The so-called “Granny annexes” have been really popular in home development in recent years. As it suggests, the name originates from adding living space to a home to allow an elderly relative (not just grannies!) to move in with the family. The potential benefits are high for everybody involved, as recent research shows that in the 65-74 age group, 13% of men and 35% of women live alone. A granny annex allows them to be closer to their loved ones, but still maintain some independence. They can spend more time with their grandchildren and benefit from seeing family more often, and the whole family often gains as grandparents can provide childcare support when needed. Actually, “Granny annexes” are also increasingly being used flexibly to house au pairs or live-in nannies which allows the family, the au pair or nanny greater independence than is usually feasible when they simply have a bedroom in the main house.