Self contained garden rooms accommodation units are becoming very popular, with a slow housing market home owners are choosing them as ways of gaining extra living space for guests, teenage children who want their own space, elderly relatives who want to live independently but at the same time close to relatives and for luxury holiday accommodation.
Because of the modular nature of garden room design anything can be created from one room units with a toilet to multi bedroom units with kitchen and shower rooms. There are a few standard design accommodation units but most companies design them to order.
A garden room accommodation unit will require planning permission and building regulations but your supplier should be able to handle all of this for you – these regulations ensure that a high quality building is created suitable for permanent habitation – not a glorified shed!
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Plumbing for kitchens and shower rooms will normally be connected to the mains supply as per the building regulations, although some companies have designed garden room accommodation units which have plumbing systems similar to those used in caravans – chemical cartridge toilets and water drawn from containers, this obviously involves less work and a significant cost saving in the first instance but does require an ongoing commitment.
In larger units boilers can be installed to heat the water and run the heating but in smaller units instant water heaters are used, these heat the water as it is needed for washing up, showers etc, like regular garden rooms there is a wide choice of heating types from under floor heating to climate control systems.
Luxury shower rooms can easily be created, some suppliers even offer wet rooms and you can expect to find high quality sanitary wear, designer taps and stylish tiling.
Kitchen spaces can be fully equipped with ovens, dishwashers, fridges etc. In most cases standard kitchen units are used but some suppliers will offer custom made solutions to maximise space.
You should plan out your room sizes carefully, don’t go too small, your main living room will have multiple uses i.e. kitchen, dining and living space so make sure you have enough room to do this all comfortably, for the bedroom why not measure a bedroom that works well in your house and use the same dimensions.
This type of accommodation unit could be ideal for a disabled person wanting independence whilst still living at home as all rooms are on one level, wide doors and raised electrical sockets can easily be specified, basically the whole design can be tailored to the user’s needs.
Garden room accommodation units are fully insulated for year round use – in many cases they are better insulated than modern houses, so although a significant investment you can rest assured you will get your money’s worth.
Prices very much depend on the size and specification of building but £50,000 would offer a high spec self contained unit – would you get a designer flat or bungalow on that budget!
So, if you are looking for self contained living space consider garden room accommodation units, we’ll be bring you examples over the next few days.