granny flat

noun

Definition of granny flat 

chiefly British

: an apartment that is adjacent to the main living quarters of a house

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Local government could finance a homeless granny flat for three years for as little as $15,000 annually — roughly the cost of a shelter bed. Gale Holland, latimes.com, "L.A. County wants to help build guest houses in backyards — for homeless people," 11 Apr. 2018 Though many individual homeowners are jumping at the chance to add granny flats to their properties, the change hasn't been universally welcomed by homeowner groups. Andrew Khouri, latimes.com, "Could granny flats help ease the state's housing crisis? Some advocates think so," 13 Apr. 2018 The proposed Burbank ordinance would allow homeowners to build a granny flat in different ways. Anthony Clark Carpio, latimes.com, "New regulations regarding accessory-dwelling units near final approval," 10 Mar. 2018 Meanwhile, Boston’s Housing Innovation Lab recently embarked on a small pilot program studying the feasibility of tiny houses and granny flats. Lisa Ward, WSJ, "Cities Hope for Big Benefits From Tiny Houses," 26 June 2018 Small spaces Mini-homes, granny flats and carriage houses—technically referred to as accessory dwellings—are usually only a few hundred square feet. Lisa Ward, WSJ, "Cities Hope for Big Benefits From Tiny Houses," 26 June 2018 The city is also considering increasing the types of locations granny flats can be placed. Bradley Zint, latimes.com, "Laguna Beach council to examine ‘granny flats’ law to boost housing supply," 2 Mar. 2018 The housing crunch on the West Coast has gotten so bad (and so awesome for sellers) that the granny flat is making a comeback. Noah Buhayar, Bloomberg.com, "Home Hunters, Get Ready to Make Your Offer—Faster Than Ever," 17 Apr. 2018 ADUs, sometimes called granny flats, are nothing new to Los Angeles. Nate Berg, Los Angeles Magazine, "How to Build a Rental Unit or Granny Flat in Your Backyard," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of granny flat

1965, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for granny flat

from its use by parents of the family living in the house

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