Could a Granny Annex be Part of the Solution for the Housing Shortage?

Interesting guest post from Room4-you suggesting that a self contained garden room could be a solution to the housing shortage:

Research issued by the Institute for Public Policy Research has highlighted that there could be a shortfall of up to 750,000 new homes by the year 2025.  The worst affected areas will be the South East, London, East, South West, and Yorkshire and Humber.  One of the influencing factors for housing demand identified in this report is the number of single person households which has risen from 1.7 in the early 1960’s to 7m in 2009.  A significant number of these single households are older women who have outlived their partner.

One of the ways in which the housing shortfall may be addressed is for families to consider the possibility of living together in one household.  Numerous reports have shown modern Britain is following in the steps of our ancestors and taking a lead of many in continental Europe by housing extended families under one roof.  However, the take up rate is still relatively low which may be due to a culture of enjoying personal space.

One of the possible solutions to both highlighted issues may be to build a detached Annex within the garden, ancillary to the main house.  Many people are put off this course of action due to concerns over the planning policies which appear to differ from one Local Authority to the next.  However, a good architect or planning consultant will overcome these worries and normally find a solution satisfactory to all parties.

One such example has recently been completed within the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty around Cannock Chase in Staffordshire.  Designed and constructed by Room4-you the annex has a contemporary style with construction from eco-friendly timber frame and clad externally with Thermowood (a heat treated European Redwood giving a minimum of 30 year life span with no maintenance implications).  Internally the annex has a bedroom, open plan lounge and kitchen together with a wet room.

The idea of a detached annex was first considered by the home owner as a solution to the housing needs of his elderly Granny.  Traditional routes of approaching local builders were investigated together with contacting a number of companies offering pre-fabricated designs.  The Arc building from Room4-you was chosen as the most appropriate, in part due to the contemporary styling, but mainly due to the promised quality and sustainability of the proposed materials and components.

“We first considered the idea of a detached annex when our Granny was struggling to cope with running her own home.  She was adamant that she did not want to go into a care home and the solution was to find a way to allow her independence, whilst being close enough to us for casual supervision and care when necessary.  We moved Granny into her Annex two weeks ago and she is delighted with the arrangements.  The quality of finish is far better than we had ever imagined and I believe we have a 1 bedroom bungalow for a knock down price.  The professionalism of Room4-you is beyond anything I have experienced with 30 years experience in renovating and restoring properties.  We were concerned with the planning process but this was taken care of by the Room4-you architect and we received full permission within 6 weeks.  Work was started 3 weeks later on the ground works and foundations, which were not without their problems after discovering the remains of a demolished row of terraces.  Thanks in part to the hard work of the Room4-you team and their off-site manufacturing, our deadline was met after a total of only 3 weeks on site.  We are delighted with the outcome and highly recommend this course of action to anyone with relatives who need independent housing but with access to care.”

Room4-you are able to offer clients across the UK a selection of bespoke buildings for a variety of uses including home office, garden room, garden studio and granny annex.

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