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Lean to Garden Room vs Freestanding Summer House

Once you’ve decided that you’re in need of a garden structure, it’s time to choose whether to go for a lean to garden room, or a traditional freestanding summer house. There are pros and cons for each, and the end decision will mostly depend on your needs and budget.

If you’re not sure where to start, or how to compare these different garden structures, this list will compare the two and help guide your decision.

Lean to Garden Room vs Freestanding Summer House

Make sure you choose the right garden structure for your needs with this handy guide. 

What is a lean to garden room?

A lean to garden room is a structure that joins on to your main property in a sloping manner. It gives the impression of ‘leaning’ against the house – hence the descriptive name. It can be a great space-saving addition on your home if you need extra space but only have a small garden. 

These structures have multiple options but the most popular are lean to sheds and lean to conservatories.

What is a freestanding summer house?

A freestanding summer house is a structure that is build independent from your main property, usually at the bottom of your garden. Generally these rooms have lots of windows so are very light like a conservatory would be, but can be made to your own specifications if you’re after a little more privacy.

As these garden rooms are often designed and made for each client’s individual needs, it should be possible to get exactly what you’re after.

freestanding summer house or lean to garden room

Lean to garden room pros

  • These garden rooms don’t tend to take up much space, so if you don’t have a lot of room, this might be a great solution.
  • Due to the nature of the construction method, a lean to garden room might be cheaper than a freestanding summer house, making it a great budget option (depending on specifications).
  • Building work may be quicker to complete, as these structures are quite small and will need less planning than a bespoke summer house.
  • Lets lots of sun in and is light.
  • Some variation in design.

Lean to garden room cons

  • Because the room is petite, only a small amount of furniture will fit in there, meaning it could become cramped quite quickly.
  • Very accessible from the house, which might lack privacy if you’re trying to work or entertain.
  • Temperature may be difficult to regulate in extreme conditions.

Freestanding summer house pros

  • Lots of choice in designs and bespoke options are available.
  • Various sizes available, meaning a large room is possible.
  • Can be fitted with heating and several plug sockets to make it usable all year round.
  • A summer house lots of possible uses such as office, sitting room, play room and many more.
  • Allows more privacy as it sits separately to the main house.
lean to garden room or freestanding summer house

Freestanding summer house cons

  • Because a summer house is a more tailored structure, independent of the main property, it can cost more than a lean to garden room.
  • Is usually sited further away from the main building.
  • Can take longer to construct than a lean to garden room.

With the above comparisons laid out above, your decision should be much easier to make!

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