Annexe Knowledgebase & FAQ's

Your Annexe questions, answered

How Much Value does a Granny Annex Add to a Property?

Adding a Granny Annex to you property is a good investment, a significant increase can be added onto the value of a property with one our annexes. Added value depends entirely on the size and finish of the annexe though; here we are taking about fully self-contained units, connected to utilities and suitable for living […]

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Does the Council Planning Department Need Contacting?

The answer is No. If the proposed mobile home falls within the criteria of use, conformity and location, then the situation is outside of planning control and approval from the Authorities is not needed. We do, however, advise that in all cases a Lawful development Certificate is obtained for peace of mind. A lawful development […]

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Building a Granny Annexe in Orchards, Paddocks and Woodland

If there is a lack of distinction between the boundary and use of the garden and other areas of your property, for example an orchard area or field used to keep horses that are used by members of the household, then planning permission will usually be required, as the Council will often not conclude such […]

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Restrictive Building Covenants

Restrictive covenants are basically a form of private planning control. They place restrictions on the development or use of land, for the benefit of another piece of land, and are enforceable by one landowner against another. In some cases, particularly modern housing estates, the developer may have placed a restricted covenant that states that caravans […]

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Article 4 Restrictions

The local planning authority may have removed the permitted development rights of an area by issuing an Article 4 direction. This is common in new housing estates. Unless specifically used to restrict the use of caravans the restriction will normally be upon ‘permitted development’, which does not include caravans, as caravans are not development.

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Siting an Granny Annex in a Greenbelt or Conservation Areas

Many homeowners are familiar with ‘permitted development rights’. This is the allowance to construct outbuildings, extensions, sheds etc. without the need for planning approval. However, these rights are often restricted to properties within greenbelt and conservation areas, areas of outstanding natural beauty or scientific interest. This does NOT restrict having an annexes. The crucial fact […]

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Can a Garden Annexe Contain a Bathroom and Kitchen?

Practically every caravan commercially available has all the facilities that would allow it to be lived in. A mobile home caravan sited in a garden with all facilities is capable of being used completely independently. If it were actually to be used in that way, a separate occupation would be created and planning approval would […]

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Why Not Just Apply for Planning Permission for an Granny Annexe?

Statistically there will be a high chance of refusal. Mobile homes can be 20 x 6.8 metres and have over 5 bedrooms, significantly larger than a building likely to be granted conventional planning approval. Additionally there is no restriction on style. Planning permission will often require that the style and finish is ‘in keeping’ with […]

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How Would a Large 20m x 6.8m, 5 Bedroom Granny Annex be Transported?

Our annexes are built onsite from scratch and the mobility off-site and down a non-specific road is hypothetical. This is best answered in ‘The Appeal Decision; Brightlingsea Haven Limited v. Morris 2008’ where it stated ‘It is the structure that must conform to the law not the means of access to where the structure actually […]

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How Big can a ‘Caravan’ or Granny Annex be?

Although the maximum size of a caravan is limited to 20 x 6.8m (65ft x 22ft) in the Caravan Sites Acts, it is still considerably large, with enough space for over five bedrooms, toilets, kitchen and living spaces. A caravan can be significantly larger than most buildings capable of obtaining planning approval as annexes.

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Why Would I Want to Live in a Caravan? They Look Horrible and are Freezing Cold in the Winter!

Many people think of mobile homes and static caravans as having substandard comfort, dreary designs and paper-thin walls. However, they are not all like this. Our Granny Annexes offer all the luxury of conventional residential living. They are built to the same insulation values as a normal house, adhere to all building regulations and are […]

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Siting of an Granny Annexe your Garden

A caravan, be it a touring or static caravan or granny annexe, is regarded as an article of movable personal property known as a ‘chattel’ and there is no public law preventing one being kept in someone’s garden, but there are Laws that regulate the ‘Use’ of land. Our Granny Annexes are classed as caravans […]

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Ideas to transform your cloakroom in your annexe

It’s usually the smallest room in the house, but that’s no excuse for failing to make a statement with your annexe cloakroom. Style it with confidence, display treasures, find space for storage, add lighting and cosy warmth, and you might end up spending more time in there than you ever imagined. Desperate for the loo […]

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Creating a walk-in shower in your annexe

Enclosed by a glass panel but without a door, space-enhancing designs have the indulgent look of a wet room while keeping the water contained in your annexe. Suit the space Many off-the-peg walk-in designs come with a low-level shower tray with a bath-sized footprint, making a bathroom-to-shower room conversion straightforward. But there’s also a vast […]

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Planning a small bathroom for your Annexe

Making the most of space in a annexe bathroom is vital so that it works efficiently and looks good. Take your time, follow this advice and shop around to get the best use from your room. Draw up a plan of the room to try out different arrangements first Look for baths that are slightly […]

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Kitchen appliances for your annexe

Advice about buying ovens, hobs, cooker hoods, dishwashers, fridges, freezers and wine coolers for your annexe kitchen. Freestanding ovens Slot-in cookers combine the oven and hob together. They’re easy to install and can be taken with you if you move. Before you buy, measure up the space to see whether you need a 55cm, 60cm, […]

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Redecorate your Granny Annexe Without Spending a Penny

Rearrange the furniture in your annexe Rearrange sofas and armchairs, offset the coffee table, forget the rule book for a minute and rethink your space imaginatively. Whether it’s moving your favourite occasional chair from your bedroom to your living room window, or reworking accents the simple practice of putting things in a new spot will […]

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Granny Annexe Living Room Storage Ideas

Build a media unit from MDF A piece of MDF and two floating shelves creates a professional looking TV/gaming centre for your annexe. A bottom shelf allows lidded ottomans and drawer units to be popped neatly underneath, whereas the top shelf can be used for more storage boxes or made pretty by adorning with vases […]

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Best headboards for you annexe bed

Headboards create a focal point in any bedroom in your annexe so it’s important to make the right choice. There are lots of things to consider before you buy, for example, whether you value comfort over everything, or if you’re more intent that your bed makes a statement. If you read or watch TV in […]

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Annexe bedroom storage ideas

Finding the right bedroom storage design ideas for your annexe might keep you up at night, but don’t panic. Whether it’s a lack of wardrobes, drawers or hanging space making your bedroom feel less like a calm boudoir and more walk in wardrobe, there’s no shortage of smart storage to help you create your perfect […]

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A big kitchen diner in your annexe?

Support the new opening Depending on whether the wall you want to knock down is load-bearing, you may need to support the new opening by inserting a rolled steel joist (RSJ). If this is the case, consult a structural engineer for advice and allow at least &pound2,000 for the work, although the cost will depend […]

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Annexe Kitchen shelving ideas

Looking for kitchen shelving ideas for your annexe? Kitchen storage can come in many forms other than traditional wall cupboards. Open shelving is a great option if you are the proud owner of an impressive crockery collection, or are a keen cook who appreciates having ingredients close at hand. Having everything on display, however, is […]

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How to paint annexe kitchen cabinets

Refitting a kitchen can be costly and stressful, but if you’re happy with the layout and your cabinets are sound, why not consider painting what you’ve got? If you do the work yourself, there may even be money spare to splash out on new handles or worktops. How to paint kitchen cabinets You’re less prone […]

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Bespoke kitchen design for your annexe

If you’re after a unique kitchen for you annexe, then going bespoke is the perfect solution, designed specifically with you and your space in mind. What is a bespoke kitchen and where do I start? A bespoke kitchen means that it will be built around how you want it to work rather than you having […]

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Things you should NEVER do when choosing a bathroom for your annexe

Planning a new space can be a minefield of questions and tough decisions. But there are a number of things you should never do when choosing a bathroom. Choosing a new bathroom poses a host of choices to consider. Do you need to redesign the layout and space? What order should the works go in? […]

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Shower room for you Annexe

A shower room is a fantastic way to save space in a small bathroom. Removing the bath and building a large shower enclosure will give you plenty of room to move around, making the area look bigger than ever. Every bathroom, no matter how small, can be transformed into a beautiful shower room. Intelligent design […]

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Bathroom speakers guide for your annexe

Their lack of regular power sockets and water hazards aplenty means annexe bathrooms haven’t always been the easiest place to enjoy your favourite tracks. But thanks to developments in wireless tech and speaker quality, you can up the tempo of your daily ablutions. And by streaming from services such as Spotify or Deezer, the options […]

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Bathroom extractor fans for your annexe

Are you thinking about investing in a bathroom extractor fan for your annexe? When you have a hot shower then leave damp towels in your bathroom to dry out, the moisture they add to the air condenses on colder surfaces, encouraging mould and mildew to grow. Fitting an extractor fan will control this condensation and […]

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Common kitchen mistakes to avoid in your annexe

A new kitchen is a huge but worthwhile investment for any annexe. Looks and functionality wise, it will always add value to your property. But one thing you don’t want to do is forget the finer details. It’s quite often the most obvious things that we simply forget when designing a kitchen. Forget counter space […]

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Best ways to arrange your kitchen appliances in your annexe

When it comes to positioning your appliances indoor annexe, there are plenty of potential pitfalls. Always burning yourself when getting things out of the oven or not able to open your fridge door properly? With all those nightmare scenarios in mind, here are some ideas that will make you kitchen easier to use and help […]

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Planning a bathroom in your annexe

Installing a bathroom in your annexe is a serious undertaking and can be deceptively tricky. It requires quite an array of fittings and technical skill, often in a very compact space. For this reason, carefully planning from the start will prevent costly mistakes and changes down the line. Assess your bathroom needs Begin by working […]

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Creating a Wet Room in your Annexe

Want a wet room, but not sure whether it will work in your annexe? Wet rooms are becoming more and more desirable, and they’re a great way to add value to your home. But how exactly do you go about designing a wet room? Can anyone have a wet room? Wet rooms are basically shower […]

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Small Annexe Living Room Ideas

How to best decorate a compact sitting room, snug or lounge Supersize your annexe space with our top tips and clever design tricks to make the smallest of rooms feel perfectly proportioned. If you are looking for small living room ideas, take inspiration from our gallery of beautiful small space designs to unlock the potential […]

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How to Plan and Decorate your Annexe Living Room

A good starting point is to think about how many people you need to fit in your annexe living room on a regular basis. This will help you to choose the right living room furniture. What should I put in my living room? A large family will need a sizeable sofa and a couple of […]

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Planning and Decorating your Annexe Bedroom

How to choose the perfect bed When designing a bedroom for your annexe, the most obvious place to start is with the bed. After all, without a good bed, it’s difficult to get a good night’s sleep. Make sure you choose the right size bed for the size of your bedroom. A super king size […]

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Creating the Perfect Walk-in Wardrobe in your Annexe

Whether you love labels and have a wardrobe to die for, or even if you just like to keep your clothes stored neatly, a walk in closet in your annexe is a covetable addition to any home. With careful space planning and a little forethought, it is easier than you might think. Space is everywhere […]

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Flooring options for your Annexe

Just like the wall coverings you choose, your flooring will act as a backdrop for the rest of your new interior decoration scheme for your annexe. And it is not just the look of your annexe that your flooring affects — the right flooring will have a practical impact on how well each room performs […]

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Which Flooring for Which Room in your Annexe?

Kitchen Flooring The way in which you use the kitchen and your floorplan should be taken into account. In open plan kitchen diners in your annexe, having two different flooring types for each area works well, visually defining them as well as offering a more social and less practical feel in the eating space. The […]

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Annexe Decking – Which Material to Use?

Decking is a fantastic option to extend the area around the front of your annexe, and to give the impression of extra space. But with so many options available it can be hard to choose the right one for your garden. Types of Decking Materials The main types of decking materials that you will be […]

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Annexe Landscaping with Decking

Your choice of timber for your annexe decking will have an impact on its long-term usability — and the best ways around the issue of slipping. Of course, even if you are a lawn lover, there is no reason why you cannot have both lawn and decking in your garden. This is in fact the […]

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Annexe Kitchen design ideas

When you design a kitchen in your annexe there are a few questions that need answering that will impact the design. Is the kitchen to be just a food preparation area, or more of a living eating space? Will the area be used as an entertaining space? Are you keen cooks, or do you do […]

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Annexe Kitchen Worktop Options

Buying the best kitchen worktop for your annexe can be a daunting task. With so many to choose from, it’s easy to settle for something that turns out not to be the right fit for your kitchen or lifestyle. Firstly, you need to ask yourself some questions. What is your budget? Kitchen worktops can fit […]

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Outdoor Lighting ideas for your Annexe

The way the outside of your annexe looks is the first overall impression of your annexe. Between outdoor furniture, gardening accessories and other types of exterior decoration, it’s easy to have a stylish and presentable garden, especially in the spring and summer months. The front and back of your home are equally important, being that […]

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Lighting Ideas for your Annexe

The first thing to know is that there are no set rules to light your annexe. Everyone has a different idea about what type of lights they like and the level of light that is pleasing to them. Some people like pockets of light for a homely feel and others a bright and airy feel. […]

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Wood Burning Stove Alternatives for an Annexe

A wood burning stove offers an array of benefits, so it is no surprise that over 1 million UK homes have one. But is a wood burning stove the best heating option for your annexe? Should I install a wood burning stove in my annexe? Whether you dream of Christmas Eve sipping mulled wine by […]

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Heating a Garden Annexe

How best to heat a garden annexe will depend on a number of factors, size of annexe, the amount of glass and i’s thermal properties, the aesthetics, and the cost. Here we offer ten options that are available. 1. Electric convection heaters are the probably the most widely-used option. They are excellent for garden annexes, […]

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Annexe window styles

Glazing can make or break a annexe design. You need to consider style, cost, material and efficiency. One of the biggest purchases in a annexe project are the doors and windows, deciding on window style is a major design factors your annexe design. Windows and doors can cover large portions of the annexe, so it […]

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Bifolds or Sliding Doors: How to Choose?

Windows and doors play a major part in the overall aesthetics of your annexe. But, as well as looking good, you will want them to let in enough light, be functional and practical, too. 1. The View If you want uninterrupted views of your garden and beyond then sliding doors are a popular choice because […]

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Timber cladding options for you annexe

Timber cladding is a popular finishing material for an annexe. If you’re planning to clad your annexe with timber boards, a good starting point is to decide whether you want to achieve a traditional or contemporary style overall. Species that are naturally knot-free (clear grade) work well if you’re going for a clean, crisp look, […]

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Cladding your annexe with uPVC

Cladding an annexe, in construction terms, is the external waterproof layer placed on the skeleton of the structure. The most common form of cladding these days is Poly Vinyl Chloride (PVC). Also known as PVCu or uPVC. It is a form of plastic which, in its plasticised state, is very flexible and used for operations […]

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Bituminous Felts for Flat Roofing for Annexe

Roofing felt for annexes is one of the oldest available options and advances made in the past decade mean the ‘torch-on’ approach is the best option for many. This is now one of the most widely used systems across the UK for annexes with flat roofs. What is Bituminous Felt? Bituminous felt is a form […]

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EPDM Rubber Roofing for Annexe

EPDM rubber roofing an annexe is one of the most popular options for flat roofing of all sizes. EPDM roofing for annexes provides a cost effective option for many people. What is EPDM Rubber Roofing? EPDM is one of the most durable forms of a weatherproofing solution for roofing systems used for flat roofing for […]

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Fibre Cement Cladding for your Annexe

What Is Fibre Cement Cladding? Fibre cement was developed at the start of the 1980s. It is a composite material made up of cement that has been reinforced with cellulose fibres and fillers. The mixture is moulded into planks before it is fully formed which allows it to be used as easy to install cladding […]

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Annexe Cladding Options

The exterior of your annexe is the first thing people see, so it is vital that the first impression produces an impression that you can be proud of. Choosing a product that’s durable and long-lasting and maintenance free is the ideal solution.There’s a host of options available for your annexe including: Wood Modified Timber Metal […]

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Annexe Flat Roof Materials

Most modern flat roofs have a lifespan of 20 years or more, so that means if you were to live in your annexe for 60 years you would only have to replace it a maximum of two or three times in your lifetime. So unless it’s for style, spending a disproportionate amount of money on […]

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