Alternative Uses for Granny Annexes – Two Great Ideas

Believe it or not, granny annexes aren’t just for grannies! There are alternative uses for granny annexes that are beneficial for both financial and practical purposes. Below, we discuss two alternative uses for granny annexes that we have seen become popular in recent years.

If you look at our projects, you will find that we do indeed build the majority of our annexes for older people but we are increasingly helping customers who don’t have grannies in mind when it comes to building their annexes.

Granny Annexes for First Time Buyers

Getting on the first step of the homeowner ladder is harder today than it has ever been. Many young people don’t expect to be able to buy their first home in their 20’s and maybe not even their 30’s.

The Government has put in place a couple of different aid options for first-time buyers but still, many are finding it impossible to become a homeowner. Rent prices are so high that many people struggle to save enough money for a deposit.

Young people who are lucky enough to have parents that can help them out are turning to a granny annexes as a sort of stop-gap in between flying the nest and owning their own home.

A granny annexe in a parent’s garden makes lots of practical sense for a young couple, especially. With no rent or mortgage to pay, potential first-time buyers can save up for a deposit much faster.

It isn’t even beyond the bounds of possibility for a small family to live in a granny annexe whilst they wait for their dream home to become a reality. An annexe such as the Wheatley, from our core annexe range has two good sized bedrooms and could easily accommodate a couple and a young child.

Another alternative idea is to build a granny annexe for yourself and let your child live in the main home. It makes sense…as you get older, a granny annexe is ideal – no stairs and close by your family. And at the same time, it would solve your child’s first-time buyer issues.

If you have a garden with enough space, then what better way is there to help your kids than providing them with their very own home.

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Granny Annexes for People with Disabilities

Granny annexes are a practical solution for people who have a disability but still have or want independence to a certain degree.

For example, an adult child may rely on their parents for certain aspects of care but be fully independent in other areas. A person in this situation may want to move into their own home but this wouldn’t be practical for a few reasons; they may not find a property close enough to their parents or it just might not be safe for them to live independently full time.

A granny annexe in your garden could provide the ideal solution for a semi-independent disabled person. They would have their own separate property, giving them a real feeling of freedom but be close enough to home for help with any tasks they are unable to do themselves.

people find themselves in all sorts of circumstances which means they may need to live very close to their parents for support. One member of the iHUS Community chose to build an annexe in her garden as an alternative home for her daughter and grandson. Her daughter needed help caring for her son, who has Autism, but she also wanted the privacy of her own home. A granny annexe was the perfect solution for this family.


Get in Touch

As you can see from our alternative uses for granny annexes, you needn’t be a granny to enjoy the benefits of annexe life.

If you are interested in an alternative use for one of our granny annexes, then please contact us. A member of our team will be happy to run through your idea with you and explain the process of working with us.

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



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


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.

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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      Request A Hard Copy?:

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