This garden annexe by A Room in the Garden is one of the most impressive, stylish garden homes we have seen, and we have explored a lot of them!
The A Room in the Garden team worked closely with their clients to create them a tailor-made home, handling every stage of the project from design right through to the final fittings, leaving their clients to move their furniture in and start enjoying their new home.
Building a new home at the end of the garden
Looking to downsize and let their daughter move into their home, A Room in the Garden's clients chose a spot at the end of their garden to create a purpose-built home for their retirement.
They approached A Room in the Garden with their ideal floorplan arrangement, and the A Room in the Garden team developed the ideas further, in close collaboration with their clients.
The accommodation comprises two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a dressing room, a well-equipped kitchen, and a spacious open plan living space.
Take a look at this video where the owners talk about the experience of buying their new home. The video also takes you on a tour of the annexe allowing you to see the quality and all the stylish design details it incorporates.
Two bedroom, two bathroom annexe built under the Mobile Home Act
Exploring these images, you will quickly see that this two-bedroom home is far removed from what we traditionally think of when talking about mobile homes. Yet, that is what it is, having been built under the rules of the Mobile Home Act.
When building a self-contained garden annexe, you can take one of two routes - apply for Planning Permission and have the work signed off by Building Control or build under the rules of the Mobile Home Act.
The A Room in the Garden website has a useful table that shows the differences between the two approaches.
The mobile home option is all the more appealing as the build is exempt from VAT, so there is an immediate saving of 20%.
High-spec garden annexe
As we can see from these images, this is a high spec garden annexe. If you watched the video, you would have heard the owners mention how comfortable the annexe is, thanks to the highly insulated core structure and performance double glazing.
We love the use of crittall style sliding doors internally. They are a clever choice; they look amazing, they don't take up as much space as a regular swing door, and they give the rooms a feeling of being part of the larger space, but they can be closed off when need be.
A Room in the Garden's clients chose a crisp black and white colour palette which they have mixed with splashes of bright colour. The way that the structural beam and heating pipes that run through the building have been detailed to be a key feature of this look, is impressive.
Click any of these images to open larger versions in a lightbox. In doing so, you will see that each room in the annexe is full of design features and each one beautifully detailed by the A Room in the Garden team.
Low maintenance garden annexe
The owners of this garden annexe will have little maintenance to do on the exterior of their home. This is thanks to their choice of corrugated metal cladding. Metal cladding is highly durable and will maintain its colour and appearance in the long term without requiring painting.
An accent block of timber cladding is a nice touch, adding a different texture to break up the corrugated cladding.
The doors and windows are high-spec powder-coated aluminium. Each opening has an up/down light alongside. These lights are not only practical, but they add another layer to the aesthetic appeal of this building.