This self-contained garden annexe by Swift packs a lot of features into its 27.88sqm. The Swift team worked closely with their clients to design a building that maximised the space available while ensuring it is fully featured and high spec.
The design and layout of the annexe was worked out around the sizes of specific pieces of furniture the customer wanted to incorporate. Clever design tricks were used to maximise every inch of space, both inside and out.
A design that evolved
Initially, the annexe was going to be one multifunctional room, with kitchen and shower room. As the design evolved, the Swift team were able to create a separate double bedroom. It may be snug, but having a designated bedroom will enhance the useability of the annexe.
Bespoke garden annexe layout
The annexe has been designed so that it slots into the end of the garden. Fitted snuggly between the three boundary fences. Living annexes like this need to have a planning application and building control, as standard, so building this close to the boundaries was approved.
Building tight to the boundaries has maximised the space available. The Swift team managed to design a 6.8m x 4.1m annexe. As we can see from the floor plan, the annexe has a well thought out layout.
The main room has been designed so that a sofa bed can be comfortably used. A narrow shower room has been positioned in the rear corner. To save space, a pocket door has been fitted. Pocket doors are ideal when space is tight, as they free up the area that would otherwise be needed for the swing of the door.
The kitchenette has been fitted in the alcove that has been created between the shower room and bedroom wall. The use of white units makes the space seem bigger and more cohesive.
The bedroom might be bijou, but there is space for a double bed. The space will have a more airy feeling than you might think, thanks to the inclusion of a Velux roof window.
Garden annexe with storage
Interestingly, as we don't see it often in annexe design, the Swift team have managed to include a good-sized storage room. It is accessed via a 'secret' external door. The Swift team have clad the door in the same Cedar as used on the walls. This makes the door and the existence of the storeroom hard to see from the front of the building.
Living roof covering
The annexe has been fitted with a sedum living roof covering. Sedum roofs have many benefits in garden room design and look spectacular when viewed from above. As part of the roof build-up, the Swift team worked with a specialist company to install an auto mist fire suppression system.
The Swift team project managed the whole build on their client's behalf from initial design, through the planning process to all aspects of the building, including the groundworks required for the connections to the mains services.
The on-site works took the Swift team three weeks to complete. The 27.88sqm annexe cost just under £50,000.