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How to start your annexe journey with iHus

Choosing iHus for your annexe means choosing quality, experience and assurance. We’ve built over 200 bespoke annexes for our customers across the UK, with every aspect of service and build tailored to you.

We realise that this is the first time you will have bought an annexe, and whether it is for yourself or for a family member, we know how important it is to get every detail right. From your free consultation right through to the day you receive the keys to your wonderful home, and beyond.

Family in an ihus annexe

Let us guide you through the important steps you will take on your iHus annexe journey; from decision & design, to build and delivery; we’re here to help you throughout your new and exciting journey.

In 2022 we changed the lives of 348 people & once you start to research annexe living you’ll soon discover some of the reasons why, including;

  • Bringing families closer together
  • Enabling people to live independently
  • A brilliant care home alternative
  • Access to additional support
  • Downsizing and house management
  • Lowering the cost of living
  • Adding value to the main house

If you haven’t already, you can take a look at some real customer stories on our past projects page.

Download an iHus brochure

Once you have done your research the next step is to download a free brochure or request a hard copy that will be delivered to your door. Our brochure includes all the information you need to view your ideal annexe in more detail.

All of our annexes can be seen in the latest 3D bird’s eye view with their floor plan clearly displayed to give you a great idea of the model that is most likely to suit you. Don’t forget that all of our floor plans are just a guide; we are specialists at designing bespoke annexes as we believe it is important that they meet the wants & needs of each individual owner.

Arrange a Call and Consultation

You should now be at a stage where you have a good idea of which annexe model you would like, now it’s time to get into more detail. It’s time to book a consultation with a member of our team who will be ready to answer any questions you may have.

This can happen over zoom on the phone or we can come out to see you on site to see the space available and provide further advice.

This initial consultation is an opportunity for us to understand a bit more about you and the perfect solution for your needs. It means we can start to paint a picture of your ideal life in an annexe and make expert suggestions that will lead to your ideas becoming reality.

Having supported 100s of people over the years, you can rest assured that our experts will be able to provide you with the best ideas, advice and support throughout.

Decide on The Finishes

It’s time to choose the finishing touches to your annexe! This is a particularly exciting part of your journey as it really starts to bring your new home to life. We have an array of options available for you to choose from, from tile and counter options to colours and finishes; here you can really put your personal stamp throughout your annexe which will boast individuality. Choosing iHus means you have the benefit of adding almost anything you desire to the inside or outside of your annexe. From the flooring and walls to additional accessibility functionalities should you need them.

Couple looking at ihus annexes

A Personalised Quote from iHus

Once we’ve established all of your annexe wants and needs we’ll provide you with a personalised quote to build your iHus annexe.

This quote will include everything you would like in your build with no hidden costs or additional charges. What’s even better is that it will be locked in for a whole year, giving you the time you need as we understand this is a big decision for you and your loved ones.

Money back guarantee

When you pay your deposit with iHus we want you to feel secure in the knowledge that everything will go to plan. That’s why we offer a money-back guarantee on your deposit if anything goes wrong in terms of planning permission not being accepted. We’re confident it will be and we want you to feel the same.

Planning Permission

We’re now through to the planning permission stage of your granny annexe. This can be a lengthy process at times taking a number of months as your local authority gives the permission.

Unfortunately, this is out of our hands but we will keep you informed at every step of the process to ensure you’re up to date with information.

Our planning officers have specialist knowledge and vast experience and we’re proud to say we achieve planning permission for almost every potential iHus customer.

Better still, our unique dual approach ensures the planning stage is completed without delay, so we can move on swiftly to building your stylish new iHus.

Building Your Annexe

Design & Build

Now we’re at the stage you’ve been waiting for – the grand build. First, the core of your annexe will be built at our factory in Yorkshire. Doing this helps us to be more effective in our build – it also helps us to help the environment and it means less disruption on site at your home.

While this is happening, crossover and efficiencies in our builds mean we can also be on site at your property starting on the groundworks. First, we prepare the ground, then we start to connect the utilities.

Your annexe is then delivered to your site and assembled in place on the prepared ground before the interiors are finished and decorated before we hand over the keys.

Prepare for your move

All you need to do during the build process is ready yourself for the move. Whether you’re moving to the garden of your relatives or vice versa, a new start brings with it a chance to start afresh while still having the incredible memories that your family home keeps.

Use this time to declutter, get your belongings in order for your new home and start to countdown down the days to moving in.

Delivering Your Annexe

Moving In

It’s finally here – the day to move into your annexe.

Moving into a brand new home is a wonderful experience and this is no different.

Of course, you’ll have family and friends around to support you but you’ll also have iHus. As part of our signature move we’re here to make sure everything is as it should be. We’ll also be on hand to make any final touches as you start to see the reality unfold. New mirror in the bathroom? Additional shelves on the dining room wall? No bother at all, our team is here to help you with those tasks.

Family in ihus annexe


Once the move has been completed, not only can you enjoy your new place – you also get to experience our aftercare. Not sure on the details of your new home? Don’t quite remember how to turn on the oven? Give our aftercare team a call and we’ll sort you out straight away.

We want your iHus annexe journey to be the best possible experience and we can’t wait to guide you through the process.

Get in touch

So there we have it – a whistle stop tour of the granny annexe buying process. We’ll be happy to help no matter which stage of the process you are at.

Give one of our friend team members a call and we’ll be delighted to help or to get you started on your new and exciting journey.

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