Garden room ideas – designs and expert advice to create an idyllic garden building (2023)

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Garden room ideas 1. Build a craft room to unleash your creativity 2. Add a 'lean to' for a sunny dining spot 3. Entertain kids with a life-size Wendy house 4. Lay a green roof to help wildlife 5. Create a garden cinema for movie nights 6. Decorate your shed's exterior 7. Set up an office away from the house 8. Invest in a living wall that won't detract from your home 9. Create a glamorous she shed 10. Organise the shed as a gardener's retreat 11. Rock Riad style 12. Add a cute cabin for summer get-togethers 13. Put up a pergola 14. Don't be afraid to go big in a small garden 16. Avoid commitment with a glamorous tent 17. Double up with a living room and storage shed 18. Keep it traditional with a posh potting shed 19. Prepare for future moves with a portable shepherd's hut 20. Light the barbecue in any weather, with an outdoor kitchen 21. Go for an affordable summerhouse you can build yourself 22. Add a guest room to your house with a garden annexe 23. Enjoy panoramic views of your garden 24. Let in the light and air with a slatted wooden pavilion 25. Fit folding windows to enjoy outdoors come rain or shine 26. A rotating pod will let you follow the sun all day 27. Divide work and home with a garden office 28. Be inspired by your home for the decor 29. Upgrade an existing shed with paint 30. Throw down your own pottery barn How much do garden rooms cost? Do you need foundations for a garden room? How to maintain a garden room? Can you add connecting services to a garden room? Do you need planning permission for a garden room? FAQs Videos

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Garden room ideas can come as simple as you want, barely more than wood and a bit of paint. Or something more luxurious with windows and a power supply.

Whether your family needs more space for play, hobbies, work or study – or you simply want a summer sitting room, a garden room is an ideal solution.

From traditional extensions to quirky covered terraces, a garden room is an attractive and practical area that allows you to explore the boundary between interior and exterior.

Garden room ideas

Much like any other room in your house, a garden room is the perfect opportunity to flex your creative muscles. If you're green-fingered, why not create your own gardening hideaway? Simply team practical furniture with an array of pots and plants for a slice of rustic charm.

Or maybe you're looking to really run with the interior theme in your garden room. In which case interesting fabrics, comfy seating and lots of colour will help achieve that vibe.

We've put together a list of design ideas, to fire up your imagination and help you to realise the potential of that empty space at the bottom of your existing garden ideas.

Sitting in the garden needn't be reserved just for the sunny days either. With one of these conservatory ideas, you can enjoy your backyard blooms everyday of the year.

1. Build a craft room to unleash your creativity

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Fancy a quiet space to retreat to, where you can pursue a crafting hobby or explore other creative outlets? Maybe you just fancy an escape from the bustle of family life, where you can catch up with a friend in peace?

A timber garden room makes a great space for a craft workshop or peaceful retreat. It could double up as a home office too, whichever is most important for your situation.

According to a survey by Forest Garden and Fine & Country Estate Agents, a garden room can increase the saleability of your home by 50%.

'This certainly confirms what we’ve been seeing in sales over the last couple of years,' says Forest Garden marketing manager, Jenny Davis. 'People working from home has increased the sale of garden buildings and, whilst this was seen as a temporary solution initially, it’s interesting to see that many Estate Agents said they are seeing a growing trend towards requests for outdoor rooms when it comes to buying a new home.'

2. Add a 'lean to' for a sunny dining spot

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If a full architect designed extension is too big an outlay, why not go for an old school 'lean to'. These (usually glass) structures are more like a conservatory and often don't need planning permission (although obviously check with your local authority).

They're generally less expensive than extension ideas and make a great combination between a lovely light-filled garden room and extra living space.

3. Entertain kids with a life-size Wendy house

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Turn a shed into a cute Wendy house or playroom for little ones with a lick of pale paint and some power tools to put up shelves. It's easy to insulate a shed and line the inside with plywood too. Then kids can use the playroom beyond the summer and they're toys won't get damp or damaged by water ingress.

Fill it with their favourite things and let their imaginations run riot. You can then keep a watchful eye from your garden seating area.

4. Lay a green roof to help wildlife

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While it's great to extend our living spaces outside, it means we lose grass, shrubs and green space. This has a knock-on effect for nature and wildlife as birds and bugs lose space to feed.

A way to help remedy this and replace the lost greenery is with a 'living' or 'green' roof on your garden room. According to the RHS (opens in new tab), a green roof will save energy through insulation too.

There are various types, however extensive green roofs usually consist of ready-grown mats of sedum and should not require watering or weeding. So check which is best for your situation.

5. Create a garden cinema for movie nights

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Turn watching a family film at home into an event with a big screen in an outdoor cinema room at the end of the garden.

'Taking the whole family to a cinema room outsideto enjoy their favourite film, surrounded by greenery with the bifold doors wide open is a perfect way to relax on a summer’s evening,' says interior designer, Rudolph Diesel.

'Add dimmable spot lights into the space. And if the room is big enough include a ceiling-mounted projector anda bar for drinks and snacks. Soft seating is important too, so go for a mix of sofas and beanbags.'

6. Decorate your shed's exterior

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Even if your 'garden room' is a traditional shed idea, where you store outdoor equipment and plant paraphernalia, it needn't be an eyesore.

Paint the exterior in a similar shade to your fence and add a window box filled with evergreens or perennials, so the structure blends easily with your back garden. This works especially well in a small spot, as instead of standing out, your eye will see the shed as part of the space.

7. Set up an office away from the house

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Garden rooms have never been so popular. We homeowners look for the most affordable way to extend our homes – seeking extra space, without blowing the budget. Modern conservatory ideas offer extra space but giving up a portion of the patio to house a home office is the biggest trend in recent years.

This is due to home workers looking for a way to work outside of the home.

Our expert tips on creating a workspace in your garden offer a better working from home set up.

8. Invest in a living wall that won't detract from your home

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If your house is quite traditional looking, you may be put off by investing in a modern garden room. The outdoor studios that eDEN Garden Rooms offer can include an exterior living wall idea to soften the linear design of the contemporary structure. This makes it blend into the surroundings beautifully.

Inside they can be designed to your requirements with storage, power sockets and lighting fitted and ready for use.

9. Create a glamorous she shed

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Keep the exterior of your garden room simple and chic with a coat of dark paint. However, the interior can be as colourful and glamorous as you wish. A thoughtful she shed idea can create an idyllic garden retreat, perfect for use as an art studio or outdoor snug.

This room has been turned into a luxurious craft and sewing room, brimming with inspiration for future projects.

10. Organise the shed as a gardener's retreat

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It's easy for the shed to become an outdoor junk room, filled with the lawn mower, wheelbarrow and other gardening equipment.

Prevent that from happening by getting organised from the off with a separate storage area. Shelves for plant pots and hanging pegs for tools will keep things tidy and in order. While a potting bench, book shelf and place to sit will give you space to plan want to plant for the coming season.

11. Rock Riad style

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We may not have as much sunshine as Morocco but you can still rock Riad style in a back garden room. Particularly if yours happens to be a sun trap.

To create this popular courtyard style, encourage lush foliage to cover your walls and paint a garden pavilion in fuschia pink or another favourite bold shade.

Hang Moroccan lanterns and lay a berber rug with plenty of brightly coloured cushions for an exotic oasis, where you can relax on sunny days.

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12. Add a cute cabin for summer get-togethers

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Tuck into wood-fired pizzas outdoors for longer with an entertaining space at the foot of the garden. Having a cute cabin to retreat to when the weather turns or to cosy up in afterwards with French doors lets you enjoy your garden even when it gets a bit chilly.

As well as a kitchen counter for serving snacks, have an electrical supply installed and you can kit your cabin with a beer fridge and space to store pizza toppings, or whatever else you fancy firing up.

13. Put up a pergola

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A pergola is a fantastic alternative if your outdoor space is limited and an enclosed building would impose too much.

These open structures can zone an area for cooking, dining and entertaining in the summer months. This creates the feel of a garden room, while still being open to the elements with space for growing climbing plants for shade.

Garden designer, Charlotte Rowe suggests putting a pergola in the garden, rather than on a patio, to avoid shading your home in winter.

14. Don't be afraid to go big in a small garden

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A large garden room can open up the uses of a small garden rather than dwarfing it. If you're not a keen gardener, turning the bottom of the garden into an extra living room idea, complete with desk for working from home is the perfect way to get the most out of the space that can be used all year round.

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The lived-in look of this cosy seating pod makes it look like it’s been in your garden for years. It's made from reclaimed rusted metal sheeting and rough-sawn reclaimed timber and planted with wildflower and a grass-filled roof.

Inside, it features wraparound bench seats with lift-up lids for stashing cushions and throws. While the vertical log stores either side of the entrance are ideal for storing a winter’s worth of stove fuel.

16. Avoid commitment with a glamorous tent

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Not just for weddings and garden parties, a garden tent is a great option if you want some shade in the summertime, with the option of taking it down when the weather changes.

The Raj Tent Club has a wide range of easy-to-erect garden tents covered in cotton canvas. They offer shade from the sunshine, refuge from a rain shower and even double as a guest bedroom in high summer.

17. Double up with a living room and storage shed

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This double summer house idea combines a smart open fronted room, with ample space for dining furniture or lounge seating. With a separate studio room on the other side with double lockable doors that you can use as a storage shed or a home office.

18. Keep it traditional with a posh potting shed

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From an elegant potting shed to your own space to escape to, a Gothic shed from The Posh Shed Company is a stylish step up from your run-of-the-mill sheds sold at hardware stores. They're built to last using a painted or pressure treated timber frame and with three roof options.

The Gothic comes with a variety of added extras including exterior finishes, insulation and internal shelving. Prices can vary from £1,822 to £5,993 for a 6’x4’ shed but include delivery and installation.

Buy now: Gothic Shed with cedar shingle roof, from £2,483, The Posh Shed Company (opens in new tab)

19. Prepare for future moves with a portable shepherd's hut

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Because it’s on wheels, a country-style shepherd’s hut is a great option if you see yourself moving home in the near future as you can take it with you. Priced from £19,800, Plankbridge’s huts come fully insulated and with optional extras like wired electrics, bunk beds, kitchenettes, wood-burning stoves and even shower rooms.

Planning permission isn’t usually required for shepherd’s huts provided they’re in your garden and is for personal use only. However, with any big investment, it’s always advisable to check with your local council first.

20. Light the barbecue in any weather, with an outdoor kitchen

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Outdoor kitchens are growing in popularity in the UK, partly due to the unpredictability of the weather. But also so we can use our barbecues for longer than the sunshine allows. The largest supplier of Morsø stoves in the UK, Osoliving, has developed an open garden kitchen with a Morsø outdoor oven as the centrepiece.

The price includes a Forno Oven with door, built-in Forno table,flue pipe, Tuscan grill, ash scraper,pizza peel, fire tongs, Forno protective cover and four bar stools with cushions.

21. Go for an affordable summerhouse you can build yourself

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With four large windows and wide opening double doors, the Clover summerhouse is the perfect spot to cool down in the sunshine. With plenty of space for a sofa and coffee table, the summerhouse comes ready to build (or you can pay the extra £279.99 to have it installed).

Once up, the shiplap wooden boards are ready to paint in a colour of your choice. When considering a shed paint idea be sure to pick and apply the right weatherproof paint for the job.

22. Add a guest room to your house with a garden annexe

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Go the whole hog and invest in an outdoor ‘granny flat’ for a space that doubles as a guesthouse for visiting friends and family, as well as a cool summer hangout, small home office or den. With sizes ranging from 5x3m to 14m x 3.5m, the Annex provides an end-to-end service, starting with applying for planning permission on your behalf (if required).

Then building and installing your studio complete with kitchen, electrics, plumbing, insulation, glazing… the lot.

23. Enjoy panoramic views of your garden

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Made from Scandinavian Redwood, the four windows and double doors that wrap around this elegant summerhouse make the most of the garden views. It's the perfect alternative if you haven't the room for a typical orangery idea, attached to the house.

Available in a choice of four painted finishes, delivery and assembly come as standard. Quality brass fittings include window latches, door mortice lock and hook catches to secure the doors in an open position.

24. Let in the light and air with a slatted wooden pavilion

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Looking for more robustgarden shade idea, like a pergola or awning? This pavilion provides heaps more shelter, while allowing plenty of natural light and air in thanks to the open porch design and open louvred panels on each side.

It comes ready to install and untreated so you can paint if whatever colour you like.

25. Fit folding windows to enjoy outdoors come rain or shine

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With bi-folds that concertina back to expose the entire room to the garden, the Vista 43 garden room from Norwegian Log provides the perfect spot to enjoy a G&T as the sun goes down.

With power sockets and LED lighting throughout, it also boasts wifi-controlled heating so you can enjoy a bit of peace and quiet, whatever the weather.

26. A rotating pod will let you follow the sun all day

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Garden pods are ideal for dining, studying or entertaining,’ says Vicky Angell, buyer for outdoor living at John Lewis & Partners. Consider the pod size carefully. Think about how many you’d like to seat, and how it will look in the garden – too big and it may be overpowering.

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‘A rotating design that can be angled away from wind and towards the sun can help make best use of the space at all times of the year,’ adds Vicky. A roof cover, conservatory blinds or solar-control glazing will help to deflect heat and ensure a comfortable temperature, even on the hottest day.

Buy now:Farmer’s Cottage seven-seater rotating garden pod, £8,999, John Lewis & Partners (opens in new tab)

27. Divide work and home with a garden office

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A garden office ideais a dream scenario. Freedom from commuting while maintaining a safe distance from domestic temptations such as dishwasher-emptying or fridge-raiding. For comfortable year-round use, the building should be fully wired, insulated and heated, with access to wi-fi.

‘By taking the shelving across the rear of this garden office, we have provided the opportunity to add colourful displays, as well as practical office storage,’ says Rodrigo Moreno Masey, founder of Moreno Masey. It also boasts a special roller window that glides up at the touch of a button.

28. Be inspired by your home for the decor

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Taking design inspiration from your home is a great way to ensure a new garden structure feels authentic. ‘A traditional summerhouse is perfect for a country setting as it is quintessentially English,’ says Kathryn Morris, summerhouse sales manager, Scotts of Thrapston.

‘Architectural features to look for include cedar shingle roofing and decorative leaded glass.’ Period features can also be practical. Some Scotts of Thrapston designs include a rotating base, a mechanism popularised by the Victorians, which can be turned to face the sun or change your view.

29. Upgrade an existing shed with paint

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Explore the potential of existing buildings, with a coat of paint and comfortable furnishings. Even the humblest shed can be repurposed as an artist’s studio or writer’s retreat. ‘Fresh colour can transform a plain outbuilding quickly and inexpensively,’ says Becky Rackstraw, colour expert at Protek.

‘A little imagination, alongside a suitable colour palette, will create a haven for hobbies.Adding exterior paving or gravel by doors and high-tread areas will help keep the interior clean.’

30. Throw down your own pottery barn

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In a survey on garden rooms from Forest Garden and Fine & Country Estate Agents, one of the more unusual garden room requests that agents revealed was for a pottery barn.

If you've had a go at the potter's wheel and fancy pursuing it properly, why not create your own pottery studio in the garden? You'll need an electrical supply, and to ensure it meets safety standards for a kiln if you intend to fire the clay creations yourself, but it's food for thought.

How much do garden rooms cost?

Garden room costs can vary hugely in price. This depends on whether you are happy to put in a little elbow grease to build and paint the room yourself, or looking for something more intricate. At the bottom end of the spectrum a build your own summer house can cost just under £700.

At the top end for a custom garden room, complete with all the comforts of a house, including power sockets and light fittings, can cost you between £22,00 and £58,745.

Do you need foundations for a garden room?

Without a strong and solid foundation, you risk damaging your garden building beyond repair once installed. If the company you’re buying from doesn’t include foundations in the price, you’ll need to hire a builder to do the job for you.

A flat and level surface of paving slabs or concrete, no less than 10am thick is ideal and remember to leave around 50cm clearance if you’re building near walls, fencing or trees.

How to maintain a garden room?

Aim to give the exterior of your garden room a wipe down with warm soapy water once a year to wash off any dirt. Painted garden rooms will need a fresh coat of paint every few years to keep the wood in tiptop shape.

Cedar clad structures require little to no maintenance. The wood is naturally resistant to rot and fungal growth. However the wood will change colour from the rich red to a silver grey over time. Keep the area around the base of your garden building clear of long grass and leaves, too.

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Can you add connecting services to a garden room?

Adding electricity and plumbing to a garden room is an expensive outlay and in some cases, can require that you secure planning permission beforehand. If installing electrical sockets and switches, your building must be watertight and ideally insulated for safety.

Adding sinks, showers or washing machines require a plumber to install a fresh water pipe running from your house to the garden building and a separate waste pipe running out again.

Do you need planning permission for a garden room?

Permitted Developments allow you to add a single storey garden building to your property, provided it is under 2.5m in height (if within 2m from the property boundary), doesn’t exceed 50 per cent of the total land area around the house. Most importantly it must not be self-contained living accommodation.

You can install a bathroom, kitchen and/or bedrooms without requiring planning permission provided that the space is just for personal use, say a hobby room, art or yoga studio or even an occasional guest room for friends and family.

If you live in a listed building or you plan to use your garden room as an Air B&B, you will need planning permission. As a rule, it’s always safer to check with your council before taking the plunge.

Will your next room project be venturing into the great outdoors?

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FAQs

Is a garden room a good idea? ›

Add value to your home. A garden room can add value to your property – worth doing whether you're thinking of selling or not. Plus it's one of the simpler ways to make your property more desirable. The construction of a garden room is usually simpler than an extension, a loft conversion or knocking down interior walls.

How do you build a garden room? ›

Rooms, whether in homes or in gardens, are spaces separated by some type of wall. In the garden, this can be accomplished with hedges, trees and shrubs, vines, or fences and other structures. They don't have to be 8 feet tall; they just have to give a sense of separation, to give you a defined space to design and use.

What do you use a garden room for? ›

10 Really Cool Uses For Your Garden Room
  1. Hobby room. Adding a garden room to your garden can allow you to have the space to indulge in your favourite hobby away from the hustle and bustle of your house. ...
  2. Gym. ...
  3. Home Spa. ...
  4. Yoga Ashram. ...
  5. Your own local. ...
  6. Memorabilia room. ...
  7. Vintage game arcade. ...
  8. Home office.

What should I put in my garden room? ›

The best way to bring the outdoors into a garden room is with plants and a slanted roof can allow for tall house plants or even small trees. Go for plants that need lots of light and embrace the jungle feel. As well as adding height and greenery, plants can be used to bring colour into a garden room as well.

How long do garden rooms last? ›

How Long Does a Garden Room Last? We offer a 10-year structural guarantee, and that's the absolute minimum you can expect. If you take care of your garden room and perform routine maintenance when needed, a garden room can last for decades.

What is the best size for a garden room? ›

Garden Size

We recommend a size of 4m x 3m for small gardens which is perfect for a garden office, studio or home workout space.

What is the cheapest way to build a garden room? ›

The Cheapest Option For Garden Rooms

The cheapest garden room option you could go for is a garden shed. It may not be as glam as a fancy garden pod office but you can get really well-made ones on the market and they will easily suit the purpose of an office for the day, a gym or workroom.

How do I make my garden room cozy? ›

6 ways to turn your garden into a cosy outdoor room
  1. Create shelter. Cuckooland.com. If you're going to enjoy your garden whatever the weather, you'll need a place to shelter. ...
  2. Sociable seating. Kettler. ...
  3. Let there be light (and warmth) Garden Trading. ...
  4. Add colour. Wayfair. ...
  5. Set the mood. Denby. ...
  6. Perfect planting. Crocus.
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What is another name for a garden room? ›

In architecture, the term "garden room" may be used for a sunroom, conservatory, or any room with a good view of a garden, or even one decorated with a garden theme. A small single-roomed building for leisure in a garden is usually called a summer house, gazebo, or garden house.

What are garden rooms made of? ›

A garden room is a fully insulated, double glazed, electrically wired building usually made from wood. Whilst a garden room can be attached to the house rather like a conservatory they are most often stand alone buildings situated in the back garden.

Can guests sleep in garden room? ›

Without planning permission, your garden room must not be used for overnight accommodation.

What is the difference between a garden room and a summer house? ›

At this point, it's important to reiterate that summerhouses are single-skinned, and have single glazing windows. In comparison, garden rooms are fully lined, insulated, and have double glazed UPVC units.

What is a garden room in a house? ›

Garden rooms separate outdoor living areas from functional, not-so- attractive spaces such as compost piles and stacks of firewood. Garden rooms create privacy, separating play and utility areas from eating or socializing are- as. Garden rooms define a space.

Do garden rooms add value to your property? ›

“Not only does a garden room attract more buyers to your property, but a high-quality garden room can also boost the value of your home by 5% to 15%.” – Luke Jackson, Branch Partner – Michael Graham Buckingham Office.

Do garden rooms rot? ›

The biggest enemy of the garden office is trapped moisture, which will eventually cause your timber to rot. Persistent rainfall, and internal moisture that can't escape because of poor ventilation, provide perfect feeding conditions for the fungi that cause dry rot.

Can a garden room have a bathroom? ›

YES! A toilet can be installed in a garden room, as it does not need to meet building regulations approval due to its separation and size. Building regulations and planning permissions are not common for a garden room, so they are generally not required for installing a toilet.

How long do garden rooms take to build? ›

The Building Process

The base of your garden office will typically take between a day to a day and a half to install. Construction of the building will typically follow the next week, where we give ourselves between 1-5 days to complete construction, although this is based upon size.

What is a good size summer house? ›

The most popular size for a small summerhouse is 6'x8' which provides ample space for 2 comfortable armchairs and a small table. An 8'x10' can seat 6 or even 8 in comfort around a suitably sized dining table.

How much are garden rooms UK? ›

Homeowners can spend anything between £75,000 and £300,000 on a side extension and £13,950 and £100,000 on a conservatory whereas a garden room starts at £26,800.

Is a garden office worth it? ›

If you are working from home, looking into an affordable garden office is a great idea. Keep in mind that the costs you pay when you buy a garden office save you from having to pay to rent office space, and commute. So you should always think in terms of overall value, rather than simply of upfront costs.

What makes a good garden design? ›

Symmetry and balance are two of the most important dimensions in a formal garden, along with geometric shapes within a simple planting design. Decide on your shape and keep repeating this shape throughout the garden, whether it is flower beds, paths, water, or the space between these elements.

How do you design a nice garden? ›

How to design your own garden
  1. Decide how you want to use your garden.
  2. Assess your yard.
  3. Make a garden wish list.
  4. Learn basic design concepts.
  5. Choose the right plants for your design.
  6. Draw your garden plan.
  7. Watch your dream garden take shape.

What is the best garden layout? ›

The most basic garden plan consists of a design with straight, long rows running north to south orientation. A north to south direction will ensure that the garden gets the best sun exposure and air circulation. A garden that runs east to west tends to get too shaded from the crops growing in the preceding row.

Can you build your own garden room? ›

These are usually supplied in pre-fabricated panels and, if you're a skilled DIYer, you could put one up yourself. More advanced garden room designs, with sliding glass doors or a deck, for example, will need to be built on site by a specialist.

Can you build a garden room out of brick? ›

While the majority of garden rooms built in the UK each year are built using timber, they can also be brick built. While most bricklayers would be able to build one, there are few garden room specialists who offer brick garden rooms.

Do you need planning permission for a brick built garden room? ›

In most cases, Garden Rooms are classed as outbuildings, which means you won't have to seek any kind of planning permission to build your space. However, this applies to you only if you have permitted development rights at your home or the area you live in.

What is another word for garden building? ›

What is another word for garden shed?
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What is a garden room extension? ›

A garden room extension is a stand-alone garden building that is completely detached from your home. Built to be fully insulated to the same high standard as a room in your house, an insulated garden room from Green Retreats is designed to be used all-year-round.

What do you call a small building in a garden? ›

gazebo. noun. a small building, usually in a garden, intended for people to sit in and look out over a beautiful view.

What is a garden house called? ›

garden house; arbour; bower; summerhouse; arbor.

Does a garden room need building regulations? ›

Building regulations (not to be confused with planning permission) are concerned with how a structure is designed, built and insulated. Garden Rooms up to an internal floor area of 30 square metres are generally exempt from building regulations (Except when the structure is to be used for sleeping accommodation).

What size timber should I use for garden room? ›

A good sturdy frame can be created with 100mm x 50mm timbers, thicker timbers such as 150mm x 50mm are often used on higher spec designs. Narrower timbers such as 75mm x 50mm are popular and keep the wall structure narrow, meaning more space inside the office, but you wouldn't want to go narrower than that.

Do garden rooms need foundations? ›

The simple answer to this question is yes, orangeries and garden rooms absolutely need foundations for stability. Foundations are needed to support a structure by transferring their weight evenly across the ground and helping them to stay strong and sturdy.

Do you need planning permission to sleep in a garden room? ›

Putting a sofa bed in your garden room so that guests can occasionally stay there is fine and will not require planning permission. But if you want to sleep in it regularly or want to create a self-contained accommodation, or granny annexe, you must apply for planning permission and meet building regulations.

How high can garden structures be? ›

If it will be within 2m of the boundary of the house, it must be 2.5m high. its eaves will be more than 2.5m high. it will include a veranda, balcony or raised platform.

What is the difference between a garden room and a conservatory? ›

The main difference between a garden room and a conservatory is that a conservatory is attached to your house, whereas a garden room is built separately as a stand-alone building in your garden.

How long do summer houses last? ›

With the proper care and maintenance summer houses can last years, in some cases up to and above 10 years. Preparing your summer house for the changing seasons will help it last even longer.

What is a garden room in an apartment? ›

A garden-style apartment refers to a type of an apartment building, and is an outdoor-style (garden) complex that can be one, two, or three stories in height (low rise). The complex is also further characterized by garden-like settings – surrounded by lawns, trees, shrubbery, and gardens.

Can I sell part of my garden as a building plot? ›

You could sell your land for use as garden land or as a building plot. If sold with the benefit of planning permission the land could be worth more, of course. A surveyor or architect could advise and if appropriate draw up plans and apply for planning permission.

How much value does a garden add? ›

A garden room is a great way to add value to your property and could add as much as 15%, according to experts.

How much does a garden office Add to house? ›

How much value does a garden office actually add? Floor space is one of the major factors when valuing a property, so it makes sense that the extra space provided by a garden office can add 5-10% to the value of your home.

Do garden rooms add value to home? ›

Garden rooms add value to your property

In fact, according to some estimates, a high-quality garden room can increase the value of your home by 5% to 15%. Whether you're looking to attract more buyers or boost your home's resale value in the future, a garden room is a great investment.

Can you sleep occasionally in a garden room? ›

Yes, you can sleep in a garden room but the same rules apply for living in a garden room: you will require the necessary planning permission.

Why should I get a garden room? ›

The most obvious reason being for additional living space and recreational space. One of the biggest challenges homeowners face is finding enough space for everything and having room for what they want in their home.

Do garden cabins add value to house? ›

Yes. A log cabin can be a fabulous investment. It not only adds valuable living space to your garden, it can add, on average, at least 5% – even up to 15%! – to the value of your house.

How much does it cost to build a garden room UK? ›

The cost of your garden man cave will be affected by the type of building, size and any other complexities of creating it. A low shed with insulation and power will cost anything from £1,500 to £2,500+. Whilst a large, high-spec log cabin or custom brick-built cabin will cost anywhere from £15,000 to £30,000+.

Can I sell part of my garden as a building plot? ›

You could sell your land for use as garden land or as a building plot. If sold with the benefit of planning permission the land could be worth more, of course. A surveyor or architect could advise and if appropriate draw up plans and apply for planning permission.

How much value does a garden add? ›

A garden room is a great way to add value to your property and could add as much as 15%, according to experts.

What is a garden room in a house? ›

Garden rooms separate outdoor living areas from functional, not-so- attractive spaces such as compost piles and stacks of firewood. Garden rooms create privacy, separating play and utility areas from eating or socializing are- as. Garden rooms define a space.

Can I live in my garden building? ›

The big question is, can you live in one? The short answer is no, if you're talking about a traditional garden shed. A garden building that is to be used as a 'granny annexe' or regular sleeping accommodation will require planning permission and must meet current building regulations.

What is classed as a garden room? ›

A garden room is a stand-alone garden building, built for quality and generally finished in natural materials for a stunning addition to your home and garden. Garden rooms are classed as outbuildings and built to less than 2.5m in height as standard, meaning they generally don't require planning permission.

Why are garden rooms so popular? ›

Multiple Uses for Garden Rooms

You may need it for an art studio one day and use it as a yoga room another day. They are so completely versatile because they are built to the same standard as your home (insulation, heating, electricity, plumbing) and can also be used all year round.

Is a garden office worth it? ›

If you are working from home, looking into an affordable garden office is a great idea. Keep in mind that the costs you pay when you buy a garden office save you from having to pay to rent office space, and commute. So you should always think in terms of overall value, rather than simply of upfront costs.

Does a garden pod add value? ›

There is no doubt that a pristine pond will increase home value. However, potential buyers will only be put off if they view a house that has an eyesore waiting outside. With this in mind, if you want to increase your house value, you must keep on top of any upkeep that your water features require.

Does a man cave add value to your house? ›

Adding a garden to a property can add 10 per cent to its value, while a 'man cave' can add up to one per cent.

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