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Teenage Retreats / Sleepouts

Matt's Teenage Retreats - an alternative living solution

Matt’s Homes build simple, stylish and economical teenage retreats. Our modern designs will add an attractive landscaping dimension to your backyard. Every teenage retreat in the Matt's Homes range is designed and constructed to uphold our commitment to style, function, durability and attention to detail - all at competitive prices.

With education costs and rent on the rise, more and more kids are choosing to stay at home longer these days. The pressure for your kids to earn money, whilst studying or saving for their own home can be too much for teenagers to take on as soon as they leave school. Having said that, not all parents want their kids to stay at home longer than they have to! Teenage Retreats/ Sleepouts are a popular and economical option to help solve this problem for families. Bigger than an extra room, teenage retreats are cheaper than a granny flat and come in many different designs and layouts.

What are Teenage Retreats?

Teenage retreats are self-contained bungalow style homes. They can fit easily into your existing backyard, from small to large outdoor areas. Unlike a Granny Flat, (which can be equipped with a full bathroom, full kitchen and laundry), a Teenage Retreat can only have a small bench with a sink (no cooking facilities) and bathroom (no laundry). There are different options available though, please call us with your wish list and we will advise you on your options. We advise that you work within your local council regulations as there will be specific guidelines you may need to meet.

Not only are our Teenage Retreats manufactured in our local factory, they are also fully engineered and certified to meet all relevant building codes and we provide a complete product and installation warranty. Our experienced staff provide an obligation and hassle free experience throughout all stages of the process including initial design, council approval, installation, and after sales service. All teenage retreats require building permits, which Matt’s Homes can obtain for you.


Matt's Homes offer a one bedroom range of teenage retreats with the option to change our existing designs by moving the internal walls, or simply adding in another bedroom, study. Alternatively, we can custom build to one of your own designs or layouts.

Consultation is vital and we pride ourselves on developing the best solution to your needs. We consider site restrictions, family concerns and of course the needs of the occupier. The final outcome is an extra home personalised to your situation.

Colours: We have a huge range of colours to choose from for your carpets, paint, kitchen benches and more.

Verandahs: Our signature verandahs add character and charm to all of our units. Our verandahs can be positioned on either side of the unit.

Cladding options: Our vinyl cladding has a wood grain finish, impact resistant, foam insulated maintenance free and comes in a variety of colours to suit your needs or alternatively our kiln dried timber cladding is Australian plantation treated pine and gives your unit a classic country feel.

Site Inspections

Many factors play a part when it comes to where you position your teenage retreat, so first things first, it is vital that a site inspection is done on your property. These include setbacks from side and back boundaries, easements, size of the property, trees etc. Our fully trained staff will assess your situation and offer relevant advice to simplify the process. Even though we do a planning check before we attend your property so we know in advance if a planning permit is needed, your council area may still require you to have one, which will be determined at the building permit stage.

Building Permits

Everybody who buys a teenage retreat needs a building permit, but not everybody needs a planning permit. This can lead to confusion; however we will work with you to sort out these requirements. A building permit makes sure that the building of your teenage retreat meets Australian standards and building specifications. We advise that we obtain your building permit on your behalf, to make the process a whole lot smoother. At Matt’s Homes we obtain the building permit from our private building surveyor who we have been dealing with for over 10 years.

D.I.Y, Lockup and fully complete

D.I.Y: We provide the unit to you in a modular kit form, which can either be delivered or picked up from our factory, ready for you to install. We can provide all internal walls, doors, bathroom amenities or anything that you require.

Lockup: Matt’s Homes will install your kit unit, leaving you to install the lining and fit out at your convenience.

Fully Completed: Matt’s Homes will fully install and fit out your unit leaving you with nothing to do but turn the key and move in. We are unable to currently install in NSW.