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Make room for everyone by adding an annex

Create a versatile, self-contained space with our useful guide

If you need extra accommodation for family members or an area for an office or hobby, a loft conversion or extension may not suffice. A self-contained annex may well be the solution, as it will provide elderly parents or grown-up children with space and privacy, or enable you to work without interruption. Alternatively, an annex can be used for overnight guests, as a gym, or even rented out as a holiday let.

The four-bedroom new-build at Countryside’s St Irvyne’s near Horsham has a separate wing with full-height gabling and an en suite above the double garage,


A ground floor annex is practical for older relatives to live in as they won’t have to worry about tackling stairs. Depending on the layout of your home and the plot it sits in, you’ll usually have the option of extending at the side or back, or converting the garage into living space. To make the granny annex completely self-contained, include a bath or shower room and a kitchen area – however small – and try to incorporate a separate entrance. When converting the garage, you can simply make the existing entrance smaller. Make sure that the annex can easily be integrated into the house at a later date – if not, this could affect future saleability.

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