Creating A Garden Room: Everything You Need To Know
For those looking to expand their ground floor space, a garden room could be the perfect solution. Unfortunately, the concept is often confused with various other home renovation ideas, so below, we’ve sought to establish the true possibilities of a garden room, and why you should want one in your house…
What is a garden room?
For the purposes of this post, we’re defining a garden room as:
- An outdoor area that is furnished and set up as a standard indoor room would be, as seen in the photograph at the top of the page – a living room setup, but outdoors.
- An area that is defined by some kind of wall structure, be this true walls – complete with foundations – or screens that can be moved as and when necessary
- However, a garden room is not a conservatory, a porch, or a form of outbuilding – it is not a separate structure, more of an additional room that is complementary to the rest of your home
What are the benefits of a garden room?
A garden room allows you to:
- Expand the living space on the ground floor of your home
- Enjoy being outside, but with all the comforts one would usually associate with a standard room
- For those who use their garden room for cooking, food can be cooked without the need for the main house to potentially fill with the scents of cooking
Why not just build an extension?
There are two reasons a garden room is preferable to an extension:
- Extensions usually require zoning or planning permission, which can be difficult to obtain. Anyone can build a garden room, especially if they opt to create their “walls” with movable screens
- Extensions are expensive, especially if you are looking to create a large size; garden rooms offer much of the same functionality but at a far more reasonable price point
What happens when it rains in a garden room?
The weather is the one major downside of garden rooms, as the lack of a roof means that this type of room offers relatively little protection from the elements. While this threat can be managed for furniture and decor – simply opt for waterproof choices wherever possible – it is more difficult if you wish to install electronics in your garden room.
The only way to combat this issue is to look to create a garden room that will work for your specific situation. If you live in a dry, arid climate, then you don’t need to worry too much about rain protections. However, if you live in a wetter climate, you may wish to focus on creating a garden room that is weatherproof, using waterproof furniture and with easily-removed items that you can move inside whenever the weather turns.
What are the essential elements of a garden room?
If you decide to go ahead and add a garden room to your home, there’s a number of areas to consider:
- Flooring. A deck or patio is usually the best choice for a garden room, accessorized with outdoor rugs in order to create a “homely” feel
- Shade protection. For use in the summer months, you’ll need some form of shade protection; consider patio umbrellas or a sail shade for this purpose
- Accessibility. It’s usually best to look to make improvements such as the installation of high quality patio doors or similar features in order to create a sense of unity between the main house and garden room
- Decorative theming. Another step that helps to enhance unity is to use the same decor in your garden room as is in place in the rest of the ground floor of your home, with a continuation of the same color scheme a particularly important consideration
- Comfort. A garden room is different from any other form of outdoor space, as it is designed specifically to look like an interior area that happens to be outside. As a result, look for comfortable touches that help to soften the area and create a more “homely” feel, with throws and cushions a particularly good choice
- Limit the greenery. In a standard room, a little greenery by way of household plants is a good thing; however, in a garden room, plants and shrubs serve more as reminders that the space is technically outdoors, which somewhat hampers the overall effect of the room.
A garden room is a great way of expanding your downstairs space without having to manage the costs of a full extension. While you will always be somewhat limited by the weather, a well-designed garden room can offer extra living space and beautiful decor for much of the year – and your whole family is sure to love the results.