A garden room is a big ticket purchase. You will want to get an idea of cost, early on so that you can set your budget.
We have surveyed the market to find that average prices for different size and specification of garden rooms. We have used this data to create our price calculator. It will quickly give you an average market price which you can use as the basis for researching your options further.
Now that you have an idea of cost for your garden room, you need to set a budget for your project. We are sorry to tell you, but you need to budget for more than just the building!
While some garden rooms are quoted as turnkey projects, whereby everything from design to the final electrical connections are included in the price quoted. The more common approach is to price for the building and installation, with extra charges made for delivery, sometimes the foundation system and often the electrical hookup.
While the delivery, foundation and electrical connection are the big-ticket extras you need to budget for, you will also need to consider any planning fees, insurance and leave money in the pot to furnish your new room.
Some of the modular garden room companies have price configurators on their websites, like this one. They allow you to pick options for your building and see the effect of your choice on the overall project cost, immediately.
If you are looking for a building that is more customised to your needs, then bespoke design is the route to take. We are often asked if bespoke design is much more expensive than their modular counterparts. Bespoke designs do tend to be more expensive, but this is often because you end up incorporating more designer features!
We have researched the market and to get an idea of bespoke design prices. As a guide, companies will give you a price per square meter cost to work out your budget.
You pay for a garden room in stages. You will be asked to pay a deposit as you confirm your order. This will secure your position in the installation diary and allow work to start on the manufacturing of your building. This deposit payment can be up to 50% of the project cost.
You will be asked to make a further payment just before the installation team arrive on site. This could be the final 50%, but more commonly it will be around 45%, leaving the remainder to be paid as the building is completed, and you are happy with the finish.
If you are looking to spread the cost of your garden room, you will want to work with a company that offers finance. You will find that not all companies offer finance options, but these companies do. In reality, the majority of the of them work with the same finance house, so you will want to compare your options against other types of loan, so that you know you are getting the best deal available.
Although not widely available, there is also the option to rent a garden room. You pay an upfront cost to cover the installation cost and then make monthly rent payments. This can be a cashflow efficient option if you are buying an office for work.
As we mentioned earlier, some garden room companies offer deposit insurance, to protect your deposit payment should the company not be able to fulfil your order.
Most garden room companies offer a warranty with their buildings. The length and coverage of this warranty varies greatly between companies. Some companies offer an insurance backed warranty. This offers long term peace of mind should your original supplier not be able to rectify a problem with your building; the insurance company will step in to get the problem sorted for you.
Once built, you will want to ensure your garden room and its contents. We have heard that there can be problems simply adding the new room to your household policies. Luckily a specialist broker can help you with the right insurance cover. Reports back from buyers who have used this broker, tell us that they are very helpful, and they found them a competitive price for cover.