This example of the 24ft x 12ft + 12ft x 8ft (7.32m x 3.66m + 3.66m x 2.44m) garden annexe is interesting as it showcases, that while compact, the annexe does not feel small. The Booths team have created a layout which offers zones for relaxing, cooking and eating, sleeping and showering.
Alex Booth explains some of the key features of their one-bedroom L-shaped annexes:
Living in your parents garden
The annexe is home to Maria and her two dogs, and it is built in the garden of her parents home. A home they have lived in for over sixty years. As they have got older, Maria's parents require care, so Maria decided to sell up and move in with them.
Building an annexe in the garden, allows Maria's parents to stay in the home they know and love, and provides her with her own independent space. She can pop in and out on them during the day and is only a couple of minutes away should they have a problem.
Maria and the Booths team talk about her reasons for buying a garden annexe home:
Garden annexe with double bedroom
Many of the bedrooms we have seen in garden annexes are small. Forcing you to have the bed pushed against the wall, so you have space to move around, so it is nice to see the space in this bedroom.
The main living 'wing' has been designed so that there is space for a sofa in the alcove next to the shower room. Cleverly, Maria has chosen a day bed rather than a regular sofa which can double up as a spare bed so she can have visitors if she wishes.
The kitchen is well equipped with cupboards, sink, hob, etc., and Maria has space for a decent-sized dining table and chairs. There is plenty of living space for her and two large dogs to live comfortably.
Comfortable living all year round
Booths Garden Studios are well insulated for comfortable year-round use. Maria will be able to set the temperature she wants the annexe to be as an air conditioning system has been installed. This will allow her to live at a comfortable temperature, every day of the year.
Maria and the Booths team talk about the air conditioning option:
A low maintenance granny annexe choice
When researching her options for a granny annexe type building, she looked at brick-built options and timber clad designs. She opted to work with Booths Garden Studios, which offer a much quicker solution to brick-built annexes and have designed a building that requires little maintenance in the long term.
Maira and the Booths team chat about the research she did before deciding to work with them:
Flyover roof creates a welcoming porch
In our last article about Booths Garden Studios one-bedroom garden annexes, the customer mentioned that she was considering the option of adding a flyover roof detail to create a porch area. Well, Maria did choose this option and is pleased she did. The canopy offers a sheltered area over the main entrance to the annexe. She reports that it works perfectly and that protects the rain hitting the main doors, so she can open the door and stand outside without getting wet!
Booths Garden Studios can retrofit their flyover roof system. It does not increase the overall height of the annexe, which is essential from a planning perspective. It also has its own rainwater guttering system incorporated into the supporting pillar - clever!
Maira and the Booths team chat about the benefits of the flyover roof: