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Why you need a garden room more than you think

by LaurettaCWright
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Garden room, summerhouse, den, glorified shed….call it what you like, but it’s our (mine and VIP’s) dream to get one.

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We’ve got one of those long gardens which is narrow, so a large-ish summerhouse would do the trick in saving us at least 10 metres of lawn that doesn’t have to be cut – a big deal when time isn’t on your side.

The other reason for me pining after a summerhouse is the kids.

As they are growing up, they are going to increasingly need their own space.

It would be nice to send them down to the end of the garden when friends come over and know that they’re safe without getting under my feet.

Apparently we’re not alone in wanting to extend our living space without impacting on our daily lives.

The ultimate guide to garden rooms and why you need one 

As the popularity of working from home continues, so does the need for a separate working environment away from the hustle and bustle of the main house.

Garden rooms have been filling this niche for some time, but now these truly habitable spaces are becoming a popular choice for home owners who want to extend their living space for a multitude of uses including hobby rooms, home studios or even relaxing areas to unwind in their spare time.

Garden room specialists Oeco Garden Rooms talk us through some of the advantages of owning a garden room as well as advice on the materials used in their construction.

Why choose a garden room?

More space – Garden rooms create additional space without taking up any more room within the home or having to build a lengthy and expensive extension.

Multiple uses – A garden room can be used for a multitude of things including as an office, hobby or games room, music studio or just a place to relax and unwind away from the distractions of the main house.

No planning permission – In the majority of cases, garden rooms do not need planning permission to be built, but it is always important to check with your local authority before starting work.

Minimal ground work needed – Specially designed concrete pads and heavy duty steel feet mean that a garden room can be installed just about anywhere in the garden with a minimal amount of ground work, saving money and time during the project.

Bespoke customisation – A garden room can be customised to your specific needs and come complete with a comprehensive electrics package and lighting as standard. Some of the customised options include installing sound proofing, adding additional internal walls and doors, or fitting a toilet, sink or shower into the room. You can even choose where external windows and doors are located.

garden roomCheaper than the alternatives – Garden rooms can be a lot cheaper than an extension or loft conversion, and because it is situated in the garden, the disruption to the main home is greatly reduced.

Quick to build – Even with a range of optional extras, garden rooms can be built in a matter of days compared to loft extensions and conservatories which can take weeks to complete.

Use all year round – Superior insulation means that the garden room can be used all year round, staying warm in the winter and cool during the summer months.

On-site installation – Due to the modular nature on garden rooms they can be installed just about anywhere without the need for specialised machinery. Garden rooms can also be installed in areas with limited access as all of the building components will fit through a standard door frame.

Materials used

PVCu windows and doors – Manufactured to the highest levels of security, these windows and doors will keep your belongings safe and secure when not in use.

These windows and doors feature a great level of thermal insulation keeping the room warm in the winter and cool in the summer for all year round use.

Western Red Cedar external timber cladding – Western Red Cedar is the perfect choice for finishing the outside of the garden room. This cladding is obtained from sustainable sources and features a tongue and groove design which ensures water tightness.

Western Red Cedar also has a natural resistance to rot and decay-causing fungi meaning that it does not need any additional chemical preservatives.

Timber framed – Each garden room uses heavy duty structural graded timber frames to provide strength and durability to the structure. These timbers are pressure treated to protect against rot and insect attacks to ensure a long life.

Thermal insulation panels – Interlocking metal roof panels with a thermal core and Kingspan rigid thermal insulation panels are used for the roof and walls of the garden room.

This ensures that the room can be used all year round, is waterproof and is capable of providing a truly habitable space for years to come.

Electrics & Lighting – Each garden room comes complete with a comprehensive electrics package which includes a consumer unit, double electrical sockets, lighting and light switches.

These electrical components can be placed anywhere in the room to suit your individual needs.

So, now that you know all that you need to about garden rooms, are you sold yet?


Angela Ricardo Bethea 21st April 2018 - 2:44 am

We have a small garden room in the back of our house and I really love it. I love seeing beautiful and lovely flowers and greeneries.

LaurettaCWright 21st April 2018 - 10:23 pm

That sounds lovely – and you obviously are really appreciative of it too which is great!

Beth @ BethinaBox.com 20th April 2018 - 7:56 pm

I need a garden room… I would sit out there and work. It would be my idea of heaven. 🙂

LaurettaCWright 21st April 2018 - 10:23 pm

Now that sounds like a nice little plan!

Kara 20th April 2018 - 7:29 pm

I would love a garden room – maybe when the kids toys all go I will manage to squeeze one in

LaurettaCWright 21st April 2018 - 10:22 pm

They seem to take over every room don’t they?!

Jade Bremner 20th April 2018 - 4:30 pm

We would love a little shed room but we don’t own our house and the shed we have comes with the rent I have just got my kids there very own little playhouse though which I need to read paint and put some carpet tiles down in x

LaurettaCWright 21st April 2018 - 10:21 pm

Oooh lovely Jade – I bet the kids are really happy with their own little garden room!

Helen Costello 20th April 2018 - 1:35 pm

I think the advent of insulation and being able to use garden rooms all year round has made them so much more appealing. Maybe when we lose the play shed, we’ll have room for a more grown up room.

LaurettaCWright 21st April 2018 - 10:30 pm

Sounds like a plan Helen – you might have to hang in there for a couple more years!

Bethany 20th April 2018 - 6:11 am

I’d love a garden room, you make it sound so serene. A place to relax and be at one with the nature around you.

LaurettaCWright 21st April 2018 - 10:21 pm

Yes! I think escapism is the word we’re looking for!

Lindsay Troncone 20th April 2018 - 6:03 am

I would love to have one! I couldn’t agree with your point more! I wish Californian homes had more of them!

LaurettaCWright 24th April 2018 - 8:50 pm

I was under the impression that most of them did – shows how little I know. Your homes just seem so much bigger than ours in the UK!

Yeah Lifestyle 19th April 2018 - 8:30 pm

We are slowly working on our garden and redesigning it as and when we go. Placing a lovely garden room in the corner would be just perfect! Especially on a day like today where the sun was shining and we were out all day.

LaurettaCWright 19th April 2018 - 9:41 pm

Yes – totally agree. It can really come into its own when you end up spending all day in the garden. Let’s hope we continue to have great weather!

Laura Dove 19th April 2018 - 8:19 pm

I would love a garden room!! We always talk about making one in the garden for my office but there kids have taken over with their stuff!

LaurettaCWright 19th April 2018 - 9:39 pm

Ah – that’s kids for you right?!

Rhian Westbury 19th April 2018 - 12:09 pm

I like the idea of having somewhere sunny and nice to do work and have a change of scenery x

LaurettaCWright 19th April 2018 - 12:58 pm

I reckon a change of scenery is great for inspiring people’s work – especially if they’re creative.

Sim @ Sim's Life 18th April 2018 - 3:33 pm

A neighbour has just had an awesome shed built in her garden that is now a gym, I seriously need one! I am not a huge fan of gardening and a shed would be a fabulous addition… also taking up garden space that does not need to be mowed 😉 Sim x

LaurettaCWright 18th April 2018 - 6:32 pm

A private gym sounds awesome…no excuse not to exercise is there?

Kelly 18th April 2018 - 2:05 pm

I love garden rooms and lots of London houses seem to have them, but it would take up too much of my wee garden. Perhaps if we make that move out of London it will happen!

LaurettaCWright 18th April 2018 - 6:32 pm

Ha ha – yes, sometimes you do have to move further away to get more space!

Cal at Family Makes 2nd September 2016 - 11:10 am

Ok, I’m convinced! A ‘she-shed’ would do for me, but a garden room sounds much better!

admin 4th September 2016 - 8:02 pm

Ah yes – why do we never hear of ‘she sheds’?! ?


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