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5 Things to Consider Before Building A Granny Annex

Building a granny annex has become a relatively straightforward process thanks to the many suppliers who offer full turn-key solutions – helping you deal with everything from design, planning permission and then completing the build for you.

But even then, there are matters that your family should consider and discuss before starting a project.

Here are five key areas you should consider first.

Family

What will family relations be like after the build? Will the person living in the annexe be independent or need your support? Will external support be needed? Discuss boundaries and what all parties expect from living so close together.

Finances

Just some of the financial discussions that need to take place are; selling any existing property, funding the build, and ongoing costs and bills. It’s important to be open with each other about finances and what is expected of whom.

Timescales

Has a need been identified for an annexe? If so, find out what build timescales are like and if providers can meet your expectations. You might need to start sooner than you think; planning permission can take several weeks.

The Future

When planning an annexe, think about future-proofing it by installing access ramps and easily accessible bathrooms etc. Your relative may not have mobility issues now but as we age, things like a walk-in shower will become more important.

Builders

Choose your builder/provider carefully. To make your project as easy as possible, look for suppliers who can handle everything for you – from design through to the finishing touches. Some builders will even help you with planning permission.

Get in Touch

For more information on points to consider before building a granny annex, please contact us to speak to an advisor.

View Our Annexes

The Cantley is the smallest annexe in our Core range and is one of our most popular models for independent living. The floorplan is designed to maximise space and fits comfortably into most back gardens.
As one of our most popular one-bedroom annexes, the Bawtry is the perfect choice for elderly care or an independent young adult looking for their first home.
The Ravenscroft is a spacious one-bedroom annexe, designed for those with a larger garden plot. All three footprints utilise a central shower room to separate the bedroom and the open-plan kitchen/living area to maximise living space.

Recent Projects

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McCoy

This idyllic annexe is home to Theresa and Austin situated at the bottom of their daughter and son in law’s garden. Having always lived very closely to one another, the family were convinced this way of life wasn’t going to end anytime soon, & their wonderful annexe has made this a reality!
Speedwell Annexe

Speedwell

Our customer moved into her Annexe in January and is thoroughly enjoying her lovely new home. She describes her Annexe as ‘Warm Sunny Cosy & Comfortable’. Click below to watch an exclusive interview with the owner and watch their Annexe walk through!
Williamson bespoke granny annexe

Jenny Williamson

The Williamsons family moved into their Annexe over 3 years ago. When visiting the family they told us life in their new home exceeded their expectations for many reasons. So much so, they wanted another iHus building! Click view to find out more about their story and take a look around their Annexe.
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Wendy Hamm

In Autumn 2020 Wendy Hamm and her family approached iHus as they were contemplating an annexe build in their back garden to house Wendy’s mother. Wendy’s mother Jane, 82, was living over an hours drive away from the family. Wendy’s day to day responsibilities meant that visits to Jane were a lot less frequent then they would have wished. Read their story here.

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    Download Your Free Annexe Brochure

      Simply fill in the form and you will be emailed a link to download our 32 page annexe brochure. Please check your Junk mail if your brochure doesn’t appear in your inbox

      Request A Hard Copy?:








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