Granny-flatting in Style Beside the Family in Takanini, Auckland

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Building a granny flat extension

Her mother had been staying in a tiny house on the property but this homeowner wanted to create a more comfortable, and permanent, abode.

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Getting Started

Many homes in Takanini are within the suburban housing developments that have been developed throughout the area in recent decades; their land plots average about 215m2. Fortunately, for homeowner Kate, her property was built in the 1990s on a much more sizable (990m2) piece of land.
Kate’s mother, Sheryl, and her many pets, were living in a tiny home on the property but needed more space and comfort long-term. One option was for the entire family to move house, but Kate and Sheryl wanted to explore the possibility of building a self-contained unit on the existing site. Kate reached out to Refresh Renovations for expert advice on what might be practicable. 
Their local Renovation Consultant, visited the property to discuss the potential project. Upon surveying the site, she determined that the space was both adequate and ideal for building a granny flat. There was no need to move house after all. 

Concept Designs and Council Applications

After ascertaining both mother and daughter priorities, the Renovation Consultant and her talented team got to work on designs for the project. The granny flat would be an extension on one side of the property and be completely self-contained with its own identity and flair. But to maintain continuity with the existing home’s exterior, the Renovation Consultant proposed some minor modifications to the cladding that would blend the two structures while keeping them defined as separate entities. 
The granny flat and cladding changes needed council approval, so the Renovation Consultant ensured a full and detailed consent application was submitted. Upon review, the council requested complex alterations involving the firewall between the existing home and the proposed extension. These alterations required the expertise of a fire engineer. The Renovation Consultant organised the appropriate professionals, resolved the issue, and consent was eventually granted.

Navigating COVID Challenges

The council wasn’t the only challenge the project was faced with. The Renovation Consultant's team had to work around Auckland’s multiple COVID-related restrictions while the site was under construction, which delayed the finish date by nine weeks. Throughout the disrupted schedule, the Renovation Consultant maintained transparent communication with Kate and Sheryl and did an excellent job keeping things moving when she could, and well organised when she couldn’t.

First Impressions

The granny flat is fantastic and its distinctive personality is obvious from the outset. The entranceway is welcoming; framed in natural timber, a black panel with an etched nature scene provides both privacy and acts as an art piece leading to a mini-patio. 
Grey cladding on the extension matches that on the new gabled entranceway of the main home. Painting a portion of the existing exterior grey has also helped to create an overall cohesive design of the two dwellings, and complements the existing brick facade.

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Chic Interior Design 

Sheryl’s new home has a bright and modern interior that is cosy and inviting. The kitchen has high-end and stylish finishings. Its focal point is the marble herringbone splashback, framed by sleek white cabinetry and stone benchtops. Between the wall unit and the island, there’s plenty of storage and workspace. Utilising the island as a seating area eliminates the need for formal dining and saves room for the spacious lounge. 
Indoor-outdoor flow is a key component in Sheryl’s new home. Exterior doors in both the kitchen and lounge open wide and lead out onto the wrap-around deck, which has enough room for some bohemian patio furniture and a portable aviary for her beloved birds. 
Back inside, timber flooring runs throughout the dwelling, adding design cohesiveness. Timber is also a major element in the bathroom; it frames the mirrored medicine cabinet and has been used in the floating vanity. Chrome finishings and a crisp white ceramic bowl basin provide contrast and balance the design perfectly. 

That’s a Wrap

The Renovation Consultant has provided both a fabulous compact home for Sheryl and a beautifully updated property for Kate. Oriented for full sun, the property has been fully utilised, privacy is ensured, and easy vehicle access has been maintained… decisions that the Renovation Consultant made with careful consideration, as only an expert can. Sheryl loves her airy new home and Kate is ecstatic with the results.
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This project was completed in
June 2022
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Project description
Building a granny flat extension
New Zealand
Project duration
462 days
Cost estimate
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Covid restrictions
Interesting aspects
High-end finishings in the flat and cleverly integrated exteriors
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