Detached extensions offer a great deal of flexibility when it comes to styling, as both classical and ultra-modern design can work well in these types of extension, regardless of the style of the property.
While a garden room might sit in your garden in the spot where a shed might otherwise sit, you need to be clear that what you are buying is more akin to a small timber frame house.
There are several building systems used in garden room design. Some are the same as those used in modern housebuilding; others are custom designed for material efficiency and speed of installation. Whatever system you choose they are all going to create a highly insulated building that can be used all year round.
The first question you need to ask yourself when building a garden room is ‘do I need to apply for Planning Permission?’. In many cases, the answer is no, but you must check your individual position and not rely on suppliers websites which say ‘Planning Permission Not Required’.
Whether you will need to make a planning application very much depends on where you live, what you are planning to use the room for, it’s size and roof shape and how close to the boundaries of your garden you want to site it.
Luckily, in a lot of cases you can build your garden room under the Permitted Development rules. These rules dictate the positioning of different shapes of garden room and how much space they can take up in your garden.
These rules are clearly laid out on the Planning Portal’s Outbuilding Permitted Development page, and that page is the definitive guide on the subject. The thing is it can be difficult to relate this list of rules to the garden room you have your eye on. We have therefore created this page as a visual guide to garden room Permitted Development.
How much do garden rooms cost? This is the question we are most frequently asked. After all, we all want an idea of how much something might cost before handing over our personal details for a quote. Luckily many garden room suppliers offer a pricing guide for common sizes of building on their websites so that you can get a rough idea of price.
When it comes to buying a garden room the price depends on a number of factors:
- The size of the building
- Whether you choose a modular or bespoke design
- The building system you choose – house quality SIPS or timber frames
- The finishes you choose – cedar cladding and plastered interiors cost more, for instance
- The designer features you pick – bi-fold doors and air conditioning will bump up the price