Care homes are becoming less and less popular as an option for the elderly when their previous family homes become too big for them to manage themselves. An option that has become more popular in recent years is building a small separate flat for your elderly relatives to call home. Building them a small separate property enables them to stay independent but also receive the support they need from you.
Where Can You Build An Annex?
If you own your own home and have some extra land this is a great place to build your annex. Some people prefer to build the flat onto the side of their house to save garden space, but if you have a lot of space why not give your relative their own garden too and keep the annex separate. If you have a garage an option is always to build an annex on top of the garage, but this would work a little better for younger people as your elderly relative may have mobility issues later on in life.
Where ever you choose to build a granny annex you will need to get planning permission in advance.
What Are The Building Options?
You can have an architect design a flat to meet your requirements, but there are companies that specialise in granny annexes with readymade designs. You can choose the size and shape that you need and there are lots of different styles. It might be a nice idea to get the relative that is going to live in the annex involved in choosing the right style for you.
Building a Granny Annex can also add value to your home. More and more home buyers are looking for homes complete with annexes already built.
The Finishing Touches
If you go with a company with readymade designs they can do anything from just building the shell for you to finishing the interior by installing flooring, the bath room and the kitchen. When it comes to kitting out your relatives new home make sure you take their individual needs into consideration. In terms of furniture you can buy assistive pieces such as riser recliner chairs and adjustable beds. Considering any future problems your relative may have ensures they can stay independent for years to come needing little assistance.
Building a Granny Annex can seem like a costly option to begin with, but it will save you expensive care home bills and add value to your home.