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Granny flats & extended living

Updated: Mar 7, 2020

There is a looming future aged care housing shortage as Australia’s population is ageing,

with older Australians a growing proportion of the total population.

In 2017, 15% of Australians (3.8 million) were aged 65 and over. By 2057, it is projected

there will be 8.8 million older people in Australia (22% of the population); by 2097, 12.8

million people (25%) will be aged 65 and over (Source: AIHW).

There is currently a lack of adequate age care accommodation funded by the Australian

Government. And the rising cost of living makes saving for retirement a distant threat.

In anticipation of the future aged care housing shortage, the Federal Government has

pressed for both State and Local Governments to simplify the regulation of granny flat

construction on existing blocks of land with houses.

The regulations vary from state to state, all granny flats are required to conform to the

Australian Building Code. In NSW, WA, the NT, Tasmania and the ACT you can rent your

granny flat out to people other than family members. VIC and SA currently don’t allow

rentals, but the Victorian government is reviewing the rules around granny flats in light of

Melbourne’s housing affordability crisis. However, with access to affordable housing

becoming an increasing concern, it could be a matter of time before all states and

territories accommodate extended living.

Extended living or Granny flats build in a family property can represent an excellent

alternative for the elderly who wish to downsize but retain some control of their

independence, funds and living arrangements. It also offers reassurance to both the

elderly and family members to provide adequate care, companionship, family support

while still maintaining privacy and independent living.

Inoutside has seen a growth in enquiries to cater towards extended living, with options to add in bathroom and kitchen facilities now available in our builds to accommodate these requests. Our builds take into considering comfort, stylish designs, natural lighting, insulation and quality standards. Our materials are Australian-made, backs a 10-year warranty, and offers stylish design options including Western Red Cedar, Shadowclad and Colorbond for a beautifully crafted result.

These outdoor rooms are often viewed as permanent structures and grow as the family

grows. With versatile options, it can accommodate as an extra guest room for visitors,

teenage retreats, Airbnb to rent out for a passive income stream as well as a granny-flat.

Inoutside offers customers the flexibility to purchase a DIY installation or full installation.

Once a customer chooses a design, the fabrication process takes approximately 8 weeks

to be manufactured in our factory before it is delivered. The kit is packaged as a ‘flat-pack’ or prefabricated section to ensure quick installation and easier delivery without the hassle and expenses in using a crane.

However, Inoutside can also offer the complete Crane in package whereby your extra

space is ready to be lived in immediately if the block has the correct access potential. In

essence pop up living!!

Our team can offer a turn-key build; from taking care of council approvals to fabrication and arranging plumbing or electrical wiring to get customers into their room with minimum fuss. Installation is available in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Adelaide.

Inoutside makes the process to create a bespoke design, easy and hassle-free! Our unique design software enables us to design and customise to your footprint and specifications.

Explore our various designs and view our range of styles, colours and options on our

website at or email for further enquiries.



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