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Versatile Granny Flats – this is our story, what drives us and what we aim to achieve…

Versatile Granny Flats help people just like you to build projects as small as granny flats to houses and commercial projects; alleviating much of the stress and lessening the risk. At Versatile Granny Flats, we look after your building project just like we would our own. We can help you with projects built using modular building systems, weatherboard or brick veneer (on a concrete slab or on a galvanised chassis). 

Versatile Granny Flats is a family owned and operated business and was created in 2011 with the initial idea of offering the domestic market an opportunity to build affordable housing by supplying a commercial grade modular panel system at a very affordable cost.

IMG_7425Although our initial idea was to assist people to build affordable granny flats so that more elderly people could live close to family rather than having to move into ‘often less than appealing’ aged care facilities; we have found that our business these days predominantly comes from home owners wanting to turn spare unused backyard space into an extra income and investors wanting a great return on their investment. Either way Versatile Granny Flats are proud that we are still helping to provide low cost housing opportunities that ensure the people that end-up living in Versatile Granny Flats are comfortable in a home that we would be proud to live in ourselves.

Versatile Granny Flats are still striving to encourage people to build versatile granny flats for their loved ones to live in as we believe it’s a win-win situation for both parties. Often having your elderly loved one’s living in their own home within your backyard not only ensures that in the latter part of their lives that they are feeling loved and cared for, but it also makes life easier for the you as the carer by saving time that would have otherwise been spent running to and from an aged care facility visiting and generally checking-up on your loved one’s.

The passion that drove all involved with Versatile Granny Flats back in 2011 is still the same passion that drives us today. We strive to ensure that we are providing quality living conditions for the people that rent or live in our versatile granny flats. We are also passionate about customer service and we will continue to provide a warm, friendly and honest experience for all that come in contact with us.

By choice…..Versatile Granny Flats are not builders! Versatile Granny Flats offer a ‘One-Stop-Shop’ by assisting with all paperwork required to obtain approval to build through to assisting to obtain the required Occupancy Certificate and providing all required building plans and materials. We introduce our clients to ‘trusted builders’ and other service providers and we oversee the entire project to ensure that our clients are looked-after every step of the way.

Here’s why Versatile Granny Flats have chosen to structure our business the way that we have:

We personally felt that if we only sold our versatile granny flats product in kit form and left it up to our clients to find private certifiers, engineers, surveyors and builders they would be at risk of paying too much, would have to work their way through a mountain of paperwork at various stages throughout the project and would possibly end-up with a builder that didn’t make their project a priority.

So, one of the main benefits to the way that we at Versatile Granny Flats have chosen to structure our business is that Versatile Granny Flats build quality relationships with the above mentioned service providers and secure the best prices and quality of service for our clients. We align ourselves with ‘like-minded’ people in business because we know they will care about our clients as much as we do and this is the feedback that Versatile Granny Flats receive from clients on a regular basis. Our service providers enjoy a regular stream of business from Versatile Granny Flats and therefore they strive to ensure that our clients are always their priority. We do regular inspections throughout the construction phase so that we can ensure that the quality of all completed Versatile Granny Flats are to the highest standard.

This is what Versatile Granny Flats will do to help you…

  1. Versatile Granny Flats provide a FREE Site Inspection so that we get an understanding of the site and your requirements. We then gather all information required (specific to your site) which enables us to provide you with an accurate written quote. When Versatile Granny Flats provide your written quote, we detail exactly what is and isn’t included and there are no ‘hidden surprises’ later.
  2. Versatile Granny Flats can obtain all of the paperwork and reports necessary to apply for and gain approval to build in the form of either a Complying Development Certificate through a private certifier or for your Development Application with council. Versatile Granny Flats recommend that our clients use private certifiers wherever possible as they process the applications a lot faster and cost less than doing a full DA through council. If you prefer to obtain the necessary documents and reports yourself, Versatile Granny Flats will help navigate you through the process so that you can save a little bit of money.
  3. Versatile Granny Flats will refer you to Service Providers such as surveyor’s, private certifier’s and DA consultants that are not only good at what they do but are well trusted and will pass-on the ‘group saving’ that they offer to our clients.
  4. Included in Versatile Granny Flats pricing (once you have paid a 10% deposit on the cost of materials only), we will have architectural and civil engineering drawings (Hydraulics & Footings) prepared and will also have the plans drawn-up for clients that chose to have a galvanised chassis. These documents will be sent to you for your final approval and will then be provided to the private certifier or DA consultant for submission to council. Versatile Granny Flats have the expertise to know how to adapt our plans to suit your specific site requirements and of course your personal preferences. Initial changes to architectural plans are at no extra charge, we want to ensure that your versatile granny flat is perfectly suited to your needs.
  5. Once Versatile Granny Flats have sent off all of the information required by the private certifier to obtain building approval, we will then be issued with the Complying Development Certificate on your behalf. Versatile Granny Flats will then mobilise your project which involves ordering of all building materials (including manufacture of chassis and modular wall panels for those clients that wish to build with the modular system).  For clients that choose the modular building system, their new versatile granny flats will be ready in approximately four to five weeks for 1 bed or six to seven weeks for a 2 bed. The time of course will take longer for larger projects or for projects constructed using traditional building methods and materials.
  6. During the mobilisation process Versatile Granny Flats will introduce you to trusted builders at which time we will arrange for you to sign a ‘HIA Building Contract’. We entrust our projects to one very dedicated building team that are fully insured, provide Home Warranty Insurance and that have never let us down on a job. Of course, you are under no obligation to use Versatile Granny Flats recommended builders. We are happy to assist your builders if you prefer. Versatile Granny Flats provide regular quality control inspections as your building is being constructed and we liaise with the builders on your behalf on almost daily basis.
  7. When versatile granny flats are complete, including kitchen, bathroom, flooring and painting, we will then do an inspection prior to handover to ensure that we are happy with the finish. Versatile Granny Flats are confident that you will be very happy to accept the keys to your new building with confidence. Versatile Granny Flats rely on word-of-mouth business rather than spending our clients money on lots of marketing and advertising material and programs. Versatile Granny Flats are also happy to introduce you to current clients so that they can tell you about their experience with us.

Versatile Granny Flats care about our community…

At Versatile Granny Flats we believe in giving back to the community and as we have personally had cancer touch our lives and take away those that we love, we have chosen to support The Australian Cancer Research Foundation ( by donating a percentage of our profits each time we mobilise a  project. Versatile Granny Flats client’s are given the choice of either having the donation made in their name or in the name of a loved-one that they have lost. A message is then sent to Versatile Granny Flats clients via ACRF, to acknowledge their contribution.

As Versatile Granny Flats grows, so will the list of community organisations and charities that we help.

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