PodKit self-build garden rooms
Published: 15 February 2023
PodKit is a new range of self-build garden rooms. Available in three standard sizes, with prices from £9,860, including VAT. The PodKit range has been designed so two people can assemble the room in a day or two.
The PodKit range is available for delivery throughout the mainland UK. You configure your pod on the PodKit website. The price updates with each choice you make. Once you are happy, you submit your design to the PodKit team.
The PodKit team will then contact you to confirm the order and arrange your delivery. On the pre-arranged delivery day, the panels and other parts will be delivered to your kerbside. So, you will need two people on hand to move them into your garden.
PodKit supplies each building with a step-by-step installation guide so you know what you do at each build stage. Because the PodKit range utilises insulated structural panels, the core structure should lock together quickly and easily.
Three sizes of PodKit
The PodKit range comes in three standard sizes.
- Square Pod = 2.44m x 2.44m priced from £9,860 inc VAT
- Wide Pod = 3.66m x 2.44m priced from £10,960 inc VAT
- Long Pod = 2.44m x 3.66m priced from £10,960 inc VAT
Each option has a set of uPVC French doors on the front elevation. These outward-opening doors have a narrow window to one side. The house-quality doors are fitted with a multi-point locking system.
The polystyrene-insulated wall panels come complete with exterior and interior finishes. Primed LP StrongCore with a vertical grooved profile is used on the external leaf. This is an engineered material that is a mix of long strands of wood, resins, wax and borates to protect against rot and fungal attack.
As standard, the LP StrongCore is primed for you to paint in your choice of colour. Alternatively, PodKit can supply it pre-painted in one of their contemporary colours. The price for this service is clearly stated on the configuration page.
The internal walls are MDF boards which have white cover strips hiding the joints. You could paint the MDF lining if you want to make your mark with colour.
Colour-coated steel insulated panels are used for the roof. The internal side of the roof panel has a white finish, so combined with the walls, a light modern room is created.
A coated steel-insulated panel system is used for the floor structure of the PodKit. You can choose from a palette of laminate floor options when you configure your pod.
The corner covers and roof fascia are colour matched with the uPVC door frame, which looks smart.
Extras you need to budget for
The PodKit doesn't come with its own foundation system, so you will need to factor that into your budget. PodKit recommends a concrete slab foundation, but if you have an existing well-laid patio with a substantial sub-base, you could also build off that.
You will also need to factor in the costs of electrics in your PodKit garden room. The self-build kit doesn't include them.
Garden room electrics need to be connected by a qualified electrician who will issue you with a certificate to confirm they comply with Part P of the Building Regulations.
The wall structure of the PodKit means you have two options with the electrics. The easiest is if you run a surface-mounted system around the room. The other option if you want the cabling hidden within the wall and flush sockets is to create a service void. You do this by battening the interior to make the void for the cabling and then fitting a new interior wall lining on top. Obviously, with this second option, you are reducing the space within the room slightly and increasing your costs.