A popular garden room design feature is a canopy that runs along the length of the front wall. Sometimes called a flyover roof, the roof extends beyond the front wall. The overhang is designed using a cantilever system, whereby the main structure supports the overhanging section. This design detail means posts are not required to support the structure.
Practical as well as stylish
Not only are they a stylish feature, but a canopy also offers many practical benefits in garden room design. Positioned over the main glazing section, it can offer a degree of natural shading, breaking the path of sunlight entering the room, when the sun is at its highest and hottest. Yet, it doesn't prevent light from entering the room in the winter when the sun is lower.
A canopy feature also creates a welcoming entrance to the building, and is a useful shelter when entering the room on a wet day!
Garden room canopy depth
The depth of a canopy differs between designers. The most common depth we see is 1 meter. When you start going deeper than this, you have to consider adding posts to support the load.
The canopy on Brookwell Garden Rooms is 1 meter deep and runs along the front elevation. This entertainment room they built in Caernarfon, Gwynedd is an excellent example. The 17.5 sqm Cedar clad building features the 1m canopy over the French doors. We recently featured another garden room with canopy by Brookwell Garden Rooms that is being used as a day creche, take a look.
The canopy has been clad in dark grey uPVC cladding which has been colour matched with the door frames and roof trims. Downlights have been fitted in the canopy, which will create a curtain of light along the front of the building.