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There are more design constraints when designing small homes. It can be more challenging to design than full-size homes. This is because every little space must be both stylish and functional.

Building a granny flat can also come with additional restrictions. The reason is because you’re not starting with an empty lot. The best granny flat designs are able to create a truly wonderful space. This space feels like home despite the challenges.

Styling a Granny Flat

This kind of secondary structures can be apartments and studios. These can be two-story tiny houses. ADU’s common use is for renting purposes In addition, you may want the added property for your family’s own use. Make it into a couples retreat from the main house. Create a great lounge space for gatherings. Invent a luxury guest house for your friends out of town. Most of all, just as the name suggests, you can build a place where the (grand) parents can live as they age.

Attached ADU
Attached ADU (Source ctabuilds.com)

No matter what it is, you could benefit from following some expert styling suggestions. Let’s check some ideas that you can follow.

Fusing outdoor & indoor spaces

outdoor & indoor spaces
ADU – outdoor & indoor spaces (Source nanawall.com)

ADU’S are typically built and located in your backyard or at the back of your house. Hence, they should be seamlessly fused with your outdoor space. By fitting it with sliding or bi-fold glass doors, make the most out of the natural light that your ADU gets. They will add a modern and illuminating feeling to the ADU. Therefore, it will look and feel more spacious. An extended porch can be added outside for an outdoor patio feel. Some chairs and a table can be included, and you have yourself a perfect place to enjoy a relaxing cup of coffee.

ADU storage space

ADU storage space
ADU storage space (Source sanctuary-magazine)

Since a granny flat is generally small, there can be issues when it comes to storage. You can easily make use of the space under the bed by adding drawers or built in shelving systems. Another option you have is by incorporating medicine cabinets and vanities with under sink storage for toiletries, towels, and small personal appliances.

Choosing the right colors 

the right colors for a granny flat
Colors for a granny flat (Source dezeen.com)

With the usage of large windows and plenty of natural light, you will be able to maximize the openness of your granny flat. Choose a lighter, neutral color palette. Then, your rooms feel open and airy. Correct use of mirrors will help reflect light. Therefore, the space will seem bigger in size.

Picking furniture

Granny flat furniture
Granny flat furniture (Source grannyflatsolutions.com)

Your personal taste can be more towards the minimalist Scandinavian style, the cozy, shabby chic, cottage style, or retro styles of the 50s and 60s. With their bright colors and fun designs, you can have a blast mixing and matching the interior of the granny flat. You need to pay attention to the outdoor area too.

Making the most of your kitchen

Granny flat kitchen
Granny flat kitchen (Source diygrannyflat.com)

The kitchen is a place for family gatherings and cooking sessions. Depending on your space, you can add a small kitchen island, peninsula, or eat-in bar top with some stools to save plenty of space. That is as it can be used as an impromptu dining area. You need to pick an updated kitchen design that will complement the overall space. 

There are more design constraints when designing small homes. It can be more challenging to design than full-size homes. This is because every little space must be both stylish and functional.

Building a granny flat can also come with additional restrictions. The reason is because you’re not starting with an empty lot. The best granny flat designs are able to create a truly wonderful space. This space feels like home despite the challenges.

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