We are in the process of buying a property which has this large shed at the end of the garden. The block is a fair size at 1200sqm so ideally we would like to convert this into a type fo granny flat - the shed is 9m x 4.5m - really for our son to use more of as he gets older and for somewhere for friends to stay.
I was thinking of double doors to replace the roller doors and a large window where the smaller window is, relacing the roof with colourbond and then painting it a light grey with white trim and maybe adding a deck to the front.
Does anyone have any advice on the process and planning?
This looks like it has fantastic potential @Angelina.
I'm sure Workshop members will be able to assist. You might also find these previous discussions helpful:
Hope that helps get you started.
Thanks Jason! Those links are great resources! Will do some reading now! Getting exicted about the idea of creatiing! Thanks!
The exterior walls are weatherboard, they look the same colour and material as the house. Inside it is as basic as can be, concrete floor and just a framework of wood and metal.
I have beenon the phone to council this week and finally have an answer, which is that we can probbaly put a toilet and sink in there, but myabe not a full bathroom and kitchen. Which is fine. There are edrooms plus a study in the main house and only 3 of us, so we're not despertae to create another dwelling, but it would have been nice to have the option.
Anyhow, from the building inspection the walls are timber frame with hardiplank cladding and the roof is corrugated steel and polycarbonate sheeting. So no asbetstos which is a relief!
Love the ideas on the colours, we want to ideally tie it in with the same colours on the house, which a nice light grey wall, white trim and maybe a dark roof would be so nice. Just need to pay for it all now.
We move in in 5 weeks, so am in full on planning nad list maing mood - very excited and feeling relieved to have a community of advise and expertise to help me guide me through this unknown and bewildering process!
Before you get started you have to consider whether the existing timber framing has an flashing or barrier to prevent termites in the future. Most sheds or garages do not have such a barrier because the internal walls were meant to remain showing the timber framing and because termites don't like being exposed to light and so this is fine. However as soon as you sheet the walls with gyprock you've created the dark environment that will attract termites. The other thing on the same vein is to consider water and if there is any damp around the structure ensure you have effective guttering and that water flows away from the structure. No point converting the shed if it's going to rot away.
Great advice @Gksalman, many thanks for joining in the discussion. It sounds as though you have a lot of knowledge and experience to share and we look forward to reading more of your posts soon. We hope you also get loads of helpful information and inspiration for your projects from our members.
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Hello @Angelina, I was wondering how far you have progressed with your granny flat. If it is finished we at the workshop community would love to see the final results! Hope to hear from you soon.