Recently we have been looking at the future of the garden room – what we might use them for, what they might look like and how we can design the garden rooms brought today so they still look good, and be functional in 20 plus years time.
Today, we ask Extra Rooms how they see the future of the garden room:
Do you think a garden room will be part of the house of the future? If so how and why?
A garden room works best when it is is not actually part of the house, this is the whole point of them.
We all like to have a bolt-hole and that little journey outside, down to the bottom of the garden, and into the bolt-hole, retreat, studio, extra room, call it what you will, separates one part of life with another part, much more so than a walk down a corridor to another room, this is why they will remain popular, whilst human nature feels benefit from it, so “will they be part of the garden of the future” Yes.
For people buying a garden room today, what elements design and material wise do you recommend for the building to look good and be functional in 10, 20 years time?
Piles or pads which isolate the building from the ground will ensure there is never rising damp and provides good sub-floor ventilation so it will not rot from below, this ensures a long life from the bottom up and then good eaves overhangs will ensure protection for the rest of the building from the top down, no matter what materials it is made from, besides making an attractive feature.
Just look at houses, those with little or no eaves suffer from decay and the weather, ones with good eaves overhangs rarely if ever, need their softwood windows replacing and so for a single story garden room, the protection of a decent eaves overhang is even more powerfully beneficial.
How can buyer’s future proof the garden rooms they buy today? What features do you include as standard?
Being relocatable is a great benefit and all but our heavily soundproofed specialist music studios are relocatable. This relocatability has advantages over and above just the advantage that if you wish they can move with you, making the need to purchase another one not necessary, but if relocatable, that knowledge that it can be moved with you is a very powerful bargaining chip when you come to sell your house as you do not have to take what is offered if the purchaser is greedy enough to try to get it for nothing.
Besides this you also have the option to sell it, if it is not relocatable all those options are closed to you so this is one of the strongest ways to future proof your studio. Relocating a studio is on average 25% of the normal cost of a new one, this includes all relocation costs, new foundation etc
Garden rooms are popularly brought as home offices, studios etc do you see a shift in the uses people are buying them for e.g. granny annexes etc?
Not so much as when required for habitable occupation many of the advantages and exemptions available to garden offices etc are not there for granny flats etc so once full building regs and planning is required then the advantages of a garden room are curtailed somewhat, though not completely.
If you were designing a garden room for yourself, what features would you include ready for the future?
Nobody has ever told us after installing an extra room they wished they had ordered it of a smaller size