Granny Annexe Ideas: Design Inspiration from Annexe Projects

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

image of small granny annexe from ihus

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.

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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    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

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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…