ANNEX EXTENSIONS - KEY FACTS

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ANNEX EXTENSIONS MAKE A REALLY GREAT INVESTMENT IN TERMS OF USE AND VALUE

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I built an annex extension several years ago as I was in a position to work from home but I knew that I couldn’t actually work from the main house as there was far too much traffic and I was going to get disturbed far too much. In the end I built an annex extension in a quite part of the garden and I can tell you it was a really good decision as it became the perfect home office.

Annex extensions have a multitude of uses and are increasingly popular. People build them for all sorts of reasons but mostly they are used as home offices or to have family members close but not actually in the house.

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Example: A lovely oak framed annex extension or garden building. Use it as an office, a garden room, a guest suite or simply live in it...


Although an annex extension is usually built within close vicinity of the main house they still offer up private space for the resident just like a second home would. Annexes make a lovely homes for elderly relatives or growing sons and daughters that need their own space.

When it comes to designing an annex there are numerous ways you can go. Some people prefer to build in the same style as the main building which means an expensive build as it will be subject to all the planning and building regulations of the main house.

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Example: A traditional garden annex that offers up all sorts of uses. Clearly a nice warm annex with double glazing and  insulated walls and roof...


Others opt for timber framed buildings which in my mind are a better bet as they tend to suit their surroundings really well. All you really need is a concrete slab with all the services installed and then it only takes a short time to put them together.

In recent years we have also seen the introduction of pods which are effectively ready made buildings that get craned into your back garden. They are a really cost effective option, only take a day to get them up and running and of course you can take them with you when you move so I’m confident we shall be seeing more pods in future years.

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Example: An architect rendered vision of a modern annex extension, home office or garden retreat. Love the design which will fit right in with any garden....

If you are planning to build an annex then you need to bear in mind that as an independent stand alone building they will need utility services such as electric, water and waste and the provision of these services can be considerable depending on the circumstances.

Electric services may need to be split, manholes may need to be built and water may need to come from the street which means a possible 5k/15k spend just to provide the basic utilities.

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When it comes to a final decision on the design you should always use an architect as they are far better at spotting the best locations and planning more cost effective layouts than anybody else.

One thing I do remember well is that my own annex extension was far warmer in winter than the main house. In the summer it was far cooler so it just goes to show you how far we’ve come in building better warmer homes even if they do take the form of an annex extension.

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Example: More of a log cabin than an annex extension but it does look great and as you can see it has 2 floors of accommodation...

I should also mention that an annex extension when used as a home provides a far greater amount of privacy and security than a conventional home simply because they are tucked away with limited access. This is most certainly a plus if you are considering an annex for elderly relatives as you can keep an eye whilst allowing them to retain their independence.

Finally I should mention that an annex extension can add 20k to 50k to the value of your property so if you do everything right in terms of a good solid building that meets planning and building regulations then you will most certainly be adding substantial value to your property.


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