Garden Annexes Brighton

When it comes to finding extra space, why settle for anything less than bespoke garden annexes in Brighton? Whether you’re looking for a yoga studio, home gym, or just an extra room or office, plenty of options are available when transforming your outdoor space into something special.

We can show you the benefits of having a garden annexe, whether you need planning permission in Brighton, and the range of quality materials available from us. Get ready to transform your outdoor space into something truly magical!

At Createspace, we have vast experience in managing beautiful builds. We take the stress out of this part of your project and are here to answer any questions you may have.

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What are garden annexes?

A garden annexe is a self-contained, detached structure built within the grounds of a property, typically in the backyard or garden. Unlike a garden office, which primarily serves as a workspace, a garden annexe is designed to function as an independent living space.

Garden Annexes usually include essential amenities like a bedroom, bathroom, kitchenette, and living area. Garden annexes are often used as accommodation for elderly relatives, grown-up children, or guests, providing them with privacy and independence while still being close to the main house.

Additionally, garden annexes can be utilised as rental units, home offices, or studios, offering versatility and the potential for generating extra income.

Benefits of Having Garden Annexes

A garden annexe offers the benefit of creating additional living space without the need for major alterations to your main property. This separate accommodation is ideal for housing elderly relatives, adult children, or guests, providing them with privacy and independence while still being in close proximity. 

Another advantage of garden annexes is the potential to generate extra income. The versatile nature of these structures allows them to be rented out as short-term or long-term accommodations, providing homeowners with a passive income stream. Additionally, garden annexes can be repurposed as home offices, studios, or workshops, adding value to your property and lifestyle.

Lastly, a garden annexe can help reduce the environmental impact of extending your living space. By utilizing a smaller footprint and often incorporating energy-efficient materials and technologies, garden annexes can be a more sustainable option compared to traditional home extensions. 

Our Process

1. Book a site survey
We will come and see your site to assess how we can tailor your garden room to your requirements
2. Initial design and quote sent within 5 days
We will send you a basic CAD drawing of your design and an official quote, with no hidden costs, within 5 days.
3. Review design and make any changes.
Once you have received the design you can request changes, having complete control over your unique garden room.
4. Agree start date and book in the work.
Once you are happy with your room design we can agree when to start the wrok.
5. Work takes place.
Our skilled tradesmen handle every aspect of your bespoke garden room build, keeping you up-to-date with the progress along the way.
6. Keys are handed over.
We offer a completed turnkey service, including decorating and connecting utilities. This means when we hand over the keys, your garden room is ready to be enjoyed.

Why have garden annexes?


To be considered “permitted development”, and not require planning permission, the garden room needs to be:

  • Placed less than 2m from the boundary of the property 
  • The maximum overall height should not exceed 2.5m from ground level 
  • Has an internal floor area of less than 30m

If you meet these criteria then garden buildings are generally exempt from planning and building regulations. With our bespoke garden room designs we can help you get the most out of the space you have for your dream room.

If you plan on using your garden building as regular sleeping accommodation however you will need planning permission. This is because any sleep accommodation is required to meet building regulations.


Planning Permission Garden studios

You would also need planning if your garden annexe stands in front of your house fronting the highway, if it takes up more than half the land around the original house, or if it’s built on the property of a listed building or conservation area. 

If you are not sure of the requirements in Brighton apply to your build, or would like some more detailed advice we recommend you take a look at the government’s online planning portal.

Planning permission for garden annexes in Brighton is an important step to consider when looking to build a new structure in your garden. Before you begin the process, it’s important to find out if you need planning permission from the local authority and what other requirements may be necessary.

Generally speaking, if your annexe will be higher than two metres, it’s likely that planning permission will be required. In Brighton, this is usually done through the city council who will review all applications.

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Book a free, online consultation and we’d be delighted to discuss your project