Savvy pensioners and their families are leading a ‘granny annex’ revolution by moving back in together, like their community-spirited relations of yesteryear – but with a very modern twist. With the double whammy of rising property prices and high residential care costs for the elderly, a growing number of down-sizing grandparents are opting for bespoke, Scandi-style lodges at the bottom of the garden freeing up funds for family treats and travel.
In the last 12 months, Norwegian Log Buildingsone of the longest established firms in this field, has seen a sharp rise in demand from pensioners wanting high quality annexes that can be built in their sons’ or daughters’ gardens. In most cases, no planning permission is needed, as the buildings are cleverly classed as ‘transportable’, so these solid log annexes can be installed with minimum disruption and kitted out with the latest 21st century fixtures and fittings – all at a fraction of the cost of a bricks and mortar equivalent, which can often fall foul of the planners. They are also usually exempt from council tax.
With money saved by downsizing, OAPS are able to MAX their retirement and travel the world, whilst their children get peace of mind having their parents so close by. Childcare, gardening or pet sitting can also be shared if required.