Garden Room Buying Guide

Garden Room Buying Guide

Your garden space is a haven away from the hustle and noise of crowded cities or busy town centres. It is a space for you, your family, and guests to relax, unwind, converse, eat, socialise, work from home, or partake in a hobby or craft. Any of these activities take on new possibilities or have greater comfort with a garden room.

If you wish to introduce a touch of luxury, require extra space, or feel more connected to your garden and the outdoors, then it is time to explore garden rooms and all they can offer.

What is a Garden Room?

A garden room is a garden building that stands alone and typically has a high-quality, natural finish that adds to your garden's elegance and overall look. Garden rooms have soared in popularity because they are a hassle-free addition that brings extra space, privacy, and functionality to gardens and homes, where people can relax or focus. 

Usually insulated and designed for all-year-round use, a garden room is a popular solution for people who want a quiet space to read a book, play games, or work from home. Owners may partake in arts and crafts or use the space as a yoga studio, gym, home office, workshop, or children’s playroom. 

As you can see, a garden room is a superb alternative to a loft conversion, home extension, or conservatory. They add useful space and monetary value to your home, and the possible uses for your garden room are truly endless.

Do You Need Planning Permission for a Garden Room?

Most garden rooms do not require planning permission. They have the classification of ‘outbuildings’ and, in most cases, fall within your permitted development rights as long as you follow a few rules, which are the same for people living in England, Wales, Scotland, or Northern Ireland.

You are permitted to construct a garden room as long as:

  • Your garden room, summerhouse, or log cabin is not in front of your house
  • It is not self-contained living accommodation
  • It doesn’t have a raised platform or balcony
  • The total area of all outbuildings does not cover more than 50% of the total land area around the house
  • Ridge is not higher than 2.5 metres above ground level
  • It is a single-storey construction
  • Work use is working alone and not seeing clients
  • It is less than 15 square metres or 15-30 square metres without sleeping accommodation

Your development rights might be limited if your home is a listed building or situated in a designated area, such as an area of outstanding natural beauty, a National Park, a World Heritage Site, or a conservation area. 

Bespoke Garden Room Designs

A unique made-to-measure or bespoke garden room is just waiting to fulfil your needs and meet your desires. Many options exist, and the best on the market are found here at elbec garden buildings:

3mx3m Mercia Insulated Garden Room

The 3mx3m Mercia Insulated Garden Room is a delightful addition where a huge space is not required or preferred. Built to the highest quality, here is evidence that a functional space can add a touch of class and decadence to any outdoor area.

Features include:

  • Double doors with mortise lock
  • Free installation
  • Heat and weather-resistant roof system
  • Downlights fitted into the roof overhang
  • 72mm double-skinned walls
  • An appealing tongue and groove floor with enhanced sturdiness