Many homeowners with some extra land are building a garden lodge that they can rent out as self-catering holiday accommodation. We have featured several projects where one or more lodges are being built and quickly earning a regular income. This project by Garden Room Masters is a fine example of how a bespoke garden room designer can work closely with you to create a holiday lodge that will prove a popular holiday destination.
Garden Room Masters client already had some self-catering holiday accommodation, over their garage. This had proved so popular; they wanted to add a further unit so that they could capitalise on visitors attending weddings at nearby Eastnor Castle. They had the ideal plot set in a woodland for their new lodge.
The Garden Room Masters team worked closely with Herefordshire Council on this project. Because the property sits within a site of Special Scientific Interest and was going to be used as a dwelling a planning application needed to be made. Also, the team liaised with the Building Control department.
The clients were happy to let Garden Room Masters push the design boundaries. To this end, they created an L-shaped building which has angled walls. We are not aware of any other garden room designers offering angled walls like this. The building sits on a substantial footprint of 30 square meters.
To comply with the planning and building control rules, the lodge sits on a series of block pads. These pads overcome the significant fall on the land but do not interfere with the tree roots. The walls are thicker than you would generally find in a garden room, this ensures that the building achieves the u-values needed for a dwelling. The core structure is constructed with:
- Floor: Treated timber framework | 150mm insulation | 18mm marine plywood deck | carpet tiles
- Walls: Timber frame | 150mm insulation | OSB sheathing | breathable membrane | Cedar cladding | plasterboard & skim
- Roof: Treated timber framework | 150mm insulation | Sarnafill roof covering | plasterboard & skim
- Doors & Windows: Two sets of uPVC French doors with full height windows
When designing a garden lodge as a dwelling consideration needs to be given to incorporating an opening window in the bedroom and fire doors between the rooms. The 30sqm space has been laid out so that there is no ‘dead’ space in the back corner of the lodge; this can be a risk with L-shaped buildings. The accommodation includes a double bedroom, shower room and open plan living space.
The lodge has a well specified electrical package which includes:
- Armoured cable power feed from the main house
- Consumer unit
- LED spotlights
- Plentiful double sockets
- CAT-6 data cabling offering wifi connections
- Two wall panel heaters
The Garden Room Masters also made provision for future services to be added to the lodge at a later date. Garden room designers will be more than happy to incorporate future proofing features into the structure if you talk about them at the design stage.
A self-catering garden lodge like this is a significant investment but can start earning its keep within days of the construction team leaving the site.