In a series of new articles we are going to look at why people buy garden rooms, the options available, and process of building and installing a garden room.
If you ask people why they want a garden room, the most common answer is….they need more space!
With the property market at a standstill, and 75% of homeowners planning to stay put in their homes for the long term (Aviva) the motto for creating extra space is ‘don’t move, improve’, and a garden room is a real alternative to traditional extension. Garden rooms are commonly used as home offices, artists’ studios, guest accommodation, music rooms and gyms – all uses that actually benefit from being situated away from the distractions of the main house.
If your first thought when you think about a garden room is a flimsy shed or summerhouse, think again, garden rooms of the 21st century feature cutting edge design and the most up to date materials and building techniques, in fact they are often better designed and better performing than the house who’s garden they sit in!
Whilst commonly made of wood, there are a number of metal garden rooms on the market, and many buildings feature on trend elements such as bi-fold doors which fold back to create flowing indoor / outdoor space, and living roofs which are not only aesthetically pleasing but good for your gardens biodiversity.
A garden room is a cost effective alternative to a home extension, traditional brick extensions cost in the region of £1500 per square meter whilst garden rooms average out at around £1200, so significant savings can be made. If you do come to move, estate agents say that a quality garden room increases the saleability of your home and adds value.
Planning permission is often not required for a garden room, with many contemporary flat roof designs coming in lower than the 2.5m height restriction for buildings sited within 2 meters of a boundary.
The process of purchasing a garden room is quick and easy, most projects are completed within 12 weeks of ordering and most garden room suppliers project manage everything from start to finish (normally the customer organises connection of the mains electricity) and actual onsite build time can be as little as one day!
A garden room is a quick, easy, stylish and cost effective way to gain extra space.