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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TelegraphRelief as ‘ludicrous’ granny annexe tax is repealed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.

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What are our annexes built from?

This is no April Fool

Our annexes are not built of brick . . .

Newport Granny Annexe

Newport Granny Annexe exterior – Read the case study here. – SIP panel structure with decorative brick slips & neutral coloured render



Nuneaton Granny Annexe exterior – Read the case study here. – SIP panel structure with decorative brick slips & white render


Granny Annexe Bedfordshire

Bedfordshire Granny Annexe exterior – Read the case study here. – SIP panel structure with decorative white render


So what are our annexes built from?: Structurally Insulated Panels

A Structurally Insulated Panel (SIPs) System, is one of the highest calibre of construction methods available, and certainly the best choice for garden rooms. The build method has distinct advantages over timber frame building systems, and all other log cabin/garden shed construction methods.

Sip Panels annotated - mailchimp

What are the key benefits of SIPs?

  • The building is manufactured off-site and “flat-pack” garden room is delivered ready for quick and efficient construction.
  • Minimal requirement for heating as high insulating properties provide incredibly low U values, down to 0.11w/m2K.

What are SIPs?

SIPs are formed using two sheets of Orientated Strand Board (OSB), sandwiching a rigid core of expanded polystyrene or injected polyurethane. The SIP panel is shown below in a diagram which demonstrates a full cross section of our building, both wall and flooring.


Do SIPs Cost More?

We manufacture all the Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) for our Garden Lodges, Garden Offices and Garden Studios in-house at our factory in Bedfordshire, where they are distributed all over the UK. This allows us to reduce costs and offer premium buildings at unbeatable prices.

Where are SIP panels used?

SIPs are used widely within the construction industry for many types of buildings, and are becoming more popular as people become aware of their distinct advantages.

Building with SIPs offer many environmentally friendly advantages, below are just some of the benefits of SIPS Garden Buildings:

  • According to online reports, structurally insulated panels are 15 times more insulated than concrete.
  • Both OSB and polyurethane materials could be recycled.
  • The materials SIPs are made from are usually free from CFC’s and HCFC’s.
  • SIPs have a o-zone depletion rating of zero.
  • Minimal cold bridging and high insulation rating – keeping you warm in the winter and cooler in the summer months.

See how we build Granny Annexes

Discover our complete turnkey service.

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Granny Annexe Customer Review: ‘Granny Annexe made our Dream Come True!’

Granny Annexe Customer Review

Granny Annexe made our “Dream Come True !”….

“They turned our dream of living close to our beloved family, into a reality – they turned an unused section at the bottom of the garden into a cosy home just down the path from our gorgeous grandchildren and we are absolutely delighted with the results!”

“We were greatly impressed by the skill and strength of the “builders” as they transformed a bare patch of ground into a house in just a few weeks. It was exciting watching our home take shape before our very eyes and once it was painted and the finishing touches applied , it was “just perfect!””

5 Star Granny Annexe Customer Review

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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.


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.


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.



[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,, (accessed 4 March 2016).

[3] LiangBuisson, Care of Older People 26th edition, 2013-14 cited in Which?, Care Home Fees, [website], 2016,, (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,, (accessed 4 March 2016).

[6] LiangBuisson, Care of Older People 26th edition, 2013-14 cited in Which?, Care Home Fees, [website], 2016,, (accessed 4 March 2016).

[7] S. Rubinsohn, Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, [website], 2015, (accessed 4 March 2016).

[8] Land Registry, ‘House Price Index’, Land Registry, 2016,, (accessed 4 March 2016).

[9] Granny Annexe, ‘What Does a Granny Annexe Cost?’, Granny Annexe, [website], 2016,, (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,, (accessed 4 March 2016).

[12] Disabled Living Foundation, Living Made Easy, [website], 2016,, (accessed 4 March 2016).

[13] A. Youens, ‘Annexes add value to high end property’, Country Life, [website], 2016,, (accessed 4 March 2016).

[14] Central Bedfordshire Council, [website], 2016,, (accessed 4 March 2016).

Budget 2016: What will the chancellor do to pensions?

It is less than a year since the government launched what came to be known as the pension “freedoms” – the right for those over 55 to take as much money as they like from their pension pots, subject to tax.

Now, ahead of the budget on 16 March, the pensions industry is again on the edge of its seat.

Amongst the rumours: The chancellor is about to abolish the 25% tax-free lump sum; the maximum annual contribution could be cut to as low as £25,000; or the whole tax relief system could be abolished, in favour of an Isa-style system of tax upfront, but tax free on the way out.

So what are the chancellor’s options – and which is he likely to favour?

Read more on the BBC website

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We Sponsored the Redbourn Junior School Christmas Bazaar

Redbourn Junior School Christmas Bazaar

On 28th November 2015, Redbourn Junior School held their annual Christmas Bazaar to raise funds for the school. This bustling event attracted over 300 parents and pupils. Many families also supported the event by making and baking festive treats.

Our Support

We supported their raffle by supplying a Hotel Chocolat festive family hamper and an Amazon gift card worth £100. Our prize was greatly received by the lucky winner! We also offered ‘Free Site Survey’ vouchers to 50 lucky people and distributed brochures.


Left to Right: Raf our Build Manager presents this lucky lady and her son with our raffle prize of the Hotel Chocolat hamper and Amazon gift card.


More images from the event Redbourn Junior School Christmas Bazaar.






Merry Christmas Everyone
Granny Annexe Team

Granny Annexe Christmas Opening Hours

Merry Christmas everyone, from the team here at Granny Annexe.

We are letting you know our Christmas and New Year’s opening hours in advance:

December 23rd 2015 – Open 08:00 – 17:00
December 24th 2015 – Open 08:00 -13:00 – Closed from 13:00
December 25th 2015 – Closed
December 26th 2015 – Closed
December 27th 2015 – Closed
December 28th 2015 – Closed
December 29th 2015 – Closed
December 30th 2015 – Closed
December 31st 2015 – Closed
January 1st 2016 – Closed
January 2nd 2016 – Closed
January 3rd 2016 – Closed
Monday 4th 2016 – Open 08:00 – 17:00

Should you have any queries, please contact us via email or telephone in advance of the above dates:

t: 0800 334 5774

Single storey dwellings are important for downsizers

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

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

What is a Granny Annexe?

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

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

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

Not enough bungalows to meet demand

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

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

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

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

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

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

Granny Annexes are filling a gap in the housing market

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

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

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

References and further reading

1. Bungalows are back in fashion
06 Sep 2014

2. How is the housing stock changing


3. NHBC Annual New Home Statistics Review 2014

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

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

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

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