It has become popular to site a garden room tight to the boundaries of the garden, to maximise the space available. This project by Nordic Wood takes this process one step further, with the garden room forming part of the boundary fence.
When building tight to the boundaries of your garden, or indeed using your garden room as part of the boundary itself. You need to consider Building Regulations. These rules are concerned with the build-up of the structure and how well the materials used, protect against fire. These rules should not be confused with the Permitted Development rules which say that a building less than 2.5m in height can be sited within 2 meters of a boundary. Both sets of rules need to be taken into consideration.
Here is the wording from the Planning Portal in relation to the positioning of a garden room and Building Regulations:
If you want to put up small detached buildings such as a garden shed or summerhouse in your garden, building regulations will not normally apply if the floor area of the building is less than 15 square metres and contains NO sleeping accommodation.
If the floor area of the building is between 15 square metres and 30 square metres, you will not normally be required to apply for building regulations approval providing that the building contains NO sleeping accommodation and is either at least one metre from any boundary or it is constructed substantially of non-combustible materials.
Building Regulation compliant specification
This garden room by Nordic Wood has been designed to fully comply with the Building Regulations. They specified a fireproof wall structure including a fire break and non-combustible cladding. The build-up they designed providing 60 minutes of fireproofing.
The fence that the garden room replaces, incorporated a garden gate with access to a pathway. To maintain this access to the path, the Nordic Wood team created added a second door to the storage shed which has been incorporated into the design. A sleek solution.
As their name suggests, Nordic Wood apply Scandinavian design principles and make use of Scandinavian materials in their designs. Mixed together, these materials create a highly insulated, durable building, designed to withstand the weather of its Nordic origins.
If you are looking to maximise the space available in your garden by building tight to boundaries. Talk to the Nordic Wood team who are skilled in designing Building Regulation complaint garden rooms. You can call them on 01932 343 228 or send them an email. Learn more about their work on their website www.nordic-wood.co.uk