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Home office
Home office
Garden Studios
This is an example of a contemporary shed and granny flat in Melbourne.
Maroubra Granny Flat Project
Maroubra Granny Flat Project
Wishbone Constructions
Design ideas for a small beach style detached granny flat in Sydney.
+ BARN +
+ BARN +
Fabric Architecture
Exceptionally detailed barn style loft garage. Built by Hudson Lane Projects. Timber doors and joinery by Loughlin Furniture
Design ideas for a beach style shed and granny flat in Central Coast.
Clareville
Clareville
Arcipixel Media
Design ideas for a beach style shed and granny flat in Sydney.
New Family Home in Marrickville
New Family Home in Marrickville
Jessica Matson Architecture
Simon Wood
Contemporary detached granny flat in Sydney.
IMBY Kit | Tiny House South Coast
IMBY Kit | Tiny House South Coast
Adriano Pupilli Architects
Photo of a contemporary detached shed and granny flat in Sydney.
Hill Winds Remodel
Hill Winds Remodel
VPC Builders, LLC
Inspiration for a mid-sized country detached shed and granny flat in Charlotte.
Beaverton, OR studio
Beaverton, OR studio
Modern-Shed
Dominic Bonuccelli
This is an example of a small modern detached studio in Portland.
Bozeman bungalow
Bozeman bungalow
Karl Neumann Photography
©Karl Neumann
Photo of an arts and crafts granny flat in Other.
Prop Styling - Danville Residence
Prop Styling - Danville Residence
Daniele Maxwell Designs
Sean Dagen
Design ideas for a small eclectic shed and granny flat in San Francisco.
Historic Garage Remodel
Historic Garage Remodel
King Building & Remodeling LLC
Photo by Doug Peterson Photography
This is an example of a large country garden shed in Boise.
Langley Modern
Langley Modern
L P
Mikaela Ruth http://www.mikaelaruth.com
This is an example of a country detached greenhouse in Vancouver.
Merricks Barn house
Merricks Barn house
Gunn Building Projects
An alternative angle showing the contrast between Colorbond cladding and the recycled timber. Photo: Zayne Stoner
This is an example of a mid-sized country detached barn in Other.
Hillersdon Avenue
Hillersdon Avenue
Outpost London
Hillersdon Avenue is a magnificent article 2 protected house built in 1899. Our brief was to extend and remodel the house to better suit a modern family and their needs, without destroying the architectural heritage of the property. From the outset our approach was to extend the space within the existing volume rather than extend the property outside its intended boundaries. It was our central aim to make our interventions appear as if they had always been part of the house.
Lillieshall Garden Room
Lillieshall Garden Room
Matthew Giles Architects
Housed within the building is a multi-functioning space along with kitchen, storage and shower room. The use of timber continues here, with walls clad in a warm, natural, birch-plywood. The mirror at the rear of the kitchen reflects the ever-changing planting outside, providing a sense of space and depth. This, along with a rooflight, and small, planted courtyard, bring additional natural light into the space and make the garden an integral part of the building.
Hill Winds Remodel
Hill Winds Remodel
VPC Builders, LLC
Photo of a mid-sized country detached garden shed in Charlotte.
Shoebox Tiny Home
Shoebox Tiny Home
Tennessee Tiny Homes
This is an example of an eclectic shed and granny flat in Other.
Rebuilding a Farm in Sonoma County
Rebuilding a Farm in Sonoma County
Robert Frear Architects
Photo of a country shed and granny flat in San Francisco.
Village Oaks Residence
Village Oaks Residence
SDS Design - Build
Inspiration for a traditional detached garden shed in Jacksonville.
Pool House
Pool House
Northworks Architects + Planners
Design ideas for a traditional granny flat in Chicago.
Granny flats and sheds have come a long way in terms of design. No longer just a place to store infrequently used items or a spare bed, they are now highly sought after spaces that, in many cases, resemble a small, well-maintained home. A garden shed can be an extension of your house, providing more living space for your family, or it can be a home office or creative studio. Many homeowners also see the benefit of building a separate structure in their backyard as a means for rental income.

What else can I use my granny flat for?


With so many granny flat designs on offer, you really can use this area for virtually anything, from outdoor storage to accommodation. Livable sheds and granny flats are a great way to provide teenagers with some level of independence, while keeping them nearby and allowing them to save money. They’re also an alternative to supported care for elderly family members. Relatively cheap to construct, a backyard granny flat can make you some extra money, too, should you want to rent it out, or move in yourself and rent out your main house. Those with a hobby such as painting, music or woodwork may prefer to use the space to pursue their passions, while others whom work from home could use the backyard studio as their home office.

What should I consider when planning a garden shed, granny flat or studio?


Different locales have different requirements for outbuildings such as sheds, granny flats and studios. In most cases, where the shed, granny flat or studio has running water, cooking or sanitary facilities, it will require building consent. Other considerations include the height of the building, its distance to boundaries, maximum floor space and stormwater drainage.

If you're turning it into a fully developed space, make sure it complies with local ordinances and has enough ventilation, light and insulation for seasonal temperature changes. In terms of decor, approach decorating this space as you would any other room in your house. If you are creating an extension of your home, you can either stick to your current interior style or do something completely different since this is a detached space. With space at a minimum, layout is also crucial. Built-ins are a saving grace where space is tight, while wall-mounted items such as bikes and garden tools will also save you lots of floor space. You could even incorporate overhead ceiling racks for seasonal and infrequently used items.

Whether you want inspiration for planning a shed and granny flat renovation or are building a designer shed and granny flat from scratch, Houzz has 38,464 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Adriano Pupilli Architects and Karl Neumann Photography. Look through shed and granny flat photos in different colours and styles and when you find a shed and granny flat design that inspires you, save it to an Ideabook or contact the Pro who made it happen to see what kind of design ideas they have for your home. Explore the beautiful shed and granny flat ideas photo gallery and find out exactly why Houzz is the best experience for home renovation and design.