85sqm two-bedroom garden annexe
Published: 15 April 2023
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Adding an annexe to your home can be an excellent solution for caring for older relatives. It allows you to create a self-contained living space that can maintain the independence of both households while offering peace of mind that your family members are just down the garden path.
In this article, we'll look at the benefits of garden annexes and showcase an impressive 85 sqm two-bedroom annexe designed and built by Timeless Garden Rooms. Timeless Garden Rooms tailor each of their designs around the family's needs. They offer a turnkey service whereby they handle the whole project, so you can sit back and watch your new home take shape.
Benefits of a self-contained living annexe
An annexe provides an ideal living arrangement for older relatives who may require assistance with day-to-day living. It allows them to live independently in their own space yet close enough to family for comfort and support. They can have their own kitchen, living room, bedroom, and bathroom, which enables them to maintain their privacy and dignity while remaining close to family.
A standalone garden annexe is becoming an increasingly popular alternative to extending the main house to accommodate a relative. A garden living annexe is a self-contained building that can be constructed in the main house's garden. This type of structure offers many advantages over a traditional home extension, including greater flexibility in configuring the floor plan.
Unlike extending an existing house, a standalone garden annexe can be designed and built to meet the specific needs of the occupant. This means that the layout can be optimised for their comfort and convenience. For example, the annexe can be designed with wider doorways to accommodate a wheelchair, or it can be fitted with specialist equipment to help with mobility issues. In addition, a garden annexe can be designed to offer more natural light, providing a healthier and more comfortable living environment for the occupant.
The size of annexe that works for you
Garden annexes come in different shapes and sizes. The design can be customised to meet a family's needs, available space in the garden, and budget. The smallest garden annexes we have featured are around 20 square meters. Timeless Garden Rooms can tailor the size, layout and features of the buildings to their customers requirements. We recently wrote about two very different annexe buildings that showcase this approach.
This 85 sqm garden annexe by Timeless Garden Rooms is an excellent example of how a larger garden annexe can provide a lot of space and flexibility. The L-shaped building features an open-plan living room, kitchen, and dining area. Two spacious bedrooms lead off this main living space, one at each end of the living space.
Both of the bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms that are accessed through pocket doors. Pocket doors are a popular solution for small spaces, as they slide into the wall when opened. This eliminates the need for a door to swing open into the room, freeing up valuable floor space.
The annexe features a well-specified kitchen, ideal for a keen cook. Timeless Garden Rooms install their client's choice of kitchen units incorporating appliances and ample storage space. The L-shaped configuration of the units leaves plenty of room for a dining area. Nothing feels cramped in this annexe.
A lovely feature of this annexe is the covered veranda area that runs around the forward-facing elevations. Each of the rooms has doors leading out onto this veranda, offering views of the landscaped garden. A covered veranda like this provides a sheltered spot for sitting and enjoying the outdoor space. It protects occupants from the elements, allowing them to sit outside and enjoy the garden even in inclement weather.
Unlike some of their competitors, Timeless Garden Rooms offer a turnkey service for their living annexes. This includes obtaining planning approval for the project and having the structure signed off by Building Control. This ensures that the garden annexe complies with all relevant regulations and is safe for occupancy. This saves their clients time and stress, as they don't need to navigate the sometimes-complicated process of obtaining planning permission and dealing with building regulations alone.
Timeless Garden Rooms handles all the groundwork required for the foundation, drainage, plumbing, and electrics. This means that the client doesn't need to worry about coordinating multiple contractors and can be assured that the work is completed to a high standard.