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What must I know before building a garden room?

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Garden rooms are a beautiful and handy addition to any outdoor space, but before you go hell for leather and build one, stop and read this article to ensure you've taken everything necessary into account first. 

There's more to a garden room than simply erecting a 'big shed' and, if part of your garden is going to be sacrificed in order to create this glorious building, at the very least ask your gardener for some advice before you start trampling lovingly planted blooms. 

Let us walk you through the seven questions you need to ask yourself before building a new garden room!

1. What style do you like?

Garden Building Oxfordshire:  Study/office by Cotswold Garden Buildings
Cotswold Garden Buildings

Garden Building Oxfordshire

Cotswold Garden Buildings

There are a myriad of garden room styles to choose from, so don't simply plump for the first one you see. Think about colours, sizes, shapes and actual aesthetics and go from there. 

Also, think ahead to the kind of roof you'd prefer!

2. Are you allowed?

Binfield build in progress :  Garden by Hudson Garden Rooms
Hudson Garden Rooms

Binfield build in progress

Hudson Garden Rooms

Do you know the size limitations for a garden room that won't need planning permission? 

If not, you need to start researching. There will be boundary issues to take into account, as you have to build a certain distance away from property borders and your main house, so ask experts for help!

3. What will look best with your home?

Fifth Avenue Modern 2:  Study/office by Garden Affairs Ltd
Garden Affairs Ltd

Fifth Avenue Modern 2

Garden Affairs Ltd

You need to think of the garden room as an extension of the main property so aim to keep the styling cohesive and complementary. 

At the very least, your colour scheme should be mirrored and select similar windows if possible.

4. Will it blend with the garden properly?

Your garden room will be the main focus of your outdoor space but if you want it to look amazing, it needs to blend with your landscaping. 

It can be as simple as choosing a stain colour that will work with the surrounding flora and fauna.

5. How much garden space can you spare?

exterior:  Study/office by 3rdspace



Once you know the planning permission limitations, you can use them to assess exactly how large you want your garden room to be. 

Never forget that you will be losing a significant portion of green space, so think about how much you're happy to sacrifice. 

6. Will landscaping help to bed it in?

Wooden garages:  Garden by Quick garden LTD
Quick garden LTD

Wooden garages

Quick garden LTD

Some potted plants or climbers could be a great way to add more natural charm to a brand new garden room.

However, if you want to go all out and make it look like a longstanding part of the space, some pretty borders will never go amiss. The last thing you want to do is leave your garden room standing alone and looking like it doesn't belong!

7. What are you planning to use it for?  Garden by Garden Affairs Ltd
Garden Affairs Ltd

Garden Affairs Ltd

If you're thinking about adding a garden room to your property, you clearly have an underlying reason, so what is it? Storage? An adults-only chill out space? A yoga studio? 

Whatever you want an extra room for, keep that driving force in mind to make sure you don't compromise on the size or style you need. 

For more garden inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: These 19 gardens will make you want to improve yours.

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