLogic

Top suitable areas in Australia

The analyses by the research departments of these two lead to them identifying a total of 583,440 properties in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney that met the criterion for accommodating a ‘granny flat’ of at least 60 m². Out of these three, Sydney had the highest number of properties-233,218-that meet the criterion for the construction of a granny flat. Brisbane came next with a total of 204,598 properties, followed by the Melbourne metropolitan area comprising of 145,625 properties.

Custom Granny Flat built in 23 days, NSW Sydney 2019

Cost for homeowners

Expert researchers from CoreLogic believe that the construction of a double bedroom flat would require an investment of $200,000 whereas a single bedroom granny flat would require just $120,000. The availability of Scandinavian design granny flats available from our accredited builders has made the construction of these flats even easier. Ingenious building system allows for quick installation time, saving money on labour for homeowners across Australia.

Granny flat Cyprus, QLD
Tracey’s granny flat Cyprus built in 10 days, QLD Sunshine Coast 2017

Benefits of building granny flats

Tim Lawless, the Head of Research at CoreLogic, is positive that investment in granny flats not only has the potential to help homeowners in benefitting from boosted capital gains (up to a hefty 30 per cent) in the future. Tim believes that these flats can be a source of rental income for them as well.

Granny flats serve renters looking for affordable housing options. And it is important to mention that the demand for reasonable housing is increasing. A granny flat usually tends to be rented out for lesser than the standard rental charges. This way backyard grannys makes it a very affordable housing option.

The properties identified earlier are mostly located in areas that are traditionally expensive & densely populated as well. These characteristics will make a granny flat in any of the popular suburban areas very economical for potential renters and increase demand for granny flats.

Amidst these capital and rental gains, the family benefits of a granny flat cannot be neglected. Such a unit can be used to accommodate overseas family members residing in your house. Adult children will enjoy a temporary place to stay.

Guest house in ACT: ensuite bedroom
Carly And Ben’s Garden Cottage For Guests, ACT Conder 2019

Moreover, it is believed quite rightly that capitalization of this opportunity will reap benefits for the economy and society as well by creating employment opportunities for the construction workforce and others involved in the construction process. A prediction suggests a massive boost of $87.5bn in the construction industry.

Bedroom in John's House in The Snowy Mountains
John’s House, NSW The Snowy Mountains 2019

What should be kept in mind before building a granny flat

If you wish to have a granny flat on your property in Australia, make it a point to get into the legalities before. Laws related to secondary residencies vary depending on the state you’re in. Make sure that you are aware of each and every detail related to the construction of a granny flat in your area-size requirements, what you can add and what you cannot, rental laws governing granny flats, etcetera. Don’t hesitate in taking help from a local construction and planning expert!

Please feel free to consult with YZY Kit Homes accredited builder, either at their office or a display village or book your site inspection. It is usually cost and obligation free.

Granny flat from Europe built in Sydney

Faith and Richard’s Granny Flat from Europe

Custom Creations, YZY Kit Homes builders for Sydney, recently built a granny flat in Campsie, a suburb in south-western Sydney. A new independent dwelling was built for Faith and Richard’s daughter and her family.

The clients started from one of the standard granny flats and customized it to suit their backyard and everyone’s taste. They have combined classic Australian architecture with a very modern Scandinavian feel.

“I love old Australian houses; my daughter and her partner like a more modern look.  Using the Scandinavian ‘timber cabin’ style enabled us to visualise exactly how the building would look – an Australian weatherboard with white painted lining boards – and achieve exactly what we all wanted.”

Interior design and styling

“We put in all the things we love the most – a very modern black and plywood kitchen (which we designed and built ourselves) with a pressed tin splashback; a cast iron freestanding bath; recycled timber floorboards and lovely large windows.” – said Richard.

Faith and Richard were able to design the building exactly how they wanted it to maximise the winter sun, summer shade and views.

“We now have a beautiful cottage which fits well with our 1940s fibro house and is comfortable, practical and stylish.” – said Richard.

Testimonial: YZY Kit Homes and Custom Creations worked with us to help us realise our dream, from our original concept to our finished cottage. We couldn’t be happier with how they worked with us and the level of care and craftsmanship they applied. Nothing was too much trouble. Do we recommend them? Yes, without any hesitation.

Building features

“Faith and Richard’s granny flat was custom designed by the client and we made it become a reality for them. It was only 23 working days from start to finish.” – said Shayne Price, the builder at Custom Creations.

Granny flat cyprus design

Scandinavian building systems are designed perfectly for uneven blocks as everything is built on piers so there is no concrete slab required. And, being Scandinavian manufactured obviously comes as a flat pack. So like a big jigsaw puzzle” – Shayne said.

According to the builder, another advantage of these building systems is access isn’t a problem. “You can basically walk in the front door and out the back door with our product. No crane needed for installation.”

Shayne also said that everything is built to all the Australian Building Code and is covered under homeowners warranty as per Building Code.

Sustainable building

A granny flat built out of sustainable building materials was one of the criteria of Faith and Richard’s. YZY Kit homes buildings are made of FSC certified timber and clients used other recycled materials for internal fit-outs. And a result is that “it is all built out of sustainable timber so it’s fantastic for the environment.” – said Shayne.

There are some shots while building a granny flat for Faith and Richard’s daughter and her family.

If you are looking to build a granny flat in Sydney-Central Coast-Newcastle and the Hunter area, please contact Custom Creations, builders of this project.

If you need an extra room built somewhere else, please find your nearest builder and contact him for a quote, site inspection or general information.

Cyprus - bedroom in John's House

John’s House in the Snowy Mountains

The Cyprus cabin was recently built for John in the Snowy Mountains as a house. John happily shared his feedback and kindly let us photograph and film his newly built and styled home.

John's House in The Snowy Mountains front
The Cyprus granny flat built for John in The Snowy Mountains

“It serves me well, I’m very comfortable in my new home.  Anybody who has come to my new home was very very impressed!

And I was amazed about how well the building insulated is. I only turned the Air conditioner on once or twice during summer even on we had 5 days straight of over 40 degrees.” – said John, the owner of the Cyprus home.


There is a walk through video of John’s House.
Bedroom in John's House in The Snowy Mountains
Bedroom in John’s House
View from bedroom in John's House
John's House in The Snowy Mountains: bathroom
En-suite bathroom

John was also impressed with the after sales service and spoke highly about the builder Murray Fleming (Canberra Outdoor Structures) who managed all building works of Cyprus cabin.

“I had quite a few minor queries, things that I did myself and Canberra Outdoor structures team came in and helped me with things in a timely fashion which impressed me.”– said John.

Living room in John's House
Living room
Kitchen in John's House
Kitchen and a bedroom

John has recommended us to several people, so we’ll see more YZY Kit homes in the Snowy Mountains or anywhere else in Australia.

Front deck in John's House
Front deck
John's House with views in The Snowy Mountains
Views from the deck

Interior and exterior colors

Exterior walls of John’s house were stained with Burnt Gum. And let me say it looks stunning with the classy white window architraves. Interior was stained in the clear finish with white painted window frames.

The building has underground power connected from the main house. And the existing house sewer line was used so the stormwater just goes to the existing tanks.

John's House in The Snowy Mountains water tanks
Water tanks connected at the back

Have a question? Find contact details of the builder, Murray Fleming, service area is ACT +200km.

If you need a cabin or a house anywhere else, please find your nearest builder/ YZY Kit Homes supplier here

Pre-election Easter Sale 2019

Pre-election Easter Sale

Pre-election Easter sale is now ‘ON’ exclusively at our Custom Creations Display Village on the Central Coast NSW! Easter special offer is a 10% discount for all cabins and studios up to and including 20m² size and 5% off all granny flats and cottages 30m² and above. The offer is valid for new orders placed by the federal election day, 18 May 2019.

Custom Creations is an accredited builder of YZY Kit Homes for Sydney-Central Coast and the Hunter. Please visit their Display Village on the Central Coast or contact the team for details. Continue reading Pre-election Easter Sale

Backyard Cabins and Granny Fats built in 2018

Backyard Cabins And Granny Flats Built In 2018

Looking back at 2018, it’s been yet another amazing year with many Scandinavian cabins, granny flats and even homes built across Australia. Use of YZY Kit Homes was very diverse. While larger 1 and 2 bedroom buildings were used as a main house, accommodation for guests or B&B, smaller studio-type cabins were mainly used as a teenage studio, a home office, parents retreat, a pool house and a craft room.

The need for more space starts the process. Clients consult with the builder exchanging ideas, builder looks at the site potential and restrictions. After a few discussions, working together teams find the most suitable solution. And the results are amazing, take a look at some of the cabins built in 2018.

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Madeira - ultra-modern design 2

Ultra-modern small home Madeira

Backyard cabins have evolved from no-frills sheds to classy studios while stylish granny flats have become small versions of real homes. The Madeira would be a perfect accommodation for your out-of-town guests. This granny flat comes in 1 and 2 bedroom sizes with living area of less than 60m² to conform to council requirements for a 2nd dwelling.

1 bedroom Madeira has a total area of 90m² including a 43m² indoor living space and a roomy 47m² veranda. Madeira 2 bedrooms has two floor plans to choose from. Floor plan version 1 Madeira has a total area of 96m² with the good sized 36.3m² veranda. And there is version 2 Madeira 2 bedrooms with a total size of 89m² including 29.3m² outdoor space.

Madeira design features a full kitchen, a dining area, a spacious lounge, a bathroom and 1 bedroom or 2 bedrooms located on sides of the building for the maximum privacy. On the left is an equally expansive covered veranda for outdoor living. The veranda can be fitted with cutouts in the floor and ceiling to accommodate greenery.

All YZY timber studios and flats can be customized to reflect your unique design preferences. With so many available options, every cabin can be one of a kind. Take a paint color of the building. Darker tones can blend the building in with the surrounds and brighter colors can make it stand out with all its glory. With a simple cut outs in the floor and the ceilings of the veranda, Madeira can give you a luxurious and stylish outdoor space. Also, screens are one of an architectural expression to address the harsh Australian climate and balance the privacy and aesthetics. Please take a look at different designer solutions for our Madeira granny flats.

Granny Flat Madeira Ultra-modern design
Screens are one of an architectural expression to address the harsh Australian climate and balance the privacy and aesthetics
Granny Flat Madeira Ultra-modern design 2
Luxurious and stylish outdoor space
Granny Flat Madeira in Mountains Ultra-modern design
Madeira in the Mountains
Granny Flat Madeira on the lake
Madeira on the lake
Granny Flat Madeira veranda design
Madeira – veranda design

The Madeira can expand your home’s living space or create extra bedrooms. It can provide accommodations for visitors and still have enough room left over for entertaining additional guests. If you happen to have a granny, and you want to keep her close, the Madeira would be a cozy place for her to live.

YZY prefabricated Scandinavian backyard cabins and granny flats are made of hardy Nordic Pine Spruce from FSC-certified forests. With natural timber and double-glazing, these timber studios are solid and built to last. Granny flats and backyard cabins come with premium inclusions and flexible options like extra windows and doors and customized decks.

If you like the Madeira but would prefer something smaller, our Sicilia timber studio is similar but half as large. It measures 20m² (5m x 4m), and you can add a deck for a more spacious design.

Loving the Madeira?

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New range granny flats

New Range: 2 bedroom Granny Flats

At YZY Kit Homes, we’re excited to announce the launch of our new range of two-bedroom granny flats. These larger dwellings have a living area less than 60m² which conforms to council requirements for a 2nd dwelling and can serve as secondary or even primary homes. We’re offering six different one-of-a-kind designs ranging from ultra-modern to traditional. Each design can be modified and customized to reflect your unique tastes and preferences. You can even create your own one-of-a-kind design, and we’ll produce it for you.

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