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Single storey dwellings are important for downsizers

Research has indicated that Granny Annexes are filling an important gap in the UK housing market. “Last Home” buyers are unable to find a suitable place to buy. In particular if they are seeking single storey accommodation.

Single storey dwellings and are well suited to home owners who require accessibility, but for whom a continued life of independence is essential. A large proportion of UK house buyers are seeking a “last home” that meets all their requirements.

What is a Granny Annexe?

An Annexe is an ancillary dwelling to a main property. To gain planning permission, typically an annexe has 1 (occasionally 2) bedrooms, and demonstrates strong ties to the main house. Often an annexe can only be used by members of the same family, but is a standalone building, often taking the appearance of a cottage or a bungalow. Granny Annexe usually supply these buildings to downsizers looking to live with one of their children, although, they also appeal to other demographics.

Why is an annexe a good choice for downsizers looking for a bungalow?

Unable to find suitable accommodation that meets their need, for some downsizers commissioning a Granny Annexe becomes an appealing choice. Granny Annexes can be single storey buildings with ramps, disabled access and other modern features to benefit customers, but often the key priority is finding a home that meets their requirements, whilst staying in close proximity to family.
Finding the correct home for downsizers is becoming increasingly challenging, due to the climate of the current housing market.

Not enough bungalows to meet demand

Bungalows are still a popular choice for homebuyers. Last year an Alliance and Leicester report in that a showed that a third of the population would like to own a bungalow, leading to headlines such as “Bungalows are back in fashion”.1

But bungalows were already in short supply. In 2013 Nationwide produced a special report entitled “How is the housing stock changing” which highlights that just 9.7% of properties are bungalows.2
Adding to this new build supply in not there to meet this demand. The 2014 report from NHBC demonstrated that just 1% of new homes were bungalows. 3

With 52% of current homebuyers downsizing, 4 and looking for smaller property that better suits their current circumstances. The current shortage of bungalows means many are not finding the type of property they seek for their “Last Home”.

Housing Minister shows his understanding that bungalows have an important role in the housing mix.

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis in an interview with The Telegraph, showed his understanding of the challenges faxing people downsizing. He also sees bungalows as an optimum choice for downsizers’ next property:

“I think they [Bungalows] are a really, really, important part of the mix – my in-laws are in their 70s, pretty fit, mentally really with it, they live in a normal house which they both struggle with. They are not ready to move into what they would see as a retirement home, but where they live there is not access to bungalows.”5

Granny Annexes are filling a gap in the housing market

As explored in the recent Lloyds Banking Group report, there are a vast range of reasons for downsizing, these are predominantly financial, for example, to support their retirement plans. We find Granny Annexes are particularly beneficial to those 25% who are downsizing sooner than expected, for reasons including, health, change in relationship status and proximity to amenities.4

For some, single storey buildings with disabled access, is compulsory, and many of these home buyers can not compromise. For others the aspiration of buying nearer to family is being restricted by the north south housing price. 6

Whichever one of the many challenges of the UK property ladder you are facing, it is clear to see that Granny Annexes are offering an important part of the housing mix for downsizers.

References and further reading

1. Bungalows are back in fashion
06 Sep 2014

2. How is the housing stock changing


3. NHBC Annual New Home Statistics Review 2014

4. Downsizing windfall rises to over £100,000 in 2014

5. England needs more bungalows, says new planning minister
17 Aug 2014

6. North-South house price divide deepens, warns Hometrack
26 June 2015

5% Discount Special Summer Offer

The summer season is in full swing, so to celebrate the sunshine Granny Annexe will be running an exclusive 5% discount offer throughout July for all new customers who place an order with us before 31st July 2015. All you need to do to qualify for this amazing offer is to pay your 10% deposit and planning permission fee in July to reserve your build spot.

To take advantage of this excellent discount, book a free site survey* with us as soon as possible by calling 0800 334 5774 or filling out our online form click here. Once your site survey is complete, our design team will put together a 3D drawing and an itemised quotation. You can make as many amendments to your quotation until you’re happy with your proposed Granny Annexe.
*Site surveys in certain areas of the UK will incur a fee.

Terms and Conditions
Voucher not valid with any other promotional offer or discount. Only one voucher per purchase. This voucher is not exchangeable for cash. Only one voucher per customer, please quote ‘SUMMER15’ to your Surveyor before you place your order. Existing customers will not qualify for this offer.
Always check with Granny Annexe prior to using the voucher. 10% deposit required and planning fee to be paid upfront to confirm your order in July 2015. Voucher valid for orders confirmed by 1st July – 31st July 2015. Granny Annexe reserves the right to amend or change these terms & conditions at any time.

Granny Annexe Buckinghamshire

Granny Annexe Built in Buckinghamshire

Our Granny Annexes come in all sorts of sizes, so this 24.8m2 Granny Annexe built in Buckinghamshire is on the smaller size of what we can offer. The Granny Annexe has fitted cream kitchen units with black stone laminate worktops, which come with a brushed chrome sink, oven, extractor fan hood and a 4 electric ring hob – plus a smoke alarm.

There is a white, en-suite fitted bathroom suite which consists of a double shower, sink and toilet, plus a chrome ladder style radiator. The lounge area fits a sofa bed with lots of wall to ceiling storage and am office desk too. The internal walls of the Granny Annexe are fully-plastered and painted with matt white emulsion, giving a clean and modern finish.

All of our Granny Annexes come with laminate flooring as standard, where the customer chose a warm beige Oak hue. The pitched roof is tiled with real roof tiles and finished with black rain water guttering to complete the look. Underfloor heating for the lounge area and pressure treated timber steps were installed outside to the entrance of the Granny Annexe as extras to our standard features.

Granny Annexe, Buckinghamshire
Width: 6.20m
Depth: 4.00m
Height: 3.63m
Pitched roof heights: 2.37m to 2.97m
Total external Area: 24.8m2

Standard key features:

  • Pitched roof with real roof tiles
  • Fitted bathroom suite and kitchen with oven
  • Built using Structurally Insulated Panels (SIPs)
  • Smoke alarm and extractor fans in the kitchen & bathroom
  • Fully plastered finish
  • Painted with matt white emulsion and white gloss skirting boards
  • 2 x electric wall heaters
  • Black rainwater guttering
  • Laminate flooring
  • All internal and external light fittings
  • Western red cedar exterior cladding

Upgraded features

  • Electric underfloor heating
  • Pressure treated timber steps to the entrance of the annexe

Please watch the video or click below on the images below to enlarge them:

Granny Annexe Floor Plan

Granny Annexe Floor Plan

Be part of the team – Sales Surveyor

Sales Surveyor

Granny Annexe is one of the most highly experienced builders of structurally insulated panel technology. In response to our remarkable success in 2015, we have an exciting opportunity to join our fast moving business. As a Surveyor you will be required to attend appointments booked by the head office to sell and represent all of our brands; due to the nature of our products sales opportunities will be presented at the customer’s home.

Role Requirements
 Self-starter with a proven track record in territory/field based sales
 Experienced in B2C sales with the ability to quickly win the customers trust and build a rapport
 Attending appointments booked by head office – some could be in the early morning or evening
 Understanding the customers’ needs and translating them into a workable brief for the design team
 Completion of all paper work and technical questions for the head office
 Ability to close deals worth between £7K and £150K
 Weekly reporting of figures to head office and attending weekly sales conference calls
 Attending regular sales training sessions
 Ability to cope with a fast moving environment which is changing daily
 Working at shows for example Grand Designs Live
 Flexible, well presented with diplomacy and professionalism
 Identify and report on new sales opportunities by market, channel and customer category
 Ensure that all communication with customers is accurately recorded on CRM Identify opportunities for sales within regional area

Education, Skills and/or experience requirements
 Proven track record in sales
 Professionally qualified, (preferably MRICS, MCIOB)
 Excellent negotiation skills
 Commercial awareness
 Knowledge of SIP’s and construction would be beneficial
 Strong Financial skills
 Presentation experience

If you would like to apply please send a CV and a covering letter to


Granny Annexe Recently Completed in Wiltshire

We’ve recently finished building a Granny Annexe in Wiltshire for the Luker family, who needed a Granny Annexe so that their elderly mother could live closer and be cared for easily by other family members. The Luker family chose a pitched roof, rendered Granny Annexe, complete with a large bedroom, which fit a double bed and plenty of storage.

The spacious L-shape kitchen includes our standard style of white units with a black laminate worktop. We also provide an electric oven, stainless steel four ring hob, including a brushed chrome, modern extractor fan. The compact bathroom features a double shower, chrome heated towel rail, white vanity unit with hand basin and toilet.

Black Mini Stonewold tiles lined the pitched roof, where we also fitted black plastic rainwater guttering to the exterior and then rendered the Granny Annexe in cream, fire retardant render and the corners were lined with brick quoins. Two electric wall heaters were fitted in the lounge and bedroom, which come as standard with all of our Granny Annexes.

As our Granny Annexes are built using 100mm thick structurally insulated panels (SIPs), it means that they are extremely insulated and keep warm in the winter and cooler in the summer months. Our UPVC windows and door frames with double glazed glass are also very well insulated and strong.

Granny Annexe
Width: 5.00m
Depth: 9.00m
Height: 3.61m
External Area: 45m2

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Amanda Lamb with one of our annexes

Amanda Lamb supports Granny Annexes

Here at Granny Annexe we know the benefit that Granny Annexes offer to support an aging population in the UK. We were delighted to read Amanda Lamb speak out in support of Granny Annexes, in a recent 2015 interview. Amanda Lamb has spoken out about the benefits of Granny Annexes as part of Age UK’s ‘No One Should Have No One’ campaign. As part of this 2015 campaign Age UK highlighted the very sad statistic that 1 in 4 older people feel they have no one.

Granny Annexes offer independent living in the heart of the family. In her interview Amanda Lamb highlights some of the housing options that can prevent the isolation of older members of the community, such as our annexes. We were one of the lucky companies who worked with Amanda during the filming of her television show “My Flat Pack Home” in 2012, during the show, some of the benefits of Granny Annexes are highlighted. This includes the benefit of having loved ones living nearby.

Another benefit of Granny Annexes, also highlighted by Amanda Lamb, is the increase in property value as a result of adding an annexe. Not only do you have the opportunity to offer support to your elders, but an annexe can offer a great return on the initial investment.

Amanda Lamb with one of our annexes

Amanda Lamb with one of our annexes

To watch Granny Annexe on My Flat Pack Home please visit: 

To read more about Amanda’s insights into the benefits of Granny Annexes, and to read her February 2015 interview with The Loughborough Echo please visit

To learn more about Age UK’s ‘No One Should Have No One’ campaign, please visit:

Thank you for your support in 2014

We’d like to take this opportunity to wish all our valued clients, suppliers and friends a very happy Christmas and New Year.

We’ve had an amazing year working with great people on very inspiring projects and would like to say a huge thank you to everyone for making 2014 such a special year. We look forward to working with you all throughout 2015 and beyond.

We’ll be closed for the Christmas Holidays from 3pm on Wednesday 24st December, and will be back in the office on Monday 5th January 2015

If you have a technical emergency during the Christmas period that you need our help with please email and we’ll be happy to help where we can.

We hope that the Granny Annexe website might be able to answer your immediate questions. All services will resume on January 5th 2015, and you can expect a prompt reply to your emails, brochure requests and answer phone messages after this date.


Free Granny Annexe Planning Permission Offer in November & December

We’re excited to launch a one-off special offer for November and December this year. Why not call it a winter or dare we say it, a Christmas special offer!

All of our Granny Annexe buildings require planning permission because they are usually lived in full time and are an ancillary unit to the main home. With this extra expense in mind, we’re giving away FREE GRANNY ANNEXE PLANNING PERMISSION if you sign up with us and pay your deposit in November and December 2014.

This exciting offer is worth a staggering £1,672, which means you can put the saving towards other important things like furnishing your new Granny Annexe, upgrading to engineered oak flooring or a few Velux windows.

If you want to take advantage of this special offer, contact us today to book a free site survey visit. If you already have a quotation and want to pay your deposit today, contact your surveyor as soon as possible to sign up with us.

Like with all offers, terms and conditions apply, so please read these carefully below.

While it is still fresh in your mind, book a free, no obligation site survey.

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Free Planning Application for Granny Annexes in November and December 2014 – Terms and Conditions:

You will not be charged the initial planning fees for your first planning permission submission for a Granny Annexe. This offer covers only this initial fee, up to the value of £1672, it does not cover the cost of any extras, for example, any flood risk reports. The planning application must be for a Granny Annexe specified in a quotation from, and agreed by, Granny Annexe. The planning permission application process will begin once you have paid your 10% deposit. The majority of buildings quoted by Granny Annexe are eligible for this offer, however we reserve the right to refuse this offer where we believe planning permission is unlikely to be granted.

In the case of planning permission being rejected, where you choose not to appeal the planning verdict, your deposit will be refunded in full. If you choose to appeal the planning verdict, the cost of any appeal will be payable by you. If you choose not to proceed with the planned build after planning permission has been granted, Granny Annexe will retain the full deposit initially paid. This offer is only applicable to those building requiring planning permission and an alternative promotion will not be offered to any buildings except.

These terms and conditions are subject to our standard terms and conditions provided, and any other terms you may have been referred to at the time of taking up this offer. By agreeing to this promotion you comply with all relevant terms and conditions. The items outlined are non-transferable to any other individual and cash or an alternative will not be offered. The customer is responsible for any additional expenses and arrangements not specifically included in this offer. This offer is subject to availability.

Granny Annexe reserve the right to amend, cancel or alter the terms of the offer at any time.

This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer you have previously arranged with Granny Annexe. If you wish to redeem this offer please ensure the offer code “Winter14” is quoted on your signed and agreed quotation.

Only one Free Planning Application is permitted per Granny Annexe. Granny Annexe reserves the right to withdraw this offer at any time without prior notification. The offer is only valid with deposits made in November or December 2014. If you have already paid your deposit, prior to November 2014 and your planning permission process has been initiated you will not be eligible for this offer. This offer is available for deposits paid from 1st November 2014 to 30th December 2014 only.

Granny Annexe eat cake for charity

The Granny Annexe team had a lot of fun taking part in Macmillan’s Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning on the 26th September, raising money for such a good cause. As it was the World’s Biggest Coffee morning, we couldn’t help but bake tons of baked goods and serve pots of tea and coffee to celebrate.

The coffee morning kicked off around 9.45am, where the team laid out their freshly baked wares. Our Managing Director Stuart Anderson took on the guise of ‘Paul Jollywood’ (instead of the legendary baker Paul Hollywood from the Great British Bake Off), to judge all of the cakes and biscuits, where our Brand Executive Jessica won the bake off with her delightful coffee and walnut cake.

We also took advantage of the 2 competitions on offer with Macmillan’s information pack, where our Administrator Hannah and the Marketing and Sales Director James were lucky enough to win.

Our Designer, Mervyn took up our ‘Bake a Cake at Work’ challenge, where he had to make a cake from scratch using the office microwave. Mervyn’s lemon drizzle cake worked out pretty well, although needless to say, ‘Paul Jollywood’ didn’t dig the taste (or look).

The Coffee Morning was a great success, where we went round the local business park and sold the rest of our cakes to get more donations for Macmillan. More importantly, we raised a staggering £152.82 in just an hour!

Granny Annexe 10% Discount Offer in October 2014

To mark the start of autumn, Granny Annexe will be running an exclusive 10% discount offer throughout October for all new customers who book a site survey and receive their quotations this month. All you need to do to qualify for this amazing offer is to pay your 10% deposit in October to reserve your build spot.

To take advantage of this excellent discount, book a free site survey with us as soon as possible by calling 0800 334 5774. Once your site survey is complete, our design team will put together a 3D drawing and an itemised quotation. You can make as many amendments to your quotation until you’re happy with your proposed Granny Annexe.

Here’s an example of what you could save:
Granny Annexe (pictured)
Original price: £48,974
Width: 7.75m, Depth: 4.75m, Height: 3.57m
External Area: 33.06m2

Total price with discount:
SAVING: £4,897.40

Price includes full installation and VAT.

Granny Annexe

Terms and Conditions
Voucher not valid with any other promotional offer or discount. Only one voucher per purchase. This voucher is not exchangeable for cash. No photocopies will be accepted. Only one voucher per customer, please present this voucher before you have your quote or approve your order.
Always check with Granny Annexe prior to using the voucher. 10% deposit required to confirm your order in October 2014. Voucher valid for orders confirmed by 1st October – 31st October, quote ‘OCT14’. Offer only valid for new customers booking a site survey in October, or customers who have had their initial quotation in October 2014 . Granny Annexe reserves the right to amend or change these terms & conditions at any time.

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