Many people are turning to garden rooms as a cost-effective way of adding space to their home, without the hassle and disruption of having an extension built. If you want to use it as an office or art studio, there is something very appealing about the short walk which separates your workplace from the main house.
To make the most of this psychological advantage, which can promote clear thinking, creativity, and productivity, you will want to have a garden room which is usable all year round. It is therefore important to think through the planning and building stages carefully.
First, consider the position of the garden room. If you intend to make use of structural glazing to maximise natural light, and position the room in a sunny south-facing spot, then it may be prone to overheating on warm summer days. On the other hand, an overshadowed north facing room may be a challenge to keep warm in winter.
To keep the room usable in winter, heating and insulation is a must have. If you are opting for a bespoke design, wall and floor insulation should be specified. Underfloor heating is a good option to maximise the space. You could also consider investing in an air source heat pump for a good renewable heating solution.
You will of course need to have the electricity circuit of your home extended via an underground cable, to provide power for lighting and plug sockets. Don’t forget to include external lights, which will be a safety consideration in winter, and also turn the room into an attractive garden feature.
To make the most of those warm sunny days, you could also consider having decking and an extended canopy. Bifold, French, or sliding doors which you can open up for that indoor-outdoor feeling are also a perfect way to make the best year-round use of your garden room.
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