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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, an annexe 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.
What is an Annexe?
By definition, an annexe is a 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 annexe 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 at Granny Annexe would be very happy to assist you with and discuss in more detail.
We recently constructed this fabulous annexe 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 annexe for our customers is that they would like to create a light and airy space to live in. Our granny 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.
Our cottage style annexes are our most popular design. Often our customers are looking for a traditional finish to their annexe with white render and brick quoins. This design looks at home in an English country garden and sets our annexes 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 annexe 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.
Fittings and fixtures
We will build and decorate your annexe 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.
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 annexe. Granny Annexe SIPs have a great insulation rating, falling well within UK Government limits. Our U-values are within the upper limits, contributing towards the energy efficiency of the building. This also means that are annexes are quick to construct allowing for your annexe to be built in 5-7 weeks.
When we build an annexe 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 skirting, our service is always completed to the best industry standards.
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