Are granny annexes suitable for disabled people? Especially those with mobility problems or wheelchair users? Let’s look at some of the reasons why a granny annexe might be a good choice for someone with a disability. iHUS make granny annexe disabled access easy.

What is a Granny Annexe?

The term granny annexe is commonly used to describe a one-story dwelling, situated on the grounds of another property. Although ‘granny annexe’ may suggest the buildings are for, well, grannies, they are suitable for a wide range of people with different needs.

Annexes are single story, one or two bedroomed dwellings that contain everything you would expect to find in a bungalow or house.

There’re often more spacious than you might imagine too – just take a look at our core annexe range.

With a fully equipped kitchen, bathroom and lounge area, a granny annexe contains everything you need to live comfortably.

image shows a young woman in a wheelchair living in a granny annexe

Are Granny Annexes Suitable for Disabled People?

A granny annexe is the ideal living situation for many people with disabilities. Here are some reasons a disabled person may choose to live in an annexe.

Ease getting around

As granny annexes are single story, they are ideal for wheelchair users or people with mobility issues who may not be able to tackle stairs. Having everything on the ground floor means that you can access every room in your home with ease. Our annexes all have an open plan, free-flowing interiors that make them easy to get around.

Closer to relatives

Granny annexes are often situated in a family members garden, meaning that you will always have your family on standby. This is incredibly useful for anyone who is semi-independent; people who need help with some tasks, cooking, for example, but can manage other tasks.

Promotes independence

Living in a granny annexe can help promote independence by giving you the opportunity to experience living on your own. The beauty is, that you can still have your private space and live independently but you are only a stone throw away from help should you need it.

Custom design

Our granny annexes come with a range of features that can be customised and adapted to suit your needs. Aside from making your annexe look great, some are very practical for those with a disability – for example, we can add ramps and decking around the outside of your annexe to enable easy access in a wheelchair. We also install wet rooms that mean you can shower on your own.

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Granny Annexe Disabled Access

As mentioned, accessibility is the key benefit of choosing an annexe for your home.

In the UK, there is a shortage of good housing stock for people with disabilities. A report in the Telegraph last year about accessible homes quoted statistics from Habinteg Housing Association, that says only seven per cent of UK housing is deemed suitable for the 1.8 million disabled people needing wheelchair-accessible homes.

An annexe might prove to be a good investment for anyone looking to stay close to home, live independently and have their access needs met.

Get in Touch with iHUS

If an annexe with disabled access is something you are considering, then please get in touch and a member of our team will be happy to help with any questions you may have.

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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    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?:

      Talk to a Consultant

      We know that building an annexe can seem daunting which is why we created our Signature Move process.

      It all starts with a conversation where we want to get to know you better, understand what you need and give you an opportunity to ask any questions you might have.

      To get started complete the form and a member of our team will get in touch to book you an appointment with a consultant…