What is a garden room like?
As the name suggests, a garden room is a type of home extension you can build in your garden. Similar to a conservatory, garden rooms have large windows to let lots of light in. The difference is that, rather than being attached directly to your house like conservatories and orangeries, a garden room is a freestanding building.
Though this explanation may conjure images of a rickety shed, a garden room is far more stable and homely. It provides a snug, ‘indoor’ feel, especially with good insulation.
Your garden room can be an area of peace and quiet, where you can get away from the rest of the house. On the other hand, it also makes a fantastic room for socialising.
Extra living space
As families grow and general clutter accumulates, it’s easy to start running out of space in your home. If you have an area of unused yard or patio, a garden room could be a good solution for adding an extra place for the household to chill out in.
With proper insulation and double glazing, there’s no reason your garden room can’t be a comfortable and cosy living space. With sofas and a TV, you can create a lovely den or lounge.
A garden room can also make an excellent spot for entertaining guests, especially if space is tight inside your house. You can adapt the garden room to suit different occasions. Whether it’s a formal dinner or a more casual affair, you can fit the room up with whatever furniture you like and have enough room for visitors to mingle.
And don’t forget to decorate your garden room with appropriate lighting — fairy lights around the window can add the finishing touch to any party!
As well as entertaining guests, a garden room can make a handy spare bedroom. They are usually large enough to fit a bed, table, and some storage space. An insulated garden room will keep your guests cool through the summer nights and warm in the winter.
Some people even rent their garden guest room out as a holiday home, which can be a great way to earn a bit of extra money over the summer. Adding a secure external door with a lock is a good way to give guests independence and peace of mind.
If getting to the gym is a hassle, why not deck out your garden room with exercise equipment to help you keep fit? With a sound system, treadmill, and weight area, you’ll have everything you need to work out in the privacy of your own home.
Need a peaceful spot to unwind in? You could always transform your garden room into a yoga and meditation haven. With lots of natural light, it can make the perfect space for rolling out your yoga mat and going through your sun salutations. Cushions, rugs and soft lighting can also add to a warm, calming atmosphere.
A garden room can also make a convenient and affordable studio for budding musicians. A dedicated space for instruments, amps and recording equipment can be helpful if you’re running out of space indoors. It’s also far more straightforward to soundproof a garden room than a conservatory, meaning you can practice in peace — and not disturb the neighbours!
Home office or study
For those working remotely, being in the house often comes with a whole host of distractions. It can be helpful to have a sense of separation between your work and home life, and having a garden office is an excellent way to achieve this.
With just a desk, office chair and computer, you can turn your garden room into a working-from-home haven. Even if the commute is just down the garden path, you’ll have a distinct area dedicated to work and concentration. Plus, you’ll have a nice view of the garden for inspiration!
Hot tub room
Do you enjoy a soak in the hot tub but despair of the unpredictable British weather? Well, setting your hot tub up in your garden room can provide you with a roof all year round! With relaxing lighting and maybe a few essential oils in a diffuser, you can create your own luxurious spa and pamper yourself no matter what the weather.
Do garden rooms add value?
Whether you increase the size of your property with a brick and mortar extension or build an external structure, added floor space can be very appealing to potential buyers. Setting up a garden room can make your home a more attractive prospect to viewers and drive demand up.
A garden room office is especially enticing for small business owners who may need to work from home. Professionals are often willing to pay a higher price for a house that already has a convenient home office space. Equally, if you use your garden room for a different purpose, buyers will be able to see the potential for transforming it into an office.
The ideal garden room for you
If a garden room sounds like the ideal way to add extra space to your home, why not get in touch with Britannia Windows? Alongside coming up with a beautiful garden room design to suit your needs, our friendly team is always available to support you with any repairs or maintenance issues. And if you’d like to see what we have to offer in person, you can always pop along to your local Britannia showroom.