The easiest place to site a granny flat or transportable unit for any purpose is on a flat open section. But, adding a granny flat to a sloped section is possible with a bit of planning.
Before you start adding a granny flat to a sloped section
Before you start make sure you do some careful planning. Consider the section itself – the direction and the steepness of the slope.
Then think about this in relation to:
- the size of the unit you are adding
- where the entrance of the unit needs to be
- how the unit needs to be sited in terms of sun and wind
- what access you require around the unit and to the section
Once you have thought about this you can draw up a plan as to how the unit will be sited on the section.
The second thing you need to plan is how you will make the granny flat level. Most people choose to do this by using piles to site the unit. You could also support the unit on blocks but you will need to ensure these are very solid and stable.
Making the most of the section
As the ground will likely slope away from your unit, you need to think about how you will create usable space and access points.
If possible site the main entrance on flat land or level with the top of the slope to make access easier. For other parts of the unit you could think about adding a raised deck or stairs to give access to sliding patio doors and create indoor/outdoor flow.
You might also want to cover the piles supporting the unit to give it a better finished look. You could do this with:
- trellis screening
- a retaining wall
Unit2Go have experience dealing with all kinds of sections
Our team have installed units in many places so adding a granny flat to a sloping section is a challenge we are happy to accept. The images below show an installation featuring a raised deck to create a lovely enclosed outdoor space.
We use a range of machinery to site the unit on your section including trucks and diggers and cranes where necessary although this may incur extra costs. Our team can also temporarily block your unit until you install permanent piles.
If you are not sure how to site your unit or whether you need council consent for your minor dwelling, then we’re happy to advise you.
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