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Choosing the Ideal Garden Location for Your Granny Flat

The
granny flat is fast becoming a residential feature in many locations, as many
elderly people and their relatives have found this to be an ideal accommodation
solution.

Clearly, making the decision to install a granny flat, or garden annex, will predetermine the area it is in, but this does not mean the state of its immediate surroundings should not also be a consideration. A granny flat can help people maintain a certain quality of life, but this is dependent on more than just the structure itself. What also matters is choosing the ideal garden location for your granny flat.

The Placemaking Principle

In
planning and architectural circles, placemaking is the idea that a space serves
the people who use it, and that where there is a building, what surrounds it
matters as much as the structure itself. It focuses
as much on the end-user as it does on the design.

On
a more intimate scale, you can apply this principle to the granny flat. For
many elderly people, the relocations they undertake later in life can feel
significant and also a little daunting. They may feel displaced or vulnerable,
and in downsizing, they might have had to dispose of various possessions they
will have become used to and attached to.

A
major benefit of the granny flat is that it gives people independence while
placing them immediately close by to a family support network. However, it is
vital that they feel totally at home in their new surroundings. If you look at
installing a granny flat from a placemaking perspective, the garden location is
hugely important.

A Room with a View

The
garden should present the granny flat resident with a good view. If you put enough
care and attention into your garden and its features, then it makes sense that
these should be clearly on view. Part of the garden annex
construction process is ensuring that the location works both in terms of the
overall look of the entire garden area, but also from the perspective of the
granny flat itself.

Light
and space are key elements here. Granny annexes should have windows
that let in natural light, while providing good views out onto the garden. It
is important to install the granny flat in a location that will maximize these features. Other
options include sky light roof windows and extra French doors, to ensure the
granny flat makes the most of even the quirkiest of garden settings.

Another
feature is to bring the outside closer by customizing the
granny flat with an outside deck, so that on pleasant days, the resident can
sit outside and enjoy the sense of being part to their garden surroundings,
while also having the comfort of their home close by.

The
key to all this is flexibility and adaptability. While the granny flat is a
contemporary, prefabricated form of accommodation, it is also a highly
versatile one.

A Garden Fit for Living In

Once
the garden has become a place where someone lives, it is vital to keep it in a
condition that suits this new purpose. This can also be about participation and
encouraging the person or people occupying the granny flat to be active in the
garden and its upkeep.

This
can work by adapting the garden so that its green areas are contained and easy to
manage, with a combination of grass and other landscape features such as
decking and gravel. Choose potted plants for ease of maintenance,
and consider non-slip resin surfaces and pathways to help navigate to and from
the granny flat.

With
the right planning, design and installation support, the granny flat and garden
will become a comfortable, welcoming home in its own unique surroundings.

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