The Channel 4 series House of the Future features a garden room, this has inspired us to think about the garden room of the future!
The garden room market is buoyant as more and more homeowners realise there is a quick and cost effective way of gaining extra space, whether it is so you can work from home or house elderly relatives, and we foresee the garden room becoming an accepted part of the British garden.
Garden rooms are built like houses so will last for decades, but how do you protect the investment you make today so that it is still aesthetically pleasing and functional in 20 plus years time?
To help us answer this question we have talked to a number of garden room suppliers, today we chat with My Pad Garden Studios
Do you think a garden room will be part of the house of the future? If so how and why?
Yes – such a quick and easy build, cost effective, not forgetting, eco friendly way of adding valuable versatile living/work space to your home.
For people buying a garden room today, what elements design and material wise do you recommend for the building to look good and be functional in 10, 20 years time?
Using Western Cedar Cladding, not just for the aesthetics but also for it’s longevity. Ensure a slight pitch to the roof area along a water recovery system in place. Maintenance free UPVC / Aluminium frames along with UPVC soffits and fascias. Windows which incorporate A rated glass. Ensure that sufficient insulation is included on the initial construction of a garden room to enable year round usage.
How can buyer’s future proof the garden rooms they buy today? What features do you include as standard?
We use only the very best quality of material specifically chosen for their appearance and lifespan. Using UPVC frames for windows and doors, UPVC fascias and soffit, aluminium seamless rainwater system – all of which require no maintenance and have an incredible longevity. We include exceptional Insulation which has fantastic heat retention qualities. Our windows have A rated Argon filled glass – great for both heat and sound insulation. Security is a consideration for everyone – especially those who are using the garden room for business, a PIR, keypad operated alarm system is fitted as standard along with PIR external security down lights.
Garden rooms are popularly brought as home offices, studios etc do you see a shift in the uses people are buying them for e.g. granny annexes etc?
We have been approached for customers requiring the style of build to be built as an extension to their homes – they wanted the contemporary look, the quick and cost effective build as an alternative to a traditional extension.
If you were designing a garden room for yourself, what features would you include ready for the future?
Probably include shower room/kitchen to enable complete flexibility of use in the future. It may be a long time before our children can afford to buy their own homes so I can see children living parents for much longer, so to enable more independent living whilst ‘still at home’, a garden room with all facilities will allow this flexibility.
This is useful advice from My Pad, if you would like to discuss your garden room project with them, give them a call on 01142514291 or visit their website. To view more articles about My Pad Garden Studios click here