A garden room is a great way to add extra space to your home.
It’s simpler and less expensive to construct than a brick-built extension but can still increase the value and desirability of your property.
If you’re thinking about having a garden room built, here are some points to consider.
The exterior and interior finish
Timber cladding is an ideal finish for the exterior of a garden room as it blends in with its outdoor surroundings. Most people also choose to have a glass wall, so they can enjoy lots of natural light and feel like they’re outside.
The roof can be made from many different types of material including slate, tile, mineral felt or lead; which you choose will often depend on the size and shape of your garden room. Metal sheets or plastic skins such as aluminium or vinyl have been used on flatter roofs.
Internal finishes to walls and ceilings can also vary with a range of materials being used from metal, vinyl, melamine or plastic cladding or boards. Traditional plasterboard and skimmed walls and ceilings offer a clean finish and increase insulation and energy efficiency.
An insulated roof
There are no legal requirements for the level of insulation required in a building with an internal floor area under 30m2, so this tends to vary drastically in garden room builds.
As you’ll want to use your garden room all year round, you should ensure that it’s cool in the summer and warm in winter. And that the contents of the room will not be exposed to moisture and condensation.
If your garden room has a solid, insulated roof, this will reduce heat loss and draughts, ensuring the room stays cosy in winter. All you’ll need is a small radiator to keep the room warm – so you can keep your heating costs down.
The solid roof also ensures you won’t overheat in summer as you would in a conservatory with a glass roof. Instead, you can open door and windows and remain delightfully cool.
Planning permission is generally not required
Fortunately, in the following circumstances, garden room planning permission is not required in England:
• 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.
High quality, bespoke garden rooms
At HGS Home and Garden, our garden rooms are custom built by a skilled local craftsman 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.