Great Concept for Laneway Homes

Wednesday, May 23, 2012


A Garden Home – The Modern, Spacious & Affordable 21st Century solution to the ‘Granny Annexe’

The site – the rear of a detached home in Kent, England, offers a unique contemporary living space for a couple who required additional room for elderly loved ones. The 2 bedroom home provides 98 sq/m of independent living space for the elderly parents and offers a solution for bringing the family together whilst providing the necessary separate living spaces.

The architectural focus of this build is a practical, modern and relaxing space in an open-plan layout that offers great value for money.

The front of the house and to the left is an open plan kitchen/diner supplied by; leaving the client with the option to dine inside during the cold winter months, and outside for a quintessentially British cream tea on the spacious ‘Accoya’ fitted decking area during the summer time. The large expanse of opening bi-folding doors on the front elevation allows the large living area and kitchen to be part of the garden space. At the rear of the property are two great size bedrooms with built-in wardrobes and sitting between the two bedrooms is an attractive shared bathroom that is not only in keeping with rest of the house décor, but is fitted with timeless fixtures giving the bathroom suite that matching contemporary design.

Other modern features include spot lighting which features throughout this self contained home, a sky lit hallway and large floor to ceiling windows, The exterior offers a superb environmental eco design; where the sustainable architecture is achieved without compromising the aesthetics or increased costs. The building is cladded in Canadian Western Red Cedar, which unlike other timbers has better durability and lifespan than most due to the natural oils in its make-up. This helps to preserve the material when exposed to the outdoor environment and has a minimum lifespan of 60 years. Furthermore, the cedar used by comes from sustainably sourced forest certified through both PEFC and FSC schemes. The unique living sedum roof effortlessly ties in with its surrounding environment. This durable living organism requires zero maintenance whilst providing a much improved aesthetic in comparison to most typical roofs.

Not only does this build offer a great eco design and layout, it lives up to its environmentally friendly features as has managed to not only achieve U-value guidelines set by British Building Regulations , but exceed them by a considerable amount; providing their clients with a well insulated home; and thus saving money on their energy bills.

The experienced team at completed the build of the home in an impressive 8 weeks, with no compromise on quality or finishes. Operating in an efficient manner that saves their clients’ both time and money is what makes so unique to the market. Unlike a traditional build there are no additional architectural costs and fees as all the work is done in house and within our turnkey service; making the approach towards building a new home or granny annexe one of the most competitive in the market.




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