Considering Extending? Our Guide To Getting a Garden Room Instead!
25th March 2022
Moving house to gain more space is commonplace but could there be a more budget-friendly option that would allow you to stay in the home you love whilst gaining that much-needed space? Why not consider getting a garden room built?
A garden room can be used in so many ways – as an office, an exercise studio, a homeschooling room, a music room, a dining room and more. Not only does it make an attractive focal point in your garden, it also means you can free up space within your home and have a dedicated room for your activity. It makes for a simple but extremely effective solution.
Where To Start When Getting a Garden Room Built
You’ll want to begin by assessing your outside space and considering how much square footage is available for your new garden room whilst leaving yourself a reasonable amount of garden. Take time to research different room types, to check how the sun moves around your garden, to decide if any trees would be an issue and where you’d prefer your building to sit.
Check Planning Permissions Guidelines
In most cases, having a Garden Room built does not require planning permission as long as it follows these guidelines:
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
But do also double-check with your local authority and out of consideration, make sure you inform your neighbours of any plans.
Location, Location, Location
Unless you have planning permission, you cannot put an outbuilding like a garden room in your front garden and as mentioned above, it cannot be higher than 2.5m if it’s within 2m of a boundary. Your back garden really is your best option. You will want to choose a spot that not only works for the garden room but also looks good as well. Most people will use a back wall/fence or the corner of a garden to create a stunning section to showcase their new building. Just ensure that there are no overhanging trees, you aren’t too close to borders, you aren’t creating shade in a neighbour’s garden and that it is possible to run the appropriate wires (electricity and water) from the house to the garden room.
What About Style?
There are so many amazing designs available these days and definitely one to suit every type of garden. Here at Modern Garden Rooms, we offer a Canopy Room, Concave Room, Cube Room, Rendered Room, and Border Room. We also have a design tool to help people to creating and getting the perfect garden room for their needs.
Make It Functional
A garden room will need to be functional which means you’ll want electricity, heating, lighting, water all of which will need to be discussed with your chosen company when you enquire. You will also want to consider the types of doors and windows you’d like, you will definitely need insulation plus you may want to think about your roofing system. Did you know that a green roof not only looks great but it is also really good for drainage plus our environment? When deciding on these important areas there could be more to consider than you first realise (solar panels, renewable energy, wind power) so doing thorough research could end up benefiting your wallet as well as the planet.
How Much Will It Cost?
Getting a garden room is significantly less than moving house, that’s for sure. Like with anything, costs will depend on the finish, size, style and company you opt for but a good garden room will probably cost you between £10k and £30k. This is an investment piece, a building that will make home life more enjoyable and that will last you for years to come.
So there we have it, don’t spend a fortune (and a lot of stress!) moving house, opt for getting a garden room instead. Why not get in contact with us today?