Contemporary Garden Rooms That You Can Live In

If you are looking to downsize, or you’re looking for an alternative living arrangement for your elderly parents, a contemporary garden room may be just the thing you need! A garden room offers the perfect solution to your problems.

What Is A Contemporary Garden Room?

A contemporary garden room is a modern space designed and built for your garden. Garden rooms were traditionally used for extra space when there wasn’t enough room in the main house.

Rather than building a costly extension or conservatory, home-owners opted for a garden room to house their home office, children’s play-room or gorgeous outdoor space to relax and entertain guests.

Contemporary garden rooms have evolved and can now offer the perfect accommodation. A garden room that you can live in will feature a living area, a fully-fitted kitchen, a separate bedroom (or two!) and a shower room.

These modern and stylish garden living spaces also feature double glazed PVC windows, quality flooring, electrics, external cladding and the option to have lovely external decking.

What Are The Benefits Of Living In A Contemporary Garden Room?

If you are looking to downsize, moving into a contemporary garden room has an array of benefits. If you are retired and don’t like the idea of living in a retirement village or don’t want to spend your hard-earned money on assisted living accommodation; a garden room will be the perfect option for you.

Not only is it cost-effective, but it also allows you to stay close to your family home and spend quality time with your children and grandchildren. A garden room will also allow you to enjoy your retirement independently whilst giving your children peace of mind.

Living in a contemporary garden room allows you to stay close to the family


Or, if you are looking for alternate accommodation for your elderly parents that will give you peace of mind and keep them close by, a garden room is best.

You won’t have to pay the incredibly expensive costs of a care home or travel far to see your parents. Instead, they will be close by in the garden, in a spectacular accommodation that has been designed for accessible living.

Moving your elderly parents into a contemporary garden room will give them and the family the space they need whilst keeping everyone close by.

Do I Need Planning Permission?

One of the first questions people have when thinking about investing in a contemporary garden room is “will I need planning permission?”. And the answer is, probably not!

Unless you live in a listed building, you shouldn’t need planning permission to build a garden room in the garden of your home.

If the contemporary garden room is only one storey and doesn’t take up more than one half of your garden, planning permission should not be an issue!

Are Contemporary Garden Rooms An Affordable Option?

Not only are garden rooms the easier option, but they are also the most cost-effective option! Contemporary garden rooms are not as costly as home extensions, nor do they cause so much disruption when being built.

A high quality, bespoke garden room will also be less costly, and far more practical than a conservatory or orangery.

A garden room gives you the additional space you need without you having to invest in a bigger house or extensions. Also, as well as being cost-effective, garden rooms actually add value to your home!

Additional Uses For Contemporary Garden Rooms

As well as offering alternative accommodation for yourself or your elderly parents, a contemporary garden room uses as many other uses.

A garden room can also be great for housing your adult children. In this day and age, getting on the property ladder can be a very difficult and slow process. If it common for adult children to live with their parents in the family home whilst they save for a mortgage or get on their feet.

However, if your family home is already short of room, accommodating your adult children can be stressful for everyone involved. A contemporary garden room offers a wonderful alternative as it gives your children the space they need without disrupting your home life.

A contemporary garden room will always be a useful space, even once your elderly parents or adult children move on. A garden room can then be used as a handy accommodation for when relatives stay over or can even be used as a rented accommodation (such as Airbnb) to make extra cash.


Alternatively, your modern and stylish garden room can be used as a home away from home, to entertain guests or escape from the hustle and bustle of the family home.

Get In Touch

Here at iHus, we specialise in the design and build of luxury self-contained annexes and contemporary garden rooms.

We take care of planning permission, provide complete project management on-site and ensure that every detail of your garden annexe is finished to an exceptional standard. All you have to do is move in.

If you have any questions about our range of self-contained annexes or you would like to book a free consultation, simply get in touch. A member of our team will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Subscribe to our mailing list

Recent Projects

iHUS Granny Annexe Bath 1


In Autumn 2020 Wendy Hamm and her family approached iHus as they were contemplating an annexe build in their back garden to house Wendy’s mother. Wendy’s mother Jane, 82, was living over an hours drive away from the family. Wendy’s day to day responsibilities meant that visits to Jane were a lot less frequent then they would have wished. Read their story here.
can i build a granny annexe in my garden

Jean Aldridge

Listed building status lead to green oak cladding and Cotswold stone tiles being used to meet strict planning criteria.
Hot tub outside granny annexe

Ingrid & Donna Giles

Ingrid & daughter Donna Giles opted for a custom designed two-bed annex with large outdoor decked area.
Clarke custom granny annexe

Custom Engineered

This large, two-bedroom custom annexe was finished to an exceptionally high specification, with open-plan kitchen and living area.

Download Your Free Annexe Brochure

Simply fill in the form and you will be emailed a link to download our 32 page annexe brochure.

    Simply fill in the form and you will be emailed a link to download our 32 page annexe brochure. Please check your Junk mail if your brochure doesn’t appear in your inbox

    Request A Hard Copy?:

    Download Your Free Annexe Brochure

      Simply fill in the form and you will be emailed a link to download our 32 page annexe brochure. Please check your Junk mail if your brochure doesn’t appear in your inbox

      Request A Hard Copy?:

      Talk to a Consultant

      We know that building an annexe can seem daunting which is why we created our Signature Move process.

      It all starts with a conversation where we want to get to know you better, understand what you need and give you an opportunity to ask any questions you might have.

      To ger started complete the form on the right and we will get in touch.,,

        Simply fill in the form and one of our consultants will get in touch