Granny Flats Increasing Real Estate Sales

Posted by Transportable Homes on January 30, 2012 under Granny Flats | Be the First to Comment

Aging Population Means Granny Flats Are In Demand.

Australia’s population is aging and with that comes the need for Granny Flats to satisfy specialised housing requirements.

Australians Want More Granny Flats

In the average year in Australia, over 240,000 people go to their computer and type in various phrases requesting a house for sale that comes complete with a granny flat on the property. These people are obviously only a segment of the population that want their older family members to remain independent yet close to the younger members of the family; for support, caring and companionship reasons.

Of course there are seniors who prefer to be independent and live within a caravan park environment as a permanent resident in their own granny flat; wishing to lease the land for 5 – 10 years in a location possibly by a river or the sea, which they otherwise could not afford.

Granny Flats, Granny Flat

Then, there are mature citizens who enjoy the security of gated communities and transportable homes villages, which provide a holistic approach to lifestyle, leisure and pleasure for the over 50’s. These properties provide tennis courts, bowling greens, bbq pavillions, swimming pools and club houses. Although small specialised homes are not referred to as granny flats in these communities, they are never the less the same thing.

Multiple Uses for Granny Flats Increase Their Appeal

A person living on a large block of land within walking distance to public transport in a small town or city should not discount the possibly of putting a transportable granny flat on the property. The additional accommodation has the potential to increase the properties value and broaden the appeal to buyers should it go on the market in the future. It is also important to note that buyers have multiple purposes for granny flats; choosing to utilise it for a teenager, young couple who are saving for a house, as a studio, guest house, bed and breakfast or rental.



Granny Flats Building Policies

Posted by Transportable Homes on December 28, 2011 under Granny Flats | Be the First to Comment

Granny Flats, Are You Allowed One?

Here in Australia the population is aging and the need for small housing options and granny flats are increasing in demand. The primary reason being because granny flats enable older family members to maintain their independence safely and reside closer to family.

Granny Flats in NSW

In many States, the Australian Government is making it easier for families to build a granny flat or small dwelling on their property. For example, a policy was released in 2009 allowing home-owners with a block larger than 450sqm and a 12 meter plus frontage to be allowed to seek approval to build a Granny Flat on their property (NSW Dept of Planning – view policy)

Getting Granny Flat Planning Permission

To find out exactly what the conditions are regarding putting a granny flat on your property, visit your local Council Planning Department. Make sure you get the name of the person you speak to as you may need to contact them again in the future with more questions or clarification.

Try to have a clear idea of what you wish to build on your property; size, location on your block, etc. This will assist the Planning Department as they will know what you would like to do and they will be more able to assess if what you want is achievable on your block of land.

Granny Flats, Granny Flat

Granny flats keep family closer






Differences between Granny Flats and Cabins [VIDEO]

Posted by Transportable Homes on July 20, 2010 under Granny Flats | Be the First to Comment

What is the difference between a Cabin and a Granny Flat?


Transportable Homes Video – Tracey describes characteristics of Granny Flats and Cabins.




A cabin is small with limited facilities. Most commonly found in tourist parks, they normally have a small bathroom and toilet facilities. Cabins tend to be plain in design with a verandah at the front and a sliding door for access. The living area is small because cabins are designed for people to sleep in, instead of ‘live in’. Cabins ideally suit tourists, as they only require a comfortable place to refresh themselves and sleep after a big day of sight-seeing.

Granny Flats

Granny Flats on the other hand are a small complete home with all amenities inclusive. Usually one or two bedroom with a couple of external doors. Granny flats are merely a miniature version of a normal family home, just with smaller rooms; designed for one person, … usually a grandparent.

Today, granny flats are more popular as an extra source of income for people with room on their block of land. Granny flats are low in price but command the same rentals as normal units making them very affordable housing for tenants and a source of extra income for landlords.



What Are Relocatable Homes

Posted by Transportable Homes on July 13, 2010 under Granny Flats, Manufactured Homes, Modular Homes, Portable Homes, Prefab, Relocatable Homes, Transportable Homes | Be the First to Comment

Relocatable Homes Have Many Names


Transportable Homes Video – Tracey talks about various names used for portable homes.


Relocatable homes are also referred to as –

  • transportable homes
  • portable homes
  • pre-manufactured homes
  • manufactured homes
  • pre-built homes
  • modular homes
  • granny flats
  • prefabricated homes
  • prefabs
  • prefab homes
  • cabins
  • holiday park cabins
  • tourist cabins
  • affordable housing


These are all types of relocatable homes. However, they are not to be confused with a normally built house on a section of land that is ‘removed’ after a few years and transported to another location. These are just homes that have been removed.

Whereas, relocatable homes (or any other terminology used in the list above) are purposely designed to be transported and have extra reinforcing to cope with possibly several moves over their lifetime.



Transportable Homes Specialist

Posted by Transportable Homes on June 9, 2010 under Granny Flats, Modular Homes, Portable Homes, Prefab, Relocatable Homes, Transportable Homes | Be the First to Comment

Transportable Homes Specialists


This is a blog website with valuable information about the transportable homes industry within Australia. Written independently by Tracey Carter, an avid fan of modular homes.


The Purpose of this Website

1.   Give you as much information as possible so you can make informed, confident decisions when contemplating buying a transportable home.

2.  Broaden your horizons; so you can look at a traditionally built home and recognise the very real potential for it to be constructed using modular building methods.


Answering Your Questions

There are many advantages and benefits to buying relocatable homes; and many questions needing to be answered. Some of the questions answered in this website include:

Can I use my own floor-plan and design?

How big can I build a relocatable home?

Can I make alterations to a standardised granny flat plan?

Can I build a 2-storey modular home?

How do I personalise my new portable home?

How quickly can I get a prefabricated house?

Can I have disabled facilities included in my granny flat?

Who looks after the building permits and Council?

What are my insulation options?

Can I have a granite bench top?

Can I change the oven and range-hood combination?

… and much more!

You will find all your answers on this website about –

  • Transportable Homes
  • Prefabricated Homes
  • Relocatable Homes
  • Modular Homes
  • Portable Homes
  • Prefab Homes
  • Granny Flat


Click here to learn more about Transportable Homes Specialist.