Granny flat construction may seem, on the surface, as simple as allocating space on your property and hiring granny flat builders to commence the project but this is incorrect. While granny flat construction may not be as intensive as the construction of a principal building, it still takes several steps for the project to go off without a hitch. Once you have established the preliminary design of the structure, your contractors will then go through the drawings to establish the layout of the granny flat. The granny flat builders will then apply and acquire the needed permits and then go ahead with organizing all the building supplies for the construction to begin. This article breaks down the anatomy of granny flat construction once the builders are ready to start.
Site and foundation preparation
The first step towards granny flat building is getting the location prepared for the structure. This process begins by eliminating all external elements such as trees, shrubbery and so on. The granny flat builders will then begin to excavate the site, grade it and level it in preparation for the laying of the foundation. Most granny flat foundations comprise of a concrete slab. Thus, the builders will pour the concrete onto the excavated and levelled site and this will be left to cure. At this stage, you can see a semblance of the granny flat's layout.
After the concrete has cured into the slab foundation, the builders can move on to the installation of the frames. This step is crucial since the frames function as the skeleton of what the granny flat will be. If the frames are not sturdy, all materials added to them will lead to the collapse of the granny flat. For this reason, it is advisable to opt for steel frames for your granny flat, as this material is both strong and durable. Once the frames are in place, the various rooms in the granny flat will be distinguishable since the framing will outline where the walls and the roof will be.
Exterior and interior set up
The moment the framing is in place, your granny flat builders can proceed to work on the exterior and interior of the structure. Exterior works include the installation of the roofing, the doors and the windows. A clean-up is then performed after the installation of the elements. Once the clean-up is complete and the structure has been inspected for stability, the interior set-up can start. The contractors will begin by installing both the wall and ceiling insulation. The walls are then put into place and both the inside and outside of the structure are painted. If timber supplies were employed, it is at this moment that termite treatments will be applied to the structure too.
Hello, my name is Carl and this is my construction and contractor blog. I do not work in the construction business but last year, my wife and I had a lot of work carried out on our summer home which is located on the Gold Coast. Winter storms had damaged the roof and a couple of seabirds had made a nest in there. The place was a real mess but thankfully the contractors did a great job of repairing the roof and fixing up the damage to the loft space. I learn a lot during the repairs so I decided to start a new blog. Enjoy!