As Jeremy and Jane Walwin’s children had left their 16th century home in Somerset, they needed an annexe to accommodate their children and their partners on special occasions. They also wanted more space for their hobbies, such as Jane’s love of silversmithing, and a safe place to store Jeremy’s sports cars.
They couple originally planned on adding an ordinary room above their existing garage, but when they saw their architect’s plans, they soon fell in love with this unusual annexe design. The boxy, cedar-clad structure was designed by architect Nigel Humphrey, and is affectionately called The Cube.
The three-storey build features a mezzanine level which has been split into two sleeping areas, reached by ladders. It also houses a living area with kitchenette, separate shower room, a hobby room and extra storage space.
The owners: Jeremy Walwin, the owner of Ellenbray, a toy and stationary shop, and his wife, Jane, live in the main house. They are often visited by their three children, Sophie, Daniel and Jessica
The property: A multi-purpose annexe belonging to a four-bedroom, 16th-century detached house in Mendip, Somerset.
Total project cost: £131,865