Frequently Asked Questions

If you’ve got questions concerning the construction of your granny flat, garden studio or modular extension then our granny flats frequently asked questions area is a good point of reference.

Our friendly team are always on hand to discuss with you any aspect of your granny flat or home studio project. Don’t hesitate to contact us if we can help in any way.

Can I design my own Garden Studio project?

Our studios are made custom for each client. We tailor the studio to your specific requirements and specifications. Our entire design process lends greatly to high levels of customization. Due to our systems efficiency if mid-way through construction you decide to change your mind about something our system can accommodate it at your expense.

Can I select the finishes of my project?

The design and finish options are limitless and we ensure that we will continue to work with you to a point where you are content with the final product.

How is the project managed?

The assigned project manager for your studio will work with the rest of the design team and the construction team to create your project just as you envisioned it. As the client, you will stay in control throughout the whole design process.

What are the size restrictions of a potential project?

There are no limitations in terms of size for a potential project; you are only limited by available land. It should however be noted that the planning and building permits do tend to take longer depending on the scope of the project.

Can I add to my Garden Studio in the future?

Due to the modularity of the Garden Studios process, our projects are very easy to add to in the future and we frequently undertake work for clients where we add to existing projects. Ultimately, this means you can build what you can afford now and to it later.

Do I need my site specially prepared?

Our installation team will prepare the site for your project. In some instances, additional site preparation will be required and this will have an associated cost, however Garden Studios will ensure that any associated costs are contained within the project’s budget.

What guarantees and warranties will I get with my project?

All projects completed by Garden Studios come with a standard 7-year Home Owner’s warranty as required by Victorian Law. This means that if anything goes wrong within that timeframe we will fix it at no additional cost to you.

What kind of maintenance will my project require?

The studios and granny flats that we build require minimal maintenance. The one exception is if you choose cedar cladding. To keep cedar cladding in good condition you should oil it every 12 months.

How long will it take to install and build my Garden Studio?

The timeframe of any project changes on a case-to-case basis however building and installation will rarely ever exceed more than 8 weeks. It would be best to contact us concerning this or to use our range page as a guide.

Will there be any additional costs associated with the project?

Once the final project quote is given to you we will stay strictly within those parameters. The only instance in which there will be additional costs would be if you decided to change your mind about as aspect of the project after construction has already begun. In such an event, we would be happy to accommodate any changes.

What if I change my mind about something mid-way through construction?

If construction has already started and you decide to change your mind about an aspect of the project, we will be able to accommodate the change at the appropriate additional costs.

Will I need a planning permit?

In some situations, planning permission is required. This depends on a number of factors including size and the planning regulations operated by your local council. Things like flood and heritage considerations can restrict building on particular sites too, but we have extensive experience dealing with these problems. Our team therefore handles all planning issues for you to ensure hurdles are overcome.

Can Garden Studios assist with the process of subdivision?

Land subdivision will ultimately be determined by your local Council or Land Surveyor. However Garden Studios can assist with the process of subdivision by drafting and submitting plans to Council on your behalf and offering advice on the best method of approach to this process.

How long will it take to get the relevant planning permits?

Generally due the bureaucratic nature of local councils this usually depends on the scope of the project. This can take anywhere from 2 weeks to 6 months depending on the studio.

How durable are the studios?

All our studios and granny flats are built using durable construction methods, plus they conform to all Victorian building standards and regulations. In fact, they are built to withstand cyclone-force winds. We use SIPs (Structurally Insulated Panel System) to build our studios. This means they are not only completely insulated but are also structurally sound, with the weight of the roof spread evenly across the panels. We also use timber frame construction in some cases.

What is the energy star rating of the studios?

All studios come with a minimum 6-star energy efficiency rating. In some cases we achieve a higher energy efficiency rating depending on the project.

What kind of insulation will my studio have?

All our studios and granny flats are fully insulated. We use walls and roofs made from high-density PU foam. It has an R value of 3.2 so maintains a comfortable temperature inside, regardless of the temperature outside. In fact, our studios and granny flats have better insulation than many brick-built homes. The technically advanced building materials we use mean our studios often get a seven-star energy rating, although this is site specific.

What heating and cooling options can I have?

Heating and cooling options are not part of a set of standard inclusions as requirements differ greatly depending on both location and project usage. Open fireplaces, pot belly stoves, gas fires and hydronic heating are all popular heating options while ceiling fans and, sometimes, air-conditioning systems are the most common cooling options. Garden Studios will work with you to establish the best cost and energy solution for your project.

Is the project suitable for extreme climatic conditions i.e. alpine/desert regions?

Yes, the studios that we create use Structurally Insulated Panels that generate a thermal property that makes them an ideal choice for extreme climatic conditions. With “R” values of 2.8 in the floors, 3.7 in the walls and 5.7 in the ceilings in combination with double glazed windows and doors the ambient temperature of the space is both constant and comfortable with very little requirement for additional heating and cooling.

What are the builder’s accreditations of Garden Studios?

Garden Studios is a member of the Master Builders Association of Victoria No. 240399. In addition to this we have both a Domestic Building License No. 7806 and a Commercial Building License No. 56032.

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The Garden Studio Difference.

A modern and sustainable project utilizing environmentally friendly building practices. All studios come with a 6-star energy rating and carry an above industry average 7-year warranty.

Speak with Us.

Book a free project consultation and we can discuss your project in more detail. Ask us any relevant questions you might have; the possibilities of your project are endless. To make the most of your time with our team it would be recommended that you bring along any relevant photos, measurements and design ideas you might have. In addition, if you possess any surveys or site plans these would be extremely useful in this early stage.