Homes that offer space for multi-generational living are the future says JANE SLADE

Professor Ian Cree and his wife Brigit are selling their five-bedroom home with indoor pool in Badby Northamptonshire which has two granny annexes – a standalone two-bedroom property opposite the main house and an integrated one-bedroom flatlet.

Brigit’s parents Gordon and Mary Sapstead lived for four years in the annexe until illness made it necessary for them to move to a nursing home last year.

“There is no question the annexe extended my parents life,” says Brigit, 56. “Dad was 90 and Mum 95 when they died a few months ago.

“They loved living near us and so did I. I could keep an eye on their needs, pop in for chats, enjoy a drink before supper and dad loved going down the road to the Windmill pub – he was very active and even involved in the local town plan.”

Gordon, a civil engineer, oversaw the £80,000 conversion of the annexe from an empty shell to a two-bedroom home suitable for him and his wife.

For some time Brigit ran a B&B from the property converting rooms downstairs into a flatlet with its own kitchen and bathroom which she could rent out to overnighters. When she ceased running the business she was able to use the flatlet to accommodate a carer for her parents.

Now the couple are downsizing and want to sell the property.

“What has been fantastic is being able to have my parents onsite and also to provide accommodation for my children when they have been at university or between jobs.

“The annexe gives older and younger people alike the freedom to live independently but without the hefty cost that goes with renting a property on the open market.”  Agents Strutt and Parker have priced their home at £995,000.

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