Why you should create a Granny Flat
The old “less is more” saying is applicable to many areas in life, but people are sceptical when they are expected to apply it to living areas. Granny flats are amazing. They allow you to live a comfortable life in a small space, but it’s still a challenge to adjust to that life because it’s a huge change, especially if you’ve lived in a big house. Luckily, there are so many great ways to design your granny flat in such a way that you will be able to maximize the available space as well as the level of comfort.
Colour and Light
You might be a fan of darker and bolder colours, but these don’t work too well with granny flats since they tend to make a space look smaller. Light colour palettes are a better option, but you don’t have to paint everything white in order to open the space up. You can choose light gray, pale yellow and blue, as well as place mirrors on the walls to reflect the natural light. Mirror walls are also a good option: several smaller reflective surfaces put together in a nice shape will bring in more light and look great, too. Try to use more LED lights; they are brighter and will save you money in the long run, and they will also create the illusion of higher ceilings.
A Place of your dreams
You might already have a garden shed you can adapt, but even if you don’t, you can hire professional granny flat builders and work with them on creating a place of your dreams. You can build an outdoor room that also has an outdoor room of its own. A large deck can be used as a dining room when it’s warm and dry outside. Try building a traditional granny flat which resembles a small house, or you can embrace a more contemporary approach and try building a ‘cubic’ home with sharp edges and bright colours. It’s inevitable to become a minimalist, but you can always bring in furniture or décor pieces which are elaborate and elegant in design for a bit more luxury.
Bathroom and Laundry
In order to save space, you can easily combine the laundry room with the bathroom, and throw your dirty clothes into the washing machine right after the shower. You can also build a special compartment in the bathroom allowing you to hide your washer and/or dryer. While tubs are luxurious and elegant, scrubbing them takes a lot of work, so choosing a shower will save you some time as well as plenty of space. Storage vanity is a great way to get some more space, and cupboards are convenient storage spaces too, so don’t hesitate to install several of them.
The simplest and easiest way to extend the living space in your granny flat is to connect it to the outdoor space through glass doors. Not only will they bring in more light and make the room appear bigger, but they will extend your line of sight through the window all the way to the patio or garden outside. It’s a wise move to add a bench space to your kitchen because it will help you with your meal preparations, and a kitchen island is probably the most convenient solution. Since you don’t have a lot of room, you can perhaps try getting your hands on some marble or granite – you won’t need a big piece, and it will look amazing. Surround the island with a few high stools and you’ll have a perfect spot to enjoy your meals.
Living in smaller spaces implies that you will learn to clear out your clutter and embrace minimalism, but it doesn’t mean that you have to compromise on the level of comfort. Express your creativity and allow yourself to consider some design ideas you might not have thought about before. You can easily extend your living areas as well as conceal clutter, play with styles, designs, and colours – the options are numerous, and you can easily create the flat of your dreams.