How To Choose The Ideal Garden Room

*Pictured garden room is The Moonlight by Into The Garden Room

It’s undeniable that the last 18 months have seen many of us spending a significantly greater time at home than ever before. Many people found themselves suddenly working from home and educating their children at home as well; suddenly, dining rooms and living spaces became offices or schoolhouses. Even for those keyworkers who continued to attend a workplace or office every day, social lives were still wholly stunted.  Garden rooms became the perfect solution, but how do you find your ideal garden room? Let’s take a look.

UK based Google searches for garden rooms increased by 271% in the year following the first lockdown, and more and more UK homeowners were thinking of creative ways to use the space around them. With so much choice in the garden room market, how do you choose the best for your needs?

Consider The Main Purpose

A garden room is a great way to enhance your lifestyle in a variety of ways. Think about what you will use the space for. The primary use of the room will steer the design choices that you make. A home gym will have very different requirements to a playroom or garden office. You won’t be able to work from home in a garden building with no mains power. If you run a business from your garden rooms, you will want to consider how your clients feel when they arrive at your location. Size does matter, but bigger isn’t always better, especially when it comes to cleaning or planning permission!

Budget

Money matters all the time, and that’s still true of a garden room. Building a garden office to grow a business may well be the perfect investment, but you will still need to consider a reasonable budget and how you will finance your new garden building. Some vendors will offer finance for their products allowing you to build the extra space now and pay for it later.

Where Will It Live

You will need to consider how much space you have in your garden and how much of that space you are willing or able to sacrifice. A giant garden room might be the ultimate dream; however, it will be overpowering and obtrusive in a small garden. Consider the other uses of your garden, such as family gatherings or children’s play areas. You don’t want rogue footballs smashing into your garden room window.

Speaking of windows and doors, you’ll want to consider the placement of the room to the sun. You will likely find it impossible to work or work out if the sun is perpetually beaming in turning the space into a sweatbox.

Think About Your Desired Final Look

You will need to consider whether you want a room that blends in with the surroundings or a statement garden building. Take time to look at all your cladding and paint options. There are many cladding options, from softwood or cedar to composite wood or even metal. Some will require staining or painting, whilst others will come ready to go.

How Much Maintenance Time Do You Want To Invest

Build quality and design are not the only things you need to consider when choosing your perfect garden room. Built to last and utilising many of the same materials in house building, garden rooms still require varying levels of maintenance. Cedar cladding is often considered the lowest maintenance – which is true unless you want to maintain that purchase colour. If so, you’ll need to at least oil the cedar every few years. You can read more about garden room maintenance and what to expect.

 

Choosing the ideal garden room is a very personal decision and not to be taken lightly, but we hope that these tips will help you make the best choice for your needs!

 

 

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Save Time & Money With Self-Build Garden Room Kits

A man recently made the news by creating a stunning garden office after tearing down his garden shed. The thrifty amateur builder estimates he saved himself about £14,000 with his self-build garden room.

The pandemic has changed the way so many of us work, and this was no different for businessman Jonathan Bradley. Mr Bradley realised that the worldwide lockdown had affected his ability to run the online business seminars he had been running for business leaders worldwide. The business model he had been adopting just didn’t fit with the pandemic restrictions.

Mr Bradley had only limited DIY experience, and whilst he recognised that he needed a new purpose-built space, he knew he could not afford someone to come and build it for him. He did bring in a professional to wire the electrics and bring power from the house; the rest of the work, including levelling the ground by creating concrete blocks using springform cake tins, was done by Mr Bradley himself. He used many pre-loved items and recycled materials as often as he could, which kept costs low. The cost-saving exercise included purchasing items like windows and doors on Facebook Marketplace. Much of the cost was actually down to insulation needed to keep the new garden office warm and act as soundproofing for recording podcasts and taking calls.

If you find yourself in the same position as Jonathan, desperately needing more space but perhaps hoping to save some time, you might want to check out some of our sellers’ DIY options.

Magic-Garden offers a brilliant penny-pinching option in the form of a steel frame only service (as seen pictured at the start of this post). These range from £3,500 – approximately £6,000. The frame is crafted from light gauge steel, which is widely used in construction because of its strength and speed with which structures can be built.

Magic-Garden will come to your property to erect the steel frame and even offer options to purchase doors, windows and exterior fittings from them as well. This brilliant option for determined DIYers allows for a potentially huge cost saving. This frame-only option will enable you to complete the rest of the build yourself. Of course, if you want electrics in your garden room or office, then you’ll need a professional to install those, but you will still stand to save a significant amount of money.

Cotswold Garden Spaces offer seven different Lugard self-build garden rooms, all of which you can erect yourself. These stunning structures made from solid pine logs are a lovely addition to any property and come in a wide range of sizes and styles.

You can search through all of our DIY and self-assembly garden rooms, save yourself a bundle and still have the stunning garden room you’ve always wanted!

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Escape to a Hygge Cabin this Autumn

When we think of autumn or winter staycations, it seems inevitable that we consider log cabins, hot tubs on a chilly evening—snuggled up in front of a fire or wood-burning stove. You could travel to the Lake District or venture out to Scotland. A hygge cabin is the perfect autumn getaway.

 

Please take a look at some of the fantastic getaway options we have found.

 

Dive deep in Robin Hood history and stay in Sherwood Forest in a treehouse complete with a rope bridge, hot tub and log burning stove.

 

The Scottish Highlands is the home of Eagle Brae cabin village, which offers a largely carbon-neutral experience and multiple units you can choose from.

 

If you want to escape to a secluded Lake District hideaway, you could stay in Sunny Beck. Two bedrooms, a wood burner and a veranda with a hot tub overlooking lake views.

 

If going away doesn’t sound nearly as fun as staying at home, why not consider your own log cabin.

 

The Yorvick by Smart Eco Living is a stunning pod for a home-based staycation you can enjoy every day. Created using sustainably sourced wood, this luxury pod comes with a bathroom, bedroom and kitchen.

 

Composite Garden Buildings offer a stunning Bespoke Garden Room service and can even provide a built-in space for a hot tub which means you can have a sheltered area to slip in the water and luxuriate.

 

Brighton & Hove Garden Rooms operating within 60 miles of Brighton & Hove – The Brampton in its large form is 5m x 6m beautifully clad in tongue and groove western red cedar

 

Want to create the perfect ambience? Hygge up your log cabin with some of these great ideas.

 

Let In The Lighting: Candles, fairy lights or other soft lighting help to set that winter mood and create an intimate space to relax in.

 

Squeeze in Some Soft Furnishings: Stock up on cushions and throws and dot them around the space to create a warm and welcoming environment. Add some thicker curtains to your garden room door to really ramp up the cosiness factor.

 

Stay Neutral: One of the keys to creating that warm and cosy atmosphere is sticking to a more neutral colour scheme. Create a harmonic and peaceful space using browns, creams and light greys. To add colour, why not inject deep aubergine or forest green.

 

Turn Up The Fire: Gathering around a fire is a distinct part of Danish culture and, therefore, the Hygge style. If you are lucky enough to have a wood-burning stove in your garden room, make sure you stock up on logs and kindle; or consider a fire pit in your outdoor space. You could even get an ethanol tabletop fire like this!

 

Choose Natural: Choose items that have a naturally rustic feel; bring the outside in with dried flowers, branches and autumn leaves. Use a mix of wood and leather. Upcycle antique furniture, embrace the imperfection of an old beaten chair. Hygge is not meant to be perfect.

 

Try Texture: Macrame wall hangings, faux fur rugs, and fluffy woollen blankets will all add texture to your garden building. Using textures and textiles such as this brings another element of cosiness to the space.

 

Whether it’s a cosy winter hut or a sprawling garden room with hot tub space you’re looking for, check out the selection of rooms from our sellers here.

 

 

 

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Nine Things To Do With Your Kids This Autumn

Rainier, colder days can make entertaining children much more challenging, but autumn actually brings a vast host of activities to engage in with your family.

 

  1. Collect Conkers: This can be a great activity for adults and kids alike. Offering parents a chance to reminisce about their childhood while trying out some fantastic conker arts and crafts projects such as a conker worm or painting. Conkers also provide an excellent opportunity to scrub up on simple maths.

 

  1. Go On An Adventure: Autumn offers a great chance to go on a lovely family walk without quite the fear of sunburn or heat stroke. Why not see how many different coloured leaves you can find or follow a Gruffalo Spotters trail such as this.

 

  1. Make a scarecrow: Whether you have an allotment or some plants to protect or not, you can have a great time making a scarecrow. One of the best things about that is the ability to use things around your own home. Why not have a look through old clothes, grab that broken broom handle (or collect some branches on a walk) and some string and set to making a scarecrow. You can stuff it with straw, twigs, leaves or even old bottles! Get Creative!

 

  1. Pick Up Pinecones: Just like conkers, pinecones offer great arts and crafts opportunities – you could even make a pinecone spider just in time for Halloween.

 

  1. Build A Bird Feeder: Not all birds migrate, and those left behind do need a steady source of food to keep them at their healthiest. Even the birds that do migrate will need some food to stock up for their trip. You can build a bird feeder from recycled items, or even use those pinecones you collected to make one.

 

  1. Pumpkin Picking: With Halloween fast approaching and attractive options for autumn displays – why not take the kids to a Pumpkin Patch to choose their very own potential Jack-O-Lanterns.

 

  1. Toast Marshmallows: Not just an outdoor campfire dessert, marshmallows are an enjoyable sweet treat to enjoy even at home. You could buy a mini bbq, or use a fire pit if you have one. If you lack an open flame, or the weather is just too terrible, you can cook them in the oven. Turn it to about 200C, pop the marshmallows on a non-stick baking sheet or use some baking paper. Keep an eye on them and take them out whenever you think they’re toasted enough.

 

  1. Family Movie Night: Why not share all your favourite films with your mini-me’s. Share some popcorn, grab a blanket and watch a movie together.

 

  1. Spooky Stories: Dressing up and acting out spooky stories could be more fun than frightening. Why not check out these scary stories for kids.

 

Don’t forget the clocks will be going back on 31st October – which means you’ll get even more time to spend bonding with your family this autumn.

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