The Benefits of Composite Windows and Doors

When having a garden room constructed, the consideration of windows and doors may not have occurred to you. They are, however, definitely worth thinking about. The windows and doors you select will need to be secure and be energy-efficient.

The technology involved in glazing has come a long way in the last few decades. Continually evolving to improve energy efficiency and security. With double and triple glazing options available, there is also a selection of frame materials to choose from.

When installing windows and doors, you should be considering several things.

  • What is the average lifespan of the windows and doors?
  • How much will the windows and doors cost?
  • How energy efficient are they?
  • Are they secure?
  • Will they keep sound out?
  • Will they complement the design of the building?

For many year’s uPVC was the material of choice. Today, however, there’s a new, more sustainable kid on the block. Composite Windows, constructed of aluminium and timber provides greater energy efficiency, have a longer life span and are more sustainable than their uPVC counterparts.

We spoke to experts, Okohaus to find out more about sustainable composite windows and doors.

How Environmentally Friendly are Composite Windows and Doors?

We are all having to be more conscious about our individual carbon footprint; the products we buy should demonstrate responsibility. UPVC windows are derived from oil production; this means they are bad for the environment, requiring a significant emission of CO2 for their production. They are also difficult to recycle and once they reach the end of their lifespan, they are usually sent to landfill.

Composite windows are a far more sustainable product. This is because they use a combination of natural timber and long-lasting, robust aluminium external cladding. By utilising sustainable timber in the supply chain, manufacturers can achieve a much lower carbon footprint.  Okohaus ensure all of their products are FSC Chain of Custody certified. This means that the forests used for timber production are sustainably managed and for every tree cut down to produce a window or door, at least two more are planted.

These fresh, new trees grow quickly and therefore absorb more CO2 than older trees. CO2 is captured in the timber during the window’s lifespan, which is at least twice as long as the lifespan of a UPVC window, so they are actually carbon negative!

How Long Do Composite Windows and Doors Last

Composite windows and doors have a much longer life expectancy than uPVC frames. If maintained well uPVC windows and doors are usable for a maximum of 35 years, in most cases, they don’t reach this. Composite alternatives have a life expectancy of 56-83 years!

How Efficient are Composite Windows and Doors?

In terms of performance, composite windows also have the upper hand over both uPVC and aluminium alone. The U values (thermal performance) in Okohaus’ double glazed systems are comparable to triple glazing in aluminium or UPVC!

How Secure are Composite Windows and Doors?

When it comes to security, they tick all the boxes. Okohaus’ windows and doors are secured by design certified, meaning they are as standard, some of the most secure products on the market.  Usually, UPVC windows would have to have steel reinforcement added to achieve the same levels of security, which would also make them much poorer thermally.

Acoustically very high sound reduction levels are standard, even the busiest central London sites, for example, notice a difference.

When it comes to price, you may expect to pay more for this high-level product.  Composite windows and doors actually often work out cheaper than aluminium alternatives, especially when you compare like for like in terms of performance. They do come in a bit more expensive than uPVC. But the benefits far outweigh the price difference. Not to mention they last at least double the time of uPVC windows.

Windows and doors are as you see, an important consideration. It pays to do your research.

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Embrace Hygge in Your Garden This Autumn

The clocks went back merely two weeks ago, and with it came a sharp, crisp air to accompany those dark early evenings. This is the time of year that people spend more time indoors, which is apt considering we have been asked to stay home for a four-week lockdown to protect the NHS.

Autumn doesn’t have to be mean being stuck indoors though. If you’re lucky enough to have a garden, then it can quickly become the season of fireside conversations or cabin cuddles.

Hygge, a Danish ethos, pronounced hoo-ga is all about cosiness and intimacy, which is why autumn and winter are the perfect seasons to practice Hygge. Blankets, candles, bubble baths and a connection with nature are fitting, but it’s also about finder deeper meaning in life and connecting with the world again.

How to Hygge – 10 tips

  • Spend time with friends & family
  • Sit around a roaring fire
  • Sit in candlelight
  • Bring the outside in with natural accents in your interior
  • Enjoy nature
  • Drink warming hot drinks
  • Be cosy
  • Take care of your mental health
  • Reduce your screen time
  • Don’t go without – enjoy life

The garden is the perfect place to reconnect with nature, spend time with your family and enjoy the beauty of life beside a firepit to keep you warm. Should the weather take a turn for the worse a cabin or garden room can shelter you to continue enjoying some time away from the house.

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Hygge Essentials

Of course, the essentials will depend on the things that make you feel good and your own personal preference, but here are some of our suggestions. Check out our How to Hygge Pinterest board here.

  • Hot chocolate
  • Marshmallows to roast on an open fire
  • Candles
  • Warm, fluffy blankets for all
  • Cosy jumpers
  • Your favourite music
  • Some games like cards or Jenga

Perfect Hygge Hideaways

We’ve taken a look through the listings on our site and come up with five perfect hygge hideaways for you to take a look at.

 

 

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Large Bespoke Treehouse by Castles Carey

What could be more fun than a treehouse? Each treehouse is designed to suit your specific requirements. Castles Carey will give advice on planning applications if needed. Engaging accessories and strong and natural materials ensure long-lasting enjoyment of your treehouse.

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10 Seater BBQ Hut by Living Outside Ltd

Have a BBQ, whatever the weather, at any time of year with a BBQ Hut. Book those BBQ Hut party weeks, even months in advance and tell your guests they definitely won’t need a coat!

The benches in these BBQ huts also convert into generously sized beds, so the BBQ Hut can be used both during the day for entertainment and at night for guest accommodation or sleep-overs!

Garden Rooms

Bespoke Garden Room by Garden Room Cabins

This Garden Room & Bar is the perfect place to enjoy autumn evenings. Whatever your needs, Garden Room Cabins buildings can be designed to fit your requirements. All designs have a steel frame and base, which means they are fully portable if you decide to relocate.

 

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Bespoke Shepherds Hut by Greendown Shepherd Huts

Greendown Shepherd Huts offer a bespoke service that allows you to design a luxury hut to your specific requirements with all of the features necessary to create your ideal home on wheels, without having to make any compromises on either design or quality. They’ll design, build and deliver a tailor-made hut that follows your exact specifications, all the while devoting ourselves to presenting you with a finished product that you’ll fall in love with.

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Tripod Octo by Woodworks Designs

Each Tripod Octo is an original, bespoke design built to your personal aspirations. Tailor-made to fit exactly into the space you have chosen for your room, just tell designer Barry what you want and where it needs to fit. Great design requires attention to every little detail. Many of Barry’s designs are based upon geometric shapes to create fascinating whilst functional spaces with proportions that sit well in their natural surroundings. These are available within a 30-mile radius of Canterbury Kent, although you can contact them for deliveries further afield.

 

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A Garden Room Can Increase Your Property’s Value by up to 10%

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Did you know that installing a garden room could increase the value of your property by as much as 10 per cent? Which, means that as well as making your living space more practical for you, you could also get a return on your investment, should you ever decide to sell up.

Garden rooms go down well with potential buyers because they are a blank canvas, a room to use for whatever you desire. A kitchen, is a kitchen, a bathroom is a bathroom but a garden room, with a little imagination, can be anything you wish; a gym, office, game room, entertaining room, outdoor dining room, a bar, yoga studio, playroom, sound studio or much, much more. Your only limitation is imagination.

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We have covered small business owners who have made their dreams come to life with a garden room or cabin, people have set up remote offices or even garden bars which have got them through Covid. Fitness instructors have taken to zoom from a garden room to keep their clients on track, bands can practice in garden rooms without disturbing the family and all while maintaining a healthy balance in their work/home life.

We take a look at 5 versatile garden rooms that could be your blank space below.

 

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POD Garden Room by Winslade Landscapes

This gorgeous garden pod design by Winslade landscapes is incredibly versatile, a spare room in the garden for use as you please. The large glass doors provide ample light and the design makes an attractive addition to any garden. The POD comes with a 10-year product guarantee and 5-year installation warranty. This building is available for delivery throughout Hampshire, Surrey, London, Berkshire and surrounding areas.

 

summerhouse roomSummerhouse Room by Bentley Garden Buildings

A bespoke summerhouse room by Bentley garden Buildings is designed to your requirements, meaning it can be suited to your own taste, style and sizing requirements. Whether you need a tapered building to make the most of a small space, a door ramp to help with access or a partition wall to keep your gardening tools separate from your summerhouse, Bentley garden Buildings can accommodate.

 

 

tranquil garden roomTranquil by Garden Rooms Cabins

This is a room with a difference, it can actually be moved with you should you decide to move home as it’s completely transportable! Included in the price are exterior cladding, an overhanging flat roof, full electrics package, plaster boarded and even come decorated and finished with a choice of flooring. Delivery can be arranged anywhere in the UK.

 

 

claremontThe Claremont from The CDR Range by Outdoor Modular Spaces

The CDR Range is a popular range of garden buildings by Outdoor Modular Spaces. Designed with a beautiful Western Red Cedar cladding, Aluminium flashing, and a finished design that gives it that WOW factor. Finished internally with a flat ceiling and a canopy roof with spotlights and even recessed spotlights on the composite decking. There are many internal finishing options available, along with your choice of a single door, bi-fold doors or sliding doors making it a customisable and versatile solution to your extra space needs. This is available for delivery within the Home Counties.

 

Aspen garden roomThe Aspen by Under The Living Sun

The Aspen is our no-expense-spared, zero-maintenance garden room, complete with large LED-lit composite decking area surrounded by a toughened-glass balustrade. It boasts heaps of potential, from a high-end holiday-let to a home fitness studio to a garden office. The decking area surrounded by stunning toughened-glass balustrade comes complete not only with LED downlights but also a double external power socket. Available throughout England a Wales this is a great dual-purpose solution which is definitely eye-catching.

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A Beauty Salon Cabin Offers a Treat For Customers Bodies & Minds

Our search to showcase the versatility of cabins for work, play and rest led us to Hannah Bath. Hannah has run her beauty business, Serenity beauty, from a cabin in her garden for the last two years now.

It’s been a difficult time for beauty businesses during the ongoing pandemic, but beautician Hannah, from St Neots, Cambridgeshire actually took the time to become a mental health first aider because her clients feel safe talking about their problems with her, meaning she can offer the best possible advice to them, making her service a cut above the competition. We asked Hannah some questions about her beauty business and learned that her customers actually prefer visiting her cabin as it’s more secluded and private.

What prompted you to take this route?

I have 2 children so being able to work around them was the key. I was working from a room inside the house previously but was desperate for a bit of separation to gain that all-important work-life balance. Thankfully things were going well with the business and I was able to have the cabin installed in the garden of our new home.

What do your clients think of your beauty salon cabin?

They love it! I actually looked at renting a premises on the local high street initially. A few clients voiced concerns over parking costs and being seen in public after having certain treatments such as lip waxes and the redness that follows, facials and spray tans. They love the fact that they can park on my driveway and pop into the back garden in their comfy clothes with no make-up without fear of bumping into someone they know. A beauty salon cabin was the ideal solution for everyone.

What services do you offer from your cabin?

I offer treatments such as eyebrow and eyelash services. Spray tans. Facials and massage. Manicure, pedicure and all waxing services too.

How do you promote your business?

I have built my business up mostly through my Facebook page and word of mouth. In the beginning, I did a couple of school fetes and gained a few clients that way, but word of mouth really is the best form of endorsement; people go where their friends feel comfortable.

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How did COVID affect your business?

I was actually on maternity leave during a chunk of lockdown, so I felt as though the world had stopped with me. I kept in touch with my clients and gave them the option to be contacted when I was back to work and I’m very thankful to say that most of them have returned. It was hard at first when Boris had restrictions such as no facial treatments, but people were mostly just happy to be able to have any form of pampering done, and instead of their eyelash extensions people treated themselves to a pedicure or something else. They were just grateful to get out of the house for a treat.

How easy was it to install the necessary equipment?

 

It was surprisingly easy. I just had to gauge where I wanted things to be placed such as where I would need plug sockets for my equipment. I had the cabin purpose-built from scratch with foundations by a builder who is a family friend. It has 2 windows and a nice sturdy door. It’s insulated and plaster-boarded, in total it cost £5,000 for the cabin. I then decorated it myself and added flooring at around £200. I opted for vinyl flooring as it’s easy to clean and replace if needed. It took him around 3 weeks to complete the build, we were really lucky we had great weather at the time so he could just get on.

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I have electricity running in there with its own fuse box it was connected from the house. They laid the cable under the patio slabs, there is no water out there currently. I have a downstairs cloakroom just inside the back door which my clients have always been able to use. Now with COVID I have asked them to only use it in emergency’s and everyone has been fine with this, no one has needed to use it so far.

How did COVID affect your business?

I think like everyone in the beauty industry I suffered from not being able to come back as soon as some other industries could, but on a personal level, it has certainly made me reflect on my business and think about how I operate and how I can maximise my clients’ experience and my earnings. I have also had the time to research some new treatments and become a mental health first aider as I find a lot of my clients like to talk to me about a wide range of subjects and I now feel like I’m in a better position to listen and offer the right advice to help them.

We have been inspired by Hannah’s resilience, she took the time to do a little market research with her clients and actually found that a cabin in her garden was a firm favourite as clients prefer to be somewhere quiet and secluded without the feeling of judgment post-treatment.

Follow Hannah on Instagram here or follow The Serenity Beauty Facebook page for all the latest updates on her beauty salon cabin.

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Cabin Cuts : A Resilient Young Hairdressers Cabin Business

People are increasingly realising the potential of garden rooms and cabins, both for relaxation and leisure as well as a place to earn a living. After the heavy restrictions of lockdown recently left many people having to work from home, with some, still yet to return to their place of work, it became very apparent that make-shift dining table desks and the hustle and bustle of daily life at home just couldn’t cut it for many.

The search for garden offices increased post lockdown, with a huge uncertainty of what winter may bring with regards to this pandemic. Some people, however, have known about the benefits a garden room could bring, long before lockdown and even run a cabin business from their own back garden.

19-year-old Josie Mead from Eastbourne is one such person. She began running a Cabin Cuts, a hair salon from the cabin in her garden just over a year ago. Josie has a very unfortunate problem for a hairdresser, she found she was actually allergic to hair dyes making it difficult for her to work in normal hair salons.

Josie is no quitter though, and had a brainwave! Already having a cabin in the garden, she saw the perfect opportunity to convert it to a hair salon where she could control the products and processes to avoid exposure to the hair tints that caused her allergic reaction and embarked on her journey to create a cabin business.

Cabin cuts offer a range of services from wash and blow-dry, to cuts, braids, men’s hair, and beard services, and children’s haircuts. She even provides extensions and funky hair tinsels which bring magic and sparkle to people’s lives! Bleaching services such as highlights or balayage are also on the menu because working from the cabin means Josie is able to control the ventilation to help her allergies.

Josie’s clients at Cabin Cuts love the salon:

“They love the fact it is a fully equipped salon without being busy like your usual hairdressers. Especially during these uncertain times! My clients have said to me how safe they feel knowing it’s just me and them. And I can control and clean the area easily.”

Cabin Cuts is solely owned and managed by Josie, being tucked away in a garden has not held her back. She promotes her business by posting regularly on her social media channels and does the occasional leaflet drop. Being talented at what she does also means that many of her customers are direct referrals from her clients who spread the word.

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While COVID meant that hairdressers were unable to operate, Josie feels it gave her the time she needed to build her business, learn new skills and get the word out, showing just how resilient she is. Her clients are happy and know that it’s probably one of the safest salons around being just her and them in the salon at any given time.

 

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Josie was lucky enough to have the cabin at her disposal, but it was not ready for use as a salon. She says the process of converting it was fairly easy and she was lucky enough to have friends and family that were in the necessary trades to assist her. She laid some floor and painted the cabin to create a welcoming environment for her clients and her dad being a plumber meant he was able to fit all the necessary equipment for her such as the basin, which took around two days to fully install. She says she spent roughly £1000-2000 buying equipment, insurance, products, and more to get the salon started which took around two weeks to complete. The cabin was already fitted with electricity but the water source had to be extended from the main living accommodation.

Josie has demonstrated how nobody needs to be held back by limitations such as discovering an allergy after investing in training for a career, COVID didn’t hold her back either giving her time to learn new skills and promote her business.

She says “I am so grateful for my amazing family who helped me set up so quickly and I am very grateful for all of my lovely clients.”

If Josie’s story has inspired you, you can find a garden building of your own to kickstart the cabin business of your dreams here.

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4 Summer DIY Projects

The children have broken up for summer, not that it’s made much difference for many this year with the Coronavirus pandemic leaving many children at home since March. With another six weeks until schools return, and many places to visit and holiday destinations, not an option,  you may be looking for a project to keep the family busy this summer. We have trawled through the sea of listings on our marketplace to find four DIY projects that could keep you entertained this summer while giving you a great garden space.

 

DIY Garden PodDIY Garden Pod

This attractive Garden Pod by HG Spaces comes in a choice of two sizes, either 3m x 3m or 3m x 4m. Made from slow grown Spruce timber, chosen specifically for its tight, dense wood grain. These summerhouses arrive untreated as standard. This means you can choose the final finish and paint or stain the pod to match or complement your garden after installation. You also have a choice in the colour of the Bitumen shingle which is included as standard and is availiable in Black, Red or Green, meaning you can make this building truly fit in with its surroundings and personalise it. The double glazed doors are included. Once completed, you can sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labour.

 

 

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The Applebroog Summerhouse is available through Cotswold Garden Buildings and is an extremely handsome DIY summerhouse. This building draws upon industrial elements through the glass panels and the vertical Siberian larch boards to provide a clean and relaxed space to relax and entertain. The enclosed space is accessed through a ‘secret door on the front and has long glass panels on the left and right-hand side walls to provide natural light. The Applebroog is also highly customisable with a range of optional extras to choose from. The Siberian larch construction can remain untreated for 15-20 years however it can be enhanced with oils, stains and solid finishes. The building comes in pre-made panels for quick and easy installation and low maintenance, videos can be supplied to aid you in the build process from start to finish. We imagine the feeling of reward when this beauty is finished will be immense.

 

 

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DIY Log CabinAlex Log Cabin

The stylish design of the Alex Log Cabin by Cabin Living makes it a popular choice with lots of natural light owing to the amount of glass. Constructed of 44mm thick walls made from solid slow grown Spruce with double glazed timber double doors and windows this little cabin has a lot of character. perfect for a relaxation space, a writers retreat or somewhere to send the children perhaps? What would you do with this extra space?

 

 

 

DIY Shepherds HutSelf Build Shepherd Hut Bundle

These self-build shepherd’s huts by Tithe Barn Shepherd’s Huts are something a little different. Ex-Prime Minister, David Cameron made the Shepherd Hut the must-have item for gardens a few years back. Since then they have been an incredibly popular extra space solution. The self-build option makes them affordable for the many while giving you a project to complete over the summer. They come in a range of size options to suit and come with full plans and a comprehensive step-by-step guide, with photographic and written instructions to lead you through your first build.

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6 Versatile Garden Office Solutions

There’s no denying the Coronavirus pandemic has changed the world, the repercussions of which we have yet to see. Many believe, that the way we do things will be permanently changed, long after the threat of the virus has disappeared.

One of the changes that are anticipated, is the rise of remote working. Remote working isn’t exactly a new concept. The internet, cloud storage, connectivity, and enhancements in security have made it easier for employees to carry out their work from home, which has a number of benefits for both the employer and employee. Employers can reduce the overheads of their office costs and employees can reduce commuting time and costs.

The COVID pandemic, expedited the need for companies to implement systems to allow customers to work from home. Zoom became a verb almost overnight with many people now referring to online meetings as zooms in the same way we refer to searching the internet as googling something.

Working from home does, in some cases have its disadvantages though, such as distractions, interruptions from the people or animals you live with and a lack of dedicated space, all of which reduce productivity. For those that simply don’t have the space to create a home office inside the house, a garden room is the ideal solution. We have selected six from our marketplace to showcase versatility. But you can, of course, start your own search here.

 

Lugarde Napoloen Garden Office

Lugarde Napoleon Garden Home Office

The Lugarde Napoleon garden home office always puts a smile on people’s faces. Its compact size belies its capacity to be the perfect tiny home office. Planning rules friendly (less than 2.5m high) and offering lots of light through its double-glazed windows and matching door, the windows offer air-grates for fresh air. The design is clean and contemporary and will fit into any sized garden. The inside is beautifully finished in natural pine with an internal roof finial, requiring no further work.

 

Morgan Garden Studio garden Office

Morgan Garden Studio

A stylish and alternative solution for extra indoor space within your garden. Morgan Garden Studios offer a product that stands out for its beautiful design and quality build. Every garden-studio is handcrafted in their workshop and delivered and assembled on site. The concrete pad system in which the studio will sit on is also provided and the highest quality materials such as cedar shingles, slate and the choice of stone or brick cladding will give your garden studio the individual look.

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Oakland Garden office

Oakland

The Oakland garden room is ideal for use a garden office and highly customisable to suit your individual style. It comes in a range of size and design options with a choice for supply only, or supply and fit. There is a range of colours to suit your taste which requires no painting. This room is low maintenance and fully insulated and secure.

 

Merywen garden office

Merywen 

The standard Merywen design comprises of a highly insulated core clad in local Welsh larch and comes in three sizes. Inspired by traditional Japanese architecture, it is designed to be versatile, economical and contemporary and provide space ancillary to the main living quarters. Another Japanese element that can be included on request is the upholstery of furniture and for this, the maker will follow principles of Wabi-Sabi in the designs of patterns for cushions or mattress covers with the introduction of some Sashiko stitches technique.

 

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The Garden Office | TGO1

The TGO1 combines modern styling with a traditional garden lodge feel to create what is now a current-day classic. The sloping roof of the TGO1 extends from all sides creating a grand hooded feature, styled in either black or graphite. The three-board decking is colour matched with your choice of either graphite or black to complete the pleasant aesthetic finish. Unique to the TGO range is the wrap-around door and window sets to enhance the corner aspect of your garden office.

 

OfficePOD 5.0 garden office

OfficePOD 5.0 Series

Through their unique ability to be located both outside and inside buildings, OfficePOD’s range of products offers unrivalled choice for those who need to make better use of their valuable real estate. And when a lack of space and privacy risk compromising basic operational effectiveness, productivity, and even morale, they can create new space in underused areas such as lightwells, courtyards, and atria. The OfficePOD 5.0 Series is also available to rent as well as purchase, which makes it ideal for people who don’t want the commitment of a large purchase, those who rent their home or people looking for a less permanent solution.

 

 

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Do I Need Planning Permission for a Garden Room?

Garden rooms are a beautiful and versatile addition that can add utility and value to your property. A garden room can meet a broad range of needs from home business premises, office space and Airbnb to home gyms, playrooms, bars, art studios and more. Whatever you need extra space for, a garden room is the answer. There’s no doubt a garden room is a wise investment, but can you get around the headache of applying for planning permission?

The short answer is yes! But there is a bit more to it than that. You can’t build any garden room you want on any type of property. You will need to ensure that you stay within the rules for permitted development.

Permitted development rights grant you the right to carry out certain works on your property without the need to apply for planning permission. If you’re looking to carry out home improvements, it’s worth getting to grips with these rules as working within them will save you time, money and hassle.

Garden rooms & permitted development rights – The key factors

Modern garden rooms don’t usually require planning permission because they fall under class E of the permitted development rules. In relation to garden rooms, these are the key factors for staying within the rules:

  • Your garden room must be no more than 2.5m in height, measured from the bottom of the building to the top of the roof (if it is within 2m of the boundary)
  • Your garden must not be used for living or sleeping accommodation
  • Your garden room, along with any other buildings, must not take up more than half of your garden area

So, if you want to build a larger than average garden room, you will need to go down the planning route.

You will also need to go down the planning route if you want to use your garden room as an extra bedroom or guest living space, including Airbnb.

Most standard sized garden rooms, for purposes other than living or sleeping, will be allowed under permitted development and you will not need a planning application.

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Exceptions

There are some important exceptions under permitted development rules that you need to be aware of. These are not exclusive to garden rooms but include other alterations and extensions also. If your property might fall under any of the following exemptions, you should not assume permitted development rights and seek further guidance:

  • Properties in National Parks
  • Properties in the Broads
  • Properties in areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • Properties in World Heritage Sites
  • Properties in conservation areas
  • Listed buildings
  • Flats or maisonettes
  • Converted houses
  • Houses created as a change of use via permitted development rights
  • Buildings other than houses

If you are thinking of getting a garden room and are not sure whether the building you want will require planning permission, it is advisable to read the government’s technical guidance on permitted development rights which can be found here. This contains detailed guidance on all the rules and exceptions.

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5 Ways to Get More Space Without Moving House

Moving house is often a stressful and costly process. If you’re struggling for space, there are many things you can do to resolve the problem that don’t involve moving. Here’s 5 ways to get more space without moving house…

1. Get a Garden Room

Garden rooms are a great, versatile solution if you’re lacking space. You can have your garden room beautifully custom designed to meet your exact needs. Garden rooms can be used for almost any purpose you can imagine from home gyms and offices to playrooms, guest rooms and art studios. Having a room that’s separate from the main house is ideal for running a home business or carrying out any tasks that require peace and quiet. We can’t think of a better way to get more space out of your property. Depending on the size and purpose of your room, you might not even need planning permission.

2. Invest in Clever Storage Solutions

When it comes to storage, you are limited only by the extent of your creativity. If you’re lacking space in your home and find that every room looks cluttered, clever storage is your solution. One option is to build smart storage solutions into the property itself. Look for unused space and think about how it could be utilised for storage. Perhaps you could put inbuilt shelves in your walls or use the space under the stairs for an inbuilt customised storage unit. Another option is to purchase standalone furniture that maximises space. There are many storage units on the market that serve this purpose, often taking advantage of height over width or length. Also consider furniture that doubles up as storage, such as an ottoman bed or chair.

3. Make Rooms Multifunctional

When you’re trying to manage a small space, having separate rooms for everything just won’t work. To get the most out of your space, consider combining the functions of two rooms into one. You could have a bedroom that doubles up as an office or a living room that’s also your dining room. Really tiny properties often make use of foldaway furniture or beds that pull down from the wall to change the space according to need.

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4. Have a Serious Clear-out

This one might seem obvious, but many people go years accumulating things and not clearing out. You might think you want or need everything you own but this is probably not true. Take the time to go around each room in your home, seriously considering whether you really need things that are taking up space. Ask yourself these questions: do I need it? Do I use it? Could I live without it? This will help you to be more realistic about the need for the stuff you own. It might be a difficult process, but you will thank yourself for it.

5. Convert Your Loft

Most lofts are suitable for conversion and this can be a great way of boosting your space without moving to a new house. The good thing about loft conversions is that they use dead space in your home, as opposed to extending your property into the garden. They are also ideal if it’s an extra bedroom you really need. There a couple of potential downsides though; if you’re currently using your loft as a storage space, this solution will push the problem elsewhere. You should also bear in mind that, if you have sloping ceilings, this will reduce head height substantially which could be a problem for whoever will be sleeping in there.

Depending on what you need more space in your house for, one or more of these 5 tips will give you the perfect solution. Got too much clutter? Have a clear-out. Need a whole new room? Get a garden room.

 

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5 Reasons Why You NEED a Mancave

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As a man, you need time and space that’s exclusively for you – that’s where the mancave comes in. Whether it’s your garage, shed, spare room or a dedicated garden room, this space is way more important than you (or your partner) might think. If you don’t have one (yet), here’s 5 reasons why you should make it a priority…

Mancaves Help by Reducing stress

Let’s face it, life can be really stressful. Men can be weighed down by all the demands of trying to provide for the family, build a career, spend time with the kids and make their relationship work. With no healthy outlet, stress can build up and eventually lead to health problems. A mancave provides a place to relax and unwind, getting away from all the external pressures for a while. Here, you can rest and process your emotions, so they don’t build up into the anger and resentment that so often puts a strain on relationships.

Expressing your individuality

Without wanting to stereotype, most people would agree that women tend to have the greater say over how the house looks, the décor and even the use of space. Many men go along with this because they simply don’t care as much as she does and that’s OK, but a mancave can give you that little bit of space to have exactly as you want it, a canvas on which to express your individuality. Decorate it how you want. Furnish it how you want. Use it how you want. Heaven.

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Me time

Everyone needs me time. It helps us to connect with ourselves in a way that we just can’t when we are around other people, bogged down by the endless noise and input of our busy lives. A mancave provides a space for solitude where you can get to know yourself and reflect on your life goals. We’re often so busy meeting the demands of others or society that we rarely take the time to consider what we really want in life.

Indulge in your hobbies with a mancave

Taking the time to indulge in your hobbies can have significant benefits on your wellbeing. Your quality of life is improved when you have time and space to do something that’s just for your own enjoyment. When we have kids, they take over the house with all their stuff and you spend a great deal of time meeting their needs. There’s often no space left for the things you might have enjoyed in the past like fitness, art or gaming. You need to reclaim some space and a mancave does just this.

Improve your family life with a mancave

Although you might have a hard time persuading them at first, your partner will thank you for getting a mancave. Your family life will be drastically improved due to all the reasons above. When you take time out for yourself, you reduce your stress levels, manage your emotions better and improve your quality of life. As a result, when you emerge from your mancave, you will have the energy to spend real quality time with your family. Everyone’s a winner.

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