10 August 2018 Alex Mitchell

Building a designer Newcastle granny flat: internal linings and fit off

Over the past few weeks we have taken you step by step through the process of constructing a designer Newcastle granny flat as we bring our new Silverdale two bedroom granny flat design to life. With just this stage and one more to go, we are almost there. It’s worth taking a look back on how far we have come through our earlier blogs.

In this blog we’ll explain what is required to complete the internal fit off.

Once the building is locked up, the first step is the roughing in of the plumbing and electrical. Including a solar panel hot water system. The solar panels ensure our granny flat meets the energy, water and thermal comfort requirements of the NSW Building Sustainability Index, known as BASIX.

Insulation was then fitted to the wall and ceiling cavities. We use R2 insulation to the walls, R3 to ceiling and R1.5 anticon building blanket to our roof. We then installed the gyprock to the walls and ceilings throughout the granny flat.


Waterproofing the bathroom floor and shower wall is an essential step in any granny flat build as it ensures the structure of the home is protected from moisture. It was a seamless two-day process as confirmed during the subsequent building surveyor’s inspection. The tiler then stepped in to create the falls to the bathroom drainage followed by the laying and grouting of the full height wall tiles and floor coverings. He also tiled the wall and floor in the oversized internal laundry cupboard and completed the patio tiling.

The mould out was the next task to complete with the carpenters returning to fit the architraves, skirting boards and hang all the Hume doors. At the same time, SRD was installing the galley-style kitchen styled with Laminex cabinetry and Edstein Creative took the measurements for the custom waterfall stone benchtop that has become a great feature in the granny flats open plan living area.

With the mould out complete, the painters arrived to put the finishing touches on the interior and exterior surfaces. Measurements for the frameless shower screen and wardrobes were taken. Generally, we expect a 7-10 day wait between measuring and installation and in this case, it took just seven days to be ready for fitting.

Next task was finalising the plumbing, electrical and solar which included the installation of the light fittings, ceiling fans, ovens, cooktops shower heads and other appliances. Carpet was also laid in the bedrooms and QuickStep laminate flooring completed the open-plan living/kitchen/dining area.

Newcastle granny flat

We were then ready to complete the final tasks – installing towel rails, the toilet roll holder, kitchen splash back, door handles and paint touch-ups.

Throughout construction, our Building Coordinator, Jacob Kepreotes, kept a close eye on progress and is credited with keeping the job on track and on time. This was despite the extensive rain we encountered towards the end of the lock up phase – which only delayed the landscaper as we had virtually completed the external work by that stage.

In the final blog in the series we will outline the final steps as we head towards completion. In the meantime, if you are contemplating a granny flat of your own either give us a call on 4947 2800 or complete our enquiry form, and we’ll be in touch.

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