Living in a Self-Contained Annexe

A self-contained annexe is often the perfect accommodation solution for many retired people, particularly those looking to downsize. A self-contained annexe gives you the opportunity to enjoy your retirement and independence whilst being close to your children and grandchildren.

Living in a self-contained annexe will also give family members peace of mind that their elderly relatives are safe and happy without the financial burden that care homes often put on families.

What Is A Self-Contained Annexe?

A self-contained annexe is a small building often built in the garden of a family home. Also known as a granny annexe, a self-contained annexe has everything you may need to live comfortably.

Each self-contained annexe features the same amenities as a house including a comfortable living space, kitchen, bathroom, toilet and a bedroom (or two!). Some self-contained annexes feature a decking area with patio doors. The annexes give you the opportunity to live independently in your own home, away from the main house.

Also, a self-contained annexe can be built to your needs. If you need additional handrails or wider doors for mobility aids, they can be added as the annex is being built.

Being Closer To The Family

As previously mentioned, one of the most important benefits of living in a self-contained annexe is being close to your family. You will be able to spend time with your children and grandchildren whilst still having your own space.

Your family will benefit from having you close by as they won’t be constantly worrying about you (and you can babysit, which is always a bonus!).

Having A Sense Of Security

Self-contained annexes are very safe places to live. Not only are they as secure as a normal house, but they are also located within a secure garden, meaning its highly unlikely that you’ll be targeted by thieves.

Also, knowing that your family is nearby is a great comfort, particularly if you’re living alone. Living in a self-contained granny annexe will give yourself and your family peace of mind.


Enjoy Independent Living

One of the best things about living in a self-contained granny annexe is independence. Often, when an elderly person moves in with the family or moves into a care home or retirement village, they feel as if some of their independence has been taken from them.

Whereas, if you live in your own self-contained annexe, you can spend your time as you wish. You can invite friends’ round for dinner, have the grandchildren over for sleepovers or enjoy the peace and quiet. Enjoying your life independently is a key part of retirement.

Living in a self-contained annexe rather than a residential care home or rented flat also means that you can have pets.

A Cost-Effective Solution

Residential care homes are extremely expensive. In fact, residential care homes can cost £27,000 to £39,000 per year. These high costs can cause financial problems for yourself and your family and can lead to a lot of unwanted stress. If you’d rather not spend all your hard-earned retirement fund on accommodation, a self-contained annexe is the best way to go.

At iHus, our self-contained annexes start at just £64,000. As well as being affordable, our luxury annexes will also increase the value of the family home.

Self-Contained Annexes For First Time Buyers

Self-contained annexes aren’t just for elderly or retired people. They are also great for first time buyers! Getting onto the property ladder can be extremely difficult. But you can’t live with your parents forever, and you’re never going to be able to afford a mortgage if you’re renting.

Perhaps you should consider a Living Pod? Much like a self-contained annexe, a living pod has everything you need to live independently and finally have your own space. Our living pods add value to the family home, whilst giving yourself and your parents the space you need.

Get In Touch

Here at iHus, we specialise in the design and build of luxury self-contained annexes.

We take care of planning permission, provide complete project management on-site and ensure that every detail of your annex is finished to an exceptional standard. All you have to do is move in.

Would you like your very own self-contained annexe?

If you have any questions about our range of self-contained annexes or you would like to book a free consultation, simply get in touch. A member of our team will be happy to answer 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

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.

Download Your Free Annexe Brochure

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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…