With architecture looking to undergoing some major changes in the post-Covid landscape, more sectioned-off space and more flexible accommodation is likely to be a trend in coming years.
The nuclear family is changing, and with young people often being unable to move to their own house and the older generation needing care, many homeowners are looking to extend their property to create self-contained accommodation in an annexe or outbuilding.
It’s worth mentioning that local councils keep a close eye on the creation of new dwellings in people’s gardens, and will often issue enforcement notices presuming that you don’t have the correct planning permission.
An annexe is considered a self-contained living space used as part of the same house, within the same plot and within the same ownership — it might be self-contained, but this living space must be part of one home occupied by one, possibly extended, family unit. Only under this definition can it legitimately be described as an ‘annexe’.