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If you are looking for an interesting way to increase the liveable space in your home, you
should consider a granny flat. While great for elderly relatives who aren’t ready to give up
their independence but want to remain close to their loved ones, they can also be used for a
variety of other reasons, like a teenage retreat, additional living room or even as a man cave
for when the footy is on.
While construction can be expensive if building a new structure from scratch, there are cost-
saving measures you can take, such as repurposing a used shipping container and creating
a modern looking granny flat with an industrial-style twist.
Planning and approval
Like any infrastructure project, granny flats require appropriate permits form your local
council before you begin construction. In some areas, they may not be allowed at all as they
don’t meet the proper zoning requirements for the district. With that in mind, it’s important to
contact your local council and obtain the correct planning permits and approvals before
committing to any building projects, or you could end up with an empty shipping container in
If you live in New South Wales, the NSW Government have made granny flats easier to build
by allowing you to build one in all residential zones and with the accelerated approval
process of just 10 days. For the rest of Australia, it’s on a council by council basis.
Very little construction required
Unlike traditional dwellings, very little construction is required when creating a granny flat
from an existing shipping container, which helps to keep the costs down. While a level base
is still required for your shipping container to rest upon, this can be achieved simply with a
low-cost decking. This also makes the granny flat easy to remove in the future if you choose
to sell and your new residents don’t wish to keep your granny flat.
Any modifications of the shipping container, such as insulation, windows, doors or internal walls is something that the team at CBOX Containers can organise for you. Get in touch with us today for a free quote.
Shipping containers are becoming more frequently used in new buildings. While mostly due
to their low cost in comparison to traditional construction, we believe it’s also related to their
aesthetic appeal. With a nice coat of paint and the right design, you can add a level of
modern, industrial chic to your home.