Welcome to Contemporary Log Living!

We love all aspects of self-building, big or small and have a passion for outdoor living spaces and creating unique personal studios and custom granny annexes. Check out this short video to learn more about what we can help you do.

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Welcome to Contemporary Log Living, it's great to meet you! We love to help people explore all the possibilities available today to create a more dynamic outdoor living space that suits you, your family and your lifestyle.

Whether it's a Granny Annexe for a family member (young or old), a Personal Studio for work or leisure or a fantastic low maintenance Outdoor Living Space for entertaining, leisure and relaxation, we can help.

To get you up to speed in the next 30 seconds here are some quick-fire answers to some of your most frequently asked questions:-

Q: Do I need planning permission to build an annexe in my back garden?

A: Yes. Read all about it in our Ultimate Guide To Building An Annexe In Your Back Garden.

Q: Do you apply for planning permission on my behalf?

A: Yes, it's all part of our turn-key service.

Q: Do I need planning permission for a studio?

A: In most cases no. You only need permission for a building that is going to be lived in, not for work or leisure. 

Q: Is everything you do custom or are they fixed sizes and designs?

A: 95% of everything we do is custom, whether it is an annexe, a personal studio or an outdoor living space. We turn cant's into cans and dreams into plans.


Custom annexes are the perfect choice is you have a particular style or design in mind and you want full input on the floor plan, kitchen and bathroom. When designing an annexe you will need to bear in mind that what you love may not be what your Local Planning Authority will approve of but with our extensive experience in this, you will have expert advice for free when you book a free on site consultation with us.

Contemporary annexes are the perfect solution if you want all the modern day "must-haves" of an open plan living space, modern kitchens and bathrooms wrapped up in a stylish annexe available in choice of external cladding choices. As with all annexes, you will need to build an annexe that will be approved by your Local Planning Authority. We can advise you on that as part of our free consultation service.

We have been a huge fan of American and Australian style outdoor living spaces for years and thankfully the UK have started to love them too! With the new all weather rattan furniture, the popularity of hot tubs and outdoor lighting and decking you can literally transform your outdoor living space into an extension of your home.

Custom Personal Studios is something we specialise in. They are built in exactly the same way as our annexes but on a smaller scale. We like to make things easy for you so we offer a full turn-key service and can supply electrics to your studio as standard and can also offer you the possibility of adding a cloakroom or even a shower room at an additional cost. With low maintenance cladding available in a wide choice of colours you won't even have to paint or stain it either!

For a garden annexe in a typical back garden the IHUS range of annexes is utterly superb. We work with IHUS very closely and love everything about what they do, you'll even find us side-by-side at Grand Designs Live shows. The HUScore range of garden annexes offer you a superb "out of the box" solution that is budget friendly and likely to please even the most awkward Local Planning Authority.

A guest lodge annexe is the perfect way to create a second income with very little investment. (You are usually in a profit situation after your initial investment typically within a couple of years depending on the style, finish and location of your guest lodge). With the popularity soaring in AIRBNB right now this could literally be the very best way for you to increase your income year on year for a one time investment today.

Every time we post photos of this project on our Facebook page we get a fantastic reaction. So many people would simply love to live in a log home like this but our Local Planning Authorities are still reluctant even though log homes are built successfully throughout the world. This self-build project in Shropshire was built faster than the paperwork and planning took to prepare and be approved. This is a SIPS Panel Home clad with cedar which gives the look and feel of a log home on the outside and is incredibly energy efficient.

How Contemporary Log Living Began ...

Contemporary Log Living began when Pete & Diane Cossie were part of the sales and marketing team at the Ideal Home Show 2011.

We completely fell in love with the concept of open plan living and could see that the UK consumer has very little choice when it comes to self-building, large or small.

"Since then we have successfully built Log Homes and Annexes in Shropshire, Somerset, Hampshire, Cumbria, Essex, Kent, Wiltshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire, Hereford, Surrey, Wales and more.

We also have vast experience when it comes to Planning Permission because we've been involved with the building industry for over 30 years.

So when we show up for one of our free site consultations with you (and most of them are a 3 hour drive from where we are based) people are surprised to find that we just roll up, make you feel completely at ease and LISTEN to what you want us to help you build.

The personal service is something we offer and we build your annexe, cabin or home with a heart because we care.

Our claim to fame is that we were the sales and marketing team that went on to be the ONLY company EVER to have sold the Ideal Home Show show house.

It was SUCH an event that it ended up being featured on Amanda Lamb's My Flat Pack Home TV show when the TV crew followed it's journey to it's new location in Cornwall.

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*New CLL Contemporary Annexe

*Custom Annexes With The Best Choice Of Interiors Available in the UK

*Outdoor Living Spaces for year round entertaining 

*Contemporary Garden Studios (Completely Custom-Made To Your Specification)

You can also combine them into the perfect low maintenance, versatile outdoor living space complete with your perfect outdoor office, gym or leisure room all from one company.

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