15 Granny Pods That Are OMG Adorable

If you're like us, you've probably wondered where your Mother-in-Law or Father-in-Law will live when they get older and cannot live independently. But unfortunately, nursing homes can be quite costly. Per a Genworth 2021 Survey, they can run you as much as $9,000 per month! That's where Granny pods can come in. Granny pods — also known as granny flats, mother-in-law cottages and auxiliary dwelling units (ADU) — are modular, pre-fab, small freestanding homes that have the essentials for independent living (kitchen, bedroom, bathroom) and can be placed in your backyard. Granny pods are the new "in-law suites". They can be constructed in your backyard for price that's smaller than two years of nursing home care.


FabCab and The Home Store are two of the leading manufacturers of these tiny cottages, but there are many amazing companies building eco-friendly housing units. If you're looking for some design inspo, we've got you covered with some granny pods that are straight from a fairy godmother's dream.

The Cape Cod Mother-in-Law Cottage

Snuggled away in a forest of greenery, this red-roofed cottage enjoys a idyllic water view. In addition to it's winning location, it features a full kitchen, bathroom, living room, sleeping quarter, gas fireplace, laundry, and a loft.


The Northwestern In-Law Suite

This auxiliary dwelling unit floats among a canopy of trees. With an outdoor view of the surrounding forest, it's ideal for any parents who are into nature.

The City Dweller MedCottage

Think of granny pods is as a substitute to a traditional nursing home. Medcottages are similar in that they are designed to house medical equipment, but without the sterile feel of a nursing home.

The Chicago Parent Pod

Your parents could be living in your backyard or converted garage with this 12x20 design. That takes the phrase 'in-laws' to a whole new meaning.

The Bahamas Granny Pod

Complete with cheery yellow paint, palm tree, and high ceilings, this granny pod exudes charm. Your parents will be in vacation mode all year long!

Granny Pool Pod House

This storybook tiny house is just darling! It is a comfortably sized three-bedroom home with a few architectural accompaniments. Featuring open-plan living, French doors, cathedral ceilings and dormer windows, this clever little cottage is complete with a footprint of around 100m². For clients on modest budgets or for those who are looking for a poolside getaway, this may be the ideal granny cottage for you.


The New Age Medi Pod

Eco-PERCH is the Rolls Royce of treehouse/pre-fab tiny homes. This tree house uses organic geometry in its design to maximize space for home comforts and utilities. The interior's organic geometry makes the most of the indoor space, allowing for comfortable, yet functional use. The versatility of its structure means it can sleep up to four people, uncrowded, with a large double bed located in the main room, and single-size bunk beds situated in a separate room.


The Transitional Granny House

This modern granny pod has a double bedroom, ensuite, walk-through closet, dining, kitchen, and living area with integrated space for a washing machine.

The Open Space Granny Pod

The Monaco is a studio granny flat with bedroom, tiled bathroom, and a full kitchen. It retails for only $24,000 USD.

The Backyard Guest House

A garden annex is the perfect construction for a zen-like auxiliary office, in-law suite, or art studio.

The Norwegian

This garden outbuilding was completed without city involvement in London. It embodies a multi-functional aura. The garden room's open concept creates a lovely, atmospheric scene and allows for pure multifunctional purpose; you can use it as a home office, game room, gym, or music room!


The Mountain Lodge Pod

A barn-inspired cottage with an airy layout gives this tiny space a huge feel. Complete with wood panels, a fireplace (for those chilly nights), and a skylight, this little dream lodge is the perfect place for outdoorsy in-laws!


The Italian Granny Flat

This Italian granny pod is so delightful; you can imagine spending summer nights, drinking wine, and laughing about old times underneath its sparkling garden lights.

The Greenhouse Granny Pod

A Studio Shed can be used as a granny flat or your creative space. Win-win!

The Hansel and Gretel SheShed

Granny pods are the next great thing for our parents and grand parents, but what about building a modular room in your backroom for some personal space. See you later, man-caves! Hello, she-sheds!