A wow-factor build for Central Coast granny flat
Backyard Grannys was recently a return visitor to Watkin Avenue in Woy Woy on the beautiful NSW Central Coast, completing our second Central Coast granny flat in the street.
The Sydney-based client wanted to create a new home that met all the access needs of their sister, whose mobility is limited. At the centre of the project was the need to ensure the space was fully accessible so a range of customisations were incorporated into the design of the granny flat.
One of our unique L-Shape designs was chosen for this granny flat and it features a separate laundry which also has internal and external access.
The dwelling needed to be built-up to avoid disturbing underground plumbing and waterpipes. Rather than building stairs to connect the yard to the home, we created a ramp from treated pine and vinyl planks – ensuring maximum quality and usability, and compliance with disability standards regarding ramp gradient and appropriate landings. This ramp was skirted by a sturdy wooden handrail, adding a little extra safety for the tenant.
To ensure further ease of access, two glass sliding doors provide dual entryways into the granny flat – one to the bedroom and another to the spacious open-plan kitchen, lounge and dining areas. A large window with user-friendly blinds ensures the living area is bathed in natural light, whilst another smaller window lights up the kitchen. A sink, dishwasher, stovetop and oven were built into the space. The light grey and white colour scheme reflects this warmth and gives the large area a homey touch.
The bedrooms echo this light feeling; one bedroom features a medium window and large mirror-door cupboards, the other fit with a similar window and the aforementioned glass-sliding door, complete with floor to ceiling blinds. Both come fitted with ceiling fans to keep the space cool, even during the warmer months.
Grey tiles were the perfect choice for the bathroom floor, which has been lowered for the tenant’s convenience. Again, a small bathroom window and white walls carry on the bright theme. A mobility-friendly handheld showerhead has been installed in the frameless glass and tile shower stall and a slim-line vanity unit makes for a clutter-free space.
James Hardie Newport cladding was used on the granny flat exterior which, when paired with the grand white and exposed timber ramp, gives the home a classic look.
Despite the project having a number of custom modern elements in comparison to our usual builds, we delivered the turn key Central Coast granny flat, read to occupy in just 13 weeks.
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