FAQs2020-12-07T22:24:10+11:00

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

HOW DO I KNOW IF MY BLOCK IS SUITABLE?2020-12-07T22:24:26+11:00

General requirements for a suitable block to build a granny flat are:

  • Maximum floor area 60m2
  • Blocks 450m2 or greater
  • Land zoned residential
  • 3m rear set back from property boundary (for blocks 900m2 & under)
IS IT DIFFICULT TO GET COUNCIL APPROVAL?2020-12-07T22:24:26+11:00

No! The government is encouraging the construction of granny flats in most areas via ‘Complying Development Applications’.

Under Complying Development, approvals can be obtained as quickly as 10 working days (if your property meets the criteria for Complying Development).

If your property is not suitable for Complying Development then a Development Application can be lodged with your local council.

CAN I BUILD A GRANNY FLAT ANYWHERE?2016-12-14T07:21:31+11:00

In most cases yes. However it’s best to purchase an up-to-date Section 149 (versions 2 & 5) Planning Certificate from your local council. This will confirm whether or not there are any specific restrictions on your block that may prevent you building a granny flat.

P J Cook Building can also happily arrange for a Section 149 (versions 2 & 5) on your behalf for a fee of only $133

ARE FEES INVOLVED FOR THE FIRST SITE INSPECTION?2020-12-07T22:24:26+11:00

No.

Simply call P J Cook Building on 0406 299 318 to arrange a time and we will meet you onsite to examine your block suitability & complete a site measure of your chosen design

DO WE HAVE TO CHOOSE A DESIGN FROM THE STANDARD RANGE?2020-12-07T22:24:26+11:00

No.

Our design team can customise one of our standard designs to suit your own personal requirements and budget.

Alternatively, you can choose from our large range of standard 2 bedroom designs. We have over

[21] 2 bedroom designs so you are destined to find a suitable design that works for you, your budget & your backyard
DO YOU BUILD ON-SITE OR ARE YOUR DESIGNS TRANSPORTABLE KIT HOMES?2016-12-14T07:11:58+11:00

All of our granny flats are mini versions of new homes & are built onsite. We do not build kit homes

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?2020-04-08T19:23:26+10:00

Once the slab is poured onsite, the construction process can take 12 weeks to complete a standard 2 bedroom granny flat [guide only]

DO YOU PROVIDE SEPARATE WATER & ELECTRICITY METERS?2016-12-14T06:56:15+11:00

Yes.

Refer to your BC4 contract for specific details on these inclusions

CAN I BUILD ON A BATTLE-AXE BLOCK?2016-12-14T06:51:31+11:00

Yes.

Providing the laneway to your property is at least 3m wide and the dimensions of your lot (excluding the area for the laneway) is at least 12m x 12m

WHAT DOES ‘COMPLYING DEVELOPMENT’ MEAN?2016-12-14T06:49:21+11:00

If your block & granny flat design meet the relevant criteria outlined in the SEPP then a private certifier can approve the plans on behalf of Council within just 10 working days of lodgement

WHAT IS THE MAXIMUM SIZE OF A GRANNY FLAT?2016-12-14T06:48:08+11:00

The maximum size is 60 square metres – excluding carports, patio, alfresco areas, etc.

DO YOU BUILD SLAB ON GROUND?2016-12-19T05:36:08+11:00

Yes.

Most granny flats and homes are built on a slab on ground. However if your block is in a flood affected area or your land contours are slopey, we may suggest to build on piers.  This decision is dependent on your site conditions

CAN I SELECT BRICK VENEER?2016-12-14T06:44:38+11:00

Yes.

Brick veneer is an additional cost. If you elect to use brick veneer, the interior floor space is reduced by 3-4 square meters as the overall area is measured from outside of building to outside of building

DO WE NEED TO ARRANGE THE APPROVAL?2016-12-14T06:41:26+11:00

No.

The P J Cook Building team handle the entire process from design to handover

DO WE NEED TO PROVIDE ANY DOCUMENTS TO OBTAIN A QUOTE?2016-12-14T06:40:30+11:00

Ideally yes.

We recommended you send us the following documents so that we can confidently provide you with the correct information & design ideas.

  • An up-to-date Section 149 planning certificate [versions 2 & 5] or the full copy of purchase of sale & any other relevant information
  • Contour survey to AHD level
  • Any council existing sewer diagrams or any other relevant information
HOW LONG UNTIL CONSTRUCTION COMMENCES ON-SITE?2020-04-08T19:24:20+10:00

Once preliminary contracts are signed, our experienced team can commence work onsite with 6-8 weeks for complying development approvals [guide only]

CAN WE CHOOSE OUR OWN COLOURS & FINISHES?2016-12-14T06:37:14+11:00

Yes. We have a large range of external 3D facades & materials to choose from.

WHAT ABOUT WARRANTIES & GUARANTEES2016-12-14T06:35:50+11:00

All appliances come with manufacturer 24 month warranty.

Bathroom & laundry items come with a Reece Plumbing manufacture 12 month warranty.

HWS comes with a Reece Plumbing manufacture 10 year warranty.

There is a 6 year structural warranty following our maintenance period which is 13 weeks/upon practical completion.

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