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5 ways to find peace and tranquillity in your Garden Annexe.

Annexe living is surging in demand as a desirable alternative to care homes or downsizing, with big advantages in the expense of such a move and, of course, the extra reassurance of having loved ones close by. The numbers of people searching for annexes as a care home alternative have risen more than 34% in the last year and are set to rise even further in the future.

 

But what is it about annexe living that is so attractive to so many people? We have interviewed a number of our customers who are comfortably settled in their new annexe homes to gain a picture of what motivated them to make the move, and how they have found settling into their new homes.

 

 

Warm and cosy

Something that is mentioned over and over again is just how warm and cosy annexe living is. Built with super-insulated SIP panel technology (structurally insulated panels) our annexes achieve one of the highest U-Values in the business.  This combined with fantastic quality double glazing means that our annexes are super warm in the winter, with very little costs required for heating. Often we find our customers are downsizing from a larger, older property, where heating was often costly and draught-proofing not up to modern standards. Anyone moving into an annexe is always struck by just how thermally efficient they are, great for when you just want to put your feet up and relax on a cold Autumn day!

 

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Close to family

Of course one of the main motivators for making the move is to be close to family. As mentioned in the interview above this might be to provide mutual support, either helping with grandchildren, or giving support to a grandparent as they reach old age and providing a support hub for the whole family. Sometimes it can get a bit too much if families need to provide support but live miles away from each other. This stress can be reduced in many cases by building an annexe, giving those concerned a more tranquil way of life, reducing the need to travel so often and bringing together the family when they need each other the most.

 

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Less stress, more settled

Feeling settled is the key to a low-stress way of life. Once you know that you have a home that is going to provide for your long term needs, then you know that you can truly relax. Our annexes allow you to design and build a home that is perfectly suited to your needs, whether that might mean improved access for mobility issues, having a large open plan living space, or feeling connected to your family, getting your home just right is what we specialise in.

 

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Own kitchen

They say the heart of the home is in the kitchen. That is certainly true of all the annexes we build, with the kitchen taking a central role. All of our annexes are built with a detailed eye for design and incorporate an open plan kitchen living space that is synonymous with modern living. Having your own kitchen is essential for creating a relaxed home and is at the top of most of our customers wish list. What is great about moving into your new annexe is that you will get to choose and specify your brand new kitchen. All our annexe come complete with appliances from AEG and high-quality cabinets and worktops from Howdens, a renowned name in kitchen design. Choosing your kitchen is an exciting part of the annexe process, helping to create a home you can truly relax in.

 

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Garden location

Almost all of the annexes we build are set in a peaceful and tranquil garden location. If you are moving from a busy street or town location, one of the first things people notice is how relaxing it is to live surrounded by nature in a garden setting. It can be a real joy to be able to swing open the French doors in summer and enjoy the garden, all from the comfort of your annexe home. Even in winter, it is possible to enjoy the garden environment, with large bi-fold or French doors giving excellent views and bringing in plenty of light.

 

 

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Granny Annexe – Designed for independant living

At Granny Annexe, we design Annexes that are for the needs of people who enjoy the benefits of having their own accommodation while also being closely connected to family and relatives. The Annexes we design are built around the particular requirements of each and every customer. Our first step in building an annexe for a customer is to chat with them and learn about their situation. If the annexe is for an elderly relative, or for themselves or for someone with mobility problems then we want to know in order to help provide a building that will work brilliantly for these circumstances.

Our key aim is to provide a building that not only performs perfectly but also looks fantastic as well. All of our stunning annexe designs, share the philosophy of elegantly simple design, with a modern architectural appeal, adding value and accommodation to your garden space.

 

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What are Common reasons for building an annexe?

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Everyone has their own reasons for building an annexe. It might be to provide independent living with the added advantage of being close to relatives. It could be to add extra space and accommodation to your home and to create a versatile building in the future, or it could be to provide temporary accommodation for younger relatives, such as those wishing to get a foot on the property market.

 

Independent living for elderly relatives

A Garden Annexe is a perfect solution for those wanting to downsize and move into smaller accommodation that is self-contained, yet retains the benefit of still being connected to family and relatives. In essence, a garden annexe is simply a small, single-storey building that is built in the garden of a property and contains all of the things we normally associate with a compact one or two-bedroom home.

All of the annexes we build come complete with a luxury shower room as standard and include a walk-in shower (or optional wet-room), an electric shower and a W/C and washbasin with a stylish vanity unit.

A deluxe kitchen supplied by Howdens is also included in the price of all of our Garden Annexes. Our standard fitted kitchens come with a selection of different finishes, with a variety of worktops, sinks and cabinets in a variety of styles and colours. Also included is a choice of appliances from leading brands such as AEG, we will supply and fit appliances as based on your requirements, or if you are happy with your existing appliances it is no problem to move in with these instead.

What is paramount to us is to create a home that is comfortable, practical and stylish and is going to be meet all the requirements of our customers, adapting to their needs if and when those change.

We have been building garden annexes for elderly relatives for over 10 years and know the importance of getting everything right. It is often the little things, such as how the building flows, how easy it is to access the shower, or whether the kitchen will be manageable that can make all the difference.

 

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How we get it right

We provide a unique personalised service for all our customers. After chatting to one of our advisors we will recommend for you to have a free site survey conducted at your home. A site survey is a fantastic way for you to get to know us more and get a feel for how we work as a company. It will also be the first opportunity we have to view your property and garden and advise you on the size and annexe style that would best suit your property and needs. If you are building an annexe for an elderly relative it is also a great time for us to meet them and chat with them so we can start designing a building for their unique requirements.

 

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Granny annexe, a practical and versatile building

Not all the annexes we build are for elderly relatives. Our annexes are versatile, cleverly designed buildings that can be adapted for many uses. Our annexes are often used for a multitude of functions, including providing a garden office with additional accommodation, a spare room to be used by guests, or a temporary garden flat for guests staying for a longer time. With the huge increase in property prices in some areas, buying a home is just not feasible for a lot of people, so it makes a lot of sense to build an annexe that can provide a more afordable way to get on the property ladder or provide a temporary solution while saving for a deposit.

 

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Planning the layout and interior design of your annexe space

Layouts that work for you

Once you have made the decision to start building your annexe, there are a host of exciting options that need to be made. One of the most important things to consider is the layout of the annexe and how this will be designed in order to provide the best possible solution to your housing needs. The layout is something that needs to be correct from the get-go, as it is difficult to make alterations later in the build.

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What factors are important when choosing your layout?

The starting point for deciding on the layout of any home is to look carefully at the way that you use the building and how that use might change or adapt in the future. This is especially true for elderly customers, who’s mobility might not be as good as it was, or could require improved access for a wheelchair or walking support. A self-contained annexe is often a perfect solution for elderly people, for who a level of independence if still desired, but with the added security of being close to family and relatives.

The smaller size of an annexe means that rooms tend to be conveniently close to each other, all on one level, with great access between shower rooms, bedrooms and living spaces.

 

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Garden space and layout

Another key factor when choosing the layout of your garden annexe is the building’s orientation and how it sits within the garden space. This has an obvious bearing on where windows will be placed and where you want different views from.

You might want a living room with French doors overlooking the garden, or maybe a great view from the sink for you to do your washing up, or maybe you prefer a bedroom with a more secluded outlook. How your windows and views are configured on the property will help determine how the layout will be organised.

The size of the garden can also have an impact on the size and layout. Current regulations for annexes state that they should not take up more than 50% of the total garden plot area, so this could limit some people into the size of the property or whether it has one or two bedrooms. Annexes with a floor space of less than 25m2 might need to have a studio configuration in order to maximise the space available.

 

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Can planning rules effect layout?

One or two bedrooms is an important consideration, which can also have an influence on your planning application. As an annexe is a self-contained accommodation that will be lived in, it will need planning permission.

Part of the planning process will require you to write a statement outlining your needs to build an annexe, whether it’s for personal, health or family requirements. If a two-bedroom annexe is going to be built then planning authorities will need to know the reasons for the extra bedroom and might take this into consideration when processing the application.

In order to make the planning as stress-free as possible, we offer a planning service for a small extra charge. Knowing the annexe industry inside-out means that our success rate is very high and we have a good understanding of what is required by local authorities in order to get an annexe successfully approved.

 

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Facilities and services

Another factor that is necessary for an annexe to pass planning is that it be classed as an ancillary building. An important part of this is that it shares some of the services and facilities with the main house, such as sewage, electric, water etc. To be able to connect services the annexe will need to be positioned in a particular way, perhaps with a shower room and kitchen orientated towards these services. All of these factors can have an impact on the layout and alter how the building is designed.

 

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Best annexes for small spaces

For a narrower garden or a smaller garden space, there are a number of options that can be used to make the most of the size. If you do not want to compromise much on internal floor space then we would recommend either an L-Shaped floor plan or to reposition the annexe so that it faces the garden on the narrow end. An L-Shaped annexe is a great way to get the maximum floor area from a narrow site, offering the possibility of a 1 or 2 bedroom layout.

 

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Why now could be a great time to apply for your planning permission.

Planning permission might seem like a daunting prospect for many people, and it can certainly be a complex process, full of twists and turns.

However, with Granny Annexe’s bespoke planning service, we take care of it all for you, dealing with everything from the drawings to liaising with your case officer and making any adjustments needed in order to make sure your annexe gets approval; so that you can start your new life in your fantastic new home.

 

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Often we are asked if planning permission is required for an annexe. The short answer is definitely YES! An annexe is a permanent home that is to be lived in.

Some of our competitors suggest that an annexe might not need planning permission, or could be built under the ‘Caravan Act’, but we would strongly disagree with this as an annexe is a permanent structure, ancillary to the main home. It is important to go down the proper legal channels and have the proper documentation in place, otherwise, you might well experience legal issues down the line, especially if you were to eventually sell the home.

Hiring a professional company who specialise in annexe buildings is definitely advised. At Granny Annexe we have over 12 years experience in designing, planning, and building annexes. With this breadth of experience, we will be able to assess your property and environment in order to design an annexe that will sit perfectly in its surroundings. This then allows us to make an application with a design that has the best chance of being passed by your local planning authority.  As all the annexes we build are bespoke, this means we can take extra consideration of particular characteristics of your area, such as the type of tiling, the choice of cladding, and shape of the roof, to name a few.

 

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How is my annexe planning application decided?

The results of your application can change according to your local planning authority, and of course on your particular planning officer. With this in mind, no local authorities are the same, which can make the process more complex and confusing. Granny Annexe has built projects all over the country, we have built up an expertise in these planning matters, and understand the differences in particular areas. This gives us a head-start when it comes to designing your building and can help make the process as straight forward and stress-free as possible.

 

How to get professional help to build your annexe?

Getting started on building an annexe could not be easier. First, we would suggest that you book a free virtual site survey with our surveyors. This will give you the opportunity to discuss your project in detail and for us to give you our advice on the type of building that we think would be most suitable for your surroundings and needs.

We would then ask you to send us as many photos as possible of the garden and area on which the annexe will be built to give us a good idea of your building plot. We would then at a later stage be able to make a zero-contact visit of the site in order to measure and survey the area

After your free virtual site survey, the fun part starts. We will design your annexe building and create a CAD drawing using our architect software, create a plan of your garden with the annexe in situ, and demonstrate where all utilities will be joined, we will then send you an itemised quotation with your drawings. This is a totally no-obligation service, all free of charge.

 

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Why now could be great time to start your project and gain planning permission?

 

If you are thinking that an annexe could be an ideal investment for your family, then now might be the perfect time to get started. Regarding the planning process, you might be surprised to hear that the current lockdown offers a great opportunity to submit applications. Like many of us, councils are now fully set up to work efficiently from home. Due to this, more decision-making powers have been handed to case-officers in order to help make the process as smooth as possible, which means we have seen an improved success rate in general.

It also seems apparent that annexe type structures have an increased likely hood of acceptance, especially when considered as an alternative to care homes.

All of this means that your annexe application has a good chance of approval, meaning you can get the ball rolling on your annexe project.

One thing is also for certain, once restrictions are lifted there is going to be a surge in people wanting to make applications and to begin building projects. Getting started now in the lockdown means you will be at an advantage and can have everything in place to be able to start building as soon as possible.

 

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How your garden can enhance and improve your annexe

Granny annexes are perfect at blending your garden space with your home and interior. With this connection between outdoors and indoors being so prominent, it is important to get the aesthetics and functionality of your garden just right, in order to maximise the use of these spaces.

A garden is very much part of your home, especially in summer where a lot of us spend the majority of our time during the day. There are a number of ways in which to make your outdoor space function better, helping your garden blend in with the use of your annexe.

Great ways to create this connection are through landscaping the garden and the use of large bi-fold doors, French doors and decking.

 

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Windows and Doors

Granny Annexe offer our buildings with a great range of windows and doors that can come in a variety of colours to suit your requirements. All of the annexes we build come with wide opening, sliding or French doors, with floor to ceiling glazing. Wide opening doors are one of the best ways to connect the garden with the annexe. In the summer you can enjoy the benefits of having the doors wide open and enjoying the warmer weather. In the winter months, you can sit inside, cosy behind double glazed windows while still enjoying that connection to the garden. Of course, how your garden looks has a huge effect on your enjoyment of your garden. You don’t need to spend lots of money in order to make a nice space, a few simple ideas can improve things immensely.

 

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Garden space ideas that work with your annexe

Your garden annexe has been designed in order to work perfectly with the look and shape of your garden. Usually situated at the back of the garden the space between the house and annexe offers the opportunity to create a really special garden zone. If you are not so green-fingered, then you might want to consider some hard landscaping. The use of paving, gravel and pot plants can create a relaxing oasis, without the need for mowing the lawn or weeding. Grasses are another way to add some texture and variety to a gravel area. Hardy and interesting to look at, grasses come in all shapes, sizes and colours and can add real visual interest to your garden space. Pot plants can also create greenery, without creating borders that will need regular maintenance.

 

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Choosing a range of large interesting pots gives you the chance to add some intrigue and variety. A modern pot might help create a more contemporary space, while traditional pots might create a more classical garden space.

Patios also add usable garden space that looks good and adds a useful function as well. A patio can also help to connect the annexe to the outdoors, creating a flow between the two. Patios come in a great range of designs and need not break the bank. If you would like to economise a little then concrete patios can be a fraction of the price of more expensive stone patios. These days concrete paving can look just as good as stone, only you will know the difference, and the amount you have saved!

Decking is another way to connect the outdoor space with the indoor space and create a pleasant place from which to sit and relax.

Decking can come in either treated timber or composite material. Composite decking looks fantastic and also requires almost no maintenance. It won’t rot and won’t need sanding or oiling, giving you even more time to sit back, relax and enjoy your garden.

Of course, for some people you simply cannot beat a well-manicured lawn, a lawn can be the pride and joy of many people, with tending to it a hobby rather than a chore. A looked after lawn can be a great backdrop to an annexe, and creates something relaxing to look at from the annexe. Also if you have young children or grandchildren then they might appreciate a lawn to be able to run and play on. Keeping a lawn in good condition takes less work than you might imagine. Sprinkling some ‘weed and seed’ granules twice a year will keep the moss and weeds down, while also feeding and making the grass nice and green.

 

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Sculptural Landscaping

For that extra touch of architectural garden design, you cannot beat some sculptural garden accessories. Structures such as pergolas can be sculptural, but also provide a useful area for a shaded garden table and chairs, as well as adding extra height and interest to a garden. Fountains and water features are also a great way to add some drama and interest, while also adding a soothing element. Many people find the sound of water very relaxing and can help to transform a small space into something unique.

 

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The rise in popularity in annexe living.

 

Annexe living is an increasingly popular way in which to extend a property, giving more space to house additional family members, while still affording a certain degree of personal space and independent living.

Many factors are contributing to the rise in planning applications for annexe buildings with roughly 10,000 applications made to local councils across the UK each year. Factors that contribute to these high numbers are the increase in house prices across many regions, the introduction of the rise of stamp duty, and the many benefits annexe living has for families. An annexe can help provide care for elderly relatives, negating care home costs or can even give younger family members a leg up on the property ladder, thus providing the perfect solution to a number of housing issues.

Of the 10,000 applications made yearly, around 82 per cent are successful, for both new annexes and for buildings that are converted into an annexe. In fact, there has been a 5% increase in annexe applications since 2018.

Annexes have also been linked to improving the chances of homeowners selling their homes. Recent research amongst estate agents nationwide has revealed that 3 and 4 bedroom homes with a granny annexe can expect to command up to a 27% higher asking price, compared to similar properties in the local area.

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Designing and building your dream annexe.

The process of designing and building an annexe is a very exciting prospect for a lot of people. Something that makes GrannyAnnexe.com almost unique amongst in competitors is that it offers a totally bespoke design service, meaning that you can create a building designed around your own unique requirements. We are always on hand to work closely with you on the design and layout, which can also be essential for helping you to gain planning permission.

The rise in interest in self-build projects, featured on programs such as Grand Designs, means that more than ever people are thinking ‘what if I build my own ideal home’. An annexe can be a great way to achieve this dream but without the expense of buying a plot of land. As an annexe is an ancillary building to your main home there are a few factors that need to be taken into consideration. One of the most important is that is must not take up more than 50% of the total land of your existing home and land. In smaller properties, this might restrict the scale of your project, whereas in larger properties you might be able to build a larger annexe.

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Planning permission and annexe building

In order to build an annexe, it is almost certain that you will need to get planning permission from your local planning authority. As an annexe is to be lived in on a full-time basis, then planning permission is required by law. GrannyAnnexe.com are able to apply and take care of the whole planning process for an additional fee of £1954.00 including VAT. Included in this price we will create the scaled drawings, planning statement and liaise with the case officer.

It is also no problem if you would like to take care of the planning process yourself, in which case we would provide the scaled drawings and designs for you to make your own application.

When applying for planning permission it is important to consider a number of factors. These factors should be mentioned in your personal statement, a document that will need to be included in the planning application. These factors include your reasons for building the annexe, so if it’s for yourself then it is important to explain certain family or health issues. An example of this might be that you need extra family support due to mobility. Planning authorities will take all of the factors into consideration when deciding if permission for a granny annexe will be granted. If you would like to build a larger annexe with say 2 or 3 bedrooms, this might be an issue for planning, so it will be important to explain why the extra bedrooms are required. Planning authorities are in general supportive of annexe applications, as long as it is well presented why they are required and the design and scale of the building fits in with the local environment.

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Current annexe design trends

The design of your annexe is a personal choice and we are more than happy to help you create the home of your dreams. Unlike many other annexe companies, all the buildings we construct are unique. During a free site survey, we will be able to discuss with you the style and design of your new annexe. Sometimes the design is affected by the local environment and what design is likely to get planning approval. But this still gives you a lot of choices regarding the style. Some people prefer a more traditional design, like the example above, with a rendered exterior and brick quoins. Other people are looking for something more contemporary, a fantastic modern look can be achieved with Anthracite Grey doors and windows and cedar cladding, as in the example below.

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We will be able to guide you on which design could suit your garden best and on the range of options we have available to make your new home unique.

 

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Why now could be the perfect time to plan a Granny Annexe!

The beginning of the year is a perfect time to start the process of building an annexe in the garden. By getting in touch now, you can get the ball rolling in order to start building in Spring, which is the preferred time to begin construction work.

 

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Starting the process

Starting to get your annexe designed and built could not be easier. Firstly we recommend that you contact us to arrange a free site survey. A site survey is a fantastic way in which to get to know us and to discuss the project in more detail. We will be able to assess your property and recommend which building design would suit the location and be likely to get planning approval. Due to our years of experience, specialising in annexe construction, we will be able to advise you on a number of things, such as design, layout, positioning and planning. The site survey usually takes around 1 hour and is a totally free service with no hidden charges.

Once we have spoken to you and gone over your requirements, your project is handed over to our team of designers. They will design a building to your specification, our core range of annexes give a good impression of the type of building that we build, but we are able to design a variety of styles or layouts, depending on your requirements and planning approval. We offer a completely bespoke service, which sets us apart from most of our competitors, our aim is to create the perfect annexe to suit your requirements.

Our design team will send you your new design plans in around one weeks time. We understand that it is highly likely that you will want to make some changes and alterations, which is all part of the design process. In fact, we give you up to 4 opportunities to amend your quote free of charge, ensuring that you get the perfect design.

 

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Why is spring a great time to build?

Weather is one of the most important considerations when building. Fewer things can hold up a build more than bad weather. In spring you can more or less guarantee that some of the days will be pleasant and sunny, the ground will not be too wet, plus longer days and evenings mean jobs can be continued for longer.

Most builders get very booked up after spring, with summer being especially busy, so booking in early in January ensures that you get your build slot sorted ahead of the rush of people.

Another reason spring can be a good time to start building is that it tends to be between busy holiday periods. The chaos of Christmas is well behind and the busy summer activities and plans are in the future. Your calendar might well thank you that you choose spring as a build time.

 

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What to expect during the building process?

A typical annexe is built within 5 – 7 weeks depending on the size of the annexe, ground conditions and weather.

Week 1 – 2

Is when the heavy work begins. During this time we complete most of the groundwork, including the foundations and drainage, that will form the base of your annexe. This is the most disruptive element of the build for your garden, obviously having better weather is a benefit for this period which is why spring can be a great time to build.

Week 3 – 4

During this week we construct the shell and roof of the building. Very quickly you will get a feeling for the size and dimensions of the building during this exciting phase. Exterior cladding or render is applied and we complete the first fix of electrics and plumbing, followed by all the plastering.

Week 5 – 6

Internal finishing touches are completed that make an annexe a home. Your new luxury kitchen and shower room are fitted, which is all included in the price of the building. Flooring is laid throughout and final elements such as skirting boards are added.

Week 7

The final interior decoration is completed, with walls and skirting painted. Your annexe will then be cleaned inside out before you are handed the keys.

 

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A complete turnkey service

When you buy an annexe from Granny Annexe we take care of everything from start to finish. This means that you can save time in the long run, especially when it comes to complex matters such as design and gaining planning permission.

 

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Key considerations when building a Granny Annexe.

Building an annexe can be one of the simplest ways to create a new home to live in, due to the fact that many companies (such as Granny Annexe) offer a complete turnkey solution. This means that we take care of everything, from consultation and design to the planning stages and building, to handing you the keys. This can take a lot of the stress and hassle out of the building process, allowing you to concentrate on more important things, such as planning the move.

 

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Family

Of course, consideration number one is very often the family and how the move will influence family dynamics. If an older family member is moving into the garden annexe then this can be a great boost to everybody involved, but can also mark a change and could take some time for all parties to adjust to. In the beginning, it can be a good idea to give each other the space to adjust and to remember that while an annexe connects family, it also allows for each to live independently of each other. Grandchildren and younger members will also need time to get used to the change and will perhaps be very excited to have their grandparents live so close by.

 

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Finances

Finances can be something that causes a lot of stress in a family, especially when large sums of money are involved. It is important to be open with each other from the offset and be clear about how the annexe will be funded and maintained. Often the cost of the annexe will be funded through the sale of a house previously lived in. This process itself can be the cause of a lot of stress and it’s important to be realistic about how fast a property might sell. Once sold there can be a lot of legal work to complete, so it’s wise to consider all these factors.

 

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Timing the build

One of the key advantages of a building constructed by Granny Annexe is the fast turnaround and speed in which our annexes can be erected. We usually suggest that an annexe can be built between 5 – 7 weeks, depending on weather and ground conditions. This means that you could be moved in and relaxing in a couple of months. Our complete turnkey solution means that you won’t need to lift a finger, as we also take care of all internal plastering, appliance fixtures, painting and decorating. We also make sure the annexe is cleaned top to bottom before handing you the keys. Another consideration regarding the timing of the build is the planning process. We can submit an application on your behalf at an additional cost of £1954.00 inc VAT. This means that we deal with the planning department and building control and use our expertise in order to maximise the chances of the annexe being awarded permission. It is important to be aware that planning approval on average is an 8-12 week process that can be affected by a number of external influences.

 

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The building process

Choosing your builders wisely can be the difference between a stress-free and successful building project and a complete disaster. There are plenty of companies that offer cut-price annexe construction but do not have the know-how and experience to build the annexe to the standard required by building control. The important thing to consider when choosing a building company is if you can see examples of previous work that they have carried out. In order to offer this, we operate an ambassador scheme where it is possible to view an annexe that is actually lived in by one of our ambassadors. We feel this offers some advantages over a showroom as you can actually talk to one of our past customers, see how the annexe works for them and get a feel for how you might enjoy living in a similar building.

 

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Building for the future

When construction something such as an annexe it is important to consider how the building might work in the future and how its use might change. How the annexe will be used varies greatly from family to family, depending on the level of care that will be needed, if external support is required, and how mobile the occupants are. From the offset, we design our buildings to meet the unique requirements of each customer, but we can also suggest ways to make the building future proof, installing ramps, extra-wide doorways, walk-in showers and other adaptations that can make life easier in the future.

 

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Virtual tours of some of our impressive Annexe projects

Virtual tours are a great way to get an impression of the size and scale of the annexes we build and to picture how the interior spaces work. Our team of designers are always looking for ways to push the boundaries of annexe design and to create buildings that are fantastic living spaces while also adding great design and architecture to its surroundings.

 

 

With a total area of 60m2, this large L-Shaped annexe is quite a design statement. Red cedar cladding is complimented with Anthracite grey UPVC doors and windows to create a contemporary and stunning design. A key feature of the annexe is the natural sedum roof that creates a striking look but also benefits the building with great insulation properties that also helps the local environment, providing a great habitat for wildlife and insects.

Our walk around tour shows some of the impressive features that are included in an annexe of this size. Wide French doors open up to reveal a spacious kitchen diner and living room, while dual aspect windows bring in lots of light and offer fantastic views to the garden beyond. A great additional feature of the living room is the inclusion of a log burner. This is an optional extra that can add a homely impression, helping to create a cosy and warm room during winter. Ideal for when the weather turns a bit grey and wet and all you want to do is lie down on the sofa and read a book.

This size annexe also allows room for a separate study with skylight, double bedroom and plenty of room for extra storage.

 

 

The second virtual tour shows a modern annexe with large open plan rooms featuring impressive views to the garden. Dramatic glazing is a key feature, with very large bifold doors flooding the annexe with light, helping to create a very spacious building. The bedroom to the front of the property takes centre stage in this build, enjoying dual aspect floor to ceiling glazing and bi-fold doors. Being a larger annexe there is also plenty of room for an additional bedroom to the rear of the property, ideal for visiting guests.

The other end of the annexe features an open plan kitchen diner and seating areas face the garden, creating a calm oasis from which to relax or entertain.

 

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This third visual tour is representative of a more typical annexe we build. Something similar to our Islay range. This annexe incorporates a one-bedroom layout with a separate open plan kitchen diner. A more traditional look is created with the use of white render and brick quoins, but with a modern twist incorporating large anthracite grey french doors. Light and spaciousness is a common feature in all the annexes we build.

 

 

This annexe design also benefits from a large decking area, which can really help a building connect with its outdoor space. An outdoor ramp allows for easy access, making the annexe suitable for those with disabilities while blending into the external design.

 

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After completing a free site survey we provide each customer with a 3-D drawing of your own bespoke annexe design, a floor plan showing the layout of your new annexe, and an itemised quotation with a transparent itemised list of all the costs that are involved.

 

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New Granny Annexe built in Peterborough

Our recently completed annexe for our customers in Peterborough showcases some of the personal touches that can really make an annexe building stand out with some excellent design choices and bespoke features.

The original specification for this annexe was for a 45m2 building, featuring a large double bedroom with a huge walk-in wardrobe, a separate kitchen and a cosy lounge. Large French doors open up onto the garden providing wide-reaching views, bringing in plenty of light.

 

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One key element of the design brief was to create an annex that had plenty of storage space. With this in mind, our designers got to work and set about configuring a building that truly met the requirements of the customer. A 4.59m2 walk-in wardrobe was incorporated into the layout, connected to the bedroom. Another bespoke feature was to include easy access to the shower room, with entry possible from both the bedroom and hallway.

 

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We are always very happy to discuss bespoke requirements customers have for an annexe. Often special requirements are needed for mobility issues or particular lifestyle choices. We can usually configure the layout of an annexe to suit the needs and preferences of each customer and incorporate extra storage when wanted. Other requests customers often need is increased access for disabilities, ramps and handrails for wheelchair access, and the widening of doors, and shower rooms for improved access.

We have been specialised in the construction of annexes for over 10 years and so fully understand the needs of elderly clients and how those needs might change throughout the use of the building.

 

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Also included in the project was a deluxe kitchen from Howdens’ Greenwich Range, with plain style door fronts in an elegant white with brushed chrome handles. Laminate Oak flooring was laid throughout, connecting the internal space and adding the feeling of light and spaciousness.

 

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A common feature of all the annexes we build is to incorporate plenty of glazed areas in order to help create the feeling of light and spaciousness. The lounge area of this annexe benefits from 1.76 m French doors with dual fixed frame windows either side. Even with a smaller sized lounge, this can really help to open up space and make for a spacious building. Optional extras are also possible to further enhance a building such as bi-fold doors which can be a real benefit in the summer when you want to open up the doors and connect the indoor space with your garden.

 

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The external design of this particular annexe takes on a more modern twist than some of our more traditional buildings. An off-white grey render creates a modern and stylish facade when combined with grey-blue windows, doors and matching fascia. This colour combination is really set off with the pitched roof of contrasting terracotta tiles. The whole building compliments the garden perfectly and looks really at home in its surroundings.

 

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(Photos accredited to Costi)


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