A granny flat is a perfect way to make sure your elderly relative is able to live comfortably when they can no longer manage in your home. However, if your loved one moves out or sadly is no longer with you, then you can end up with a granny flat that you have built but no longer use.
No one likes to have a space that isn’t being utilized in their house. Even if a granny flat is not being used for its intended purposes, that doesn’t mean the space is useless.
Here are some alternative uses for granny flats.
What Is A Granny Flat?
A granny flat is an extension or refurbishment done on your home and converts a section of your house into a fully functional home. These are often designed to help older people manage their home early and have everything you would need in a home-like a working kitchen and bathroom.
Granny flats can sometimes be expensive to have put into your house, but once you have one there are many alternative uses for granny flats when it is not in use.
Alternative Uses For Granny Flats
It Can Add Value To Your House
Like a granny annexe, a granny flat can make a great addition to a home and can even increase the value of your home if ever you try and sell it.
Building a granny flat can take a lot of time and money and it can be a very invasive process if you constantly have builders working in your home. This is why some people prefer to move into a house that already has this modification.
It’s not just granny flats that add to the value and it will still increase the asking price for your house if you have the granny flat turned into something else instead.
It Makes A Great Space For Hosting Guests
If you are having family or friends stay over it can sometimes be a pain to work out the logistics of where everyone will sleep and will you have enough bathrooms.
With a granny flat, you already have a perfect space for entertaining guests and it’s kept somewhat separate from the main house meaning your guests won’t feel like they are intruding and everyone can have their own space.
They Make A Great Starter Home For Young People Whilst They Save
If you have a grown-up child who is struggling to save for a house, then they might want to keep living at home while they save up. A granny flat can make a great starter home for your child to live in during this time.
It has everything they could possibly need and helps them get used to having their own home and keeping their independence, but none of the extra cost and hidden fees that con sometimes costs when renting from a private landlord.
A Granny Flat Doesn’t Have To Be Used As A Flat
Of course, a granny flat has been purpose build to work as a living space, but that doesn’t have to be the case. If you are willing to redecorate or even refurbish the granny flat, there are other things the space can be used for.
Make A Home Office
Now more and more of us are working from home you might find that working from the kitchen table doesn’t cut it and you need a home office. A granny flat can be perfect for exactly this.
With a granny flat you not only have space for all the office equipment you need to but you can also keep certain features, like an ensuite bathroom so that everything you need is practically in one room.
A granny flat also makes a great home office because it is slightly separate from the rest of the house, especially if your granny flat is a converted athletic or garage. By keeping the home office separate from the main house, you can find it much easier to separate your work life from your home life.
Use It As A Den or ‘Man Cave’
A granny flat can also be used as a casual hang out space or a space for entertaining. This is a great idea if you have children or teenagers, and it can be a good idea for them to have their own space in the house.
You can use the granny flat for something like a games room and relegate all the games consoles and other playthings into this room. This way you can have your quiet space in the main house and they can have their space in the granny late and no one has to argue over space.
Get In Touch
If you would like to find out more about granny annexes, get in touch with Family Annexe. We have six unique annexe models available, each providing a safe and cost-effective solution to elderly care.
Family Annexe has an efficient seven-step process, designed to make your annexe experience stress-free and enjoyable. This starts with a free, no-obligation consultation!