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Would You Consider A Garden Annexe At Home?

Increasing your living space is sometimes a luxury, often a necessity in order to accommodate your growing family’s needs… but regardless of why you require more room at home, you really must sit down and have a proper think about what kind of project will be best suited to what your particular needs actually are.

You might well decide that a garden annexe is the way forward for you, an extension that’s proving particularly popular for homeowners all over the UK at the moment. New research from Churchill Home Insurance has found that around 10,000 applications for projects of this kind are made to local councils around the country each year, which is the equivalent of one every 53 minutes.

Not only that but it was found that there has been a 27 per cent rise in the value of three and four-bed homes with an annexe like this in the last five years so if increasing the value of your home is your main objective, this could very well be the best way to go about it.

“Developing your own, new or converted garden annexe can be a very exciting process and is becoming ever more popular as people get increasingly savvy about home renovations. Whether you’re building an annexe for an older relative or just for the additional space, it is often a cheaper and easier alternative than moving to a larger property.”

“It is important that you inform your insurer of any home renovations you plan to make so that your home and its contents are adequately insured during the course of the renovation and upon completion,” head of Churchill home insurance Craig Rixon said.

By definition, an annexe is an extension that’s associated with the main house itself, but in the majority of cases, these builds offer a sense of independent living so whoever moves in feels as though they’re in their own space. Typically, there would be a self-contained bedroom and living room, as well as a bathroom and kitchen, so the occupant would be able to live there without having to go into the main house.

It’s certainly worth talking to an architect before you apply for planning permission as they’ll be able to offer you all sorts of helpful advice and will likely already know what’s permitted for your kind of property.

Bear in mind that if you do have planning permission granted, conditions are likely to be attached to it, such as the number of occupants, guests or dependents, as well as the prevention of the separate sale of this part of your home.

If you’re considering a similar project or want to start looking into garage conversions in Dorset this year, give us a call today.

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