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.
Rod Scott
Rod Scott
Our garden studio needed to have enough height to comfortably fit an exercise pole, so having a pitched roof was a key requirement. We also wanted to have a wooden construction so this ruled out suppliers offering a steel framed building. Createspace were not only competitive, but the different options were clearly presented from the outset - ensuring that the final design and specification met our precise requirements. Communication was excellent throughout the build programme and the studio was completed within the agreed timeframe. We are delighted with the finished product, the careful attention to detail and the overall build quality. Our thanks go to the Createspace team for a job very well done!
Beth Kirkham
Beth Kirkham
Where to start? Well maybe by saying that generally I hate having trades people working in the house. But working with Luke and the team from Create Space was totally different. They recently managed a kitchen renovation project for us and they could not have been more professional. Luke over saw the project with enthusiasm, great service standards and total integrity. The team who worked on site were all respectful, friendly and very good at their jobs. The project was delivered pretty much on time, on budget and to a great standard. We are thrilled with the finished project and would high recommend Create Space to anyone looking for a great team to deliver a fab project.
Jane Barrett
Jane Barrett
I can’t praise Luke and his entire team more. They were extremely efficient, professional, helpful and arrived everyday on time despite the biblical rain and freezing snow we had in December. Our garden room with en-suite and garden store looks amazing and because it replaced our old garage we haven’t lost any of our garden!! Really really pleased, I would thoroughly recommend Createspace Garden Rooms.
Michael Benwell
Michael Benwell
Luke and his team are second to none. Createspace were able to take the sketch drawings I prepared and transform them into a fantastic studio and storage space. Oli, Kev, Max and Tom were a joy to have on site and nothing was ever too much trouble. The other trades, including the electrical contractors and plasterers were also very polite and the work was of high quality. Createspace went above and beyond to build a totally bespoke garden room. At my request, they were able to detail the structure exactly how I had imagined and I couldn't be happier with the result. You will not be disappointed if you use Createspace and I would not hesitate in recommending them. Thanks again to Luke and the team.
Marsha Williamson
Marsha Williamson
Luke and all of his team at Createspace were great to work with - totally professional, friendly and respectful throughout the build (and so sweet towards our dog!). From the first meeting, we found Luke to be trustworthy, knowledgeable and proud of his craft. He was flexible with our (slightly unusual) requests and we are very happy with the end result. It was a fair price for a very well-crafted garden room. It also super well-insulated and warm.
Bradley Flory
Bradley Flory
Wow what can you see about Luke and his team. From the moment we met them to the day they came to start the build they were incredible. They are a joy to have on site and the finished product is beyond our wildest Dreams! Thank you all so much!
Steven Mitchell
Steven Mitchell
Excellent service. Our office was built to a very high spec and small amendments to the plan were quickly absorbed into the schedule with little if any fuss. All the team were friendly and polite and I'd thoroughly recommend them
Sue Newman
Sue Newman
Luke and the team were fantastic from start to finish. Really nice and friendly and helpful. We told Luke what we wanted and he had some good ideas. They built it from scratch and the design and finish was top quality. We are over the moon with our garden room and thoroughly recommend Luke and his business to anyone.
Clare Buckle
Clare Buckle
Luke and the team did an amazing job and made a dream come true when they created an art studio for me in our garden. Luke was very flexible in making the design bespoke for the budget and the slightly small space to work in. I was extremely impressed with the professionalism and friendliness of all involved, with the work completed to a very high standard, on time and to budget. I'm absolutely delighted with my new work space, it's a complete joy to use. Thank you.
Alan Freeman-Core
Alan Freeman-Core
Luke and his team have built a wonderful garden room for us. The team were polite and professional and the work was completed to a really high standard. Thanks Luke.

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.

Planning Permission Garden studio

Why Choose Us? Our Story

Inspired by traditional timber frame construction methods from New Zealand, Createspace was founded by Luke Dixon in 2020 to build custom-designed luxury garden rooms for every purpose.


Garden rooms are a fast, cost-effective, energy-efficient way to increase living space and add value to your home.

We are dedicated to creating beautiful, one-of-a-kind spaces that blend effortlessly with the outside of your property.


We use only the highest quality materials for our projects. We strive to ensure that all of our structures are built to last and that they will look great for many years to come.

Based in Brighton and the surrounding Sussex area, our small team of professional craftsmen value your input and want to work with you to create your garden building project. 


We personally manage all aspects of your garden room and work hard with our installation to deliver a luxury high-class build.


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

Alternatively, fill in our Quick Enquiry Form and one of our team will get back to you