This is a “Granny Annex” in Kent, England, fabricated by in eight weeks. fashioned the backyard prefab with a well-insulated envelope, Canadian Western Red Cedar cladding, a “zero maintenance” living sedum roof, floor to ceiling windows, a sky light in the hallway, an Accoya deck, and other built-ins with PEFC- and FSC-certified woods.

The space has about 1,055 square feet and an open plan that expands beyond bi-folding doors with a large deck area. But beyond the construction, the background story is somewhat interesting – maybe even indicative of the times.

The homeowners needed extra space for elderly parents, and this Garden Home meet their needs while still providing a bit of separation and privacy for both generations. It provides the closeness of extended family and the dignity of a dedicated living area. It’s the kind of multi-generational use that could be seen more in the future with North American accessory dwelling units.

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