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Ashwood Studio
Ashwood Studio
Garden Studios
garden studio, granny flat, modular design, sustainable
Contemporary detached granny flat in Melbourne.
Maroubra Granny Flat Project
Maroubra Granny Flat Project
Wishbone Constructions
Courtyard
Photo of a small beach style detached granny flat in Sydney.
Writer's Shed
Writer's Shed
Matt Gibson Architecture + Design
Shannon McGrath
Photo of a contemporary detached studio in Melbourne.
Clareville
Clareville
Arcipixel Media
Design ideas for a beach style shed and 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.
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.
Malvern East
Malvern East
Mirabuild
Contemporary detached granny flat in Melbourne.
Exon House - Atkinson Pontifex
Exon House - Atkinson Pontifex
Digital Photography Inhouse
Photographer: Gerard Warrener, DPI Photography for Atkinson Pontifex, Peter Maddison, Great Dane Furniture. Construction: Atkinson Pontifex Design: Peter Maddison
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.
New Family Home in Marrickville
New Family Home in Marrickville
Jessica Matson Architecture
Simon Wood
Contemporary detached granny flat in Sydney.
Elk Valley Tractor Shed
Elk Valley Tractor Shed
FIELDWORK Design & Architecture
Photography by Brian Walker Lee
This is an example of a modern shed and granny flat in Portland.
Yoga Studio
Yoga Studio
Chace Architecture
Inspiration for a contemporary detached studio in Boston.
Farmhouse Modern
Farmhouse Modern
Fergus Garber Architects
This is an example of a country detached shed and granny flat in San Francisco.
Garage Organization
Garage Organization
Monkey Bars of Phoenix
Design ideas for a contemporary shed and granny flat in Phoenix.
West Hollywood - ADU
West Hollywood - ADU
Luxe Remodel
Inspiration for a mid-sized transitional detached granny flat in Los Angeles.
Hill Winds Remodel
Hill Winds Remodel
VPC Builders, LLC
Photo of a mid-sized country detached shed and granny flat in Charlotte.
Custom Works Gallery
Custom Works Gallery
Dovetail Woodworks
This is an example of a victorian detached garden shed in Other.
Glass House in the Garden
Glass House in the Garden
Flavin Architects
Modern glass house set in the landscape evokes a midcentury vibe. A modern gas fireplace divides the living area with a polished concrete floor from the greenhouse with a gravel floor. The frame is painted steel with aluminum sliding glass door. The front features a green roof with native grasses and the rear is covered with a glass roof. Photo by: Peter Vanderwarker Photography
Garden Shed
Garden Shed
Mutuus Studio
Budget friendly cedar fence boards were used in the interior space. Since the space is unheated - the cedar boards fair well in the moderate climate of Seattle.
Hill Winds Remodel
Hill Winds Remodel
VPC Builders, LLC
Photo of a mid-sized country detached garden shed in Charlotte.
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.

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