Our customers think there is no time better than now to think about moving into a granny annexe – not waiting until they need to. This was certainly the case for Diane Diggins in Kent.
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This stunning bespoke annexe offers a comfortable living space. Here is the footprint.
The idea of annexes first came to mind when Diane and her daughter were looking for a solution to live close together. Diane had retired and along with her daughter, was looking to sell the large family home they shared. Diane’s daughter had married and wanted to move to London, but the family still wanted to live close to each other.
“I initially thought about buying a flat close to my daughter’, says Diane, ‘but the only suitable ones I came across were close to three hundred thousand pounds. That’s when my daughter said why don’t we look for a house with a big garden and build an annexe for you to live in?”
“I wasn’t sure on the idea at first but then thought, why not give it a try? My daughter has children and I had just retired so could be around to help look after them and it would be nice to see them so often.”
The search started to find a suitable annexe provider and Diane decided to visit the Grand Designs show where there are usually many annexe designs on display from a range of companies. After chatting to a few suppliers and looking at different models, Diane felt drawn to iHUS because of the clean modern look of the annexes.
After a swift consultation process which included designing the layout of the annexe and the custom features, Diane was ready to get going with her new annexe.
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“The Right Decision”
The consultation process was something Diane enjoyed;
“The consultation was brilliant as I had so much choice on how I wanted to customise the annexe. I wanted a storage cupboard and a full bathroom, not a shower room. I also got fitted wardrobes in the bedroom to give me lots of storage space. It was fun getting to choose all the finishes right from the start – things like the finish on the kitchen cupboards.”
“It’s been the best thing living here really – I was poorly last year, I had cancer and it was so handy to have my family nearby. We obviously didn’t know that would happen, but it was such a relief I lived here when it did. If I had been 45 minutes away it would have made getting me to and from the hospital a lot more difficult. “
With the plans for the annexe in place, we soon go to work building the annexe for Diane to move into. The model of annexe Diane chose is the Cantley but with some bespoke changes made to the layout and finishes. With one large spacious bedroom and an open plan kitchen/living space, the annexe meets all of Diane’s needs.
The exterior of the annexe is finished in a grey colour marley cedral weather board, with grey on white PVCU ‘A’ rated energy efficient windows and doors with toughened safety glass.
The living area, kitchen and bedroom feature light grey V groove professional grade laminate while the bathroom consists of a bare floor deck. Features in the kitchen include a ceramic hob, fan assisted oven and extractor chimney while the cupboards and drawers have a wonderful white matt finish.
Settling in quickly, Diane was thrilled with her new home and even recommends it to others;
“I would recommend building an annexe. Especially if someone has elderly parents or a parent living on their own who was lonely. It’s just the ideal solution as you are still nearby but have your independence and privacy. I’m really happy and feel like we definitely made the right decision!”
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iHUS are proud to have such a strong network of advocates and it’s a testament to the hard work put in by our team to provide people with great service and a fantastic product.
Choosing an annexe is an exciting process for you and your family and choosing the right supplier is even more important. Our community of customers are happy to talk to you about the entire iHUS process; from getting started to what the build was like, and how they love living in their annexes.