A new spin on the traditional Newcastle granny flat

 In Granny Flat Designs

A recent Backyard Grannys designer granny flat project in the Newcastle fringe suburb of Adamstown Heights was unlike anything the team had faced before. The owner, Sue, had very specific ideas of what she wanted when she approached us, and the result is something quite amazing!

A dual skillion roof – a hallmark of our award-winning Silverdale designer granny flat – was almost the only obvious feature from our existing portfolio.

Sue’s goal was to create something unique and we quickly realised that this build would need to have a high level of two-way communication. With this approach, we were able to deliver Sue’s customised granny flat vision in just 13 weeks.


Sue originally resided in the property’s primary dwelling, but it was time to downsize – and she wanted to remain in the area she calls home. It’s a quiet cul-de-sac and nearby Glenrock Reserve is perfect for Sue’s early morning walks. Her ideal solution was to add the granny flat to her existing property, making way for her son and his young family to move into the larger primary dwelling, giving her the bonus of having them close by.

Her passion for walking called for Sue’s first customisation. Sensor lights were added to the flat’s exterior to enhance safety and light a safe passage for those early morning walks. With safety again in mind, a customised 9x2m2 enclosed tiled patio was installed to ensure her grandchildren were not tempted to climb the rear retaining wall.

Inside, the granny flat has become a haven for relaxation with some eye-catching pops of glamour throughout. A diamond-check pattern of black and white tiles made a feature of the bathroom floor, while full-height plain white tiles covered the room’s walls.

The classic look continued with the white vanity cabinet, toilet and bath and oversized silver shower fittings. Unusual for a typical granny flat, room was made to accommodate Sue’s wish for a full-size bathtub. With the stylish bathroom and separate laundry, the space has the sense of a grand house about it, rather than a small home.

Raked ceilings throughout living, kitchen and bedrooms also makes the space much more open. A higher ceiling than most designer granny flats and the addition of louvre windows welcomes in an abundance of natural light, bringing a feeling of warmth and openness, and the illusion of more room.

A light grey carpet in both bedrooms, enhanced by each room’s mirrored built-in robes, continues that feeling of open space. The mirrored sliding doors of the wardrobes, paired with more windows – and in one room, a glass door leading to the patio – carries the light, welcoming theme.

In the kitchen and living rooms, natural-coloured floorboards make way for the incorporation of darker colours. Chocolate-coloured motifs appear in the room’s mosaic splashback and tie in the darker shade of the cupboards and breakfast bar. It was in these rooms Sue added her own touch with further customisations.

In the kitchen, Sue requested a drop-down breakfast bar. In the loungeroom, in-floor power outlets. Both additions were new to the Backyard Grannys team, but easily accommodated. A white drop-down bench was connected to the chocolate-coloured breakfast bar, and in-floor power points have been positioned according to where Sue wants to arrange her lounge furniture.

Outside, small gardens sit along two sides of the new build boarded by access footpaths. The great thing about having a small home added to this Adamstown Heights property is the impact on the yard. Even with two dwellings, there’s still room for gardens and a grassy area for the grandchildren to play.

The result is a beautiful new haven for Sue to enjoy, in her ideal location, with her family close by. It was a great pleasure to help Sue realise her dream custom designed granny flat.

To learn more about our extensive range of fully customisable granny flats, get in touch with the team today. Our years of experience make us a trusted name in the industry.

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