A traditional granny annexe can increase the value of the existing property, bring independence to a loved one, and is an attractive addition to a family home.

But what makes a granny annex traditional? And how do you balance tradition and innovation so you don’t end up with a nasty, old fashioned looking granny annexe?

The devil is in the detail.

Customisable Granny Annexes

Here at iHus we don’t believe that one granny annexe should suit everyone. How can it?! And we don’t just offer a range of footprints to choose from and then just shove in the same old units, flooring, and cladding as everyone else.

We believe that a traditional granny annex is an opportunity for a fresh start for many. They are the chance to truly customise your home, just like any new build.

So we have a wide range of customisable features you can choose from to tailor your traditional granny annexe.


traditional granny annexe


Even if you want something unusual, you can have it. In fact, one of our specialisms is designing totally unique granny annexes for people for whom the standard granny annexe is unsuitable. From homes in conservation areas, gardens in the grounds of listed buildings, or quirky garden plots, we can accommodate all needs.

And that goes for physical needs too.

We can tailor your traditional granny annexe for your physical needs. This might include basic things, such as ramps or grab rails, or it might be more complex adjustments, such as wider doorways, hoists, or storage space for care equipment,


Timber Clad Traditional Granny Annexes

Timber cladding is synonymous with the look of a traditional granny annex.

Our granny annexes are clad in Cedral Weatherboard. The beauty of Cedral weatherboard is it is low maintenance and doesn’t rot, unlike traditional timber weatherboard. Your traditional granny annexe will look fabulous for years to come.

What’s more, you can choose a huge range of colours and finishes.


Pitched Roof or Flat Roof

Flat roofs get a bad reputation for being a leak hazard, as back in the day, flat roofs would hold water until it evaporated. These days, however, they are sealed much more robustly, often with rubber, as opposed to lead.

Flat roofs are ideal for when you want to retain a vista from the main house, or want to have a contemporary granny annexe.

For the more traditional amongst us, pitched and slated roofs are very popular.

Either way, the choice is yours. Both will give you a water tight, traditional garden annexe.


pitched roof traditional granny annexe


Traditional Layout

The layout of your annexe is very important, as it will determine how you use the space and when you are alone, and when you entertain.

We offer a range of one and two bedroom granny annexes. Some have an open plan living and cooking space, and some have separated areas.

The Hickleton is the largest of our one bedroom annexes, and boasts a massive living space and a separate kitchen. It has a shower room and a storage cupboard. It is ideal for those who want the traditional feel of a bungalow.

Similarly, the Hatfield has two bedrooms that come off a hallway, plus a separate kitchen area.

For those looking for a contemporary granny annex, the Wheatley has an open plan living arrangement. The kitchen, dining room, and living room flow beautifully into one another, allowing you to easily move between. Two bedrooms with plenty of storage make this a great space to have the grandkids come to visit or to chuck the other half into when he is snoring.

Or, if you want one bedroom with open plan living, the Ravenscroft has an L shaped kitchen in an open plan living/dining area.

However you want to live your life in a traditional granny annex, we will draw up the right solution for you.


The Little Extras

We believe it is the little customisable extras that make our traditional granny annexes stand out from the crowd.

As well as being able to pick the external features, you can also pick the internal ones too.

You can choose kitchen cabinets, flooring, downlights, bathroom suite and loads more.

That means you can make your granny annexe as traditional or contemporary as you like!


West Midlands interior iHUS Granny Annexe


Get In Touch

If you would like to start the fully managed process of having a granny annexe built, get in touch.

We take all the hassle out-just listen to Zoe’s story here for a first hand testimony!

Give us a call on 0808 164 1111 or email us on enquiries@ihusprojects.com.

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



This idyllic annexe is home to Theresa and Austin situated at the bottom of their daughter and son in law’s garden. Having always lived very closely to one another, the family were convinced this way of life wasn’t going to end anytime soon, & their wonderful annexe has made this a reality!
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.

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      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…