How do you buy a garden room?
Buying a garden room is a series of steps and should be an enjoyable process. You can sit at your computer and quickly order a garden room online. However, if you do, you are missing out on the experience of tailoring the building to your requirements and the personalised service that most garden room manufacturers offer.
Unlike many other purchases, when buying a garden room, you work directly with the manufacturer of the building. No one knows their buildings as well as those that make them. Dealing directly with a garden room company offers the best buying experience.
The sections below offer a quick introduction to the different steps in the design process. We encourage you to click through to the full guide so you know what to expect at each stage.
Initial Designs Online
The modular garden room specialists have added design configurators to their websites. This nifty software allows you to start designing your garden room and get an instant idea of the price. These tools are free and without obligation. You only hand over your contact details if you would like to proceed to a formal design consultation.
We have put together a guide that includes links to companies that have online design configurators.
Check which garden room companies work in your area
Not all of them do!
One of the most important and enjoyable steps in the garden room buying process is the design consultation. With some companies, you will visit their showroom where they have furnished examples of their buildings displayed. If you book an appointment, you can sit down with a design consultant who will walk you through your different options.
Another option is for the designer to visit you at home. With this option, they can assess your intended site and its access to it. They will bring examples of their work and material samples so that you can explore all your options.
Some companies offer virtual design consultations rather than in-person visits. They have systems in place to make this a similar experience to the other approaches. They conduct the process over the telephone, video calls and email.
Some companies specialise in selling their garden rooms online. There are also marketplaces that sell the work of various companies. Buying online is a quick process, but you are missing out on all the options you could incorporate into your building and the personalised service that garden room companies offer.
Comparing garden room quotes
Each of the options above will result in your being given a quote for your garden room project. It is wise to get quotes from three or four companies so that you can compare and contrast your options.
Having been in the garden room industry for more than 20 years, we have written many garden room specifications and quotes. In recent years, we have read many more quote documents from a range of companies.
Using this experience, we have put together a guide of the things we would look out for when comparing garden room quotes.