And no it is not a conservatory… A garden room is basically a fully insulated, double glazed, electrically wired building that is usually made from wood and usually built freestanding (i.e. not connected to the house like a conservatory) in your garden. Whilst garden room is the Lazy Susan preferred description, they are also known as garden offices, studios, huts, garden buildings, log cabins or outbuildings but essentially they are all the same thing. Whilst a garden room can be attached to the house rather like a conservatory they are most often stand alone buildings situated in the back garden. Garden rooms have become very popular over the last ten years or so as more and more homeowners realise that there is an alternative way to add space to their homes other than a conservatory which an be a little cold and unusable during the winter, or an expensive loft conversions/extension. Sometimes referred to a ‘posh sheds’ the modern garden room is so much more and is actually a very sophisticated product. Constructed in a similar fashion to the timber frame houses that are popular in Scandinavia etc, many garden rooms feature high specification components such as fully insulated bi-fold doors, underfloor heating and cost effective green living roof coverings.
There are countlless possible uses for a garden room such as a home office, music studio, design studio, playroom, games room, home gym or teenagers den. And depending on location etc, a single storey garden room often doesn’t need any planning permission. Garden rooms also come in a wide variety of styles to suit any home, from modern to traditional, they are quick to install and are a much more cost effective solution than a conventional brick built extension. It can’t be coincidence that the rise in the popularity of garden rooms has coincided with the rise of self-employed people who wish to have a suitable space to work from home. Even if you are not self-employed, but simply wish to utilise the space you have in your garden, then a garden room is a fantastic investment that can be used in so many different ways.
Plus, what could be more intriguing than having a garden room hidden away from the house at the bottom of your garden, which all helps to add to the value of your property at the end of the day. However, the value of your home shouldn’t be the only consideration when deciding if a garden room is the best solution for you and your family or not… The starting point regardless is that you and your family need more space, but the question is which is the best solution for you. Would a conservatory suffice if its just an occasional room that you’ll use when the sun is shining? Would it be more appropriate to extend the house or even just move to a bigger house? On the other hand, if you want a room that is positioned away from your main house, costing from £5,000 to £15,000 all in, and that has been designed specifically to cope with the much colder climate experienced in the likes of Sweden, Norway and Denmark, then a garden room could be for you.
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