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Ideas needed for use of a granny flat?!

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Fizzielove Fri 15-Apr-16 10:18:27

I need idea on what to do with the granny flat when we move into my late parents and grandparents house!

It's separated only by a normal internal house door via a corridor.

We are currently using it as storage but that's a complete waste!

I know you guys are full of wisdom and great ideas! Inspire me please?

gleam Fri 15-Apr-16 10:23:36

Guest space?
Teenage den?

InSpaceNooneCanHearYouScream Fri 15-Apr-16 10:24:51

Well, my 'annexe' is directly off the back of my living room. We've turned the WC into a cupboard, the bedroom into a utility room, and biggest room into a second reception room/ games room/den

monkeysox Fri 15-Apr-16 10:26:06

Make it into usable rooms or you'll have to pay another lot of council tax on it confused

canyou Fri 15-Apr-16 10:27:49

Laundry room and pantry. Play room, use a baby monitor to hear dc.
Guest space

HeyMacWey Fri 15-Apr-16 10:28:37

Teen den
Short term let to international students

I'd make it into my sewing/hobby area.

PandasRock Fri 15-Apr-16 10:28:44

Games room/den/play area depending on age of children. Or a homework/study area.

We have a one bedroom annexe - not large, just a self contained studio. We will be turning it into an indoor ply area - think mini softplay - because that is what suits our family needs for the next 10 years or so.

The next most needed thing is a study area - full desk/computer/printer set up for homework, along with all the reference books etc.

Next on my list would be a sewing/crafting room

Fizzielove Fri 15-Apr-16 10:29:46

So to help with ideas. The house is a converted bungalow with bedrooms upstairs. The granny flat is attached to the end of the bungalow so as far away from the living as you can get. It contains an ensuite bedroom, kitchen and living room. Other than for guests ( we never really have any ) I don't know what to do with it. And if it sits empty I'm sure it will start to decay IYSWIM plus FIL might get ideas about moving in!!!!

OiWithThePoodlesAlready Fri 15-Apr-16 10:30:45

If you need the money you could air bnb it.

FruStefanOla Fri 15-Apr-16 10:33:46

Get a lodger?

chuntersalot Fri 15-Apr-16 10:41:27

Ideal space to rent out for extra income smile

Ours has had a variety of uses. Used as a Granny Flat until Mum died 10 years ago. Since then we have used it as guest accommodation, rented it out, lived in by a family member when they needed temporary accommodation.

At the moment it is not in use but next use will either be teen pad or rented out again.

PrimalLass Fri 15-Apr-16 10:45:23

I would use it as a bedroom, dressing room and ensuite for you. When your kids get older it is nice to have bedroom space away from them IYSWIM wink

Get rid of the kitchen.

OurBlanche Fri 15-Apr-16 10:47:47

That would be my craft/sewing workroom and office, gym. Probably turn it into the most used space in the house smile

PrimalLass Fri 15-Apr-16 10:52:53

Alternatively I'd have a big games room for the kids - table tennis, xbox etc.

TreadSoftlyOnMyDreams Fri 15-Apr-16 10:59:25

How old are you and your kids?

Charlesroi Fri 15-Apr-16 11:41:43

I'd rent it out to a lodger and use the extra cash to fund holidays, savings or overpay the mortgage (if you have one)

It could be a useful area for teenagers?

KingJoffreyLikesJaffaCakes Fri 15-Apr-16 11:43:58

Rent to students from exotic lands?

meatloaf Fri 15-Apr-16 11:45:15

Craft room

Laidupwithabrokenleg Fri 15-Apr-16 11:53:59

Is it near the kitchen? Could you do some nice open plan kitchen, dining, family room thing? Have you got a rough floor plan you could add to get ideas?

vvviola Fri 15-Apr-16 11:59:05

My parents had a granny flat at their place. Completely self contained. Before I found them their part time lodger (a lovely Scandanavian lady who I used to work with, who comes here to escape the winters where she lives), DM had planned to set it up as an afterschool teenager's club. e.g. 12/13/14yo come up after school, do homework (set up bedroom as study area), have a snack, watch some TV until parents can collect them.

I thought it was an inspired idea for using the space without having to have people living there...

BarbaraofSeville Fri 15-Apr-16 11:59:12

Is the rest of the house big enough for your needs?

If so, rent it out - is there any demand for a Monday to Friday lodger where you are?

NapQueen Fri 15-Apr-16 12:02:01

Are you near a Uni? Friends of mine rented a Granny Flat in a tres posh area of Birmingham whilse she trained as a Nurse. Her now husband worked, so "a professional couple" rather than just a pair of students.

AveEldon Fri 15-Apr-16 12:06:11

People I know reintegrated the annexe into the main house - there was some structural work. Ended up with a big tv room, gym, study. Bathroom remained as is although there was talk of turning it into a sauna

LonnyVonnyWilsonFrickett Fri 15-Apr-16 12:10:12

What do you need? (Think medium term, rather than right now if your kids are little)

Space for them to play/hang out
A way to connect your house to the garden
Storage and utility space
A private haven for parents
Office space
Help round the house

Respectively, that would have me making a play area which can be converted into a teen den, a garden room where we could all hang out. lots of storage and white goods, a bedroom and ensuite, office is obvious, a rentable air BnB space or lodget space, space for an aupair or nanny...

The options are endless but start with what your family needs or it will remain dead space...

BrieAndChilli Fri 15-Apr-16 12:13:13

What rooms do you have in the main bit already?
I would ideally want
Kitchen diner
Playroom/teenage lounge depending on age of kids
Utility/laundry airing room
Junk room
Craft /homework/hobby room
Formal dining room (if room leftover and I didn't know what to do with it!)

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