In many cases, a garden room can be built under the Permitted Development rules without the need for a full planning application. There are cases though, for instance, if you want to position a pitched roof design within 2m of any boundary or if you live in an Area of Outstanding Beauty when a planning application will be required.
Generally, the planners look favourably on garden room projects, but each Planning Department has its own stipulations for such projects.
This project by Timeless Garden Rooms required a detailed planning process, which needed the design to be honed a couple of times before approval was granted.
Luckily, the Timeless Garden Rooms team are experienced at working within the planning rules and ended up creating a room that pleased both the planning department and the family that commissioned it.
No windows on the side walls
The Planning Department didn't want windows to be positioned on the side walls of this garden room. The building is a sizeable 5m x 4m and with a room this size you would ideally want more windows than just those on the front wall to ensure the back of the room is as naturally light as the front.
The solution was to incorporate roof windows into the design. This was a solution that the Planners were happy with as they don't overlook neighbouring properties.
In the end, six roof windows were incorporated into the design — three on each side of the dual pitch roof.
As we can see from this photo, the roof windows have created a wonderfully light space.
Teenagers den at the end of the garden
The garden room was built to create a teenagers den. To maximise the usability of the room, the Timeless Garden Rooms team incorporated data cabling to provide a high-speed internet connection, and the power sockets include USB charging points.
A 1m deep porch has been added to the front of the garden room creating a welcoming entrance.