It seems there is a growing trend to set money aside when buying a new house, to build a garden room. We have had several emails asking how much to set aside, as have Miniature Manors who specialise in bespoke garden rooms.
Knowing how versatile garden room buildings are, it makes a lot of sense to set money aside to buy one when buying a new house. You get to tailor the design of your new room to your intended use and adding the cost to your mortgage borrowing, is at the moment, one of the cheapest ways of financing a garden room.
To get an idea of what different size and specification garden rooms might cost, try out our garden room price calculators. As well as the base price of the building, you should also budget for some hidden extras, we have highlighted what those extras may be, here.
Budgeting for a garden office
This 3.6m x 2.4m garden office by Miniature Manors was budgeted for as part of a house move. Miniature Manors' client wanted to create a dedicated home workspace and contacted several companies for ideas and price guide during the process of buying a new house. They looked at the work of several modular specialists but wanted a room that was handcrafted to their specific needs and the proposed site. So, they decided to work with bespoke design specialists, Miniature Manors.
Now, you may think that taking the bespoke route would mean that Miniature Manors client ended up spending more than had they opted for a modular design. You'd be wrong; in fact, they spent £14,000, which is what you would expect to pay for a modular garden room design built to a similar specification.
Garden office big enough for two desks
At 3.6m x 2.4m, this is not the biggest garden office we have featured over the years. It is, however, big enough for two desks and space for storage. As we can see from these photos, the building does not dominate the garden, so, is a good combination of size and space.
Cedar cladding just on the visible walls
The Cedar exterior cladding looks great mixed with the Anthracite grey uPVC doors and windows. This is a popular contemporary combination. Cedar cladding is, however, one of the more expensive cladding options available in garden room design.
To keep costs down, it is becoming popular just to use expensive claddings on the most visible walls. That was the case with this project. The Cedar has been used on the front wall, while a more cost-effective, yet still highly durable finish such as Thermowood is used on the unseen walls.
Foundation system and plastered interior included in the price
The garden office sits on ground screw foundations, and the interior has a high spec plastered and decorated finish. Miniature Manors include these features in the price they quote. With many of the modular designs on the market, these features would be extra costs.