Are you looking for a new way to increase your living space and improve the beauty of your outdoor area? A garden room addition could be the perfect solution for you.
A garden room is a versatile space that can be used for different purposes; it can be used as a home office or gym, a relaxing retreat, or even a guest bedroom.
A garden room is a standalone structure that is built in the backyard of a house. It is a quick and cost-effective way of getting more space and style to your home. A garden room is designed to blend seamlessly with the surrounding landscape and can be constructed in different styles and materials to suit your preferences and needs.
A garden room should feel like a seamless addition to your home and garden space. There are different types and designs of garden rooms available to suit different purposes and styles.
Here are some of the most common types and designs:
Traditional garden room
This is a classic design that has a pitched roof, timber construction, and large windows or doors to let in a lot of natural light.
Modern garden room
This design has very clean lines, and a flat roof, and uses contemporary materials such as glass, metal, and composite materials.
Log cabin garden room
A log cabin garden room is a popular choice for those who want a more rustic and natural look. It is made of wood logs and has a sloping roof.
Office garden room
This type of garden room is designed specifically for use as a home office. It often includes features such as built-in desks and shelves, as well as insulation and heating for year-round use.
Studio garden room
This type of garden room is perfect for artists, musicians, or anyone who needs a dedicated space for creative work. It might even have large windows, ample natural light, and sound insulation.
Gym garden room
A garden room can also be used as a home gym. It can include features such as rubber flooring, mirrors, and workout equipment.
Adding a garden room to your home can have many benefits, both practical and aesthetic. Here are some of the benefits of a garden room addition:
They will increase your living space
A garden room provides extra space for your family to enjoy which also means less clutter. You can use it as a home office, gym, playroom, guest bedroom, or simply a place to relax and unwind.
It can be the perfect storage space for any clutter that you don’t want in the house. Simply move any things like waterproofs, paint cans, and lawnmowers to the garden room to create more space and a calmer living environment in your home again.
They are quick and simple to install
A garden room offers a great way to increase your living space in your back garden within a short time. Installation can typically be completed within a week though some may take a little longer; between 4-6 weeks depending on the size.
They are Eco friendly
Garden rooms can be designed to be eco-friendly and maximize natural light, which can help to improve your mood, productivity, and overall well-being.
They have close proximity to the outdoors which can help you feel more connected to nature and provide a calming and peaceful environment.
They increase property value
A garden room is a desirable feature that can attract potential buyers which can increase the value of your property. It can add around 5-7% to the overall price of your current home which is a benefit if you ever come to remortgage or move.
It is important to have design considerations to ensure there is a functional garden room without necessarily making the garden look overdone or overcrowded. When designing your garden room addition, there are several factors that you need to consider:
Garden rooms can be positioned almost anywhere on a property; preferably in a flat and dry area. It can also be in the backyard and positioned so the best angle is visible from the house.
The garden room can also be positioned in the backyard to solve some other problems on the property. These positions can be:
in a shady area where it’s difficult for plants to grow
in a location that blocks a view of neighboring homes
in a way that improves privacy within your garden
ProTip Takeaway: There should be a space between your garden room and the fence that will be useful when it comes to maintenance such as cleaning your gutters or repainting.
The size and shape of your garden room will depend on the available space in your backyard and the intended use of the room. A larger room can accommodate multiple functions, while a smaller space may be better suited for a specific purpose.
The style and materials of your garden room should complement the existing architecture of your home and the surrounding landscape. Popular styles include traditional, modern, and rustic, while common materials include timber, brick, glass, and steel.
ProTip Takeaway: Whatever type of structure you choose, be sure to consider the local climate so the structure remains functional when you want to use it.
Consider what utilities you will need in your garden room, such as electricity, heating, and plumbing. These will affect the design and placement of your garden room.
You may need planning permission from your local authority depending on your location and the size of your garden room. It's important to research these requirements before starting construction.
It’s important to understand the approval process if you're considering adding a garden room to your property if you live in Houston, Texas. Here are some general guidelines on the approvals required for garden rooms.
You will need to get a building permit from the City of Houston's Department of Public Works and Engineering. This permit will ensure that the structure is up to code and safe for occupancy.
You will need to comply with the zoning regulations of your property. Be sure to check with your local zoning office to ensure that your garden room addition is compliant with the zoning regulations of your neighborhood.
If you live in a neighborhood with a Homeowner's Association (HOA), you may need to obtain approval from the HOA before building a garden room. HOAs usually have specific guidelines on the size, style, and placement of structures on properties.
Flood Plain Regulations
Houston is prone to flooding, and properties in flood-prone areas are subject to specific regulations. If your property is located in a floodplain, you may need to comply with additional regulations, such as elevating the structure or obtaining additional permits.
Electrical and Plumbing Permits
If you plan to have electricity or plumbing in your garden room, you will need to obtain additional permits from the City. This will ensure that the electrical and plumbing work is up to code and safe for use.
ProTip Takeaway: The approval process can be complex and time-consuming. You should work with a licensed contractor who is experienced in obtaining the necessary permits and complying with local regulations.
The cost of a garden room addition can vary depending on several factors such as the size of the room, the materials used, the level of customization required, and the location.
On average, a basic garden room with a standard size of 3m x 3m can cost anywhere between $10,000 to $20,000. However, if you choose to use higher-quality materials or want to include additional features such as plumbing or electricity, the cost can increase significantly.
A larger garden room with custom features such as built-in storage or a bathroom can cost between $30,000 to $50,000. If you want a fully customized garden room with high-end finishes, the cost can go even higher up to $100,000.
ProTip Takeaway: The cost of adding a garden room can also depend on where you live, as labor and material costs can vary by region. Get quotes from a few contractors to get an accurate estimate of the cost of adding a garden room to your property.
A garden room addition can be a beautiful and functional addition to your home, providing extra space and a connection to nature. You can create a garden room that adds value and enhances your lifestyle by considering your design preferences, intended use, and local regulations.
If you are looking for advice on your garden room addition, contact Smart Remodeling LLC today. Our experienced team will get in touch with you to discuss your plans and help you make the right choice for your space.