A garden room is like having an extra living room in your garden - it usually has a glass wall, so you gain plenty of light and feel like you’re partly outdoors.
Unlike a conservatory, it has a solid roof that could be made from a variety of materials such as slate, tile, mineral felt or lead depending its size and shape. Recently, metal sheets or plastic skins such as aluminium or vinyl have been used on flatter roofs.
Compared to a traditional brick-built extension to your property, a garden room has a simpler construction and consequently is far less expensive.
The benefits of a garden room
Because a garden room has a solid, insulated roof, it reduces heat loss and draughts, making it comfortable in winter. Usually a small radiator is all that’s needed to keep it warm, so it’s low on heating costs.
It’s also cooler in summer as it doesn’t have the glass roof of a conservatory and you can open its front windows or doors.
A garden room provides additional living space without the cost or upheaval of having an extension built. It’s an outdoor/indoor room that can be used all year round and requires very little maintenance.
For work, rest or play
How you use the extra space provided by your garden room is up to you. Some people choose to turn it into an exercise room, kitting it out with gym equipment or using it to practice yoga.
For others, the garden room is a place of relaxation. A place where they can feel part of their garden without having to brave the elements. Garden rooms have also been used as home offices as they provide a space to work that’s away from the hustle and bustle of family life.
Or you could decide to use your garden room as a den for the children, a family room, an art studio – or as a place to house a swimming pool or hot tub.
Is planning permission required?
In England, garden room planning permission is generally not required in the following circumstances:
- The building is not located forward of the principal elevation fronting a highway.
- The building is single-storey with maximum eaves height of 2.5 metres and maximum overall height of four metres with a dual pitched roof or three metres for any other roof.
- The maximum height is 2.5 metres and the building is within two metres of a boundary.
- There are no verandas, balconies or raised platforms, and no more than half the area of land around the original house would be covered by additions or other buildings.
- Garden rooms up to 30 square metres are exempt from Building Regulations unless they’re being used to sleep in.
Custom built by a skilled local craftsman
At HGS Home and Garden, our garden rooms are custom build to suit your lifestyle and home. We cater to your tastes and the size and shape of the space available.
To find out more about having your own bespoke garden room, contact Peter on 07749 863650 or visit http://hgs-homeandgarden.co.uk