Why you should avoid transportable granny flats and cabins
Secondary dwellings are always valuable additions. It is a nice way of making the most out of your lot. You have more livable space where teens or grandpas can reside undisturbed. A small structure is what comes to the mind when you hear of ‘granny flats.’ However, granny flats can be in several forms. First, it can be ideal picture which is a detached house within the yard. Second, it could be an independent structure extended from the primary home. Third, it could be a garage conversion. Lastly, it can also be a cabin which is portable. Your option depends on what will work best for you.
Transportable granny flats come with a number of benefits including flexibility, no need for expensive foundations, use as storage homes and cheaper to acquire. However, there is the other side of portable cabins that could make you change your mind. Here are some reasons why.
We have already said that the portable cabins do not require foundations. However, the foundations play an important role in construction. They help the building settle and provide stability to the building. Without the foundation, the cabin is vulnerable to shifting. The integrity of the structure could also be misaligned so that doors seem not to shut as expected. Many will prefer to have a concrete slab below the cabin which in itself is an added cost.
Some areas are prone to winds. And not just any winds but strong ones. In such areas, there is a risk of the house being blown away. You don’t want to feel insecure inside your home. Everybody wants a house where they are comfortable. You may still require further stability features in the form of augers. This method helps to hold down the house securing it.
Under the affordable rental housing SEPP, it is impossible to approve cabins. That is because they are not categorised under buildings. Mobile structures are not regarded as buildings according to the department housing. However, all is not lost. You can still get them approved through the local government act section 68. It should also be noted that relocatable homes are considered illegal in most of the local councils. Before you buy one, ensure that it is allowed within your region. After approval via section 68, then you may not require construction certificate.