We shared a broad range of ideas about how you could decorate and design the interior of your Granny flat last post. Often, in paying so much attention to the interior, the exterior gets forgotten. Perhaps this isn’t so important or evident in winter time as you snuggle under your cosy blankets, but, it’s called the Sunny Central Coast for a reason: we love to be outdoors!
There are many reasons as to why one might choose to build a granny flat: it might be to give Granny a home, maybe it’s for an office, or it may well be an investment with future rental plans. Whatever it’s for, spending a little extra time and money on landscape design will be like the cherry on the chocolate cake !
It Doesn’t Cost As Much As You Think
People often try to cut corners on landscaping because they think it’s a waste of money. Why bother when you’re just going to spend your time inside?
Firstly, as we said before, we live on the Central Coast, and when Spring and Summer come around it is almost criminal activity not to be enjoying the great outdoors. Secondly, landscaping can be very simple and discreet, and thus not nearly as expensive as you think. A high quality landscaping project, done with a clever design, will deliver much more in the long run than what you pay for it
A Few Simple Ideas To Get You Started
Turf is the simplest and most effective place to begin. There are three types of turf available, Kikuyu, Couch, and Buffalo.
Buffalo turf is the most versatile, it is native to NSW so it can endure a hot summer while it also has an excellent shade tolerance. It doesn’t need much maintenance, so if you’re planning to rent out your granny flat, this is a great option.
Kikuyu is slightly cheaper but requires lots of warm weather, so it won’t perform as well in shadier environments. It also requires more maintenance to keep it pristine, so if gardening isn’t your thing, perhaps this isn’t the one for you.
Couch turf is deliciously soft, making it perfect for bare foot walks, picnics, or playing some grass footy in the backyard. It is the most affordable of the turfs, however, it needs lots of sunshine and water and will likely brown in the winter. If there’s sun, and you find maintenance a pleasurable job, this grass is a winner!
Walkways And Driveways
If your new flat is for Granny, then you’ll want your walkways to have an obvious connection to the house. A walkway is an invitation, and depending on where it is situated will depend on how it is perceived.
If the aim is for the flat to be a separate abode, then your walkways, and possibly your driveway, needs to reflect that too. A well designed walkway which provides a sense of separation will give tenants a sense of privacy and autonomy.
These need not cost much: a few well placed pavings with turf in between, or even some compressed gravel will add a charm to your property that might stun you!
A well placed fence will add a sense of professionalism to your Granny Flat, while also providing a sense of privacy and even a sense of safety. Similarly to the walkways, the purpose of your tiny abode will dictate where and how you will position your fence.
You don’t need to build the Great Wall of China! Often, a simple wood panelled facade will do the trick just right!
We’ve talked about the garden before here, which will add wonders to your Granny Flat. But there are a few other simple options that will set your landscaping apart. Perhaps a small water feature could be nestled into a corner somewhere, or an outdoor bird pool to bring some of the gorgeous sounds of the Central Coast straight to your back door.
If you really want to go for it, find a place for an outdoor bath! There’s nothing so relaxing as a warm outdoor bath looking up at the stars, although we get that that might be a little extravagant for Granny, not that she wouldn’t love it!
At the end of the day, the point is simple: take time to think and dream about the landscaping for your Granny Flat. It will not only add to the feel of your main home, but will raise its value too!