It is a wise idea to set a budget for your garden room early on. To help you, we are using our knowledge of the market to introduce you to what we think are the best buys on a specific budget. To start, we are looking at garden rooms that cost less than £10,000.
When choosing our shortlist, in this category we are looking for buildings that combine size and specification features. Now, there are buildings marketed as garden rooms selling for a few thousand pounds. In our opinion, these buildings are just posh summerhouses and not garden rooms. To qualify as a garden room, the building must feature insulation in the floor, walls and roof. The doors and windows need to be double glazed and the room electrically wired with power points and light sockets. The exterior of the building should also feature durable materials that will stand the test of time.
If these features are not included in the standard base price for the building We have but offered as optional extras, we have left money in our £10k budget.
Leave some room in your budget for the electrical connection
When buying a garden room in this price range, you need to leave some money in your budget for connecting the garden room's electrics to the mains supply in your house. The cost of this is dependant on the distance between your new building and the house. As a guide, you should budget +/- £1,000 for a local electrician to make the connection and test the circuits.
Here are our suggestions for the best garden rooms costing less than £10,000
Prices correct April 2019. Results in no particular order:
2.1m x 2.1m Key Micro by Smart Garden Offices
We love the simplicity of the Key Studio range by Smart Garden Offices. We like the blocks of Thermowood cladding against the dark grey frame and the floor to ceiling blocks of glazing.
The 2.1m x 2.1m Micro size comes in under our £10k budget. It may be small in stature, but the well-specified building would make the perfect home office.
The office has a modern feel internally with white walls and ceiling and carpet tiles on the floor. Wired with lights and power points, just connect to the house, and you are ready to go!
Because of the size and design, you can often place the building on an existing patio, so no additional foundation is needed. Delivery is free within a 100-mile radius of Smart HQ with a small charge thereafter.
2.44m x 2.44m QCB by Booths Garden Studios
Booths Garden Studios have created a budget version of their popular QC range. The QCB Range is designed to have a maintenance-free lifespan of 25 years. Available in several colourways, uPVC doors and windows are mixed with colour coated steel cladding. A key feature of this garden room is its wall of floor to ceiling glazing.
The QCB comes complete with its own foundation system, and the interior is finished, ready for you to move into. The walls are white, and there is laminate on the floor. The only extra you need to consider is delivery which is free for the first 100miles and priced by the mile thereafter.
2m x 2m Chad Pod by Bridge Garden Rooms
The Chad Pod by Bridge Garden Rooms might be the smallest garden room we are sharing in this list, but it is perhaps the highest spec. Built using SIP's the pod is clad externally with Western Red Cedar, one of the most desirable finishes in garden room design. Internally, the room is fully plastered and decorated with a laminate floor covering.
The glazed single door is combined with a small window. These let in a good amount of natural light without compromising on wall space for storage - important with a small pod like this.
Bridge Garden Rooms organise the foundation as part of the overall project, so the only extras you need to budget for are delivery and the electrical hook-up.
3.2m x 2.4m Pitched roof garden studio by Warwick Buildings
The only pitched roof garden room to make our shortlist. The pitched roof adds a lot of character to the building. There are several roof coverings you can choose as extras, but we have opted for the base, grey felt shingles in our budgeting. Warwick Buildings have a configurator which allows you to choose extras for the building and automatically see the price change.
The only extra we have chosen to add to the standard specification is a laminate floor. You can mix this with tongue & groove or plywood walls, which you can easily paint to create your own interior look.
On top of the building price, you need to budget for the foundation groundworks and delivery, which is based on how far you are from Warwick Buildings HQ.
3m x 2.4m Hampton by Sanctum Garden Studios
3m x 2.4m Hampton by Sanctum Garden Studios. This garden room combines an excellent sized room with a popular glazed front wall, which creates a naturally light space and great connection with the garden. You can choose whether the door is positioned on the left, right or centre of the wall. We love the dark grey colour, but the range is also available in a stone colour with oak doors. You can personalise the design by choosing Cedar or Larch panels for the side walls.
The MDF lined interior is left for you to paint. You can choose for a laminate floor with skirting to be fitted or fit your own flooring once the team left site.
Complete with its own foundation system, the Hampton can be installed in a day. You do need to factor in a delivery charge which is dependant on how far from Sanctum HQ you are. There is plenty in our £10k budget for this!
2.5m x 2.5m Linea by Garden Affairs
The Linea Range by Garden Affairs has quickly become a popular range of contemporary garden rooms. Clad in Larch externally, you can leave this to turn silvery grey or stain the wood, as in this photo. The doors and windows are timber and can be factory painted in your choice of colour, allowing you to make your unique mark on the building.
Garden Affairs offer the Linea as a self-build kit, or they can install it for you. Building it yourself can save you quite a lot of money, as you can see from our breakdown below. Garden Affairs let you configure the specification you want, which gives you ultimate control over the final price.
On top of the building price, you need to budget for a suitable base and for electrics to be fitted. Garden Affairs price these on a case by case basis so call them for details.
3m x 2.4m Canopy Range by Serenity Garden Rooms
The 3m x 2.4m Canopy Range by Serenity Garden Rooms combines a good sized room with a list of popular features. Built using a traditional timber frame system, the exterior of the building is clad with Cedar. Inside the room is plastered and decorated as standard. The Serenity Garden Rooms website allows you to configure your own finish, which is good for the budget. We have opted for the traditional timber frame, doors positioned in the centre of the front wall and the package that includes laminate flooring which is laid over an underfloor heating system - nice!
The final cost is at the top of our budget, but there is no additional delivery cost. You do have to organise an armoured cable for the electrics, but the Serenity Garden Rooms team can connect this for you.