If you're looking for the comfort, security, and peace of mind of having your loved one close, not to mention how much fun the kids will have going to visit in their own backyard, a granny flat is the perfect alternative to a nursing home or retirement village. However, there doesn't have to be a Granny involved to make use of a granny flat. More and more creative uses are popping up for the humble granny flat, from self contained guest accommodation, a home office, art studio, or business space, or the option of rental income (depending on your state laws, always check first). Granny flat kits provide endless options, and there is a great range available right here on eBay. You can also buy other modular prefabricated buildings and caravan accessories here, which would be perfect for helping to kit out your newly installed granny flat. Granny flats are secondary dwellings, placed on a property, usually no bigger than 60 square metres. They're fully self contained, and may be a separate structure or attached to a house or garage. They fit in quite with the tiny house movement, and may also be known as a bungalow, portable building, weekender, unit, retreat, pavilion, or log cabin. You'll need to consider whether or not you need planning approval. You'll also want to consider the location of the granny flat. Will it get winter sun and summer breezes? Can it meet the needs of your family? If you're planning (and allowed) to rent it out, then you'll need to make sure that there's privacy for both the main home and the granny flat. Some kits come with sustainable materials, others are architecturally designed. You'll want good insulation with a great quality build. Consider whether you need a full kitchen, separate bedrooms, and the bathroom facilities. A verandah is a nice addition to keep the flat feeling spacious. Whatever the style of granny flat that suits your family and backyard, you're sure to find great options here on eBay.