Willow Granny Annexe with Pitched Roof

Granny Annexe Spotlight: The Willow

Family Annexe’s six unique annexe models, including The Willow, offer a choice of one and two bedroom designs. That’s why we think our annexes make such a great alternative living space.

It doesn’t matter if it’s for your elderly relative, a relative struggling with a disability, or just extra space for you and your family. Each one of our annexe models can be adaptable to our clients’ needs.

In this blog, we’re going to tell you a little bit more about our annexes, focusing specifically on our Willow model.

The Willow

At almost 85 square metres, the Willow is our largest garden annexe. Featuring an open plan living area and L-shaped kitchen, this annexe also has a shower room and two bedrooms. One of which is a large master bedroom with an ensuite. This annexe is also the highest in price out of our range – it’s available from £106,950.

Willow Granny Annexe Internal

Because of the large bifold doors, natural light will flood into the living and kitchen area which even creates an additional sense of space. The Willow can be accessed via a front door that leads into a standalone utility room. This provides a practical space that has plenty of storage for your items.

All our annexes come with flat EPDM roofs as standard but you can get a pitched roof design if you want.

Features & Finishes

Here at Family Annexe, we know exactly what it takes to create the perfect garden retreat. Every annexe is finished to an incredibly high standard and there’s a host of internal and external options to choose from.

Exteriorly, we have a range of cladding, roof tiles, windows, and doors. And interiorly, the finished design include laminate flooring, joinery, doors, lighting, and digital electric radiators which heat your space very efficiently.

Not only that but we can further enhance the practicality (and design) of your annexe with a choice of decking and balustrade.

In every annexe we build, the kitchen comes fully-fitted. We want you to be comfortable and happy in your new annexe. That’s why we even have a range of kitchen worktops, handles, and units to choose from! Plus they’re available in various styles, colours, and finishes.

Willow Granny Annexe Living Area

Ceramic hobs and electric ovens, with extractors, are included as well as a stainless steel sink and LED downlights. We also include plumbing and electrics for a fridge and washing machine.

Shower rooms are finished fully tiled and fitted with premium fixtures as standard. And if you’re in need of something with a little bit more space and support, we can upgrade to a wet-room to increase its practicality. For example, shower trays will be substituted for non-slip flooring and add in grab rails and shower seats.

Certificates & Warranty

Before we get to work on your annexe, we have to obtain permission from your Local Planning Authority (LPA) to actually start the build. We achieve planning with a Householder Application and the ‘Caravan Act’. Whether we receive either full planning permission or obtain planning permission through the Caravan Act, you will receive full Part B and Building Control approval.

Our roots are founded in custom design and build so we’ll happily explore the benefits (and the cost) of building something tailored to you. Plus, our team has experience building over 100 annexes – we may be a relatively new business but by no means does that make us beginners.

Being in the industry for a while means that we’ve seen the best annexes and the not so good ones. So we know exactly which areas to focus on saving money whilst still providing top quality homes. After all, quality is our top priority.

That’s why we provide a ten-year structural warranty on every single one of our annexe projects – that includes yours.

Get in Touch with Family Annexe

If our standard annexes or specifications don’t provide you with what you’re looking for, get in touch with us!

You can reach us by phone on 0330 1332 668 or by sending an email to info@familyannexe.com.

Fancy a free brochure featuring all our annexe models? Request one here and choose between a physical copy or digital download.

5 Clever Storage Ideas For Granny Annexe Owners

5 Clever Storage Ideas For Granny Annexe Owners

Though they are designed to be liveable, they are still small. At least, smaller than a typical house. So storing everything may actually become quite overwhelming and stressful. Fortunately, small doesn’t mean less storage.

In fact, smaller spaces show just how clever some tricks can turn out to be.

Granny annexes are incredible alternative homes for people who need extra space or for family members who want to live independently but stay nearby. It doesn’t matter if it’s for an elderly member or a younger family member.

This Family Annexe blog is going to provide granny annexe owners with some very clever storage ideas so that they can utilise their interior space the right way.

Clever Storage Ideas

It’s rather quite easy to create a smart storage space. You just have to think about spaces that aren’t typical and aren’t being utilised, like bed headboards.

Choose an under-storage bed over any others. Even though you may be able to fit boxes under regular beds, under-bed storage is more compact and ends up fitting much more. This is because the box containing items to be stored is itself taking up space.

Here’s some solutions to help you address some storage challenges you may be facing in your granny annexe.

Hooks & Wall Mounts

Walls are not generally utilised for space saving and this goes not just to granny annexes but also houses. So using up as much of that wall space as possible will help you save floor space in an effective way.

You can add hooks for quite a lot of things to get them off the floor and on the wall. So much can be mounted on the wall. If you’re an avid bike rider, you can purchase vertical wall-mounts or hooks that your bike can be hung upon so it stops taking up all that floor space.

Keys can also be hung up on hooks – car keys, garage keys, house keys. Plus, hooks in kitchens provide the ideal place for hanging utensils, pots and pans, or cups. Clear up what would need to go into cupboards so you could store other things in there. For example, more storage space for baking equipment if you’re a fan of baking.

Cabinet Storage

Cabinet manufacturers have evolved plenty, even just in the last decade or so, when it comes to providing a maximum amount of storage. In fact, many of these developments have led to some incredibly clever storage ideas.

The distance between wall studs, while it may seem limited, can still be used efficiently as storage space. All you have to do is cover the space with a cabinet door to present everything neatly. The toe kick area on kitchen cupboards.. isn’t that just wasted space?

Good things cabinet manufacturers can utilise this space, too. It’s even becoming quite popular to add storage into the kitchen by making the toe kick area into kitchen drawers for utensils.

Speaking of kitchen storage, there’s so many built in options you can choose from to make sure that storage space is being utilised. Things like spice racks, drawer and cabinet organisers, and door racks to really make the most out of the space you have.

Storage Beds

The type of bed we choose is quite important. Especially for those looking for some clever storage ideas.

These days, all kinds of bed storage is available – under-bed, drawers, and regular frames that have space underneath for boxes. However, most of these, good as they are, still leave so much space that really is wasted.

Lift storage beds are a great option for saving bedroom space as every inch of the space is being efficiently used. It can be used to store presents or any extra (or seasonal) clothes.

Practical Furniture

If you are someone that has plenty (read: too many) adornments for your furniture, you’re going to run out of space. Incredibly quickly, too, in a granny annexe. So choosing practical furniture will help give you somewhere to store everything.

Items like blankets and throws, maybe even unused pillows, could be stored inside furniture like foot rests.

As well as that, perhaps you could consider using a fold-out table instead of a traditional dining table. Then not only do you save space but you will still be able to host your family if they want to sit in with you.

Combine Rooms

More commonly known as ‘open plan’, combining rooms can make a massive difference in providing space. Open plan kitchens can connect living, dining, and even laundry areas. Plus, keeping all the facilities gathered in one area can massively help people who have limited mobility.

To divide rooms, all you really have to do is create a designated area by using a rug or carpet.

And here at Family Annexe, every unique annexe model we offer has an open plan design. It doesn’t seem like a clever storage idea but it really does open up space in your annexe.

It also increases practicality, too. What a bonus.

Get in Touch with Family Annexe

An annexe is a great alternative for those who want to maintain their independence and privacy whilst also staying near to the family.

Annexes are suitable living units for your elderly relatives or relatives with disabilities. Not just that, but they are great providers for extra space. Forget worrying about finding your perfect home – perhaps this is it.

You tell us the adaptations you need and we can build it.

Get in touch for more information on our services and our annexes. And also if you want to know about our efficient process… It’s seven steps only!

Give us a phone on 0330 1332 668 or send us an email at info@familyannexe.com. The team here is happy to help you!