Cheaper than an extension and moving house, a self build garden room may not require planning permission whilst given you that much needed extra work, play or living space.
A garden room can be tailored to suit your budget and requirements and are available as off-the-peg timber kits to architectural commissions. So if your looking to build your own garden room we have some handy tips on what you should consider before building your own extra living space.
Do I need Planning Permission?
Under permitted development rules half your garden space can be used for outbuildings, but there are strictures around height if you site a close to a boundary.
Planning permission is required if you plan on using the garden room as a self contained flat, or similar. For full details it is best to check Planning Portal which outlines the rules and regulations for any home improvement projects.
Shop around for a kit
A SIPs kit is not only one of the cheapest garden room construction methods, but also allows for easy modular construction allowing you to easily build your own garden room. Furthermore this self build option gives you total flexibility over the finish of your garden room – you can choose your own cladding, roof covering, doors and windows, interior finish etc.
If you do consider to buy a kit you’ll need to ensure you have budget for groundworks, insulation, electrics and paint finishes as these will not be included in the price. Most kits include screws and fixings, full assembly instructions and your panels.
Lay on the services
Include lighting and plug sockets if you want to use your garden room all year round. Extend your home’s electricity circuit to the garden through cables buried in a trench. It’s always best to use a qualified electrician for any electrical works you require.
If you’re using a SIP’s kit then they are highly energy efficient and provide better thermal properties then a bricks build or other construction methods. Structurally insulated panels can be used for the floor and walls and ceiling providing a thermally efficient shell that will not require further insulation.
Most garden room companies like Outdoor Living Rooms provide a full turnkey solution, however how you choose to finish your garden room all depends on how you wish to use your room from creating the perfect home office, you’ll want to include a built in desk and some storage, or maybe you plan on using it as a playroom for the kids to a man cave or she shed.