Are you considering welcoming an elderly family member into your home but unsure how to keep some privacy ? One of the best ways of creating an adaptable and comfortable environment for your extended family is by building an annexe.

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Benefits of a Multi-generational Household

A multi-generational home allows you to spend quality time with your loved ones whilst making sure that all of your dependents are safe and happy. Though it is nice to have each other’s company, spending every waking hour together may cause some struggles so it is important to ensure that everyone has a space to call their own. Homebuilding & Renovating magazine looks at the extra benefits of multi-generational homes in this interesting read.

Building an Annexe: Where Should I Begin?

A granny annexe is an outhouse that is converted into a dwelling. If you already have a structure to work on, it is unlikely that you will need planning permission to transform it into a home-worthy space, but you should still begin by checking with your local authority. You should also educate yourself on the current building regulations so that you can be sure that you are complying throughout the building project. Finally, if your property is a listed building, there will be some extra work involved in gaining the required permissions to follow through your project.

The next step is to find a reliable builder who can help with your expansion plans. Annexe Spaces ( are able to convert any outhouse into a bespoke, contemporary living space with top of the range finishing touches to truly make it feel like a home. You may wish to consult your loved one on any decoration preferences so that that the builder can provide a tailored project plan to include these finer details.

Is There Anything Else I Should Remember?

If your family member is in poor health, you might be wise to look at installing some emergency cords or an intercom. Not only will these help to make them feel at ease in their new home, it will also put your mind at rest that any problems can be resolved easily and quickly. Another important detail is installing suitable lighting (inside and outside) to prevent any trips at night and handrails (again, inside and outside) for extra stability when walking around.