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Granny Annexe Ideas: Design Inspiration from Annexe Projects

Granny Annexe Ideas

Granny annexe ideas can come in many forms. We are so grateful to our wonderful customers who help us create beautiful annexes and inspire others to do the same.

iHUS has been successfully building annexes throughout the UK for several years and as a British manufacturer, we thought we’d celebrate everything good about how inspiring our customers can be when it comes to making annexe living inspiring and a huge success for themselves and their families.

So as the Autumn turns to Winter outside, we thought we’d share some of our customer’s granny annexe ideas as we continue to change people’s lives one annexe at a time…

Design Idea #1 Add a little annexe design magic with external downlights

outside downlights

One of the most popular additions to our annexes (whether they are flat roof annexes or pitched roof annexes) is the spotlight effect of installing downlights in the external soffits.

The annexe owners, Doug and Karen Wishart, are delighted with their new annexe:

“The iHUS team delivered everything they promised and more! The whole process could not have been simpler — iHUS took care of everything including the planning application.

The on-site team ensured that we were fantastic — highly skilled craftsmen, incredible attention to detail and really nice guys.

iHUS ensured that we were happy with progress throughout the build and were quick to resolve any issues that occurred along the way.

Seven weeks after breaking ground, our annexe was complete and we were handed the keys. We’re delighted with our annexe, thank you iHUS!”

Inspiring in design both inside and out this annexe instantly became one of the most viewed on our website.

Downlights like this are available to all our annexe designs with an overhang like Doug and Karen’s and are installed at a cost per square metre which will vary depending on the size of the annexe.


Design Idea #2 Use natural & local materials to create that country cottage look and feel

Aldridge Exterior Annexe

Working with this annexe owner was a dream come true and this stunning annexe in the Cirencester is probably responsible for more visitors to our website than any other design.

With it’s stunning Green Oak cladding and cat slide style steep pitched roof in reproduction Cotswold stone, everyone falls in love with it’s romantic country cottage look and feel.

With engineered timber casement windows in just the right shade the overall effect is simply stunning.

Working in a conservation area brings it’s own challenges and the materials used to create this annexe were required to gain approval to build an annexe that was indeed totally in keeping with it’s lovely surroundings.

Finishing touches of a dry stone wall and stone slab patio helps complete the picture-perfect annexe.

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Design Idea #3 Make the kitchen the heart of your annexe

dream annexe kitchen design

Some of our annexe customers love to cook and where better to cook up a storm everyday than in this dream kitchen.

Featuring a whole host of upgraded kitchen features you would expect to find in any modern kitchen combine to make this annexe stunning.

We are big believers in the “downsize without compromise” mantra of helping our customers old and new do exactly that when they move into their new annexe home.

So many people joke about “living in a glorified shed” when they start out but as you can see the end result is anything but that.

We’ve never built two annexes the same even though most of them start out as one of our budget-friendly annexes.

Whether you are young, old or somewhere in between annexes are very much like a modern apartment or small bungalow in their look, feel and style that just happens to be in your back garden.


Design Idea #4 Create an ultra modern look with cladding – iHUS have many options!

Annexe clad in natural wood

When it comes to choosing the look and style of their IHUS annexe, everyone has their own preference but a combination we see more frequently is the combination of silver grey cladding with anthracite grey windows (which are white on the inside) like this one.

Our customer wanted a specific look and feel to their new annexe and the finished annexe looks fresh, modern and spacious.

It is complimented by the silver composite decking (which IHUS offer as an additional service) and an EDPM roof.

Flat roofs are always something people worry about as they are historically thought to be inferior. (Old style flat roofing cracked in the sun and leaked.)

However new EDPM synthetic rubber roofing is extremely durable and will keep you warm and dry for many years to come.

It’s the type of roof you see on many of the Grand Designs TV shows to give you that ultra modern look to a flat roof annexe like this one.


Design Idea #5 Design your annexe floor-plan to suit your style of living

glossy annexe kitchen

Some people just know how to put things together, it’s a natural gift for some.

Visualising an annexe that you can only see as a CAD drawing or on our website is something people struggle with and even if they view one of our existing annexes it can still be a challenge to see the one that will be theirs as no two IHUS annexes are ever the same.

Everyone has their own individual style and tastes and that’s why we have lots of personalisation options available with each one we build.

This lovely kitchen was completely designed by our customer. Not all our customers like open plan kitchen / dining / living spaces and in this particular one our customer’s preference was a separate kitchen.

The end result of choosing a white glossy style cabinet and grey worktop is simple yet stunning.

With white throughout the annexe on the walls and ceiling, this annexe is perfect for fresh beginnings.

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Get in touch

We’ve built over 150 garden annexes over the years, and have pictures of most completed projects. So, if you need further inspiration, and would like to view further portfolio images, please get in touch.

If you simply have a question for us, please submit your details, along with a quick message, and we’ll back to you ASAP. You can also reach us on 0808 1641111 or email us at enquiries@ihusprojects.com

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