A garden room is a great investment
As technology has improved over the past decade as well as companies introducing flexible working hours, working from home has become more popular than ever, but finding a separate working environment within the home is not always the best option.
Garden rooms and offices have been filling this niche for some time, offering a truly habitable outside space away from the hustle and bustle of the main house, but garden rooms are also a popular choice for home owners looking to extend their living space for a multitude of other uses too.
Here garden room specialists Oeco Garden Rooms talk us through some of the advantages of building a garden room on your property as well as providing information about the materials used in their construction.
Why choose a garden room?
Extra space – Garden rooms provide additional space without having to build lengthy and disrupting extensions that effect the main house.
A multitude of uses – Garden rooms can be used for a multitude of uses including, an office, home cinema, hobby or games room, or a space to unwind and relax away from the hustle and bustle of the main house.
No planning permission needed – In the majority of cases, garden rooms and offices do not need planning permission providing they adhere to standard building regulations, but as always check with your local authority before starting work as there may be restrictions.
A minimal amount of ground work needed – Specially designed concrete pads and bases mean that the structure can be installed just about anywhere in the garden without having to level the area or complete expensive ground work; this in turn saves money and time during the project.
Customise for your exact needs – Because garden rooms are built to order, they can be customised to your specific needs including installing sound proofing for music rooms or home cinemas, adding additional internal walls for storage or even fitting a toilet, sink or shower into the room. You can even choose where all of the external doors and windows are located to make the best use of space and access to the building.
Cheaper than alternatives – Garden rooms are usually a lot cheaper than building an extension to your property or commissioning a loft conversion, not to mention less disruptive to the main house.
Fast to build – largely being built off site to your specific specifications, garden rooms can be constructed in a matter of days compared to the alternatives which can take weeks or even months to complete.
Truly habitable – Superior insulation and construction techniques ensures that the garden room can be used all year round, whatever the weather; the structure will stay warm in the winter and cool during the summer.
Modular design – Due to the modular design of garden rooms, they can be installed just about anywhere without the need for specialised machinery. These modular components are specially designed to fit through standard door frames for access to gardens with limited access.
A look at the materials used
PVCu windows and doors – Security is a big concern for homeowners throughout the country and the world; this is why garden rooms utilise the latest PVCu windows and doors manufactured to the highest levels of security to keep your belongings safe and secure. PVCu windows and doors also add thermal insulation to the structure keeping it cool in the summer and keeping heat in during the winter.
Western Red Cedar timber cladding – Western Red Cedar is a great choice to finish the outside of the garden room. This timber is sourced from sustainable forests and has a tongue and groove design which ensures water tightness. Western Red Cedar is resistant to rot and decay-causing fungi and is specially treated to provide long lasting protection under all conditions.
Thermal insulation panels – Interlocking metal thermal insulated roof panels and Kingspan rigid thermal insulation panels are used for both the roof and walls of the garden room. This ensures that the structure can be used all year round, whatever the weather.
Electrics & Lighting – Each garden room comes with a comprehensive electrics package including a consumer electric box, multiple double electrical sockets, lighting and light switches. These electrical components can be situated to suit individual needs.
Garden rooms are the perfect choice for those who want to add more living space to their property without the hassle of trying to get planning permission and the expense and disruption of building an extension or loft conversion.