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Granny Flats Brisbane/Logan. Who's built or building?

Discussion in 'Renovation & Home Improvement' started by SK Investments, 16th Oct, 2015.

  1. SK Investments

    SK Investments Well-Known Member

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    Has anyone built or is building a granny flat at the moment?

    Interested to hear about your experience and which builder you have used.
     
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    An interesting topic. Different councils have different regulations. What you may need to watch out for is some councils will not allow renting the granny flat if the tenants are not related to the principle dwelling. This will limit your potential renters market. From last I checked, Logan doesn't have this rule. Awesome!
     
  3. SK Investments

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    My Ip's are in LCC, just wondering about builders mainly.
     
  4. Richard Williams

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    Am looking into this myself, have spoken to one prominent Logan Granny flat specialist and have inspected their works. Any one care to comment on the following pics, would you be happy with this style of 'timber' beam/s and are they long lasting??
     

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    @rico2011 the bearers are solid lvl and the hyspan joists should be fine provided that any point loads are supported. Consider anything heavy that may need extra support and quiz the builder.Generally sizes for timber like this can be specified by the manufacturer using their software. You could also ask the builder for an example of an engineers detail for that type floor.

    Which builder is this?
     
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    What do you guys think about building them battle axe style? Behind the original house but fenced off? Its common in Sydney but not sure how qld folks would take to it. Looking at this for one atm
     
  7. SK Investments

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    That's what my plan is @Biz. If I were renting and had to choose between a unit, townhouse or granny flat. I'd choose the granny flat as it'll be just like a private mini house. Most new houses are right next to each other these days anyway so I don't see it as an issue.
     
  8. Biz

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    What about the house though?
     
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    Is it long lasting? Good for 50 years plus?
     
  10. SK Investments

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    @Biz Generally the rental value of the house will decrease, if you are already below market value or you have a tenant who is unlikely to be able to find another rental, then you may not have to decrease the rent. In my case the house will still be on over 400sqm, many new house blocks are smaller than this, and I am in a high demand suburb.

    @rico2011 As with any timber it's lifespan will depend on the conditions of the environment around it. If it's kept dry and out of the elements I don't see why 'I' beams wouldn't last that long.

    The other thing I like about the type of construction in your photos is, if the time comes to further develop your land, the granny flat can most likely be transported elsewhere.
     
  11. Daniel007

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    What is the ballpark range for a granny flat up in logan, are we still looking at the 90-130k price range like in Sydney?
     
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    About 130k all done for 2 bed 70m2 is what I'm being quoted roughly for traditional construction. Might be cheaper for a more portable type GF.
     
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    It is a interesting topic. I am currently planning a Granny Flat after renovating and rent out the front house first.
     
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    Joe,

    Are you doing this in Logan? If so do you have a builder? Looking for one myself to do a reno.
     
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    Hi Wandercro, Yes, I am planning in Logan. After researching and discussing with several builders, I am currently in the stage 2 to draw the detail plan and cost. A rough cost is about 90-100k for 60 SQM
    2 BR. I am discussing if 60-70 SQM 3BR.

    What is your plan?
     
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    Can you tell us who you decided was the best builder for the job?
     
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    90-100k seems pretty good, is this in total?

    I thought you could only build a 2 bedroom granny flat under the new LEP? I haven't looked at the details for a while now so i may have just forgotten.
     
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    Who are you guys using to do your drafting and approvals? If someone could share some contacts and costs it would be appreciated.
     
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    Morning,
    Was in Logan yesterday. While the approval for ancillary unit should not be a issue, I am not sure if the market is there for such units.
     
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    I'm not sure either, taking a bit of a wait and see approach. I really think you need to be getting at least $350 p/week rent for them for it to really be worthwhile. Presently area depending you would be only getting $270-300 per week. Eventually as rents rise it will become more attractive but it think it's a few years off yet.

    Population growth is huge in Logan, they are expecting another 150k people over the next 15 years. As more people come there will be a demand for smaller acomodation in well placed areas close to the motorway/trains/buses etc. All the new developed land will be further south or west so it will make the established areas more attractive. As I said though it's still a few years off.
     
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