Across the market, garden room prices are on the rise again! Supply and demand forced prices up at the end of last year, and they look set to rise again now as raw material costs have gone up significantly.
The reason for the material increases, we hear from various sources, is supply levels of materials like Western Red Cedar and knock-on effects of BREXIT.
Exploring your options, you may have seen that garden rooms are now more expensive
If you have been exploring your garden room options for a few months, you will undoubtedly see a difference in prices quoted today compared with a few months ago. Looking at our notes, the prices we jotted down in March '21, those same buildings are now, on average, 14% higher.
Talking to different garden room companies, the reason they have given us for these increases is the cost of raw materials.
Are material costs really the reason for these increases?
Understandably, many of the garden room buyers we speak to are concerned about these increases and doubtful that the companies putting them down to material costs is the real reason - one buyer asked if companies were 'just making hay while the sun is shining!'
Rest assured, it is a genuine reason for the increase in garden room prices. One company shared examples of a few key layers in their buildings:
- Rebar mesh sheets used in concrete slab foundations was £28 per sheet; they are now being quoted £88 per sheet. That's 214% up.
- 6x2'' timber used for framing was costing £2.70 exVAT in November 2020 and today is costing £3.96 exVAT. An increase of 47%.
- OSB sheathing, an important layer in a garden rooms build-up, was £15 per sheet exVAT and is now £22 per sheet. Rumour has it that OSB could rise to £40 per sheet!
- Doors and windows are increasing 7% from 1 July.
- External cladding is 8-10% more expensive, with Western Red Cedar difficult to source as there is limited stock in the UK.
Lock in your garden room price
If you are reading this and worried about an order you have placed and waiting on to be installed, don't worry. Where a price has been agreed and contracts have been signed, the price is locked in for the customer, and the companies absorb the increased material costs.
This practice should remain the case going forward; once you have signed your contract, your order is locked in at the price quoted - but do check the small print in your contract.