What to Consider When Getting a Garden Room

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Has spending more time at home has made you feel like there just isn’t enough space? Perhaps you’d like studio space, a spare bedroom or somewhere to evict the children when they’re driving you mad? Whatever the reason for the extra space, a garden room may well be the perfect solution! Here we explore some things you should know about erecting a garden room!

Will I Need Planning Permission When Getting a Garden Room?

Generally speaking, you will need to apply for Planning Permission if you intend to use the new space as accommodation and also if you want to exceed the 2.5m height limit allowed under Permitted Development. Every council is different but usually, you can expect this to take up to 10 weeks. Your local council will often provide pre-application guidance so that you can at least know what you are doing and what to expect along the way.

What is Permitted Development?

Permitted Development allows for the construction of garden rooms or “annexe’ buildings without planning permission. Considerations are taken as to the intended purpose of the garden room. In order for a garden room to be allowed under Permitted Development, there are some rules that have to be followed such as:

  • The garden room will not be used as accommodation.
  • The garden room cannot take up more than half of the area of land around your house.
  • The garden room cannot be erected at the front of the house or sticking out the side.
  • The garden room should have a maximum height of 2.5m.

Anything Else I Should Consider?

It’s important to consider how much actual space your new room will take up. You should try to have it be at least a metre away from your fences and boundaries. You should also consider surrounding trees and how much the roots of the tree will be damaged by your build. Foundations of garden rooms are generally fairly light and they can be put in using ground screw systems.

Of course, if you are considering selling your home in the future, a garden building can be an added perk and help you to get more money for your home; however, if the remaining garden space is unusable; this may be off-putting for a potential buyer.

Consider the roof; sloping or flat? The truth is they both have their benefits. With pitched roofs giving an illusion of internal space while flat roofs appear more contemporary and often blend into their surroundings more seamlessly.

If you are worried about overheating, as well as the importance of good insulation, consider an overhang to allow for shade, louvred screens to cast shade into the room, blinds and even air conditioning are some of the great options available to keep your room cool in those hotter months.

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Can I Make an Eco-Friendly Garden Room?

Of course, most people will wish their room to have some type of power, possibly even water supply/drainage and perhaps heating as well. If you’d like to try and reduce or even eliminate the carbon footprint of your garden room, why not consider photovoltaic solar panels and a storage battery? These items coupled with professional airtight construction, MVHR (mechanical ventilation with heat recovery) with super insulation will not only lower those utility bills for the garden room but also allow for the space to be “off the grid”.

 

There are of course more things to consider when getting a garden building, certainly a reputable construction company is not the least of these! You can look at our marketplace to browse all the different kinds of garden rooms available, contact multiple sellers with enquiries at once or even try our new wizard and get some suggestions of suitable solutions for your needs!

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How To Choose The Perfect Garden Room For You

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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.

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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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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.

 

garden office tg01

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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Can I Work From Home?

Running a small business has its challenges, the biggest of which is usually profitability. Whether you’re a freelancer, or run a small outfit with a handful of staff, the ultimate goal is to keep profits maximised.

So, how can you cut costs, save money and increase productivity? One of the ways to consider doing this is by working from home.

Working from home, is of course an obvious solution, but it can present a few obstacles of its own. So, what should you consider?

1.    Do you have the space to work from home?

The first consideration is whether or not you have the space to work from home. Do you have a spare room, a spare corner or a garden?

How much space to you ideally need? Consider the below to decide.

2.    What facilities would be required to work from home effectively?

What type of business do you run? Do you work from a computer, do you make things, are you an artist? Whatever you do, certain pieces of equipment will be required and need to be factored into your costings. For example, if you work online you need a computer and a reliable internet connection. You need to be near a power point to power the computer and need a strong WiFi signal or access to a telephone socket nearby. If you create wooden items you will need specific tools, perhaps a lathe, this again creates the need to be able to access to power sockets easily.

Take all of these things into consideration so you can factor in the costs and create the ideal work environment, rather than running into problems that need to be overcome after the fact.

3.    The running costs.

Whilst working from home eliminates the cost of additional premises, it does of course, incur its own costs, such as utilities. Some charges are tax deductible. You can find out a bit more about that here.

It is good practice to do some projections. Do this in advance for the tax year ahead. If it is already close to the end of the current financial year then also consider next years. Add in your costings for utilities, equipment, any monthly charges for subscriptions you may require ie accounting software etc and any projected earnings. This gives you some idea of the minimum amount you need to be earning to cover all of your costs and eliminates most of the nasty surprises.

4.    What distractions are there in the area you will be working from?

While working from home, may seem like an ideal solution you need to remember that it is more distracting than going to a physical place of work each day. If you work from home close to a television for example you need to consider the distraction that may be posed by this.

Do other people live in the property with you? Will they be there during your working hours? Could they distract you? Consider all of these points when deciding upon the area you should be working in.

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5.    What equipment will be required?

Do you need to purchase physical equipment such as technology, furniture, machinery, stationary, tools etc to conduct your day to day business activities?

Do you have the space to accommodate all of this equipment? Consider the area you have to work with and how you can make it work for you.

6.    Do you have to meet customers or clients face to face?

One of the biggest considerations is whether or not you need to meet customers face to face. Are you comfortable inviting clients or customers into your home?

The great news is that there is a solution available that can help you overcome many of the difficulties, if you have a garden or outside space available to you!

garden roomGarden rooms come in many shapes and sizes. They can provide the ideal working environment, taking you away from distractions, while keeping you close to home. They provide a dedicated working area, one in which you can plan to have built around your needs and requirements. Whether you need a small office or a home workshop, meeting customers is safer and you can still feel like you are going to work everyday!

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