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World Book Day: The Best Books for Those Living in a Granny Annexe

Seen as tomorrow is World Book Day, we have put together a list of books that anyone living in a granny annexe will find useful. From gardening to design, we’ve thought of it all! Happy reading.

Gardening Books for Granny Annexe Owners

If you’re moving into a granny annexe either because you’re retiring or you want to downsize, you might find yourself with more spare time than you used to have. Gardening is a great hobby to take up when you’re retired as you do as much or as little as you feel up to. Now, living in a granny annexe you might think that there won’t be much room for gardening – whilst it’s true that some garden space will be lost, you will still want the area around your annexe to look nice.

We recommend a book such as The Container Gardener by Frances Tophill – packed with 40 ideas on how to pair plants and pots, including upcycling existing items and creating your own containers.

If you fancy trying to grow some veggies, Crops in Tight Spots by Alex Mitchell is full of advice for growing fruits and vegetables in a limited amount of space.

Cooking Books for the Granny Annexe Chef

Whoever does the cooking in your granny annexe, World Book Day is a great opportunity to expand your culinary skills with a new cookbook. Mary Berry’s Absolute Favourites Book is a good place to start for some good old classic recipes.

If you like classic recipes but don’t want to spend ages on meals, why not invest in a slow cooker and a recipe book? A slow cooker can be invaluable for people who want an easier way of preparing meals. Try Slow Cooker – Quick And Easy Proven Recipes.

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Books to Help You Downsize

If you are preparing to move into a granny annexe then you will likely be downsizing your possessions, having a good clear out and looking for effective ways to organise your belongings. Marie Kondo is a very popular ‘tidying guru’ at the moment, with her own show on Netflix. Marie promotes her own system for clearing out possessions and bringing order into your life. Her book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying: A simple, effective way to banish clutter forever, is a number one best seller.

Interior Design Books for Smaller Spaces

If you are interested in interior design and are excited at the prospect of decorating and styling your new granny annexe, then why not take a look at some books for inspiration? Small Space Style by Whitney Leigh Morris is packed full of design tips for smaller spaces.

Beautifully Small: Clever Ideas for Compact Spaces by Sara Emslie is also full of great ideas and pictures to help inspire you.


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UK-based iHUS specialise in the design and build of luxury granny annexes. Our projects are unrivalled in quality and come with a ten-year insurance-backed guarantee.

We take care of planning permission, provide complete project management on-site and ensure that every detail of your annexe is finished to an exceptional standard. All you have to do is move in! Get in touch for a free consultation.


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