Building your granny annexe is a process that takes place with minimum disruption to your daily routine. We’re aware that any construction work causes some upheaval, so to reduce your stress levels, we hope the following will give you peace of mind.
In as little as 3-4 weeks, your annexe will be built, decorated and finished, with all the finishes touches applied and is ready to move in to. We take care of all the painting and decorating, any last minute tweaks and everything is thoroughly cleaned before we hand over the keys to you.
This is how it is done:
The heavy work begins. We’ll carry out all the digging and install the foundations and all drainage. We’ll also construct the building shell and the roof.
Time to get on with the interior. The exterior paneling goes on and then we undertake the initial electrics,plumbing and complete the plastering.
The things that make a house a home. Kitchens, showers, bedrooms are installed and decorated by our team of interior specialists.
Grand Designs Live 2013 will be taking place at the Excel, London from 4th May – 12th May. The show is packed full of design ideas and inspiration for every room in your home. We’ll be at Stand G350, so pop over and say hi if you’re planning on attending.
We’re going to be showing off our brand new cottage style granny annexe home. A purpose built annexe with extensive features that include a large living area with great entertaining space a separate kitchen with masses of surface space and that all-important sink under the window!
The annexe also includes a fully equipped bathroom and leading on from a small hallway is the bedroom that will include bi-fold doors onto the rest of the stand.
Also on display will be a home extension and we will be unveiling 2 of our newest garden lodges, designed with entertaining in mind and built within 5 days.
Granny Annexe specialise in designing and building beautiful self-contained garden homes whilst meeting the needs of the elderly. The company have built their reputation on doing exactly what they say, when they say.
From only £33,350, including build and decoration, they’re ready to move into within 3-4 weeks.
It’s a well known fact that as we get older seemingly simple tasks like opening jars, peeling potatoes or even chopping veg become much more of an effort. Below are 7 of the most helpful gadgets for the kitchen that will make preparing food a doddle.
This Multi Opener has a durable and comfortable grip and opens six different types of seals and lids with ease.The unique tool removes hard-to-grasp safety seals, opens metal bottle caps, can ring pulls, and stubborn jar lids or bottle tops. The unique enclosed blade feature cleanly slices open tightly sealed bags.It weighs just 99g
Thoughtfully designed for one handed use this Spreadboard allows you to spread condiments easier. It features an easy-to-clean plastic holder,non-slip feet and a downward curved lip which keeps the Spreadboard securely in place.
This Kitchen Workstation is an easy to use multi functional food preparation unit, providing assistance with everyday kitchen tasks. Including a removable grater and slicer, clamp, bread holder for one handed spreading and a removable stainless steel spike for holding fruit or vegetables.
This new and innovative kettle tipper is designed to be compatible with most kettle types including standard, jug and cordless kettles. The kettle tipper has a lever at either side that can be used to tip the kettle while it is held in place, without the user having to actually lift the water. This reduces the effort required and potential strain on the wrist that can occur when holding the kettle handle.
These knives are designed for people with impaired mobility or strength in their hands and arms. The angle of the handle allows the user to keep their wrist straight; this makes efficient use of the strength in their arms and hands. These ergonomic handle of these smaller knives allows users to easily cut food while sitting down
This Scraper & Spike is a useful device that has a grating unit with a plate metal mesh blade for peeling or grating, also has a stainless steel spike for holding vegetables when peeling manually
The universal tap and knob turner makes everyday tasks such as turning taps, switching on a washing machine or operating a microwave easier for those with limited strength in their arms or hands. The turner features a comfortable handle that enables the user to grip and turn with both hands
We all want to stay in our homes for as long as we can, so it’s important to look at things you can do and equipment to install to help you do to keep independent for as long as possible.
In the bathroom
1) Removable bath boards
Removable bath boards provide a seated platform area over the bath, you sit on the board and turn to sit over the bath. If you experience difficulty stepping in/out of the bath it may be safer to transfer by using the board then by trying to step over the rim.
However, you still need to raise your legs over the bath rim, or have assistance to do this from a family member/carer.
If you are struggling to get to the toilet in another part of your home you could consider a commode.
There are a wide range of commodes available including metal framed, plastic frame, wooden frame, cane commodes and armchair style commodes so you should find one to suit your home.
Folding commodes are also available that can be stored away when not in use.
In the kitchen
3) Food preparation boards
The design of these boards varies, they may have a clamp system to either stabilise food when you’re cutting it or to secure bottles and tins when you’re opening them. They may also have spikes to secure fruit or vegetables when you’re cutting or peeling them, most have a non-slip base.
Around the home
4) Newel rails
You may already have a banister rail, and even a matching wall mounted rail on the other side of your stairs but is there anything to hold onto at the turn in the stairs? Newel rails are designed to be installed on the newel post and turn through 90 degrees around the post giving you a continuous hand rail as your turn the
5) Remote control plugs and lighting
Plug sockets are often mounted low on the wall near the floor. If you are regularly turning a low socket on/off then you may find it easier, and safer to add a remote control socket that you can turn on/off from your armchair.
Remote control adaptors are also available for light sockets, with the receiver installed between the bulb and the fitting.
If you have low vision
6) Clocks and watches
A range of clocks and watches are available including clocks and watches with clear bold displays, talking clocks/watches and clocks and watches with a tactile face (you can feel the hands and position of dial markers).
7) Labelling systems
The devices in this section have a portable reader/scanner. When this is used to touch small labels or cards which you have attached to items the reader automatically plays back your associated pre-recorded messages. Alternatively, some will scan an item’s barcode and state what the item is.
If you have difficulty hearing
8) Home sound indicators
These are a range of products designed to let someone who is hard of hearing, or deaf, know that certain sound events are happening in their home.
This may include the phone ringing, the door bell, or smoke alarm. Some indicators flash a strobe or the house lights, others vibrate a pager, worn by the user.
9) A range of gadgets are available to help you manage your medication
Dosett boxes help you to arrange your medication which may make it easier to keep track of what you’ve taken. Some have a clock with alarms that can be set to remind you when the medication is due.
Medication dispensers can be set up to sound an alarm when the medication is due and then offer the due medication, the next dose is not available until it’s due. If you have difficulty getting tablets out of the blister pack aids are available, as are pill splitters and pill crushers.
10) Home alarms and pagers
If you don’t live on your own, and may need a method to tell your relative/carer that you need help when they’re in another part of your home you could consider a home pager.
They are available with a portable pendant worn by the user and pager worn by the carer.
If the user presses the button on the pendant the pager bleeps or vibrates to alert the carer, even if they’re in the garden. If you do live on your own consider a telecare alarm system or autodialler.
Technology has become a part of everyday life for all ages, especially the iPad, with its user friendly interface and touch screen keypad keeping tech savvy has never been so simple.
With the elderly in mind, below are some simple to use timesaving apps to assist with day to day life.
PILL REMINDER PRO, 69p
DRAGON DICTATION, FREE,
WHICH? YOUR RIGHTS– FREE
JAMIE’S RECIPES, FREE.
VEGGIE LOVE COOKBOOK 69p.
TWITTER – FREE.
GOOGLE EARTH – FREE.
SOLAR SYSTEM FOR IPAD £9.99.
STAR WALK FOR IPAD £2.99.
THE WASTE LAND £9.99.
BOOK CREATOR FOR IPAD £4.99.
BBC IPLAYER FREE
123D SCULPT -FREE
THE ECONOMIST ON IPAD -FREE
In coming years, the proportion of the population over 80 is going to increase significantly. The advantages granny annexes are set to increase too.
The number of people aged over 85 will increase by 184% over the next 30 years, this will have a massive impact on the housing market, which will have to match their needs. Houses will soon need to be suitable for the elderly, and in a generation’s time, it may be a case of having the grandparents in the main house, and the great-grandparents in the annexe.
The key to a successful Granny Annexe is to plan ahead. The intended occupant may be highly mobile now, but will this always be the case? Generally, elderly relatives like large rooms, as much-loved pieces of furniture can be accommodated. Usually it’s the number of rooms they want to reduce not the dimensions they’re downsizing to.
Sockets at floor level should normally be avoided, as well as high shelves and low cupboards. Under-counter appliances can be difficult to access and control switches and knobs should be in easily reachable locations. However, arthritic hands find lever handles easier to manoeuvre than knobs, which require twisting.
Make sure that the flat is carpeted, especially the bedroom. Carpets give far better grip, and if you’re going to have a fall, better it’s on this than on a hard floor. Rugs on wooden floors are a particular menace.