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What are the expected costs of building a Granny Annexe

Constructing an outdoor building in your home’s garden is often seen as a great investment and a sure way to create added value to your property. An annexe is often created for a very specific need, usually for an elderly relative, or increasingly, for a younger relative who might not yet be able to afford their own home. In both cases, it is a fantastic way to create an independent living solution that will be an asset to your property for years to come.

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All of the buildings that we construct are bespoke and designed especially for each of our customer’s needs. No two annexes are the same. Having said that we can still provide an example of what a typical annexe might cost based on some of the base models that we construct.

Our most compact annexe starts from £55,162.85 inc VAT. The Tiree is a one bedroom annexe with 24 m2 external area (6m x 4m). Comprising of a kitchen-diner and a studio bedroom with en suite. It provides all of the essentials for a comfortable home, while also being small enough to fit into most gardens, either lengthways of longways.

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The Tiree, like all of our annexes, comes fully fitted out with a high-end kitchen, shower room and all internal fittings. We offer a complete turnkey service, from design to construction to handing you the keys.

Planning Permission

All of our annexes require planning permission as they are permanent structures designed to be lived in. While a few companies offer annexes built under the ‘Caravan Act’ this is not something we would recommend as if the planning authorities deem the building to not be ‘mobile’ then you might be asked to remove the building. We believe in constructing quality buildings with proper foundations that will last a lifetime.

A full planning service for an additional cost of  £1672.00 inc VAT can reduce many of the stresses of starting a new building project, with us taking care of all or the planning and building regulations you can be sure that your annexe’s planning is in the best hands. Often these initial stages can be some of the most stressful parts of a project, but our team of highly experienced professionals can take the burden out of the process.

 

Larger Annexes

If you require a bit more space, then an annexe with a separate en suite bedroom normally starts from £59,896.31 inc VAT. With 28 m2 external area, there is capacity for a separate bedroom, kitchen diner and living room. An even larger 2 bedroom annexe with 58 m2 external area might typically start from £100,356.50 inc VAT.

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A larger annexe can provide even more space and versatility, it is possible for us to design and construct a 2 bedroom annexe, but it is important to be aware that planning permission might be more difficult to get unless you can provide evidence that 2 bedrooms are required for the purpose of the building.

2 bedroom annexes have a lot of space and can easily accommodate a separate kitchen, study or have an en suite and a bathroom. How you configure your annexe is up to you, we will build your annexe to your specifications and be able to guide you as to what layout and floorplan would work best for you.

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A full break down of our prices can be found on our website, with sizes ranging from 24 m2 to 60 m2 external area.

 

Optional Extras

The size of your chosen annexe, building materials and optional extras, can all affect the price that we send in the quote. Some of the most popular optional extras that we offer are engineered Oak flooring, underfloor heating, ramps and rails and external elements such as decking and lighting. The price for a newly constructed annexe usually varies a little from the list price on our website as many customers would like to make small changes to the shape, size and layout. We have our own team of in-house designers who are able to take care of all the design elements of the project free of charge. After discussing with you your requirements and design ideas we get to work in producing the first drawings, we then send you your quote with a 3-D drawing of your bespoke annexe with a floor plan and a garden aspect plan to help you visualise where everything is going.

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Adding value to your home

It is generally accepted that building an annexe will increase the value of your home at least by the amount that you have spent on its construction. These days many people who are searching for a new home are looking for flexible accommodation, either to accommodate relatives, occasional guests or to use as a home office. An annexe will remain a versatile and useful addition to any home, adding value, space and functionality.

How much does an annexe cost to maintain?

We feel that you will be pleasantly surprised at how little an annexe costs to maintain once it is constructed. We only use the highest quality materials in the construction of our buildings that are built to last. The walls are constructed using structural, thermally insulated panels with either render of wood cladding. This provides excellent protection to the elements and only requires general maintenance in order to keep in lasting order for years to come. Being made from SIPs (Structurally Insulated Panels) means that the cost to heat our annexes is very low compared to a typical house. The excellent thermal performance means that the annexes we build are cheap to heat in the winter yet remain cool in the summer. Modern regulations and building techniques also mean that we only utilise the most modern electrics, with eco-friendly LED lights that cost less to replace in the long term.

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How does the cost of an annexe compare to a similarly sized bungalow?

Costing from between £60,000 – £110,000 for a typical annexe you can expect to make a huge saving compared to the cost of a traditional bungalow, small house or flat in most regional areas. When you build an annexe in most cases the land is already paid for, which can be the most expensive part of a new build project. Utilising your garden to build can be seen as a sure investment with any structure adding value and versatility to your property. With housing in short supply (especially bungalows) it makes increasing sense to build in your garden as the costs of housing is continuing to rise and becoming unaffordable in a lot of areas. When you add this to the practicality and care benefits of having elderly relatives close by then an annexe can make a lot of sense to many families.

 

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How to increase your living space by constructing a garden annexe

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Living space in our homes is currently at breaking point. Many families would like to move up the property ladder and buy a larger home, but with the cost of housing soaring, that is not always a possibility. Sometimes circumstances mean that a family needs to find extra space, whether they can afford to or not.

A knock on effect of current house prices is that the younger generation might not be able to afford a deposit and get their foot on the first rung of the property ladder, or elderly parents might not have enough equity in their own property to afford to downsize.

That is when building an annexe in the garden might be an affordable solution to help with the increase in demand for family living space. Whether for the older or the younger generation, a garden building can provide an ideal mix of proximity to the main family home, combined with an element of independence that helps to make multigenerational living a success.

 

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What is an Annexe?

By definition, it is a separate building designed for living in that is associated with the main building. It, therefore, offers an element of independent living, while retaining a close link to the family home. This creates the perfect elements for multi-generational living, where a combination of independence and security are sought after.

Is planning permission required?

You generally need planning permission for any habitable building, whereas for a summerhouse, garden office or gym it might not be necessary. Simply put, if it is going to be slept in it will probably require planning permission. Before choosing your design it is wise to consider the local environment, whether or not you live in a conservation area and if your building is listed. These factors might affect the style of annexe you are allowed to build. All of these factors are worth considering and something that we would be very happy to assist you with and discuss in more detail.

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We recently constructed this fabulous building in Basildon. with an external area of 8m x 5m and a pitched roof, it is one of our larger annexes, in the Arran range.

Bright, airy and spacious

A common request we receive when designing a new building for our customers is that they would like to create a light and airy space to live in. Our annexes always fit this bill. With the use of a pitched roof, Velux skylights bring in light from above and help to further enhance the feeling of space. Bi-folding or French doors are also a popular choice meaning that light floods into the main living area. In summer the doors can be thrown open so that the garden is enjoyed to it’s fullest. A variety of window styles are possible, with a choice of frames in different colours in order to create your perfect look.

Cottage appeal

Our cottage style ‘Islay’  is our most popular design. Often our customers are looking for a traditional finish to their home with white render and brick quoins. This design looks at home in an English country garden and sets our buildings apart from some of the other products on the market. We also offer more contemporary and modern options, such as cedar cladding, or white render with dark grey door and window frames. We are always happy to discuss your design and find the perfect look to meet your requirements. Other features that can add to the look and usability of your building include a decked terraced area. This is a great way to connect the building with the garden and allow you to enjoy the garden and annexe even more.

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Fittings and fixtures

We will build and decorate your home so that it is ready to move into once we hand you the keys. Our team of professional tradesmen will fit your kitchen, install the bathroom and install all the electrics. We will discuss with you where you want each fitting so that it is perfect for when you move in. The prices of our annexes are all-inclusive, including, foundations, drainage, all kitchen fittings, a walk in shower or bath, bathroom fittings, electrical points, wiring and plumbing.

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Warm and cosy

Your comfort is our priority. That is why we use the best thermally insulating building methods to create a warm, weather tight and insulated building that is affordable to heat in the winter. In order to do this, we use Structurally Insulated Panels (SIPs) for the construction of your building. Our SIPs have a great insulation rating, falling well within UK Government limits. Our U-values are within the upper limits, contributing to the energy efficiency of the building. This also means that our buildings are quick to construct allowing for a build time of 5-7 weeks.

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Turnkey service

When we build a project for our customers we take care of everything, from design to building and decorating, installing the kitchen and bathroom and handing you the keys, we have it covered. Of course, your input is very important to us and we always consult you throughout the process, but you can relax in the certainty that everything is being managed for you. Our team of professional craftsmen take great pride in the high standards of finish we guarantee for our customers, with beautifully laid laminate or engineered wooden floors, plastered and painted walls, electrical fittings and skirtings, our service is always completed to the best industry standards.

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Often the first step our customers take when having a new annexe built is to request a free brochure, either in PDF or print form.

Our brochure offers our customers the chance to get a good feeling for the process that is involved in creating their new home.

 

It is possible to download a PDF version of our brochure from here.

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Or if you prefer you may request a print version and have the brochure sent directly to your door.

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What is included in our brochure?

We describe to you how we build our annexes for our customers, first and foremost our aim is to build a home that is perfect for your requirements. To do this we offer all our customers a free (subject to location) site survey.

During the site survey, we can advise you on which building would work best for you. We can also discuss options such as cladding, window frames, the size of your building, access, bathrooms and kitchen options, to name a few.

We also offer our customers a number of optional upgrades, including ramps, rails, shower wet rooms and engineered oak floors.

After we have conducted a site survey – we will produce initial designs, including an exterior 3D visual so that you can picture how the building will look. A floor plan and garden aspect plan, so you can see where everything will go and an itemised quotation, so you can see the exact price of your new granny annexe.

When you book a site survey you can take advantage of our free design and quotation service.

 

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What happens next?

You will have 3 opportunities to amend your quote free of change and will also have the option to visit one of our recently completed Granny Annexes.

Once you are happy to continue, building work can start, with a typical build time lasting 5 – 7 weeks.

Week 1 – 2

Heavy work begins. This includes all the groundwork, installing the foundations and drainage to the base of your annexe.

Week 3 – 4

The building shell is constructed. During this process, we will undertake the initial electrics and plumbing and then complete the plastering.

Week 5

We add the core elements of your interior, transforming it into your new home. Kitchens are fitted, flooring is laid throughout and the skirting boards are installed by our carpenters.

Week 7

Final decorations are completed, your new annexe is cleaned top to bottom and you are handed the keys to your new home.

At the end of every build your new property is inspected by government approved building inspectors and for your peace of mind, we are also able to offer a 10-year insurance backed guarantee.

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How big is a modern Granny Annexe compared to a more expensive Bungalow?

A question often asked by new customers is ‘how large’ are the homes we build in people’s gardens.

You might be pleasantly surprised to know that our buildings are probably larger than you think and represent excellent value compared to a similarly sized bungalow.

The question of ‘how large can I have my annexe?’ is only limited by the size of your garden and possible building regulations particular to your area.

To help give you an impression of the type of size and layout we can offer, below are some examples of our most popular designs.

TIREE

TIREE (TIRIODH)

Height 3616mm 11.86ft
Width 6000mm 19.68ft
Depth 4000mm 13.12ft
External Area 24m2 258.33ft2

FROM (INC VAT)£55,162.85

IONA

IONA (CHALUIM CHILLE)

Height 3539mm 11.61ft
Width 8000mm 26.24ft
Depth 3500mm 11.48ft
External Area 28m2 301.39ft2

FROM (INC VAT)£59,896.31

ISLAY

ISLAY (ILE)

Height 3551mm 11.65ft
Width 8000mm 26.24ft
Depth 4750mm 15.58ft
External Area 33.75m2 363.28ft2

FROM (INC VAT)£72,475.08

JURA

JURA (DIURA)

Height 4000mm 13.12ft
Width 6500mm 21.32ft
Depth 9000mm 29.52ft
External Area 58.50m2 629.69ft2

FROM (INC VAT)£100,356.50

A typical bungalow of 35m2 for sale in our local area of Bedfordshire at this time costs approximately £275,000 (http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-69259226.html). Compare that to a similarly sized annexe built & decorated with kitchen, bathroom & lounge-diner in just 5-7 weeks for £72,475.08 inc VAT with no stamp duty! For many people part of the attraction of our buildings is the vast amount of money you can save compared to downsizing into a similarly sized bungalow.

 

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Our ‘Islay’ building with a size of 33.75m2 boasts some exceptional features with a modern high specified kitchen and a stylish and practical bathroom. All of our buildings are constructed with Sips panels, which are highly insulated and quick to install.
Through our long partnership with several of the UK’s finest fitted kitchen makers we can provide a thoughtfully designed kitchenette or full kitchen depending on the size of your annexe, all included in our price.

 

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Our buildings can be designed to fit almost any space, as long as your garden is big enough, we are able to incorporate your unique requirements and design a home that will provide a spacious, light and comfortable place to live for years to come.
 

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Happy New Year from Granny Annexe

Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018!

As 2017 comes to a close we would like to look back at the year. It has been an exciting year for us here at Granny Annexe. Since introducing our new and improved annexes in late 2016, we have been able to build these new designs. These new designs have allowed us to create spacious and bright annexes with all the amenities. They have given our customers a better quality of life, by providing them with a beautiful new home, right in the heart of the family.

Early on in the year, one of our projects came to a close. A stunning cedar clad annexe very closely resembling our Lomond design, with some subtle changes made by the customer. The annexe featured on ITV’s The Home Game. The family expressed joy with their new Granny Annexe, a home that was not only a visually appealing addition to the garden, a relaxing, bright and airy space with modern kitchen/diner, wet room and bedroom.  Granny Annexe offers a variety of choices and options with our annexes so customers can give their annexes personal touches, including options for the flooring, feature walls, kitchen & bathroom styles, exterior finishing etc. The annexe featured on the show came 2nd in the competition. The 4 families featured had made changes to their homes and the prize was awarded to whoever had increased their home value the most. We are proud to say that the annexe had added its value and more to the property. Read more here.

Since we started building Granny Annexes we have received many inquires and questions from our customers one of those being “do you offer any finance options for the annexes?” Prior to 2017 we have not been able to, but, we have teamed up with Pegasus and now we can offer finance options for our products, just head on over to our blog post here to see more.

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Now onto something we are very pleased with and that is our 94% customer satisfaction award, awarded to us by the IWA who we work with to provide our customers with an insurance backed guarantee, giving you peace of mind should anything occur. We are only happy when we have done a good job and when our customers are happy, this award is a good sign that we have been doing that.

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We hope that you have all had a wonderful Christmas, and would like to wish you a happy new year filled with joy and success.

Kind regards,

The Granny Annexe Team


Financing a Granny Annexe

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Many families in the UK are finding themselves in the position of caring for ageing parents or dependent family members and this is on the rise due to an ageing population. There are various avenues to explore when it comes to caring for loved ones, and many of these results in a loss of independence. At Granny Annexe we are able to offer an alternative solution which enables them to both retain a high level of independence as well as staying close to the family.

The average cost of a residential care home reaches into the realms of £120k (based on a two-and-a-half year stay). That’s a fairly high price tag that few can afford. 

http://www.which.co.uk/elderly-care/financing-care/financing-a-care-home/381597-care-home-fees 

A Granny Annexe provides a new home for a family member and an investment for your property. Many of our customers will consider selling their current property to fund a Granny Annexe project at a family member’s home, often leaving them with funds for their future financial security and enjoyment. Our annexes range from £55,000 – £100,000 upwards and often add significant value to the property. 

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For those without the option of selling a property, we have now teamed up with Pegasus to be able to provide our customers with an option for financing their projects. By using our advertised pricing or, if you have already arranged a site visit and received a quotation. You can enter the overall cost on the Pegasus website and it will calculate your monthly repayments this will vary dependent on the cost of the annexe and the duration of the loan you require.

The wonderful thing about a Granny Annexe is that it allows families to remain close and be actively involved in day to day life. As an added benefit it provides a great investment for your property. An independent property surveyor reviewed one of our projects during the TV show ‘The Home Game’ where they assessed the new annexe and it added its value back plus an extra £10,000 – £20,000 increase. 

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SIP’s! What are they?

SIP’s in the UK have only in recent decades become a noted method of construction, most commonly used in the construction of residential properties and small commercial projects, despite having existed since the 1930’s. The first instance of a SIP’s building was in Wisconsin, USA, 1937 and was even dedicated by the First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. The building survived the harsh Wisconsin climate and ultimately stood the test of time with its removal to make way for a larger building in 1998. Since 1937 like most things developments have been made and more modern materials used resulting in panels with better insulation and structural integrity.

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A SIP’s panel, simply put, is a form of insulated foam core sandwiched between 2 pieces of OSB this provides a very strong building material which has insulation built in.

There are many benefits to using SIP panels when it comes to construction, a few of those are:

Reduced build time: Due to the format of using large panels wall sections can be erected very quickly, often once a foundation has been placed and the walls ready to be put in place, the shell of a SIP building can be completed in a matter of days. One of our Granny Annexes can be completed in a matter of weeks, depending on size usually between 5-7 weeks of construction time.

Better Insulation: The panels, as it says in the name, have the insulation at the core of the building and because they can be slotted together very precisely there are much less cold bridges and the buildings are very air tight allowing for a better control over temperature.

Less wastage: SIP’s are often prepared in a factory before they are then sent to site, this allows for less wastage on site and very minimal wastage during manufacturing.

Green: The insulation for SIP’s is built into the structure, removing the need to add insulation at a later date, providing a very well insulated home reducing heating bills etc. The OSB used to construct the SIP’s is also sourced from young fast growing trees, which makes for a very renewable source and young trees can process carbon dioxide better than older trees therefore, reducing the overall CO2 emissions created.

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We have now worked with SIP’s for a considerable time, and we are always comforted when visiting customers and they tell us how warm and cosy their new homes feel, because of the insulation very minimal levels of heating are required to maintain a comfortable temperature in the annexe. They are also often taken aback at how quick the process is, from when the materials turn up on site to when they are able to move into the annexe. Unfortunately, we have no means of speeding up the planning process which can take between 8-12 weeks. If you want to build at a specific time of year through us, then the best thing to do is book a site survey around 4-5 months before you would like to build.

It may surprise you that even with these huge beneficial factors of using SIP’s, brick and mortar is still a more commonly used format of which to build and one of the simple answers to this is because it is still functional and it is the most widely known format for building a home. For large homebuilding companies to retrain would provide a fairly substantial cost and ultimately why fix something that isn’t broken? but we ask why not have something a bit better?


Smart Homes! Should you be installing a smart home system into your home?

Smart homes! Should you be installing a smart home system into your home?

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Let’s start with understanding exactly what having a smart home means. A smart home allows you to turn your ordinary bricks and mortar home into something that resembles the Jetsons, although sadly without the flying car! Automation is the key word when it comes to smart homes, allowing you to take control of many aspects of your home via an app on your smartphone, smart device (Amazon Alexa or Google home) or a smart thermostat like the ones offered by companies like Hive and Nest.

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This is the ultimate upgrade from the old fashioned clapping lights situation, now you can press a few buttons or even just speak from the comfort of your armchair to change the temperature across your home, turn lights on and off, control security systems, close and open blinds and more. Along with this unparalleled convenience there are many benefits that can come from having an automated home, energy efficiency is one of the key selling points for smart homes, from your phone you can adjust the temperature of your heating, your lighting and electronics allowing you to remotely control these aspects of your home, so if your out and your heating is going to come on at 7 but you miscalculated and are actually going to be a few hours late, then you can simply adjust your heating to come on 15 minutes before you get home, that way it will be nice and cosy for your return and you’ll be saving energy as you won’t be heating an empty house!

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Not only does that make you happy because you can save on your bills but it’s also beneficial for the planet and that is a win-win situation if you ask us!
To get an understanding of a few of the possibilities with smart home functionlity, take a look at this video by youtube Danny Winget, where he gives you a little guidance to some of the products that you can use to smarten up your home.

There are a couple of concerns about smart homes and their security, as you are connecting a lot of your home appliances and systems to the internet, this can open you up to the possibility of having your home hacked and that is quite a scary thought! You have to consider a few things though, with a good security system for your wi-fi you will curtail most attempts at someone trying to hack your home but the biggest thing to consider is that its not common it would be fairly unlucky for it to happen to you. Think of having a good wi-fi security setup like locking your car, a thief is much less likely to steal something from a locked car then an open one.

To conclude our little article, we are pretty sure that we would all welcome smart home integration into our own homes. The convenience that a smart home system allows is quite amazing in most cases, it really seems like we are making steps into the future much like those retro visions of the future!


No more Granny Annexe Stamp Duty Tax

We’re really pleased to hear the UK Government has decided to drop the proposed rise in Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT), which could have affected many people who own granny annexes or granny flats.

The proposed changes in SDLT could have affected up to 33,000 properties across England and Wales, and would have come into effect from 1st April 2016.

The initial proposal would have affected Granny Annexes that meet all the following criteria:

  • Classed as a separate dwelling for tax purposes
  • Must have independent access i.e. no access through the main house
  • Must be able to be sold separately
  • Must be valued at over £40,000
  • Must be able to be sold as a separate residence.

Luckily for our customers, the above would not have affected them anyway due to the type of planning permission we use which prevents the granny annexes from meeting the above criteria.

However it’s good to know that the proposed changes have been dropped and there will be no 3% hike in stamp duty for annexes.

Here’s some links for further reading:

TelegraphRelief as ‘ludicrous’ granny annexe tax is repealed

Money WiseGovernment U-turns on extra stamp duty for ‘granny flats’

The TimesHow did the Granny Annexe tax ever get this far?

Want to talk to our team of Granny Annexe experts about your project? Call us today on 0800 334 5774.


9 Benefits of Care at Home: Living in a Granny Annexe

Whether you’re looking for an alternative to care home costs for a relative, or whether you are just planning for the future, we’ve put together this list of benefits of care at home to help your research.

Social and childcare support

In the 65-74 age group 13% of men and 35% of women live alone[1]. This is a sad fact when there is an option to bring family closer by moving your loved ones into a Granny Annexe in your back garden. This means they can benefit from seeing their family more often as well as spending time with their grandchildren. The whole family gains, as grandparents can provide childcare support when needed.

Security

Your relatives may feel more secure living in a Granny Annexe in the back garden with relatives in the family home, while the annexe allows them to maintain some form of independent living. Simply knowing that their family is nearby, just in case, is of great comfort to our clients. Our clients also feel more secure be being in a familiar environment for a longer period of time, giving them greater stability and peace of mind.

Financial

Care home costs are something that need to be considered very carefully by families. Care home costs in 2018 can be a staggering £1000 per week!

All care costs money, however care at your own home is on average more than 5 times cheaper than care in a residential home. Care at home costs £5,200 a year on average, which equates to £100 per week, but can vary depending on individual care needs[2].

£557 is the average weekly cost of a place in a residential care home in England. Over a year, this equates to circa £29,000. The South East of England is the most expensive region for residential care, costing on average for the region £641 per week, which is over £33,000 a year[3].

Your relative could spend 2.3 years in a residential care home on average[4], costing you £66,700 for their stay (based on the average cost of a place in a residential home in England). In the South East of England, this cost rises to over £76,600. For this price, your family can purchase a Granny Annexe complete with full installation starting from £55,162.85, giving your relative their own place to live, as well as an asset for the family estate[5].

44% of people who live in residential care homes in the UK are fully self-funded, with a further 13% who are partly self-funded[6].

Some people may also be considering buying their relatives a small property instead however property prices are set to rise on average by 6% in 2016, according to RICS. East Anglia however is set to rise by a whopping 8%[7], with the highest priced regions also incorporating London and the South East. Buying houses is becoming far less affordable. The average property price in England and Wales is £191,812[8] compared with building a Granny Annexe in your back garden starting from just £55,162.85[9].

Local authority support

You may also be able to access local authority care and support if your relative continues to live independently i.e. they don’t have to live in a care home to qualify. If your relative has savings and assets worth up to £23,250 in England and up to £23,750 in Wales or a weekly income which is not enough to pay for care home fees, they could be eligible for local authority funding[10].

Beloved pets

Another great benefit of care at home is keeping your pets. Your relative’s beloved pets may not always be welcome in care homes, and they may not get on with any resident cat or dog[11]. So if your elderly relative is very attached to their pets, then living in a Granny Annexe means they’ll be able to keep them close. After all, most pets are members of the family . . .

Independent living aids

If your relative finds some everyday activities difficult, there are a number of products which support several areas including:

  • Communication
  • Moving around the home
  • Leisure
  • Mobility and walking
  • Personal care
  • Telecare and alarms

The Living Made Easy website[12] gives you a good indication of what products your relative will need when you complete their short questionnaire associated with a particular area. Once complete, you’ll receive an online report and a list of suppliers, so you can source the products easily.

At Granny Annexe, we are happy to install larger items with your build such as a wet room with products to support the user such as a shower chair and high level WC. We can also install grip rails where required.

Granny Annexe built in Nuneaton in 2015 - Benefits of care at home

Picture: Spacious Granny Annexe built in Nuneaton, 2015.

Increased property value

Building a Granny Annexe will almost certainly increase the value of your property[13]. Although it is difficult to put an exact figure on the increase, your local estate agent can best advise you.

Council tax exemptions

According to national Council Tax Legislation, Granny Annexes in England and Wales are eligible for 2 types of council tax exemption:

  1. Class W Council Tax Exemption applies to the occupants of the Granny Annexe who must be related to the residents of the main family house. If your relative is over the age of 65 or meets the criteria for a severe disability, then the Granny Annexe is exempt from council tax.If you have an annexe which is lived in by a family member or used by the resident of the main dwelling, and who do not meet the above criteria, you can receive a 50% discount on the council tax for that annexe from 1 April 2014.
  1. Class T Council Tax Exemption applies when the Granny Annexe is completely unoccupied.When your local Council is made aware of your Granny Annexe building by your local Planning Department, your local Council will notify the Valuation Office Agency (VOA). The VOA will see if your Granny Annexe meets any of the above criteria and will communicate with yourself via your local Council if there is a need to adjust council tax[14].

Built to your needs

Our Granny Annexes provide the perfect solution for independent living in the heart of the family. With your relative secure in their Granny Annexe, just a stone’s throw from the house, you can rest assured that they’re living in a cosy and safe building. All our Granny Annexes are built to the latest Building Regulations in England and Wales; have a 10 year structural warranty and a manufacturer’s warranty on all fixtures and fittings. We also manufacture our own Structurally Insulated Panel Systems (SIPS) for each build, so you’ll benefit from the high quality insulating properties in all seasons.

Our Granny Annexes are designed to your needs. You choose the design and finish, and let us know if there’s any extras such as access ramps, wider thresholds or even decking with balustrades.

We provide a full turnkey service from start to finish. Our professional staff will support and guide you, handling everything throughout the process from the initial site survey to when you receive your keys. At Granny Annexe, we also create and submit your planning application, provide complete project management throughout the build and ensure your liveable Granny Annexe is fully connected to utilities and drainage.

Granny Annexe built in St. Albans, 2015 - Benefits of care at home

Picture: Granny Annexe built in St. Albans, 2015.

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[1] BUPA, ‘Planning Your Needs in Later Life: A Guide to Making Choices for the Years Ahead’, BUPA, 2016, p. 4.

[2] Cebr, ‘The Cost of Care in Later Life’, Killik & Co., 2014, https://www.killik.com/documents/the-cost-of-care-report-2014/, (accessed 4 March 2016).

[3] LiangBuisson, Care of Older People 26th edition, 2013-14 cited in Which?, Care Home Fees, [website], 2016, http://www.which.co.uk/elderly-care/financing-care/financing-a-care-home/381597-care-home-fees, (accessed 4 March 2016).

[4] Cebr, ‘The Cost of Care in Later Life’.

[5] Granny Annexe, ‘What Does a Granny Annexe Cost?’, Granny Annexe, [website], 2016, http://www.grannyannexe.com/what-does-a-granny-annexe-cost/, (accessed 4 March 2016).

[6] LiangBuisson, Care of Older People 26th edition, 2013-14 cited in Which?, Care Home Fees, [website], 2016, http://www.which.co.uk/elderly-care/financing-care/financing-a-care-home/381597-care-home-fees, (accessed 4 March 2016).

[7] S. Rubinsohn, Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, [website], 2015, http://www.rics.org/uk/news/news-insight/comment/uk-house-prices-to-rise-by-6-percent-in-2016/ (accessed 4 March 2016).

[8] Land Registry, ‘House Price Index’, Land Registry, 2016, https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/503000/Jan_2016_HPI.pdf, (accessed 4 March 2016).

[9] Granny Annexe, ‘What Does a Granny Annexe Cost?’, Granny Annexe, [website], 2016, http://www.grannyannexe.com/what-does-a-granny-annexe-cost/, (accessed 4 March 2016).

[10] J. Allen, ‘Helping Loved Ones in Later Life’, Which?, 2015, p. 10.

[11] Which?, ‘ benefits and drawbacks of home care services’, Which?, 2016,

http://www.which.co.uk/elderly-care/housing-options/home-care-support-services-and-help-at-home/342899-the-benefits-and-drawbacks-of-home-care-services, (accessed 4 March 2016).

[12] Disabled Living Foundation, Living Made Easy, [website], 2016, http://www.livingmadeeasy.org.uk/, (accessed 4 March 2016).

[13] A. Youens, ‘Annexes add value to high end property’, Country Life, [website], 2016, http://www.countrylife.co.uk/property/country-houses-for-sale-and-property-news/annexes-add-value-to-high-end-property-23285, (accessed 4 March 2016).

[14] Central Bedfordshire Council, [website], 2016, http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/spending/council-tax/council-tax-discounts-reductions-exemptions.aspx, (accessed 4 March 2016).


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