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The Garden Room. Spare room, office, games and leisure space?

Everyone has a different idea - dreams maybe - of what a garden room can be. Here we talk of rooms set in the garden which are separate from the main house. Home extensions are another thing - as are conservatories - even though all will have similar features and uses.

As with conservatories and home extensions, garden rooms can add a new dimension to your style of living, and have a multitude of uses - most of them 'allowable'. The planning regulations have been made more user-friendly over the last few years, but there are still regulations and permissions that may need to be acted upon.

A garden room does not have to be a palace. Simply somewhere where 'you' feel right, and are happy with the added space which can be utilised to take the stain of normal living space, or simply as a hideaway for leisure and pleasure.

A tyocal garden room Decide What you Really Want

Whether you are going to employ a professional builder or embark upon a DIY mission, it is important to fully assess what the room is going to be used for - even before you think of where to site it. And, who it is going to be used by. You may find that your envisaged use can lead you into the realms of planning permissions or building regulations. Proposed use will determine if either are necessary.

Consider the neighbours. Is your project likely to cause future friction. In particular, stay within the rules and regulations. Garden rooms can cost as much to demolish - as a result of local authority decisions - as they cost to erect! The emotional cost will be more than the financial costs!

As with garden plants, it is not a good idea to buy, then try and fit it in to where or what you want!

We will give you a few ideas on this section about what you can use your garden room for, and how to can best achieve that. It is also a good idea to visit suppliers large and mall and wade through all the lifestyle magazines. You can often find what you were not looking for by way of possible use and visual aspects.

In order to avoid future disappointment, do not skimp on cost. If necessary, put back some issues for later inclusion, rather than going for the cheapest possible option.

There are many options for the provision of a garden room - mostly decided by your budget or size constraints. Go for the best, but take your time and make sure you get what you are after - rather than what the glossy magazine or visiting salesperson has decided upon! Try before you buy. Go and sit in a few rooms somewhere. Most commercial builders and suppliers will have a few options at a their display centre.

If you have set your mind upon a garden room - don't be fooled into buying a garden shed. However, many professional shed builders have latched onto the garden room business and may well be able to compete on cost with their general mass production methods. 


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