Garden Annexe - Dorchester


A superb Garden Annexe has been designed and built for our clients mother to live in, to have peace of mind knowing that family members are close by, whilst allowing her own independence is a great compromise and becoming increasingly popular.
The annexe measures 10 metres wide by 7.5m deep at the longest point, consisting of a double bedroom, large shower room and a very spacious kitchen/lounge area.
A beautiful mixed blanket sedum roof has been installed on top of the anti-root felt, sedum has many benefits – greater thermal performance, absorbs rainwater, provides a lovely habitat for wildlife, removes carbon dioxide from the air, filtering pollutants including heavy materials from rainwater.
Bi-fold aluminium doors to the front elevation create a 3 metre opening, providing lots of natural light. Aluminium opening windows in the bedroom, shower room and fan lights on the rear of the building provide plenty of ventilation.
The fully reinforced foundation and extensive groundworks included 25 metres of trenching and drainage, re-instating of paving and a pumping station. We feel a pumping station is a more robust system than using a macerator which are prone to maintenance issues.
A 125 litre pressurised stored water cylinder supplies the hot water to the shower, basin and kitchen sink, this alleviates any pressure dropping issues when someone in the main house is also using water. The cupboard creates a handy space for airing and storage of towels etc.
The spacious shower room includes a heated towel rail, toilet, contemporary vanity unit and large shower tray with glass screen housing a Mira mixer shower with large shower head and a handshower. It has been finished with the most amazing tiled floor.
A large kitchenette includes fridge/freezer, built in oven, induction hob with extractor hood over, lots of storage cupboards and a breakfast bar.
The Western Red cedar on the front elevations has been factory treated to protect the wood against UV rays, this should help to retain the beautiful natural colour. Per building regulations, the sides and rear of the building are clad in Cedral Weatherboard as they are within 1 metre of the boundaries.
The electric package contains a data point, smoke alarms, heat detector, external security lights, electric towel radiator, heating, plenty of power sockets and LED downlights.
The project comes under full Building Control regulations with sign off on the foundations; checking the structural detail against engineer’s drawings; fire protection including fire rated plasterboard and escape routes -a requirement on all buildings which are used as living accommodation.
Build time 6 weeks.
This offers excellent value for money. The cheapest 1 bedroom flat in the local area starts from £235,000. This is a much more affordable option.