Garden Room FAQs
A garden room is the most versatile of buildings. They can be used for so many different things. They have always been popular as home offices. And, today, they are being kitted out as gyms, entertainment spaces, sometimes complete with a bar and cinema screen, art studios, and with the correct permissions, an extra bedroom. On this page we have detailed the answers to frequent questions and some information about the way we construct our garden rooms.
Can you Design my Garden Room?
Yes we can, and it is part f the journey which we really enjoy. This is where it all starts, we can create initial sketches and then onto computer visuals to see your idea come to life. Computer drawings are to scale models which can give a real sense of what your building may look like. This a great point to change certain elements such as cladding or windows and doors to give you that peace of mind that you have made the right decisions.
Can you just build the shell?
To keep it simple yes we can. If you would like to complete the interior fit out yourself then this is a great way to add that extra personal touch. To bear in mind this would include first and second fix electrics (potentially plumbing), insulation, flooring, plasterboard and skimming or cladding.
Which cladding is best?
There are so many elements to consider when it comes to answering this question. There is a lot of choice when it comes to cladding your garden room. Western Red Cedar or Siberian Larch provide the clean look to a building. Rough sawn Softwood can breathe character into an exterior or the deep tones of Shou Sugi Ban (charred timber) which provides the ultimate timber option for a maintenance free structure. There is also composite cladding which is becoming more popular for several reasons. Things to consider are budget, upkeep and maintenance and the look your after for your garden building.
Shed or Garden Room?
This seems like an obvious question but when you decide that you want a garden room there are extra features that make a garden room over a shed or a summerhouse, some of these are-
Insulated floor, walls and roof
Breathable membrane to protect the core structure
Durable cladding material
Durable roof covering
Double glazing windows and doors
Multi-point locking system on the doors and windows
Electrics including the consumer unit, lights & power points
Is a garden room a good investment?
Just like an extension or renovation of your home a garden room can also increase the value. Garden rooms have become not just something people want but also a necessity for some. Estate agents and lenders predict that a well built and designed Garedn room can add any where In the region of 5-15%* to the value of your home.
For homeowners keen to add more floor space to their property, a garden room is a far less invasive and costly undertaking compared to converting the loft or the garage.
Which Construction type is best for my Garden Room?
Some garden rooms use traditional timber frames for their core structure other options include Structural Insulated panels (SIPs). We offer both these construction options as they can both have pro's and con's depending on few different requirements, such as: Intended use, budget and available space. The Garden rooms we build could pass building regs if they were inpsected the same way. One of our most recent projects was an annexe garden room which had full planning along with complete building regs.
What can we build under Permitted Development?
In most cases, our garden room buildings (up to 30sq metres) don’t require planning permission as they are built to comply with permitted development rights. However, any room that is deemed ‘habitable’, such as a kitchenette, do require planning permission and building regulations.
Also, the overall height to be under 2.5m if its within 1m of a boundary or 3.6m total height if its more than1m but this has be dual pitched roof.
How Much Will My Garden Room Cost?
This is literally the million dollar question. Garden rooms can be built on a budget, things such as insulation, cladding type and structure type soon add up. Structure wise we work to a minimum standard, some gardens rooms available on there market go below our standard (for example we only ever use C24 timber) and are therefore considerably cheaper, this doesn't mean that they are no good or not fit for the purpose its just that we believe in providing a level of structure which will last for years to come and the cost is reflected in this. From this point the specifics on cost are down to what you want to achieve, cladding type and style, roof type along with the windows are doors all areas which can push the cost up and bring the cost down.