Botched granny flat annexe in Norwich garden loses family £37,500 after Hudson ...

A botched granny flat has left two sisters £37,500 out of pocket and their elderly mother in a care home after the cowboy builders responsible went bust.

Holly Elmhurst, 49, enlisted Hudson Garden Rooms to build a four-room annexe in her sister Samantha's garden for her mother Carolyn Lerski, 76, to live in.

Ms Elmhurst claims her elderly mother paid 90 per cent of the £48,000 fee up front in April 2016 but was devastated when building stopped after three months.

The annexe, in Norwich, was only half-built, still on stilts, with minimal insulation, faulty windows and doors and damp everywhere.

Ms Elmhurst tried to take the company to the small claims court - spending thousands of legal fees - only to be told it had gone bust with £400,000 debts and the claim was therefore invalid.

Meanwhile her elderly mother suffered a brain aneurysm and was later diagnosed with dementia. The money lost on the annexe meant she had to be put in a care home.     

The Elmhurst family paid £43,200 for Hudson Garden Rooms to build this annexe for their mother Carolyn to live in. They have since gone bust and left them £37,500 out of pocket 

The Elmhurst family paid £43,200 for Hudson Garden Rooms to build this annexe for their mother Carolyn to live in. They have since gone bust and left them £37,500 out of pocket 

Holly Elmhurst, 49 (left) enlisted Hudson Garden Rooms to build a four-room annexe in her sister Samantha's (right) garden for her mother Carolyn Lerski, 76 (pictured) to live in

Holly Elmhurst, 49 (left) enlisted Hudson Garden Rooms to build a four-room annexe in her sister Samantha's (right) garden for her mother Carolyn Lerski, 76 (pictured) to live in

Ms Elmhurst, who claims surveyors have told her fixing the build will cost a further £37,500, said: 'They said they could build exactly what my mother wanted, and have the work done in three months.

'But they didn't put proper drains in, the guttering just hangs over the garden, the floor wasn't finished, the ceiling is damp on it.

'We had to pay someone else to fit some decking so my mum could walk inside the property.

'The property is unlivable, and now mum has had to live in a care home.'

Ms Elmhurst's sister Samantha, 51, has also been fighting to have the problem resolved.

She said: 'The company director has never set foot in this place

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