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Garden rooms can vary significantly in cost depending on several factors. While money is not an obstacle for some who simply want their dream garden building, it is a significant concern for many people. There are a few things to consider if you are looking to get the best possible garden room on a budget. In this post, we will explain the main factors that can affect the cost of a garden room.
The larger the garden room you want, the bigger the price tag is likely to be. This is because more materials will be required, and it will take longer to build, incurring higher labour costs. There are many extra costs involved with a larger garden room which are often overlooked. This includes things like extra screws, paint, lights, glue, wiring and other materials, fixtures and fittings. However, size is not the sole determinant of cost, and some smaller garden rooms can be costlier than larger ones as the price depends on many factors.
The price of your garden room may vary depending on your location and/or the accessibility of the build. If you live in a remote location, for example, there may be additional costs because of the added time it takes to access your property. This will, however, depend on the garden room company you choose. You may also find that local garden room companies in some areas charge more than in others, as is the case with many other purchases.
Some properties are also trickier to access and carry out the build on than others. This may include, for example, properties with multi-level gardens, small driveways or gardens where access is restricted in some way compared to the average property. If the garden room company has to spend additional time or resources preparing for ways to work around the location of your property, or its layout, you should expect to incur some additional costs to cover this.
Garden room designs are becoming increasingly creative these days, and there are many different design types to choose from, which is great. You can even get your ideal garden room with a bespoke design. However, less conventional garden room shapes may come with an additional cost. If you are looking to create a structure with walls that are not joined at a right angle, for example, you may have to pay more because this type of joinery is more complex to build.
The interior layout of your garden room will also affect the cost. If, for example, you want to add a partition wall to create extra spaces within your structure, you should expect to pay more for this due to added materials and labour.
Additional features will also generate added costs in many cases. This may include things such as decking areas, walkways or pergolas. If you are looking to create a bespoke garden room with unusual features, or a design that is complex to build, then this is likely to cost more. However, many people feel that the added cost is worth it for a one-of-a-kind garden building that will, of course, add value to your property as well as your standard of living.
Electricity and internet
If you want your garden room to be truly functional as an additional living space or home office, you will want to ensure you have electricity and internet connectivity. While these elements come as standard with some garden rooms or are already factored into the cost, you may have to pay more for them with some companies.
In some properties, it is more difficult to connect electricity to a garden room. In these cases, you may have to pay more for the additional time it takes a qualified electrician to connect your electricity supply to your garden room safely.
If you want to enjoy running water in your garden room, you should expect to pay more for this. Again, this is because of the additional time, resources and expertise that will be required. Installing water systems into a garden room is typically a big job because it involves the creation of a whole new water system. It involves a lot of digging and laying pipes, both for clean water and wastewater. You may also need to have a sewage pump, and there is a chance that waterproof walls and floors may be required.
Cladding refers to the materials that cover the external walls of your garden room. As such, it plays a significant part in determining the overall look of your garden room. The type of cladding you choose will depend on the look you are going for with your garden room. However, it’s important to know that different cladding materials come with differing costs. There can be considerable differences in price between different materials, so if you’re not too fussed and want to minimise the cost, go for a cheaper option.
Roofing, doors and windows
As with cladding, the type of roofing you opt for and the materials required will affect the cost of your garden room. For example, pitched roofs tend to be costlier than flat ones, which are simpler to build and therefore take less time. Again, wherever additional labour is required, there will be added costs.
In addition, the style of the doors and windows you choose for your structure will affect the cost, as will the number of doors and windows you want.
Considering the factors outlined in the article will help you to design the perfect garden room in a cost-effective way. If you want to get the most for your money, consider where you are willing to compromise to reduce cost. If you are using the room as an additional living space, for example, you may be able to reduce expenditure on the cladding to allow for running water and electricity. And remember, shop around and compare garden rooms from different providers to ensure you are getting the most for your money.