Your Simple Buyers Guide to Garden Lodges
11th September 2019
Garden lodges can provide your home with so much. From a new garden office to summer house, a kids playroom or hobby room, art studio or games room that extra space in the garden can transform your family and/or working life. But to get the most out of a garden building, you need to consider all of the various practical details first and luckily for you, we have compiled a list to help you along your way:
Let’s get the biggie out of the way. Before you can start anything you need to firmly secure that budget to get precisely what you want. Garden lodges can come in a variety of styles, sizes, with extra add ons etc so do your research and window shopping to get a clear idea of how much you are going to need to squirrel away in order to get your dream garden building.
Modern garden rooms do not usually require a planning application as they fall within permitted development rules under class E. This is pre-approved planning permission as long as your room is built subject to a number of limits and conditions
The most important factors are:
1) That the garden room is no higher than 2.5m from the bottom of the building to the top of the roof (if within 2m of boundary)
2) That you do not take up more than 50% of your garden area with this or any other buildings
3) It is not to be used for living or sleeping accommodation
If you are unsure you can check with your local authority or on the GOV.UK website.
A garden lodge needs to be big enough to fit in with all of your needs at the present time but will also need to evolve as your family or business does, for example, one day it may need to go from children’s playroom to teenagers den or perhaps an adult entertaining space or maybe from yoga studio to a home office. You also need to consider the proportions of your home and your garden when planning this new build. You certainly don’t want it to be overbearing, you don’t want create too much shade and you definitely don’t want it to stick out like a sore thumb. To help with planning this and to visualise how a building will sit within your garden you can use canes and string to mark out its dimensions on the ground which will give you a feel for what you may be wanting to build.
Ideally, any garden lodges will need to have at least double-glazing to ensure that the room keeps the heat, prevents drafts and can be used all year round. Triple glazing would be even better but this will come down to your costings. You will also need to factor in colour schemes and design themes which you will probably want to tie in with your door choice…
The size of your doors will depend on the use of your garden lodge and again, this may change as your life does so you will want to bear this in mind too. Typically, most people opt for double doors or bi-folding doors as these allow plenty of light during the day and can be opened wide enough for a variety of furniture and equipment to go in and out. You will also want to consider the materials it is made from and the colour scheme.
The materials that you pick will have an immediate impact on the lifespan of your new garden building. Budgeting may seem like the way to go for now but in a few years time, you don’t want to be kicking yourself because the roof is leaking or the floor didn’t turn out to be hardwearing enough. Here at Modern Garden Rooms we can sit down and discuss all of your needs and give you plenty of options which will ensure the longevity of your garden lodge.
The roof is a very important aspect to think about. Firstly, it will give the final overall look to your garden lodge and secondly it will not only provide you with a nice dry place to work but it will also help with the insulation of the building. All of our roofing panels & profiles are produced to form an insulated roof system that meets the modern need to create energy-efficient and aesthetically pleasing buildings.
If you want to buy timber for your garden lodge with a clear conscience, knowing you’re not damaging forests and wildlife then look for garden buildings with the FSC-certified icon. The timber for these products will come from sustainable and well-managed sources. If you are unsure how the wood is sourced, speak directly to the garden lodges supplier/builder.
There are plenty of options on the market for you to build your garden lodge yourself, but if you buy via Modern Garden Rooms all of our modern garden buildings are handcrafted and can be installed in your garden at locations across the UK within 4-6 weeks PLUS installation is free!