Brick veneer vs. cladding in your new granny flat

A granny flat is a perfect addition to any home for a variety of reasons. It will increase the value of your home, give you an income source as a rental opportunity, or give grandpa or nana the quality time with the grandchildren.

In choosing your granny flat design, there are several decisions that must be considered. One of them is the exterior of the granny flat. The two main choices are cladding and brick veneer. To help you decide on that particular choice, let’s examine each and explore the good and the bad of each.


Cladding is a type of siding that mimics the look and feel of weatherboard. It can be made from a variety of materials that are more cost effective, durable, and light weight. Vinyl is a very popular material for wall cladding.

Let’s examine the good and the bad of wall cladding.

The Good:

Cladding is quick and easy to assemble. It is an inexpensive building material that will lower the overall cost of your granny flat. It is easy to clean and maintain. Vinyl material is also very durable with aging from the sun and inclement weather.

The Bad:

The main compliant with vinyl cladding is the subjective view on how it looks. It gives the appearance of a traditional weatherboard home, which may not be to the liking of everyone. There are different styles of cladding that can create many different looks or styles as well as a range of different colours.

Example of a granny flat we’ve built in Asquith with vinyl cladding:

granny flat in Asquith with vinyl cladding


Brick veneer is the simulation of brick wall by adding to the exterior of the granny flat. Using a brick veneer is less expensive than actually using brick for walls, because it uses less of the brick material. For this reason, it is much faster to use than full brick walls, but slower than vinyl wall cladding.

Let’s examine the good and the bad of brick veneer.

The Good:

Brick veneer has a greater appeal visually to many homeowners, because it makes the granny flat look more like an extension of the home rather than quick addition. The brick material is very tough and will age gracefully for decades and decades. There are different styles and colours of bricks that can be used in creating a unique look for the granny flat.

The Bad:

The main drawback of brick veneer is that it is more expensive than wall cladding. This will increase the cost of the granny flat. The overall increase will vary based on the design of the granny flat build.

Example of a granny flat we’ve built in Blacktown with a brick veneer exterior:

granny flat with brick veneer exterior


If you need expert advice from an experienced builder for your grannie flat project, then contact us here at Rescon Builders. Our team has ample experience and knowledge in designing and building granny flats of all types for a very reasonable price.

We also have a full range of granny flat designs to choose from. This allows you to pick exactly the end result that you want as well as to save you money by streamlining the design and building process.

Contact us today to start planning and building your granny flat!