Friday, April 19, 2019

3 Things to Do with a Granny Flat

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A Granny Flat, just in case you didn't know, is a name given to a small extension, attachment, or mini-property attached to the main home, where your grandmother may hypothetically live.

In practice, a Granny Flat can take the form of a self-contained flat built over the garage of a home, in the loft, or in the basement. Then again, it could also be situated at the bottom of the garden, as a sort of large shed with electricity hook up and plumbing.

It turns out that, other than moving your granny in, there are actually plenty of pretty cool and interesting things that you can do with a Granny Flat.

Here are a few ideas.
1. Turn it into an entirely self-contained home office
If you are an entrepreneur who works from home, there's a chance that one of the primary challenges you encounter on a day-to-day basis is simply getting "in the zone" to an extent that allows you to really do productive work without distraction.

Cal Newport, author of the book Deep Work, argues that your environment plays a massive role in your ability to do this kind of focused work, and so should be set up meticulously to limit distractions from outside forces.

So, you could turn your Granny Flat into a self-contained home office – a place where family and friends know not to disturb you when you're working, and which you mentally associate solely with actually getting some work done.

That psychological component is massive, too. The more you associate your home office environment with actually doing work, as opposed to surfing the web, the better for your productivity.
2. Set it up as a guesthouse
If you're the kind of person who enjoys having friends over, and throwing house parties, it's only polite if you also have some guest space available for them to spend the night if needs be.

That being said, you might prefer not to share your home, itself, in that kind of an intimate way, or you may not have much space to offer other than a sofa bed in the living room.

Setting up a Granny Flat as a guesthouse is a great way of offering a higher level of comfort to any guests who might need to spend the night, while ensuring that you and they both enjoy a bit more privacy.
3. Turn it into a library, games room, or meditation chamber
So, you could use your Granny Flat as an effective home office, or as a pretty nice guesthouse, but you could also use it as a place where you get to relax and unwind in a deeply committed kind of a way.

The children's author, Roald Dahl, famously wrote in a shed at the bottom of his garden. Maybe that's more like work, but you could turn your Granny Flat into a library, and use it for quiet reading.

Or, you could deck it out with spiritual paraphernalia, and use it as a meditation chamber. Or, you could turn it into a gaming room.

The options here are plentiful. Whatever works for you.


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