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Granny Annexe in the Telegraph.

We were very excited to be part of an article written by the Telegraph newspaper recently. Under the heading ‘The rise of the granny annexe’ the article goes into detail about the growth in popularity of people building a garden home. It has increasingly become a fantastic solution for many families and elderly relatives – who rather going down the much more costly route of downsizing to a new property opt for the cheaper and family orientated solution of building a bespoke home in the garden.

 

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The reasons for building a garden property tend to pivot around some core motives. Families are increasingly looking for a solution that will bring a win-win situation, for elderly parents their children and grandchildren. With rising house prices, care home costs and child care, it is no wonder that people are turning to new solutions to meet their needs.

A couple in the article mentions how they are now able to help out with the grandchildren, picking them up from school and looking after them before the parents return from work. Something they greatly enjoy – yet they still retain a great deal of independence, being able to return to their cosy garden building when they would like to relax. Having separate access is very important, especially when they have their own friends visiting.

 

This family is one of 125,000 in the UK who are now enjoying a multigenerational way of life – with 1.8 million households, seven per cent of the country’s total, now incorporating two or more adult generations.

Granny Annexe Modern Kitchen

Whereas once downsizing to a smaller property was an option for many elderly couples, increasingly this is no longer an option due to many people over the age of 65 not holding enough equity in their homes.

“Garden buildings are an incredibly useful addition to a property, especially for older people. Properly done, they provide secure, accessible, self-contained accommodation that are ideal spaces for older residents,” says Nick Herrtage, managing director of Chester Row.

“Annexes are also among the most flexible part of a home since their size and somewhat secluded positioning – often at the rear of a garden – means they can double up as a home office or even a nursery.”

A garden building not only provides a great solution for many elderly people who are unable to afford to downsize – but also adds a great asset to the property it is built on.

“I cannot imagine a situation where this would not enhance appeal, value and saleability,” says Lindsay Cuthill of Savills.

One of our new customers, mentioned in the article, decided to build an annexe which she felt would give her all the benefits of a bungalow at a fraction of the price. “I wanted something that looked like a proper house, with vaulted ceilings and a big kitchen, so I chose an L-shaped bungalow backing on to the woods, I have my own access and a deer that visits me.”

A huge advantage of our granny annexes is the scope for building the design that best suits your requirements. There are many options when it comes to style, size layout and design, from something more traditional to something that is very modern and sleek.

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This property we built in Surrey, mentioned in the article – demonstrates perfectly how a traditional vaulted ceiling and L -shape design can be mixed with some more contemporary aesthetics. The western red cedar cladding and urban grey french doors and windows give a contemporary and natural finish to the exterior. LED strips illuminate the Granny Annexe at night, making a striking addition to the main property.

 

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

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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.

Granny Annexe Interior

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


Granny Annexe Olympics

 

I am sure there is no need to explain what the Olympics is but just to make sure, its one of the leading international sporting events where top athletes from all around the world amaze us by pitting themselves against each other and reaching levels of fitness or technical ability that takes years of training to accomplish. Something we love about these massive sporting events is that it inspires us to get up, get out of the house and start doing some exercise.

Share your Olympic inspired photos with us for a chance to win £200!

We want to inspire you to get up and do a little sport, or at least pretend, Granny Annexe is offering a £200 for the photo that inspires us the most.

How to enter:

What you need to do is like our page and send in a photograph, the photo needs to be related to the Olympic games (please don’t include the Olympic rings in your photo), we have a few tips below of what you could send in.

  • Athletes like to pose when they have won a medal, we are all aware of Mo Farah and his M pose, or Usain Bolt and his pointing. Get the family in their sporting gear and pose like Bolt.
  • Re-enact an Olympic final, get the family in the garden, some tape and that famous sprinters lean over the finish line.
  • Get out to the track, has the Olympics inspired you to get out and take up a sport if so a photo of you enjoying your new found sport.
  • The photo you send in doesn’t need to be taken right now, you could send in a photo of your sporting achievements from time gone by, if you can provide some history to the image that would be preferable.

You can send us a picture through our social media channels, this includes facebook, twitter, Instagram or by email to info@grannyannexe.com

How the Winner Will be Picked

To find the winner, all of the Olympic inspired images you send in will be posted to our Facebook in a gallery, likes or shares will contribute substantially towards winning the prize so get liking and sharing, they will then be assessed and a winner will be decided by the Granny Annexe team by vote.

Read Our Terms for the £200 Prize Draw

Please note, all entries (photos) must be submitted by 9am Monday 22th August for you to be in with a chance of winning £200. Any entries (photos) submitted after this time will not be eligible to be entered into the draw to win £200, however we will retain the right to use the photos for marketing purposes. We will use all entries (photos) for marketing purposes.

To enter your photos via email, simply send it as an attachment to info@grannyannexe.com with the email subject line ‘Competition Entry’ and state your preferred method of contact and contact details.

To enter via social media, please enter via any of the following channels:

Granny Annexe Facebook – post your photo on our page with a small message if you like. We will contact you via the Facebook messaging service if you are the lucky winner!

Granny Annexe Twitter – send your photo to us in a tweet containing ‘@granny_annexe’. We will contact you via twitter if you are the lucky winner!

We will not add you to any mailing lists or share your data with any third parties.

Entries outside the UK will not be accepted into the prize draw for £200. The lucky winner will receive the £200 via email, so we will need a valid email address to send this to. We will not send via post.

Good luck!
We look forward to receiving your entries.


Granny Annexe Photo Competition Winner for National Grandparents Day 2015

We hope you all had a fantastic day on Saturday 3rd October 2015 celebrating National Grandparents Day.

We launched our photo competition on Facebook and Twitter just over a week before the event to encourage families to share photos and stories of how they celebrated. We are thrilled to have gained so many competition entries and to see everyone actively using social media. Of course, it was extremely hard for us to choose a winner as all the entries were fantastic!

Our Granny Annexe Photo Competition Winner for National Grandparents Day 2015 is . . . Steph Shaddick

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Facebook entry by Steph Shaddick – Here’s Beryl’s great granddaughter. She loves going over to bake and she loves her nanny Beryl Randall.

Congratulations Steph, you’ve won £100 of Amazon Vouchers to spend on whatever you like!

We’d also like to showcase our other competition entries, so in no particular order we have:

Twitter entry by Sandy Sandhu - @granny_annexe it was gran's birthday, so all us grand kids got together & gave her a huge surprise! :D

Twitter entry by Sandy Sandhu – @granny_annexe it was gran’s birthday, so all us grand kids got together & gave her a huge surprise! :D

 

Facebook entry by Anita Bryant - celebrating National Grandparents Day with her lovely dog.

Facebook entry by Anita Bryant – celebrating National Grandparents Day with her lovely dog.

 

Facebook entry by Catherine Bloore - This one was taken with my granddaughter Caitlin. I took her to Rhodes for a week.

Facebook entry by Catherine Bloore – This one was taken with my granddaughter Caitlin. I took her to Rhodes for a week.

 

Facebook entry Esther Newman - My cheeky selfie with my granddaughter Gracie!

Facebook entry Esther Newman – My cheeky selfie with my granddaughter Gracie!

 

Facebook entry by Haylie Dory Griffin - Margaret Green rocking out at a Fall Out Boy concert 3/10/15

Facebook entry by Haylie Dory Griffin – Margaret Green rocking out at a Fall Out Boy concert 3/10/15

 

Facebook entry by Kay Best - Lovely day in the park with my two favourite girls xx

Facebook entry by Kay Best – Lovely day in the park with my two favourite girls xx

 

Facebook entry by Pam Nicholls - Going to school with mine!

Facebook entry by Pam Nicholls – Going to school with mine!

 

Facebook entry by Paula Hannon -  Greenaway Megan with Great grandad Harry

Facebook entry by Paula Hannon Greenaway – Megan with great grandad Harry

 

Facebook entry by Ruth Jones - A not so sunny day at the sea side with my granddaughter.

Facebook entry by Ruth Jones – A not so sunny day at the sea side with my granddaughter.

 

On behalf of everyone here at Granny Annexe, thank you all for entering our competition. We wish you all the best for the future and if you are considering building a Granny Annexe for whatever reason, please do give us a call on 0800 334 5774 Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm and we’ll be happy to help.

Don’t forget, you can also use our website to find out about building your own Granny Annexe:

  • To download a PDF brochure with prices and designs, click here.
  • To request the same brochure via post, click here.
  • If you’ve already received a brochure, your next step is to book a Site Survey. You can do this by telephoning the Granny Annexe Team on 0800 334 5774; completing our online form by clicking here or by emailing us at info@grannyannexe.com

References for this article:

  1. http://www.grannyannexe.com/national-grandparents-day-2015-win
  2. https://www.facebook.com/GrannyAnnexeHomes
  3. https://twitter.com/granny_annexe

Share your national grandparents day celebrations with us and win £100 of Amazon Vouchers

Share Your National Grandparents Day Celebrations with us and Win!*

National Grandparents Day is quite a new event to the UK. It originated in America as a secular holiday since 1978 and officially recognized in a number of countries on various days of the year.

The celebration was introduced to the UK in 1990 by the charity Age Concern. It has been celebrated on the first Sunday in October since 2008, although it is not widely advertised and has not been as commercially successful as Mother’s and Father’s Day. Businesses specialising in gifts and greeting cards have started merging the respective Grandparents Days with Mother’s Day and Father’s Day to try to boost sales.

According to the National Grandparents Day website, the aim of National Grandparents Day is to honour grandparents; give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children’s children and to help children become aware of the strength, information and guidance older people can offer.


Share Your National Grandparents Day Celebrations with us and Win £100!*

We’d love to hear how you celebrated National Grandparents Day on 3rd October 2015. Share your photos on our social media channels or email us and you could be in with a chance of winning £100 worth of Amazon vouchers.

Read Our Terms for the £100 Amazon Voucher Prize Draw 

Please note, all entries (photos) must be submitted by 9am Monday 5th October for you to be in with a chance of winning £100 of Amazon vouchers. Any entries (photos) submitted after this time will not be eligible to be entered into the draw to win £100 of Amazon vouchers however we will retain the right to use the photos for marketing purposes. We will use all entries (photos) for marketing purposes.

To enter your photos via email, simply send it as an attachment to Jenniferk@gardenlodges.co.uk with the email subject line ‘Competition Entry’ and state your preferred method of contact and contact details.

To enter via social media, please enter via any of the following channels:

Granny Annexe Facebook – post your photo on our page with a small message if you like. We will contact you via the Facebook messaging service if you are the lucky winner!

Granny Annexe Twitter – send your photo to us in a tweet containing ‘@granny_annexe’. We will contact you via twitter if you are the lucky winner!

We will not add you to any mailing lists or share your data with any third parties.

Entries outside the UK will not be accepted into the prize draw for £100 of Amazon Vouchers. The lucky winner will receive the £100 worth of Amazon Vouchers via email, so we will need a valid email address to send this to. We will not send Amazon Vouchers via post.

Good luck!
We look forward to receiving your entries.

Content References for this Article 

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Grandparents_Day#United_Kingdom
  2. http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/grandparents-day
  3. http://www.grandparents-day.com/

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