Ah, the sun is finally here and that means that most of us want to sit outside, enjoy a little bit of al fresco dining and generally make the most of the lovely weather. Everyone likes to be close to the garden in the summer months – that’s why summer houses and garden rooms are so popular. A granny annexe is like a year-round summer house with all the benefits of being close to the outdoors in the summer – in this week’s blog, we’ve got some granny annexe garden tips to ensure that you get maximum enjoyment out of your garden this summer.

How Big Is A Granny Annex Garden?

The size of your granny annexe garden will depend on the amount of space you had to start with before you built the annexe or plan to put one in.

Planning laws mean that your granny annexe and the existing main property cannot occupy more than 50% of the total site space, so even with a medium sized family home with a granny annexe situated in the garden, you will still have a useable garden space left to play with – even in your average sized family home.

With a few clever design tricks, that leftover garden space can easily become a fantastic place to relax in the summer, for both the occupants of the main house and the granny annexe.

image shows a lawned granny annexe garden with flower borders

Creating a Beautiful Shared Space

Creating an inviting garden space between a granny annexe and the main house is a great way to keep your family connected and bring everyone together.

Whether you have a lawn or a paved area, include a seating/dining area so that family members can get together in the summer. A BBQ area can also be incorporated for creating delicious grilled food in the summer.

Ideally, there should be a clear between the granny annexe and main house too – not only will this tie the two homes together, but it’s practical to stop lawn being walked on for safety in the winter.

Don’t forget lighting too – invest in some good quality solar lights to light up the pathway and your newly created shared space.

Private Granny Annexe Garden

If you like the idea of having a slightly separate garden for your granny annexe, you can easily divide up the garden with a small picket fence or shrubs. This will create two clearly defined gardens without blocking light or feeling too much like a barrier.

You might want to do this for various reasons; the person living in the annexe may want to have their own outdoor space for a bit of privacy or to have visitors of their own come around. Or they may want to treat their own bit of garden as a bit of a project, maintaining and caring for plants.

A small container garden is a great idea for a granny annexe – large pots or raised beds can be easily accessed and planted up by someone with mobility issues and are less maintenance than a large flower bed.

Don’t forget too that with iHUS granny annexes, we offer some additional extras that can enhance your garden. Most of our core range can be built with a veranda big enough to house a dining table and a few plant pots – this automatically creates a small garden area for the annexe resident, without the hassle of having to think about mowing grass or trimming hedges.

One of our iHUS community members who wanted to make the most of their granny annexe garden, use the custom-built veranda to house a hot tub. Now that’s what we call retirement with style!

image of granny annex to give granny annex inspiration

Contact iHUS

If you have any questions about granny annexes or even if you are unsure if your garden is big enough, or where the best part of the garden would be to situate an annexe, please get in touch.

One of our friendly team members will be happy to answer any questions you have and book you in for a free consultation.

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

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.

Shelagh Booker

All of our iHus annexe are customised to meet the want’s and needs of their owners. Take a look around Mrs Bookers annexe and listen to what her and her daughter have to say about their iHus annexe journey below.

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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…