In England they call them Summer houses but they have all sorts of names depending on the country, the council, the state laws so you can look them up as Garden Studios, Garden Flats, Granny flats and Garden sheds! They are one of the latest projects in housing as families come back together as a solution to retirement housing. They are also an ideal solution for extra income as a rental possibility or a child care option as families decide to go back to Au Pair’s and nannies.
What you will build or buy (they come in kits also) will depend very much on the space you have available. There are so many inspirational designs coming from England and Germany and the more they become popular in Australia we hope to see Councils become more flexible with their rules and designers become more innovative!
Here are a few links to some information and inspiration: