We Build Granny Annexes In Cumbria
A Little Bit About Us
Chris’ Annexes for the Elderly was founded by Chris Trippear who began building more than 40 years ago. Before he started building granny annexes in Cumbria, Chris’ first trade was creating boats, which he did in South Africa. It was here, that he was introduced to the glass fibre material that he would use to make boats. Unlike wood which was susceptible to wood borers and insects, glass fibre was a lot more rugged and durable.
After spending 9 years in Africa perfecting his boat building skills, Chris returned to the UK and settled in the Lake District where he continued to produce flat-bottomed boats. However, disaster struck when a faulty electric substation caused a fire which destroyed his business’ premises.
After this misfortune, Chris moved into 17th century bed making at the suggestion of a friend. This friend had an original hand made four poster bed that was looking increasingly old. So, the friend asked Chris to construct a new bed out of glass fibre, but reproducing the elegant carving and design of the original wooden bed. The result was a stunning success and so began Chris’ new venture into the world of interior décor, wall paneling, ornamental pillars and ceiling cornices.
In response to buyer demand, Chris then began constructing cold rooms for the businesses in the food industry. The same technology used to keep produce cold in a freezer unit is the same system used with heaters. This allowed Chris to create cold rooms which incorporated fibreglass insulation.
Chris’ expertise in insulated fibreglass structures which he developed over many, many years soon came in handy when his house flooded. The subsequent building work and insurance investigations were time-consuming and disruptive and it was impossible to live in his house. So, Chris quickly built a comfortable annexe on his property with all the electrical and plumbing you would expect in a regular house. Very soon, people were requesting their own granny annexes in Cumbria, and thus Chris’ Annexes for the Elderly was born.