Family & Granny Annexes
Norwegian Log's granny annexes and garden family annex buildings are a stylish and straightforward way to provide self-contained accommodation for parents, children, extended family and relatives to live within easy reach.
Our garden annexes begin at compact and convenient one-bedroom granny annexe log cabins all the way up to four-bedroom log cabin style annexes with room for the extended family plus guests.
A permanent, liveable solution, our home annexes offer comfort and privacy for everyone in the family. These ‘granny’ annexes offer independence with a safety net, ideal for those with disabilities, additional needs or who depend on being close to home and familiar faces. The family annex is not just ideal for older family members, it could be a divorcing son or daughter with children that cannot afford to get back on the housing ladder.
All our garden and granny annexes are made from natural, sustainable wood with a high level of natural insulation, making them warm in winter (and cool in summer). This saves on energy costs throughout the year, with minimal maintenance required thanks to the immensely strong and durable construction.
All of our annexes come with a five-year warranty (extendable to 25 years).
Annexe styles and sizes
Our versatile construction system makes it easy to achieve the layout you want. Our portable granny annexes offer functional spaces for kitchen, shower room and everything else you would expect for comfortable, self-contained living.
Alongside our pitched roof garden annexes, which offer airy vaulted ceilings, we also offer mono-pitch mobile homes that you can install close to a boundary - where light might be an issue.
We offer two design styles in a range of different sizes. For a classic Scandinavian log cabin experience, our traditional annexes are built from solid log using interlocking, high precision, computer-controlled-and-shaped logs.
These are cosy and well insulated, with an indefinite lifespan. All of our traditional annexes have a full fit out package available.
For a more modern, fresh feel, our smart contemporary style garden annexes feature an eye-catching glass frontage and new log technology - which open up new intriguing design options, using angled shapes, rather than right angles.
These contemporary annexes are bright and welcoming, but still strong, durable and draught free. We offer all of our Contemporary annex styles with the 'turnkey' full fit out, or you can choose to complete the fit out yourself to your family's specific requirements.
Choose your ideal garden annex model below or use these existing models and layouts as a starting point for your exact requirements. Our design team will be happy to work with you to make your own bespoke garden annexe a reality.
Annexe installation and fit out
Each annex is quick and clean to install with minimal disruption, and in most cases, you won’t need planning permission or building regulations approval when you install one of our granny annexes.
You can read more about this in our handy guide to mobile home Planning Permission. Or contact us for some straightforward advice.
We do recommend that we obtain a Certificate of Lawful Development from your Council - we will even handle this process on your behalf. If Planning Permission is required, our experts will be happy to guide you through the process and deal with the application.
Another advantage of our transportable homes as granny annexes is that there’s no VAT to pay – a big saving on your initial costs. With prices starting at just £40,213 and finance available it's easy to see why a Norwegian Log garden annexe is a viable solution.
We’ll erect your log annex quickly and cleanly, with minimal disruption to your garden. If access is awkward, we can carry all the prefabricated components for your annex either down the side of the house, or even through a domestic doorway.
Option 1: Expert installation of your annex
Our installation service covers the insulated weatherproof structure of the granny annex that we erect on your base. That includes roof, internal walls, windows, doors, floors and decoration, but not fitting out items such as mains services, kitchen fittings, bathroom, electrics, plumbing and floor coverings. We provide complete working drawings for you to give to the contractor(s) you choose to fit out your granny annex.
Option 2: Turnkey annex fit out
Alternatively, for the ultimate in timesaving convenience, our turnkey packages also include fitting out. This service is available for sites within 50 miles/1 hour of Reading.
Prices for fully fitted-out granny annexes start at £64,213 and include kitchen, bathroom, electrics, plumbing and floor coverings.
As with all our buildings, you arrange the groundworks and main services. Should you require assistance with finding a groundworker to build the foundation we can in most cases support you with this. Alternatively, we will provide complete working drawings for the groundworks for you to give to your contractor(s).
Not sure which option might be best for you? Contact us and discuss your situation with one of our experts.
Long Term Granny Annexe Uses
A garden annex is an incredibly versatile, long term investment which can adapt to suit your changing family or lifestyle. Some families have planned to live in an annexe in their parents’ curtilage (the land attached to a house) to begin with and eventually swap homes, with the older generation moving into the granny annexe and the younger generation moving into the main house.
Housing parents in a garden granny annex for just one year can already mean significant savings on care home costs. In 2016, for example, the average annual fee for a room in a care home in the South East was £37,804, and for those needing nursing care, £46,644.
Five years of basic care costs would amount to £189,000, rising to over £230,000 for a more intensive package.
With Norwegian Log granny annex packages beginning at £64,213 this is already less than the annual price for a care home for two.
If family circumstances change, an empty garden annex can quickly begin paying its way to increase your garden’s income potential. You can offer B&B rooms or provide a self-contained home in your garden for rental. Business use is subject to a different Planning regime, of course, so please consult a professional.
When you’re looking to sell up, annexes are a popular way to stand out in the property market, with estate agents reporting that properties with an existing annexe are in high demand and tend to sell quickly.
A garden annex will add value to your home, and with our annexes designed to last a lifetime, it could prove to be the perfect long-term investment.