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Granny Flat Christmas Present Anyone!
Posted December 2014

cheap small housesChristmas celebration is a time for reflection, a time for family to get together and be in gratitude for all of life's experiences.  For some families it is also a time to plan ahead about the accommodation needs for the grandparents. 

 The living options available are relatively simple where there are a few critical factors that will determine the best course of action for all concerned.   

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Granny Flat Process
Posted November 2014

Brisbane granny flat pricesAs granny flats have improved and been upgraded from the back yard shack or a living space similar to a garden shed, so are the expenses.

When thinking about having a granny flat built, you need to think about another house.  Yes, it will be smaller but all the effort put into building a house will also be put into building a granny flat as well as engaging all the many trades people. 

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Thinking about Downsizing?
Posted November 2014

downsizing from large house to small house All of us at some stage or another will be in the position of needing to think about downsizing.

For some of us, making this kind of decision will be harder than for others. Especially if we have been used to living in large open space environments or where we have collected lots of stuff that we enjoy having around us.

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Waffle Pod Construction
Posted November 2014

waffle pod constructionThe debate will always be about whether or not waffle pod construction is better or worse than the concrete slab.  According to Michael King, Architect and building designer for the Nova Group, the systems are not at fault but the quality of work carried out by the trades people could be.  He says that at the end of the day, its more about what a builder is used to versus whether one system is better than the other.

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Brisbane Council Approvals for Granny Flats
Posted October 2014

Brisbane Granny Flat Council ApprovalsBuilding a granny flat requires a building permit.  This permit involves preparing a number of different reports to satisfy the Council that all the rules and regulations are being followed accordingly.

The process can take up to 1 month to complete and this is due in part because of the different bodies involved and the time it takes to collate all the reports.

The Nova Design Granny Flats have years of experience so that clients can be assured that any application submitted to Council will be granted a building permit. 

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Granny Flat Investment
Posted October 2014

granny flats as an investmentCan you rent a granny flat in Brisbane? The short answer is YES so long as you are renting to a relative, like a son or daughter or mum.

Yet, despite the fact that in NSW you are allowed to rent a granny flat to anyone, same as in Ipswich QLD, in Brisbane the law still says you can not rent a granny flat to anyone but a relative. Does that make any sense?

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Sunshine Coast Retirement anyone!
Posted October 2014

granny flat retirement sunshine coastPicture this beach in your minds eye; a view you might get to look at time and time again, not just on holidays if you decided to retire on the Sunshine Coast of Australia. 

If this could be you, and you are ready to downsize, how small of a house are you prepared to live in to be able to enjoy the great climate, the laid back lifestyle and possibly money to burn in your back pocket.

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What is a granny flat?
Posted October 2014

what is a granny flat?Sometimes referred to as a Nana granny flat space, its a smaller home usually built in the back yard and its primary function is to provide more accommodation for the growing family.

Its a cheaper option in many ways than having to sell the existing home and find a bigger one by the time all fees and taxes are taken into account.

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Where to find a granny flat builder?
Posted September 2014

how to find a good granny flat builderFinding a good granny flat builder can be challenging and you should be prepared to get several quotes before making a final selection.

However, it isn't necessarily the price that should determine who you engage to build your granny flat.  Yes, it is a major factor, but you also need to be mindful of the presentation, the conversation and of the body language between you and the builder.  For example, did you find it easy to communicate.  Remember, you and the builder will be doing the project together, so you need to feel comfortable right from the beginning.

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Does a Granny Flat affect the Pension
Posted August 2014

granny flats in BrisbaneCentrelink will allow you to pay or transfer a certain amount of money for your granny flat, without affecting your pension.

 It is vital you have a formal agreement drawn up to ensure that everything is documented.

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Backyard Granny Flats
Posted August 2014

backyard granny flatsBackyard granny flats need to offer the occupier that feeling of spaciousness.  In fact, granny flats built by Nova Design Granny Flats does more than that. 

Using solid building materials combined with good quality wall and roof insulation, a well designed floor plan layout from 40+ years of house design experience, and then finishing the home with superb finishes and neutral colours, NDG backyard granny flats are more like garden apartments. 

At least, that is what we like to call them.

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Backyard blitz on unsafe granny flats
Posted August 2014

backyard granny flatsWhat if you discovered that your cheap-as-chips rented home in the backyard of someone else's house, wasn't just "unofficial' but was unsafe and technically unfit for human habitation?

We are getting reports that local councils are targeting granny flats that are being illegally let to tenants when they are not fit for habitation. By Jimmy Thomson - The Age

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