Downsizing Home to a Granny Annexe in the Garden

If you’re thinking of downsizing your home to garden annexe living then it’s likely you are looking to free up equity, move to a family member’s garden, and enjoy being part of the family again. It’s time to take the pressure off and relax into a new way of life.

Martin, 75

From Surrey

Popular Annexes for Elderly Care

Our core granny annexe range features 30 different footprints, all of which are available with a range of finishes and options. Here are some of our most popular models for elderly care alternatives.

The Wheatley is our most popular two-bedroom granny annexe, providing plenty of living space and two good sized bedrooms. Starting from £113,600, this model is a product of valued feedback.
The Hatfield is a spacious L-shaped annexe with two great sized bedrooms. All three footprints look stunning and are ideal for large corner plots.
The Loversall provides plenty of living space and two good sized bedrooms. The ‘Extra Plus’ is one of the most popular annexes within our Core range.
All three footprints offer an alternative layout with a central living space and bedrooms at adjacent sides of the annexe. If you love large open-plan living, this annexe is the perfect style for you.
The Melton is designed with a master bedroom and a smaller second bedroom that can be used as a home study if preferred. The ‘Extra Plus’ provides a master bedroom larger than in most new build homes today.
The Hickleton is the largest of our one-bedroom annexes. All three footprints boast a spacious open-plan living area with a galley style kitchen adjacent.

10 Tips For Stress-Free Downsizing

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Simplicity is Key

Downsizing, or ‘rightsizing’ as it’s called nowadays, is almost always a positive outcome for everyone involved.

It might be tempting to design a huge annexe with multiple rooms or a spare bedroom, but you really must take into consideration how you will use the space now, and in the future.

As one of our Midlands customers explains: “Simplicity is key. I don’t want to spend loads of time maintaining my annexe or cleaning, I want to be out and about doing other things, which is why we designed it to be easy to care for.”

Planning permission is also a major factor, which can heavily influenced by the size and complexity of your granny annexe. This is something our team will guide you through during initial consultations.

Act Now

For many people it’s the decision to downsize a home that’s difficult. Once the decision is made, and you can see all the positive outcomes, it becomes much easier.

This was certainly the case for Diane Diggins from Kent. Already retired, but still active and healthy, Diane wanted to remain close to her daughter and a granny annexe was the perfect solution.

What Diane and her family didn’t anticipate was the news that she had got cancer. Fortunately, Diane is well again, but living in her granny annexe meant that her daughter could easily take her to hospital appointments and provide care.

“I wasn’t well last year,” explains Diane, “and it was so handy that I had my daughter close by, but still had my own space and things with me. If I had been living 45 minutes away she wouldn’t have been able to take me to the hospital. Obviously, we didn’t know that was going to happen, but it worked out fine.”

A cancer diagnosis clearly isn’t something to plan for. But as you age, and health issues of any sort become more likely, being already settled in your granny annexe can make care and recovery much easier.

Granny Annexe Advice

Whatever you need, iHUS is here to help you on your garden annexe journey. We’ve created our advice resources from the experiences of other satisfied customers.

Granny Annexe Projects for you

We’ve met with hundreds of people looking for care home alternatives for their parent(s). It’s the most common reason we come across for building a granny annexe in the back garden, and we take great pride in bringing families closer together. Here are a couple of projects that we’ve recently completed.

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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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Jean Aldridge

Listed building status lead to green oak cladding and Cotswold stone tiles being used to meet strict planning criteria.

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