Potential first-time buyers are shunning the property market to build wooden chalets in parents' back gardens

Young people unable to get onto the property ladder are building log cabin-style sheds in their parents' gardens in order to have their own home.

Wooden chalet
Credit: Custom Timber Build (UK) Ltd

Two-bedroom wooden chalets cost, according the Metro newspaper, under £40,000 and do not require planning permission. They also have the advantage of being able to be built in a matter of weeks.

Custom Timber Build UK, one company that builds such chalets, says sales are booming among people in the 20s who cannot afford to buy homes on the property market.

Bill Allen, a director at the company, said this trend for “kids digs” could be a return to times when generations of families lived on the same plot of land.