Garden Rooms Make Ideal Visitor Pods for Care Homes

Garden rooms are known for their versatility, lending themselves to a number of uses. The ongoing pandemic has called for innovative solutions to the problems posed by social distancing including working from home solutions.  These extra outdoor rooms have also provided space for care homes to create visitor pods.


During the initial lockdown which began in March, many care home residents were unable to see their loved ones, creating further feelings of isolation. The impact of this virus has been felt across the world and has taken its toll on mental as well as physical health.


Forward-thinking care homes realised that garden rooms and cabins could provide a solution to their resident’s isolation. Even when the first lockdown eased, the risks to the elderly and vulnerable did not. Because of this Visitor Pods became a new option allowing friends and family to visit while maintaining social distance.


Families were reunited in a private space that could be thoroughly cleaned after each visit to ensure it was Covid-Secure. Many garden room sellers provide a bespoke service which means that the buildings can be created to order with ramps, wider doorways for disabled access, additional doors for visitors and residents to enter and exit separately, and even the installation of partition screens.


While visitor pods may not be required forever, with hopes of an effective vaccine on the horizon. These garden rooms can be repurposed into useful space for arts, crafts, cooking, relaxation or more. The possibilities are endless. Maintenance-free solutions are ideal for the care home setting, easy to clean, and extremely durable composite garden rooms offer a germ-free solution.


nordic garden buildings visitor pod


Nordic Garden Buildings are one such seller who stepped up to create a solution. They say:

“When partition screens are no longer required for face-to-face interaction, they can simply be removed, and the garden building will become a new environment where residents can enjoy the mental and physical health benefits of sitting in the sun and being in the presence of nature.”

As pictured above their garden rooms provide a beautiful solution with an expanse of glass to drink in the views of the garden during visits. They can easily be repurposed afterwards to provide a warm, dry place to sit and enjoy the garden positively impacting the mental health of care home residents.


Another seller who has undertaken the task of creating care home pods are Composite Garden Buildings. Pictured below is the Durham care Home Pod, a visitor pod with disabled ramp access, separate entrance and exits for visitors and residents and a partition. Composite Garden Buildings make each building to order. Meaning every room and the design possibilities are endless. Their solutions are zero maintenance and fully insulated and can once again easily be repurposed once the need for visitor pods diminishes.

Durham Care Home pod

Containers and More are another seller who has taken on the task of creating dedicated care home visitor pods. Their solutions are constructed off-site, in a short time frame meaning there is minimal disruption to staff and residents.

Of course, these are just a tiny selection of sellers who can step up and create a solution. If you are a care home manager looking for a solution to visitation, then our marketplace is the ideal place to start your search. You can easily contact multiple sellers to submit customer enquiries and get the perfect room for your needs.

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How To Choose The Perfect Garden Room For You

Featured image is Cedar Cladded garden Building by Oakstone Solutions, find it here.

Garden rooms are an incredibly versatile way of gaining some extra space, whether it’s for living, relaxing, working or storage there is something to suit. But, how do you know which garden room is the best choice for you with so many choices on the market?

We take a look below at some of the key considerations.

What will the garden room be used for?


This is the primary consideration and will be the largest influence on your choice. Do you need the space for work, relaxation, perhaps it’s a spare guest bedroom or an annexe for a family member? Will it be a multi-functional space such as somewhere to work and relax, or do you just need a small area to work from? Your deliberation will also require the contemplation of the following points:

  • Will it be used for one sole purpose or multiple purposes?
  • Do you need utilities connected to the garden room such as electricity for lights and power, or water for a sink or toilet?
  • How much space do you need?
  • How frequently will the garden room be used?
  • Will it need insulation to be used year round?

Consider Your Budget

Once you have decided what the room will be used for you should do some research on pricing and options. There’s no point getting carried away with plans and then discovering the garden room of your dreams is way out of reach. Make a list of your wants and needs, needs are things the structure HAS to have, while wants are optional extras that would be nice and can be added if the budget affords.

You can get a good idea of prices on our marketplace here. This can serve as a guide to start making your plans.


What Style do you like?

Garden rooms come in a range of styles and finishes, from conventional log cabin designs to funky and modern shapes in a range of colours. Consider the finish you would like, would you prefer natural wood or a composite wood finish? Which colour would best fit in with your garden and home? With wood, there’s the choice of natural, stained or painted and with composite finished there is a range of colours to select.

Choosing the shape will be dependent on the space you have to install the garden room. For small gardens a corner unit may work best, L-shape structures are a good way to increase the footprint, for annexes there is a huge range of shapes and styles available, with some unique looking buildings.


Do you need installation?

Some garden rooms come as kits to build yourself at home, while others can be installed by the company you buy from. Of course, installation is a more costly option, so for those that are quite handy and can find something off the shelf so to speak, a self-build option could be the way forward. For anything fairly complicated though, that requires the connection of utilities etc, it’s always advisable to use the correct trades for the job, this will increase the cost of the build and should be considered first.


Does a garden room require planning permission?

If you are building an annexe for dwelling then yes, planning permission will need to be obtained. Most garden rooms, however, can be built under permitted development rights if they are for an office, summerhouse etc. This is providing they are below 2.5 metres in height and are of a single story. Some areas of outstanding natural beauty are excludes from permitted development rights, so we always advise checking with your local council first, but here are the general rules for outbuildings under permitted development rights.

As with any large purchase, it’s always sensible to look around at what’s available and do proper research before committing to a purchase. We have some other interesting blogs that may help you in the search for a garden office, search for an annexe or somewhere to for the offspring chill out perhaps.

Remember, our marketplace is full of fantastic options from the usual the quirky, start your search for a garden room here.


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