Granny flat living is a lifestyle choice. Agree?
Because when you choose to build or live in a granny flat, you choose a hip, trendy, free-spirited, dare we say ‘fashionable’ way of living. It’s a lifestyle that opens up a wealth of options particular to granny flats when it comes to entertaining guests and stay-at-home recreation.
Of course, living it up means living in superior granny flats, since the overall look and space management of your granny flat directly affects your quality of life. Once you’re done choosing your designer granny flat, try checking out these ideas for making the most of your granny flat lifestyle.
Maximising Me-Time or Family Fun
Maybe you don’t have anyone actually living in your granny flat or garden studio, and you’ve put one in more as a home extension or a sort of second living room rather than an accessory dwelling unit. If that’s the case, you might want to put your granny flat to one or (if you can manage it) more of these uses.
Home Office. Creating a separate workspace in a granny flat is in high demand, especially with the rise of remote work. It enhances concentration and defines clear boundaries during office hours, making it easier to switch off once work hours end.
Study Room. While your kids may not initially prefer it, dedicating a separate space for their studies can enhance their concentration. Furthermore, if you homeschool your children, converting the granny flat into a schoolroom can help establish the discipline and routine they need as students.
Home Studio. Offer your artistic family members a tranquil workspace with storage for their tools and materials. A garden view can inspire their creativity.
Workshop. Granny flats are perfect for hobbyists in your family who enjoy building models or working with gadgets. Furthermore, being in the garden, creative types can craft garden-themed projects like windmills, planters, and other garden-themed projects.
Creating a Personal Space in Your Granny Flat
Playroom. A fantastic option to give kids their own space and keep the house tidy, a granny flat serves as a great play area and toy storage. Hosting playdates for kids while parents catch up over coffee in the main house is also possible.
Game Room. Granny flats are great for all-night video game marathons with friends which lessen the chances of waking your parents (or the neighbours) up. If your garden studio has one empty wall, you might even try hooking up a projector to give a whole new meaning to “getting in the game”.
Home Theatre. Now, enjoy movies without disruptions and uncomfortable seating. If your granny flat has a bathroom, your home theatre is ideal for binge-watching trilogies. Consider using a soundbar or shelf-mounted speakers to save space.
Staying Active and Relaxed in Your Granny Flat
Man Cave or She Shed. For Dad, Mum or anyone else who needs that special somewhere of their own, the privacy provided by a granny flat could be just the thing. Additionally, depending on what he or she likes to do best, don’t forget to add all the little touches that will make the space his or her own.
Home Gym. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need a whole lot of space or fancy equipment; in fact, a garden studio might be all the space you need. You can set up a compact home gym with just a mat, a kettlebell, dumbbells, a foam roller, skipping rope and a pull-up bar in your doorway. If you have more space, you can add an exercise ball or step.
Home Spa. If you enjoy getting massages at home, having your own home spa will be a real treat. You can create a relaxing space with just a massage bed and some aromatherapy. However, if you’re willing to invest further, consider adding a smaller, portable hot tub to your garden studio for an even more luxurious experience.
Entertaining Guests Garden Studio Style
Furthermore, a granny flat might be just right for a guest bedroom or two, which is fantastic for friends or extended family staying over for an extended period. Living in the granny flat doesn’t mean you can’t have guests. Here are ways to entertain visitors in your granny flat.
Intimate Get-Togethers. There’s a world of difference between packing your house with 50 people and constant room-hopping to see that everyone’s glass is full, versus having a cozy evening with 2-4 friends. Your garden studio deck can be a perfect spot for relaxed drinks and chats.
Garden Parties. You can set up a buffet in the studio and have guests in the garden (with permission from the main house residents). A garden studio garden party makes perfect sense. Many people use their granny flats for separate party areas and decorate their gardens for Instagram-worthy parties.
Barbecues. The debate about Australia as the “barbecue hotspot of the world” adds significance to hosting a garden studio barbie party, much like a traditional garden gathering. Use a disposable barbecue to avoid storage, but adhere to government safety rules.
Pool Parties. Finally, if your garden studio has a pool, hosting a pool party is a natural choice. Avoid glassware, serve easy-to-eat food, and include pool-friendly inflatables. Sharing waterproof cameras with friends can also be a blast!
Looking forward to your granny flat lifestyle? Don’t forget that the first step starts with a gorgeous garden studio. Get in touch with us at Garden Studios to make your granny flat dreams a reality, today.