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How to Start Building Your Garden Room

Eelinn Vanquaethem Sep 24, 2020
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Whether you are looking for some extra space to use as a home office, a gym, or an extra bedroom, a garden room may be the perfect solution for you. Building a whole new building in your garden may seem daunting, but the information and inspiration below should answer most of your queries. Our expert, on-hand team are here to help as well and ensure you create the perfect addition to your garden that will suit your needs.

Left: Garden Room featuring Hyperion Cladding in Stone, Right: Garden Room featuring Hyperion Cladding in Stone by M. Mioducki

What is a garden room?

Unlike a summer house, a garden room is a fully insulated building with electric wiring. This makes garden rooms suitable for year-round use and is the perfect way to expand your home. While it has the same quality doors and windows as houses, garden rooms are usually made from traditional wood, or, if you want something longer lasting, composite cladding.

As garden rooms are fully insulated, they are most commonly used as home gyms, offices, or an extra bedroom. People also use them as a recreational area to play pool or video games, and a hot tub may also be placed nearby so the garden room can serve as a retreat to dry off and change into warmer clothes.

 

Do I need planning permission to build a garden room?

For most garden rooms and outhouses in general you will not need planning permission. You must make sure that the eaves height is not higher than 2.5 metres. If you are building a dual pitched garden room, the highest part of your roof must not be taller than 4 metres from the ground. For any other type of building, the highest part must not be taller than 3.5 metres. The garden room must also be built at least 2 metres from the boundary and on your property, and no more than half the area of land around the original house, the house as it was first built or as it stood on 1 July 1948, would be covered by additions or other buildings.

There are a few more rules that you may need to be aware of and it is also important to check with your local council on what buildings may or may not need planning permissions.

Left: Garden Room with Lights featuring Hyperion Cladding in Walnut by N. Rees, Right: Garden Room with Lights featuring Hyperion Cladding in Oak

What is the best design for my garden room?

When considering a garden room, it’s important that it will look good in your garden. You don’t want one that’s too big or too small or simply doesn’t blend in well with the rest of the space. Browse through some of our case studies and on our Pinterest to get some inspiration. We also provide free Hyperion Cladding samples which will help you visualise what the final project may look like and ensure you choose the right materials and colours for your garden room.

While we do not provide the materials to build a fully insulated garden rooms, our team can help with the aesthetics and create the perfect design plan. We are also in touch with a few companies that focus on garden rooms and use Hyperion cladding that we can put you in touch with.

 

How do I know how much cladding I will need for my garden room?

Estimate the costs for the cladding for your garden room, using our online cladding calculator. Simply select the colour you wish to buy, the size of your project and any extras you may require. These can then be added directly to your basket or you can send a quote to yourself and explore your options.

Once you have your plans ready, you can also send them over to our team. We can calculate the required cladding boards, substructure materials, and cladding accessories for you.

If you are getting your garden room planned and designed by a specialist company, you can also let them know if you’d like to use Hyperion cladding. We’ll happily provide them with a free and accurate quotation for your project.

 

Do you know anyone who can install my garden room?

Over the years, plenty of garden rooms feature Hyperion cladding such as this one below by Green Retreats Ltd. We’d happily refer you to them or to other specialised companies.

If you are just looking to get your cladding installed on a garden room that already has the basic structures and insulations, we have a network of trusted installers in your locality. Contact us to find one in your area.

Garden Room featuring Hyperion Cladding in Stone by Green Retreats Ltd.

Remember, our expert team is just a call away and will happily answer any queries or questions.

Get in touch on  +44 (0) 208 088 4888 or info@envirobuild.com to start.