A garden room that’s fit for purpose

The rise in people working from home has risen dramatically over the last decade, and the garden room makes for the perfect space to set up office. Recently published research claims that 1 in 10 people are now their own boss and 1 in 12 paid workers are working from home at least 2 days a week. At Lazy Susan it is definitely the most popular reason for people to purchase one of our garden buildings.

The garden room taps into a need for people to find a space to work that is separate from their home, but at the same time saves on overheads such as office rent or the inconvenience of the big city commute. And as somebody who’s started their own business and still regularly works from home, I know the importance of having a detached office space that is far removed from the hustle and bustle of my family. The garden room is the only solution that ticks all the boxes.

A Garden Room makes for an all-year round extended living area detached from your main home, and as many of our customers are finding out, you can re-discover a completely new room. No need to extend your home and jump though planning permission hoops or move house for that extra space. And it is a great alternative to the conservatory, a room that’s over 5 times more energy efficient that a modern glass roofed conservatory.

Jabo Haldarp Garden Room

Jabo Haldarp garden room by Lazy Susan

However, if you’re thinking of purchasing any garden building, then it is important you consider how you plan to use this extra room before you buy. Whilst incredibly cost effective, they’re a large investment, and not just financially. It is a substantial project that will dramatically alter the landscape of your home, so you need to make sure you do your research!

Too often people install a garden room, for them to then only use it on rare occasions. It becomes nothing more than a posh junk shed or summer room, when it could become additional living space, a hobby room, your home office, or even a playroom for the children. If your clear of what you want to use it for, the room can be specifically designed with that in mind.

There are a few questions you need to ask yourself before you do anything else. Firstly, what size garden room do you need and what space is available in your garden for the building to be constructed? Think carefully about for what purpose you will use the room, and what will the room itself need to accommodate in terms of furnishings, equipment etc? If you do plan to use your garden room as an office, then things like natural light, heating, running water and connectivity could also be on your wish list?

The type of base is also a critical component in the design and build of any garden building. It’s vital this is completed prior to any installation. Many garden building companies offer a complete service, but if not, contact a trusted local builder to discuss your options. You are basically looking for a solid foundation; something that will guarantee it is well supported and can stand up to the elements.

The majority of single storey garden buildings will not require any form of planning permission, as long as they are within a specific size and distance from the boundary. However, as par for the course, you should always contact the planning office of your local council, and out of common courtesy, if your neighbours can view the garden room, then please contact them too just to inform them what your installing.

When it comes to the location, you want a spot where it will get some shade, but avoid things like overhanging trees if you can. Falling leaves can block gutters and increase the risk of damp if neglected, and not to mention the mess they can make in terms of sap. Likewise, avoid anywhere that water collects during heavy rain. If in doubt seek advice from the professionals.

If you do plan to use the building as a garden office or studio, then go for a building with large windows on one side where you can sit your workspace. You need to use it all year-round, so make sure it is fully weatherproof, well insulated to a high rating, with good heating and lighting. By design a garden room offers greater privacy, and greater flexibility than simply using an existing room or building an extension.

A garden room can be merged with a wide variety of home styles and different size gardens. Basically, a garden room combines the light and airy space of a conservatory with the greater liveability and functionality of a traditional extension. Plus there are several distinct advantages to garden rooms compared to conservatories or extensions…

For a starter, the energy savings are significantly greater. The flat roof makes them cooler in the summer, but warmer during the winter. A glass-roofed conservatory will usually need additional roof blinds to shade the inside from direct sunlight too, especially if the room is south facing, and they are expensive.

You can adapt your garden building to suit your lifestyle. Casual seating and a dining table can make it multi-functional. Adding technology can create an additional room for watching TV or listening to music. And why not light the garden so that your eye is drawn to the bottom of the garden and not just the buildings dark reflective glass. Make a focal point and design the rest of the garden to work with the building.

Garden rooms provide fantastic extra living or working space, so go for a well-constructed, attractive design that is sympathetic to the surrounding space, and trust Lazy Susan… You’ll have a room that you will use all the time!

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