When it comes to choosing which granny annexe design is right for you with all the different options available sometimes your heart might start to rule your head.
When making this important decision as a family you should set out the deciding factors as your boundaries and stick to them as much as possible.
When we launched our new look website back in March 2017, we decided to create several different sections on the website to help you decide whether a Core, Custom or Contemporary annexe would suit your situation, style & design preferences and budget.
Annexe living should always be a choice that allows you to help a member of your family enjoy a lifestyle change for the better and approaching this major purchase in the same way as buying a new home helps makes the decision process easier.
Here are some of our top tips inspired by our customers who have made the decision and created a win / win situation for themselves and their family.
Even with the recent interest rate rises announced by the Bank of England the UK property market continues to be as buoyant in 2018 as it has been in this year when we have recently seen the Government announce that they have hit their target of building 217,000 homes this year.
However the cost of new homes is still something that is beyond the reach of a considerable amount of people (young or old) we see every week looking at annexes as the only really affordable housing option that solves problems families face today.
Our HUScore Garden Annexes start at around £70,000 for a turn-key one bedroom annexe that is perfect for bringing an elderly family member to live independently in your back garden.
The HUScore granny annexe designs are also ideal for young family members or single income independent adults or young families needing a home of their own without the stress of renting at ever increasing monthly costs or trying to find a mortgage that they qualify for.
HUScore annexes are available in 8 different models (4 one bedroom annexes and 4 two bedroom annexes) each with 3 different floor plans and the option of a pitched roof or a flat roof.
This gives HUScore annexe buyers the choice of 24 different styles and sizes of annexes to choose from plus a choice of kitchen and bathroom finishes, laminate floor choices and other finishing options to make their HUScore annexe unique to them.
Self-building your own home in the UK is considered something only people with a budget of in excess of £800,000 can do and our love for TV programs like Grand Designs seem to perpetuate that myth.
IHUS custom annexes are something we have always done successfully over the last few years and are always in demand for customers with either a passion for design or who live in a conservation area, own a listed building or live in an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Some of our most spectacular annexes are our custom annexes and all of them are completely unique.
When it comes to choosing which type of annexe is right for you it can be particularly easy to get carried away with the design of the annexe and your budget.
If you live in an area of outstanding natural beauty or a conservation area your Local Planning Authority is going to dictate which materials it wants you to use when building your annexe and this can result in having to outsource certain types of windows, doors, cladding, tiles or finishes at a much higher cost than our standard finishes.
Custom annexes allow you to build an annexe in exactly the way you want, albeit within the restrictions of our structural calculations and as every annexe we build is also put through Building Regulations for complete peace of mind, there are certain guidelines that have to be precisely met to comply.
The new IHUS Contemporary annexe was launched at Grand Designs Live in London in March 2017 and has attracted many admirers with it’s sleek contemporary styling and superb interior floor plan and specification.
It is without doubt the best loved floor plan of 2017 for obvious reasons. It’s also a very large annexe boasting 92 square metres of floor space (in comparison most UK 4 bedroom detached houses have a total square metre area of 110 square metres upstairs and downstairs combined.)
With it’s vertical cladding available in a wide range of colours and it’s high specification modern interior the IHUS Contemporary is the perfect annexe for modern city chic style living in an annexe.
When choosing which style annexe suits your budget, garden and particular family situation we often see either the parents style preferences dominate the design or the main homes owners style preferences dictate what style they would prefer to look at in the garden.
Very often, it’s the iHUS Contemporary that the parents consider perfect for downsizing without compromise or for the generation being brought up with contemporary open plan living as “the norm” it is the only one they would consider being contemporary and modern enough to be a valuable addition to their main home.