As the weather improves leading into the hot summer months, bespoke garden rooms can become the perfect place to entertain, work from home or indulge in a range of outdoor hobbies.
They are often a popular alternative to conservatories and house extensions, as the work needed to make them is often covered under permitted development rights.
However, before you start work or get too far ahead in your planning, here are some of the most important considerations to make when planning a garden room.
The Direction It Faces
Garden rooms tend to have larger windows than an equivalent part of your house, and as a result are more susceptible to heat, light and weather conditions.
As a result of this, the direction your garden faces has a major impact on how your garden room will develop.
If your garden faces north, then it can often feel very cold during the autumn and winter months, meaning that a heating system is essential to make it comfortable.
However, over the summer, the intense sunlight coming through the windows can make it feel very hot, so blinds, air conditioning and window treatments need to be factored into your design.
Its Potential Uses
Garden rooms are very versatile and can be used for a range of different needs from a place to entertain, a home office or even a home gym.
To make the most of the space, try to have an idea in your mind for what you plan to do with the garden room for the majority of the time, rather than simply for special events or occasions.
It does not need to be one use, but knowing how the space will be used ahead of time will lead to much better results.
How Long You Plan To Use It
With extensions, conservatories and garden rooms, especially with the frenetic nature of the housing market, there are two main purposes for building them; either you want the extra space, or you want the extra space to increase the value of your home.
Exactly how much extra you will make depends on the region, with an average Mid Sussex extension adding up to £130,000 to the price of your home.