Why garden rooms are the newest home extension

Ad. There’s been an increase in people wanting to add more space to their homes since the pandemic. I think we have all started to…


Ad. There’s been an increase in people wanting to add more space to their homes since the pandemic. I think we have all started to appreciate our space a little bit more and have the desire to make it special. But the idea of a traditional home extension may seem daunting (and expensive!). But fear not, there is a new trend that is taking over the home DIY world – garden rooms and garden studios.

What is a Garden Room?

A garden room is an outdoor building, but with insulation and suitable to live in, subject to building regulations. They are built in the garden to add extra space to your home without having an extension. They can be used as an extra living space in the summer, a home office, a pub, a gym, or a music studio.

Why Garden Rooms are popular


Building a garden room is cheaper than building a full extension onto your home.

The cost of building a garden room can vary depending on the size, design, and materials used. But garden rooms are generally more affordable than traditional home extensions. 

Just like an extension, the cost of a garden room can vary depending on the builder you choose. Choose a reputable builder or garden room specialist who will provide you with a detailed quote and who will work with you to ensure that your project is completed on time and within budget. It’s a great idea to ask on local Facebook pages for recommendations. Many people are willing to share with you photos of their own extensions, as well as the costings.

Quick to complete

Garden rooms and studios take less time to complete than an extension. They can be built quickly and with minimal disruption to your daily life. A custom-built garden studio may take longer to construct before being able to install. But this is still much quicker than an extension, which on average takes between 2-4 months.

Minimal disruption

As garden rooms are separate to the existing living quarters, there’s minimal disruption to your home life. 

I remember having an extension on my home when I was younger and there was a period of time when we had no kitchen sink or cooker. Our fridge was in the living room! Depending on where you’re having an extension, they can disrupt your kitchen, bathroom or family living space for several months. Not to mention the noise – especially if you have young children or work from home.

Can be designed for what you need

Garden rooms can be designed to suit your specific needs. You can choose from a range of designs and materials to create a space that is tailored to your requirements.

I would love to have a gym in a garden studio as my home gym takes up half the garden and it’s freezing in winter!

A garden studio is a popular choice for those who work from home and want a dedicated space away from the distractions of the main house. Many more people work from home now and this is a desirable option, especially as a lot of people struggle with work/live balance so having the space away from your actual home, that you can shut the door on when you’ve finished work, can help manage that.

A wide range of options

You can get different styles of garden rooms, from contemporary and modern to traditional and rustic. They also can be made with different materials, including wood, brick, and glass, to create a space that suits your style and complements your home’s existing architecture.

If you want a garden room that has lots of natural light, then a garden room with those large sliding doors might be the perfect option for you. If you prefer a more traditional look, then a wooden garden studio might be more suitable. There’s so much variety that you’re sure to find something you love.

Planning Permission

Most garden rooms do not require planning permission as they are classed as outhouses. But there are some rules and regulations that you need to follow to ensure that your garden room is legal and safe. For example, you don’t need planning permission if it’s less than 10m x 10m and if it’s located more than 20m from your home. Be sure to check planning permissions and building regulations before you start!

Want to build your own garden room?

With the rise of garden rooms in home improvement trends, now is the perfect time to add extra space to your home. Contact a reputable garden room builder today to start your project.

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