Granny flat at The Entrance helps grandma stay comfortable and close to the whole family

 In Granny Flats Central Coast, Granny Flats Lake Macquarie
Just an hour and a half north of Sydney, the Entrance is so much more than a gateway to another destination! Anja, Adrian and their two sons have called this beauty of a neighbourhood home for years. Surrounded by sand and sea, it’s no surprise Anja’s mother eventually decided to join them at 42 Oakland Ave, unpacking her bags for good.

celebrating the Entrance granny flat

After selling her home in Western Sydney, Anja’s mother moved in with the young family so that she could be closer to her loved ones. But housing three generations under one roof is a lot easier said than done!

Following a few years of restricted living space, Anja and Adrian were keen to find an affordable and convenient way to create some extra room. That’s when the idea to build a granny flat behind their house came to life. The best of both worlds, her mother would be able to enjoy her own space again while remaining only a few steps away from the entire family.

It was time to tear down that shed in the backyard and build something bigger and better.

There’s lots of room for loved ones in this spacious granny flat

Anja and Adrian chose the wonderful Allambee design for their granny flat. 15 weeks and a few upgrades later, this open-plan granny flat design is now the perfect home for Anja’s mother.

The Entrance granny flat features a dual skillion roof that extends over a deck on the front façade. Complete with an aluminium handrail and pine entry stairs, the granny flat’s exterior includes a lovely, sheltered area for outdoor relaxation all year round.

Inside are two stylish bedrooms, a large bathroom and a generously-sized living area with high ceilings and plenty of room for grandchildren! But its kitchen space is the real show stopper, featuring glossy white splashback tiling, oak vinyl flooring and stone bench tops. Anja’s mother can keep the bugs out too, thanks to the fly screen-hinged front door with aluminium mesh.

The standout products used for this granny flat at the Entrance include:

  •         James Hardie Hardieplank 230mm in Shale Grey
  •         Treated pine decking in Beach House Grey
  •         Aluminium handrails in White
  •         Hunter Valley Roller Blinds in Vivid White throughout the property (except in bathroom)
  •         Hume Range Newington XN5 front door in Frosted White with fly screen
  •         Fibreglass Windows in Pearl White
  •         Powder coated 1800-tall privacy screen
  •         EssaStone benchtop in Limestone Cape
  •         Matte finish cabinetry in Asphalt and Malibu
  •         Stacked splashback kitchen tiles in Gloss White
  •         CAO6X Artusi 60cm Built-In Electric Oven
  •         Bathroom tiles in Gloss White – 1200mm on all walls and 2100mm in the shower
  •         Charcoal Berber Grid carpets in both bedrooms
  •         CACC1 Artusi Electric Cooktop
  •         ASO600RX Artusi Slideout Rangehood
  •         Panel Sliding Door Robes in both bedrooms
  •         Daytek External Fold Down Clothesline in Iron Grey
  •         66mm pencil round skirting and architraves
  •         Internal LED downlights throughout and fan light in the living area
  •         Midea 170L Electric Heat Pump
  •         Whiteley Toilet Suite with P&W 80mm
  •         Fiesta Shower Mixer Economy in Chrome
  •         Fiesta Basin Mixer Vanity sink tapware in Chrome
  •         Bevelled edge mirror in bathroom to fit the vanity

Flood-proofing the granny flat


Due to certain site conditions, there were a few hiccups along the way to creating this gem of a granny flat.

The downside to being surrounded by water on almost all sides is the risk of flooding (let’s face it: there’s no point in building a beautiful home if it’ll end up underwater!). To ensure this granny flat would remain above the region’s flood zone at all times, our design and approval team investigated the appropriate height required to build the floor level before we got down to business.

Another obstacle to overcome was the tight access in the front yard and side driveway, which was quite a challenge for slab pouring and large deliveries like roofing. But that didn’t hold us back. When required, we brought additional teams on site to assist us in moving all materials directly to the safe areas. Looking at the final results, there’s no doubt that calling in the extra reinforcements was worth it!

Ready to build a granny flat in your own backyard?

These days, Anja and Adrian continue to live in the main house on their property, which is entirely separate from Anja’s mother’s granny flat. Both households can now enjoy their own peace and quiet, while staying as close as ever.

All in all, this granny flat gave Anja, Adrian and the rest of their family the space they needed without the distance. The ideal solution for anyone wishing to welcome grandparents into their house permanently without compromising on comfort, a granny flat is a true home of its own.

If you’re thinking about building a granny flat in the Central Coast or Lake Macquarie, chat to the experts at Backyard Grannys today!

download the floor plan for this granny flat at the entrance
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