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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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Contemporary garden annexes that provide ideal self-accommodation

In later life, or even in the early stages of looking for a first home, often people need to think out of the box when it comes to living arrangements. In some cases living in a larger home is not a practical arrangement, either the dwelling is too big, or the costs are too high, or we are not able to live close enough to family.

One fantastic solution can be to build a garden annexe in the garden of an existing property which still provides independent accommodation but without the large bills of a house, or the expense of buying a property and with the added advantage of living near family.

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What Are The Benefits Of Living In A Contemporary Garden Annexe?

Of course with a bespoke garden annexe, there are a number of advantages compared to buying a similar-sized bungalow.

One of the main benefits that people first realise is cost. On average the cost of buying a property in the UK is £230,292. This is significantly more than the cost of building an annexe, with annexe prices starting from £64,900 for a one-bedroom self accommodation annexe. Also, there is the benefit of not having to pay expensive stamp duty and could allow you to free up assets in an existing home that could help fund your retirement.

 

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These savings in cost can also extend to your bills and expenses. Our customers usually see quite a significant drop in costs when it comes to energy bills, water and utilities compared to the bills they experienced with their traditional house.

The main reason behind this is the size of the building and the fact that our annexes use highly efficient thermal construction techniques that mean we achieve excellent U-Values. What this translates to is a very warm building in winter that is cheap to heat, and a cool comfortable space in summer.

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Another big advantage of an annexe in the garden is the fact that you can live close to your family and benefit from a more multi-generational home set up. This could be a real comfort in later life, to know that your family are close to you and can provide support for you if you need it, but still allowing you to live an independent life with your own privacy and separate access. This type of living arrangement for later years is often seen as a great alternative to a care-home if the level of care required is not an issue.

Living close to family can have far-reaching benefits for all involved, with grandchildren enjoying living close to grandparents, providing, perhaps, extra support for childcare and creating strong family bonds.

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The benefits don’t just apply to the older generation. Our garden annexes have been used for a variety of functions and serve families in many ways. Increasingly we have seen annexes used for younger family members, commonly termed as a ‘graddy annexe’ we have often built buildings for those who are looking for an independent living solution but perhaps are still saving for a deposit for their own place. A garden annexe can be the perfect solution for providing a self-contained home, without the costs of renting. A ‘graddy annexe’ can be utilized in a number of ways and will remain a versatile building for the future, adaptable at a later stage for guest accommodation, or a home office or even for a granny annexe.

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