Are you inspired to design and build your own garden room or office?

Well, you've come to the right place. We are here to share our years of industry experience & insight with you.

 

When self building a garden room, you have three options:

  • Buy a garden room kit and assemble it yourself

    We have researched the best garden room kits in a range of designs from the traditional to the contemporary. By buying a kit, you have the peace of mind of using a tried and tested building system.

  • Design your own room from scratch

    Our eBook will give you insight into the systems, building techniques and materials used by professional garden room designers. This knowledge will stand you in good stead to design your own building.

  • Follow a set of plans

    Again we can help you here, as we are creating a library of plans & costings for popular garden room designs. Even if the plans we have produced are not the size or style of garden room you are planning, they will offer valuable insight into the steps and materials that go into a garden room - which you can then apply to your own design. Our most frequently asked questions are about the build-up of a 2.5-meter high garden room. These plans show you and explain how this might be achieved.

We supply this information in two packages, allowing you to choose which one is right for your needs:

eBook

£39.00

A comprehensive eBook that walks you through the planning stages of building a garden room. We then go on to showcase the different construction systems used in garden room design and highlight the materials you could use to create a durable, high-quality building.

Our complete package includes a copy of the eBook plus two sets of sample plans which will show you a typical build-up of a 2.5-meter high garden room - the most common garden height as they seldom require Planning Permission to build. Even if these sizes of building or designs are not for you, the plans offer valuable insights into typical the build-ups of  2.5-meter high room.The package also includes the costings for the materials to build our sample garden rooms and a price comparison against buying a similar building on a full-service basis.

Our self-builders are designing and building stylish garden rooms, just look at what Curt built...

"I purchased your garden room guide earlier in the year to help me build my own 6m x 4m garden room/cinema. I have no previous experience in this kind of thing but am really happy with the result. It took me 3 months altogether, this was after work and weekends

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New sample plans are on their way

We have been busy working on our next set of sample garden room plans. This set looks at the typical build-up of a 3m x 2.5m barn style garden room, an enduringly popular style of building. This building has been designed to come in at 2.5m high, so can be built under the Permitted Development rules.…

2.5m high pitched roof garden room

We have started work on another set of plans for The Complete Self Build Garden Room Guide. In this set, we are looking at the typical construction of a 2.5m high pitched roof garden room. There are not many garden room designs that have a pitched roof and come in under 2.5m high so that…

Insights from a garden room build on Twitter

Now and again we spot a garden room build being recorded on Twitter. Recently @audiolympics recorded some of the steps of his Sanctum Garden Studio build. We wanted to show you them here, as they clearly show how quickly a modular building can go together when you have a clear plan of action. Like many…

Aluminium doors for garden rooms

When people are looking to up the specification of their garden room building they opt for aluminium doors and windows. We were recently talking to the team at Architectural Glass Installations Ltd who supply aluminium doors and windows to several garden room companies, and they can also help self-builders like you with your windows and…

Now is a good time to start designing a garden room

As we look to turn the year, it’s actually the perfect time to start working on your garden room project. Okay, the weather is not ideal for actually being outside building your room, with the cold, damp and short days, but it is the perfect time to be designing and planning your project. Don’t underestimate…

Using fibre insulation in a garden room

In the plans we have created as part of The Complete Self Build Garden Room Guide, we suggest using a rigid insulation such as Celotex and Kingspan. We recently had an email from one of our Self Builders, Tom who wondered if it was possible to replace this rigid insulation with a ‘woolly’ insulation system…

Fixing your rafters on your garden room

If you are building a garden room under 2.5m to comply with the Permitted Development rule that allows you to position your building close to the boundary. The chances are that you are building a garden room with a flat roof. This is by far the most common roof type used in the garden room…

Getting extra natural light into your garden room design

One of the key elements that make garden rooms popular is how they can be flooded with natural light. This is normally due to the large expanses of floor to ceiling glazing that are incorporated into a garden room design. While it is desirable to incorporate lots of glass into a garden room design, it’s…

Designing a weathertight garden room

When you read the Self Build Garden Room Guide and the sample plans in the Complete Guide, you will quickly realise that a garden room is made up of a series of different layers. This is the case whichever building system you choose – traditional timber frame or (SIP’s) Structural Insulated Panels. These layers play…

Fixing your warm roof on your garden room

In the sample plans which come with The Complete Self Build Garden Room Guide, we suggest you use a warm roof build-up for your garden room. This system has become very popular, not only in garden room design but in the construction industry as a whole. It’s popular because the roof space does not need…

New self build garden room plans added

We have just added our second set of sample garden room plans to The Complete Self Build Garden Room Guide. This new set looks at the typical construction of a 5m x 4m x 2.5m high garden room with secret shed area. It has become very popular to create one building with two different uses.…

Creating a veranda along the front of your garden room

It has become really popular to run a veranda along the front of a contemporary style garden room. These decked areas seem to offset a modern design and provide a welcoming entrance to the building. If you make your deck deep enough, it is a nice place to sit too. Unlike verandas on traditional style garden…

Framing the corners of your garden room

In the sample plans that come with The Complete Self Build Garden Room Guide, we show you how we position the studs in our timber frame to create the corners of our garden rooms. You may think the corner joint is just a case of butting two wall frames together, and this is certainly an…

Garden room roof design & the 2.5m rule

From the conversations we have had with many of you, we know that you are hoping to make use of the Permitted Development rule that allows a garden room no higher than 2.5 meters to be positioned within 2 meters of the boundary, without the need for Planning Permission. It is quite tricky to design…

Krinner ground screws a solution for garden rooms

In The Self Build Garden Room Guide we talk about the different foundation systems commonly used in garden room construction. We mention that ground screws are being used more and more often as they offer a speedy installation, little ground disturbance and can be fitted in situations where other foundation systems would not be suitable. We…

Think about including a USB socket into your electrical specification

One of the great things about self-building a garden room is that you have complete control over the electrical specification and the layout of the sockets. This gives you the flexibility to factor in as many power points as you want, after all, we are all accumulating more and more gadgets that need plugging-in. We…

Underfloor heating for your self build garden room

We have been recently talking to the folks at Floor Heating Systems about the boom in using underfloor heating systems in garden room builds. Have you thought about incorporating underfloor heating into your design? Although one of the more expensive heating systems to install in a garden room, compared with electric convector heaters or free…

The plans on our drawing board

Our sample set of garden room plans have proved hugely popular with self-builders. Even if they are not the size or shape of room you are planning to build, they do offer valuable insight into the build-up of a 2.5m high garden room and aspects of the build like a warm roof. We really enjoyed…

The garden room that Curt built

Over the years we have talked to lots of self-builders as they design and build their garden rooms. We often get sent photos during the build, but it’s not often that we are sent details of the finished, furnished building. We were, therefore, delighted to receive an email from Curt who brought a copy of…

New self build garden room kit option

In The Self Build Garden Room Guide ebook we talk about the self-build kits available from Building With Boxes. We have just learnt that Building With Boxes has launched a new range of self-build garden room kits aimed at the trade market. They tell us they are also happy to supply these kits to self-builders…

Weathering of garden room cladding

Timber cladding is by far the most popular option for the exterior finish of a garden room. Western Red Cedar, Siberian Larch and Thermowood are the most popular options, as they can be installed and then left to weather with no ongoing maintenance. The weathering process will mean your cladding will start looking aged, turning…

Password reset issues – SOLVED

Update 30 August 2016 – The forgotten password problem has been resolved this morning, it was a cache issue! 28 August 2016 – we are aware that there is an issue with the password reset page on the ‘My Account’ tab. Our developers are working on a fix. In the meantime, if you need to reset…

New payment methods

We know that many of you don’t like using PayPal. Up until now, it was the only form of payment we accepted. Today we have set Stripe live which allows us to take credit card payments over their secure network. You will now see options to Pay by Credit Card or Pay by PayPal at…

Sample plans updated to version 1.2

We have just pushed out an update to our Sample 3m x 3m Garden Room With Canopy Plans. This is a small update which amends a drawing on sheet A04 which had an incorrect dimension. If you have purchased The Complete Self Build Garden Room Guide the update is now in your dashboard: Log in…

Standard will help you save money as a self builder

In The Self Build Garden Room Guide eBook and our newly launched set of sample plans, we talk about making use of standard size materials. We talk about how choosing a size for your garden room that makes full use of sheet materials will minimise any waste and in turn save you money. We also…

Self Build Garden Room Plans Now Available

Yesterday, we hit publish on our first set of sample garden room plans. The first set of plans we have produced will show you the steps involved in building a 3m x 3m garden room with canopy roof. We have chosen this as our starting point as it is a popular design, and even if…

The Complete Self Build Garden Room Guide Downloads

You will have received links to the eBook, Plans & Costings in your email receipt. You can also download them from your ‘My Account’ page, but here is another link! Be sure to ‘Save As’ to save a copy to your computer Download The Self Build Garden Room Guide eBOOK – Third Edition Download the…

Sample plans are just a week away

Taking on feedback for our self-builders, we have been creating a sample set of plans over the last few weeks. We have gone into a lot of detail with lots of detailed drawings and 10,000 words of accompanying notes to give you real insight into our choices. The aim here is to walk you through…

Sample garden room plans are on their way

Following multiple requests from self builders we are pleased to announce that we are working on our first set of sample garden room plans. We hope to have these ready in mid August. Why has it taken so long? When we first created the Self Build Garden Room Guide it was intended to be a…

Is 2.5 meters the right height for your garden room?

The other day we wrote an article for publication on The Garden Room Guide looking at a mono pitched garden room in a London garden.  In most cases when writing about such a building we will say that it has been designed to be 2.5 meters high so that it can comply with the Permitted…

Incorporating solar power into your garden room

Have you thought about incorporating solar power into your garden room build. With the kit available today, its a real option. Over on The Garden Room Guide a chap who has recently incorporated solar power into his garden room, kindly shares his experiences with us. If you are thinking of using solar panels in your…

MDF Cladding

In The Self Build Garden Room Guide we talk about how some suppliers use an external grade MDF for the cladding of their garden rooms. The examples we link to have used the MDF in its smooth panel form. We recently came across MDF claddings that have been machined into popular cladding profiles like shiplap…

Fermacell

In The Self Build Garden Room Guide we explain how many professional garden room designers line their rooms with plasterboard and then skim them with plaster to create a room like in your house. Recently we featured a granny annexe on The Garden Room Guide that had a wall bed – a bed that is…

Protecting your cedar cladding

The most popular external cladding for a garden room, by far is Western Red Cedar. Cedar cladding is popular because it is low maintenance – it has a natural resistance to rot and fungal attack. It also has strong aesthetic appeal thanks to its rich reddish brown colour. However as the cedar cladding is exposed…

Editing our garden room models

The aim of uploading our garden room models to the members area of this site, is to give you a starting point for your own design. You might look at a model and say “that’s roughly what I want, but I would add a window on the side”. Well that’s easy for you to do.…

Garden room models now available

Following a request from one of our self-builders, we have started adding some of our inventory of garden room models to the members area of this site. Dylan, the self-builder who requested these felt that they would be a useful starting point for you all. The models are available under the Garden Room Models tab…

4m x 4m garden room model with veranda

Download this model This is one of our scale models. You can use it as the basis of your design. Feel free to edit as you need. Important The file will download as a read only file. Use the Save As option and rename the file – you will then be able to save any…

3m x 3m cube garden room model

Download model here This is one of our scale models. You can use it as the basis of your design. Feel free to edit as you need. Important The file will download as a read only file. Use the Save As option and rename the file – you will then be able to save any…

3m x 2.5m shallow pitched roof garden room model

Download model here This is one of our scale models. You can use it as the basis of your design. Feel free to edit as you need. Important The file will download as a read only file. Use the Save As option and rename the file – you will then be able to save any…

3m x 2.5m garden room model with glazed front

Download model here This is one of our scale models. You can use it as the basis of your design. Feel free to edit as you need. Important The file will download as a read only file. Use the Save As option and rename the file – you will then be able to save any…

3.6m x 3.6m twin aspect garden room model

Download model here This is one of our scale models. You can use it as the basis of your design. Feel free to edit as you need. Important The file will download as a read only file. Use the Save As option and rename the file – you will then be able to save any…

2.5m x 2.5m Cube Garden Room Model

Download this model This is one of our scale models. You can use it as the basis of your design. Feel free to edit as you need. Important The file will download as a read only file. Use the Save As option and rename the file – you will then be able to save any…

Dimensioning up your garden room models

You will have picked up that we are advocates for you using the free version of Sketchup to design your garden room. The other day we had an email from a Self Builder who had read that you need to have the professional version and access to Layout to be able to dimension your designs.…

Garden Room Starter Models

We were contacted today by one of our Self Builders who asked if we would make some of our garden room Sketchup models available to use as a ‘starter’ for his own design. We hadn’t thought of this and think its a great idea, so are happy to open up our catalogue of garden room…

Inside / outside seating areas

As I am writing this post I am imagining that the weather over the bank holiday weekend will be warm and sunny (I know I’m a dreamer!), and that this weather will inspire you to think about incorporating an outdoor seating area into your garden room design. Veranda areas have been a popular addition to…

Modelling a mono pitched garden room

We are great advocates of using SketchUp for modelling a garden room design up. Its a very quick to learn program and for individuals like you its Free! In this three part video tutorial we model up the basic form of a mono pitched garden room. We were asked by a subscriber how you create…

Using reclaimed wood in garden room design

Over the years we have been asked many times by garden room self builders about using reclaimed wood to build a garden room. In many cases this reclaimed wood has been from wooden pallets. We have been asked all sorts of questions like can pallets be slotted together and filled with insulation to form the…

Garden room cladding samples

We mention Millworks in The Self Build Garden Room Guide as a supplier of different species and profiles of cladding suitable for your garden room. Several well known garden room suppliers use their cladding. Today we spotted a tweet about their free sample service – it might be worth you contacting them: Need any timber samples…

How about a picture window for your garden room

The other day we were playing around with the idea of swapping a window in our house for a large picture window that would really frame the view of our garden. This got us thinking that picture windows are not something commonly used in garden room design. Floor to ceiling glazed sections have become ‘the…

A little tip when designing a veranda on your garden room

We have been talking to a lady who having just spent a month in Western Australia has decided that she wants to create a garden room with veranda at the front, reminiscent of the house she had been living in. She sent us some photos of the house she had been staying in and asked…

Is the Easy Pad foundation right for your project

In The Self Build Garden Room Guide we take an extensive look at your options when it comes to the foundations for a garden room. One of the newer options is the Easy Pad foundation which is being adopted by many garden room suppliers. Quick Base Solutions who make the Easy Pad are happy to…

Updated version of the guide available

We are pleased to announce that the Third Edition of The Self Build Garden Room Guide is now available. With this new version we have gone through the guide and updated and added to the information on the materials and building techniques used by the garden room industry. One particular area of focus was the…

Self Build Garden Room Guide e-Book

You will have received a link to the eBook in your email receipt. You can also download it from the ‘My Account’ page, but here is another link! Be sure to click ‘Save As’ to keep a copy on your computer.   Download The Self Build Garden Room Guide – Third Edition

Garden Room Design Trends

As the garden room market matures, we have identified some key design trends that you might like to incorporate into your own garden room design. Let’s take a look at them: One building, two uses We are seeing more and more garden rooms that have two uses under one roof being built. The most common…

Modelling a door for your garden room design

We’ve looked at the basics of creating the walls and general form of a garden room with SketchUp, but to start getting a clear idea of what your garden room design might look like you need to add some doors and windows. Today we are going to explain how we model a single outward opening…

Creating vertical cladding for your garden room model

In our last tutorial we showed you how to add a cladding texture to your garden room model. At the end of the article you would be in a position to add a horizontal cladding effect, but what if you want to replicate vertical cladding. Well, there is just one more step to achieve this.…

The garden room that Kate built

We have a section on this site that looks at the garden room kit options currently available for self builders. One of those suppliers Garden Room Living has sent through some feedback from a recent self build customer. Kate the customer wanted to create a spare bedroom and decided that a garden room to do…

Adding cladding to your garden room model

One of the quickest ways to get an idea of what your garden room design is going to look like is to add some cladding to your model. Thankfully this is a quick and easy task with Sketchup. Once you have your basic structure you need to select the the materials palette which is the…

A flat roof garden room should not have a flat roof

In our work for The Garden Room Guide & Garden Office Guide we use the term ‘flat roof garden room’ a lot. So called flat roof garden rooms dominate the industry as they are the most flexible when it comes to positioning under the Permitted Development rules. The Permitted Development rules say that garden rooms…

Visualise your garden room design in your garden

Over the last few months we have been working with the developers of a new app which allows you to visualise a garden room in your own garden. We hope to launch this service on The Garden Room Guide in the next few weeks using standard design models. This site however is about encouraging you…

Have you thought about cladding the internal walls?

We’ve been watching the BBC’s The House That £100k House and whilst the buildings the self builders are creating are on a larger scale than a garden room, it has highlighted a few design tricks that you could use in your garden room designs. One trick we liked and have indeed seen a few times…

Garden Room Cladding

If you have decided that timber cladding is right for your garden room build (you do have other options as looked at in the Self Build Garden Room Guide) then Cornwall Cladding could be a good supplier for you. The team behind Cornwall Cladding are a SIP’s manufacturer where they produce the core structure for…

Basics of 3D Garden Room Design

This guide will introduce you to the basic design tools used by professional garden room designers. The tutorial uses ShetchUp a 3D design programme that has revolutionised the way designers work. SketchUp is available as both a free and paid versions – the free version will offer you all the tools you need to model…

Designing a garden room under 2.5 meters

Having read the previous section about Permitted Development rules you will have noticed that buildings no taller than 2.5m high have the most freedom in regards to positioning in the garden. The garden room suppliers have embraced this rule and 75% of the garden room designs we see on The Garden Room Guide are designed…

Your site might throw up design challenges

So far we have identified various factors that will have an impact on your garden room design – your needs and ideas as the client, the rules surrounding permitted development, the impact of building regulation rules and maximising the sun’s natural resources regarding the orientation of your building. But, there is another factor that will…

Windows

The style, size and number of windows you choose will have an effect on the appearance and useability of the garden room. In this chapter we will look at the popular styles of window used in garden room design. We will also look at the popular finishes offered. Casement Windows Chances are you have casement…

Traditional Timber Frames

Traditional timber framing is the building system most self builders tell us they plan to use. This is because it’s the timber building system that most people are familiar with. Also known as open timber framing, with this system the floor, walls and roof structures are made by creating sections of connecting horizontal and vertical…

Think like a client and a designer

As a self builder you will wear many hats during the process of the build, but in the beginning you need to think of the project from the point of view of the client and then as a designer. Both roles are important, but can have opposing views along the process of creating the final…

Steel Structures

Whilst timber is the predominant material used in garden room design, we are seeing the use of steel more and more. Garden room designers are utilising steel in their designs for its structural integrity and, as a result of this strength, the design features it allows them to create. A key component of the floor…

Do you save money self building?

There are lots of motivations for wanting to build your own garden room. For some people it’s a way of getting exactly the building they want; for others it’s the challenge of the build, and for another group it’s a way to get a garden room at a competitive price. You will undoubtedly save money…

Site Preparation

The first task of a garden room project is clearing the site. This involves stripping the vegetation from the area where the garden room is going to be sited, and you can do this in a number of ways. If you have a lot of time you can cover the site with thick black plastic…

Structural Insulated Panels

Structural insulated panels (SIPs) have revolutionised the garden room industry. They have become so popular because they are precision engineered in factory conditions, highly insulated with no cold spots because there are no timbers breaking the insulation, and can be installed quickly. Like the other core construction systems we are examining, SIPs come in varying…

Set a budget for your building

It’s a good idea to set a budget for your project early on and try to stick to it. If you read through this guide and think about all aspects of your build before you start work, you shouldn’t be hit with any hidden extras. It’s difficult to give you an estimated cost for a…

Roofing

Your choice of roof covering will not only protect the structure of the building, but will also have a significant effect on the appearance of your garden room. How much choice you have will depend on the shape of garden room roof you have. We have divided the common options up into flat roof and…

Post & Beam Structures

Post and beam construction has been used in building since the early days, and it has its place in garden room design, although it hasn’t been adopted by many garden room designers which is surprising. With post and beam designs a number of matching frames are made up from two posts and a connecting beam.…

Overview

As a self builder you have a couple of options when it comes to building your own garden room – there are a few kit options on the market which provide you with the materials for you to then assemble yourself, or you design the building yourself, source all the materials and put them together.…

Our top tip for successful garden room design

In this guide we will share the steps a professional garden room designer takes when designing and building a garden room, we will share insights on the materials they use and the order they put the building together, but if we can give you one tip it’s this: Plan your whole project before you start…

Deciding on the orientation of the building

One of the initial tasks when designing a garden room is to identify the orientation of the site, i.e. where the sun is in relation to your garden. One of the key questions we are asked from the garden room buyers is whether they are truly comfortable to use all year round. The answer is…

Make good use of free design tools

When it comes to designing your garden room you can of course use a pencil and ruler and draw up your design by hand, but you may find that it is worth the time to learn how to model in 3D. When we first suggest this to people they think of months of learning because…

Lightweight Timber Frames

As we talked about in the previous section, garden room designers have taken house quality building systems and redesigned them. In this section we are going to look at how they have redesigned the timber frame building system. The system they have chosen is derived from the closed timber framing we discussed earlier, and as…

Lightweight Structural Insulated Panels

We talked about SIPs earlier in this book and explained how they are effectively a sandwich of structural board and insulation, but you will remember that the SIP formed the inner core, and the external cladding and internal finish are added to each side. Some garden room suppliers have taken the concept of the SIP…

Lightweight Frames

The prices of garden rooms vary considerably. You could compare two buildings of similar design and size, but one is priced £12,995 and the other £22,995. What does the £23k building have that the £13k option does not? Well, it all comes down to the core structure. The core structure systems we have looked at…

Lighting

Your choice of lighting will play a significant part in the usability of your garden room so don’t just dismiss it from your list of design choices. Many modern garden rooms are designed to maximise natural light, and this is great as natural light is very easy to work with. The problem is that natural…

Kitchens and Shower Rooms

More and more garden room designs are now incorporating kitchen areas, toilets and shower rooms. These can be as simple as adding a small area to make a cup of tea to full size kitchens and high spec wetrooms. Whether you need to think about incorporating a kitchen or bathroom facilities into your design will…

Is your garden room going to be green?

We are not asking you about the exterior colour here! Rather how eco friendly you want the building to be. Green design is a big thing in the garden room industry. The timber frame building systems adopted by designers is considered to be much more eco friendly than traditional brick built buildings which use lots…

Is self build for you?

You should ask yourself if going down the self build route is right for you. You will need to draw on lots of skills and need physical stamina to complete the project. You will have probably read on garden room supplier websites that build times can be anything from a couple of days to just…

Internal Finish

There’s a lot of focus on the exterior appearance of a garden room, but you are likely to spend the bulk of your time inside, so you should give equally as much thought to the internal finish. There are a number of different finishes used for the interior of garden rooms these days. Some are…

Interlocking Timbers

Many self builders are tempted to use a log cabin style building as the basis for their project, and we can see why as you can buy these buildings relatively cheaply and they are a straightforward building system. The premise with this building system is that machined softwood timbers which have tongue and groove joints…

Insulation

Insulation is a key aspect of garden room design and is vital if you want to be able to use the building comfortably all year round. We all know that insulation is essential for keeping warm in the winter, but people forget that it’s the insulation in our home which stops us overheating in summer!…

Hustle for the best deal

In the business sectors the term ‘hustle’ is commonly used, meaning ‘get out there and find and negotiate the best deal you can for your business’. We want you to ‘hustle’ for the best deals for your garden room build, because there are certainly deals to be had in the construction sector. We have spoken…

Heating

One of the most common questions prospective garden room buyers have is “are they warm in winter?” Well, if you design a well insulated and double glazed building and include a source of heating, you can be assured it will be. Not all garden room suppliers include heating Some suppliers choose to leave heating off…

Health & Safety

Although smaller, the site of a garden room build is no different to any other building site, and there are elements of danger all around. At every stage of the Planning, Design and Build of your garden room, you need to think of both your safety and the safety of others. You need to highlight…

Foundations

Any building is only as good as its foundation system, and you should spend some time researching your options. In addition, the foundation system will eat up a sizeable portion of your budget, so that’s another reason to research your options. But remember the foundation is not an element to cut corners or costs on!…

Flooring

Because a garden room is built like a house you can choose the same floor finishes that you would use in your house, and there are a lot of choices from laminate to carpet to rubber. Laminate flooring Laminate flooring is the most common covering used in garden room design. It creates the look of…

External Cladding

The external cladding not only protects the building from the elements, it also plays a significant part in the appearance of the building. The walls, after all, will be the biggest single area of material on your building, so it pays to think about the style of cladding that works for you. There are lots…

Self Build Shepherds Huts & Pods

Are you looking to build a shepherd’s hut or quirky pod. Well, there are kits available for both options.  These buildings have been used as guest rooms, home offices, artists studios and shops. Supplied by an experienced garden room supplier you can be assured that its a tried and tested building system. With prices starting…

Self Build Contemporary Garden Room Designs

You may think that a self build kit means you have to go with a standard design and size. This isnt always the case as some suppliers will work with you to design a garden room uniquely for you, just as they would if you were buying from their full service option. With prices of…

Garden Room Kits With Traditional Charm

If you are looking for a self build garden room project which is full of traditional charm – look no further! Available in four sizes the buildings are 4m high so you can make use of the space in the roof as a sleeping deck. Prices start at £7,950 and builds typically take 2 to…

Contemporary Garden Room Kits Made With SIP’s

Structural Insulated Panel’s have revolutionised the garden room industry because of their speed of build and the thermal performance they offer. Full of contemporary design features like aluminium clad double glazed doors and durable cedar cladding these garden room kits are available in four sizes with prices starting at £5,760 plus VAT for a 2.4m…

Quality Self Build Log Cabins

The log cabin style building system is popular with self builders because of the speed of construction. Log cabin kits come in varying qualities, you want to choose one that uses a decent thickness of timber and flexibility of design. This range offers several styles of garden room from flat roof contemporary designs to pitched…

Bespoke Garden Room Self Build Kits

Because you are choosing a self build kit doesn’t mean that you can’t have a bespoke garden room design. This established garden room supplier is experienced in bespoke design and is happy to tailor a design to your needs and tastes. Self build prices are 25% less than their full installation costs so thats a…

Electrics

We touched on this earlier but the electrical system is the one job you can’t do yourself on a garden room build. This is because all work needs to be undertaken by a certified electrician and comply with Part P of the Building Regulations. You will need to engage a local electrician to undertake the…

Doors

Your choice of garden room doors will not only affect how you access the building, but will also play a large role in the feel of the room. All through this guide we have talked about building systems which will create a garden room that is built using house quality materials and building techniques, and…

Do You Need To Consider Building Regulations?

Whilst Planning Permission will be at the forefront of your mind, you also need to consider whether your build needs to comply with Building Regulations (relevant part is near the bottom of the page). Building Regulations ensure that a building is built to the highest standards and is safe for occupation and is energy efficient.…

Do You Need To Apply For Planning Permission?

We know that you want to get on and design your garden room, but we are going to talk about Planning Permission first as it can have an impact on your garden room design. For example, if you want to build under Permitted Development rules you will need to comply with varying height restrictions, so…

Disclaimer

Throughout this guide we will link to different sources that we think are relevant and useful for you to read. We are not being paid by any of the companies we link to; we only link to their content to show the various different options open to the self build garden room designer, as these…

Designing a Garden Room Under 2.5m High

  Having read the previous section about Permitted Development rules you will have noticed that buildings no taller than 2.5m high have the most freedom in regards to positioning in the garden. The garden room suppliers have embraced this rule and 75% of the garden room designs we see on The Garden Room Guide are…

Core Structures

There are several different systems for creating the core structure (the main framework of a garden room design). These systems vary from the same building techniques as used in modern house building to pared down systems which are highly material efficient. In the next few chapters we will look at the benefits of each system.

Conduct a Site Survey

After the initial client / designer meeting a site survey is normally conducted, and as a self builder you should include this in your process. During a site survey a professional designer examines the proposed site, taking into account the initial discussion with the client where the shape, size and use of the room have…

Communications

If you are planning to work from a garden room chances are you will want to have access to the outside world. Luckily, it’s relatively easy to connect your new office space to your home communication systems. The best way to do this is to have your electrician include data cabling in your electrical system,…

Closed Timber Frames

A form of timber frame construction that is becoming very popular with the garden room suppliers is the closed timber frame system. This is particularly popular because the frames can be constructed in a workshop and moved to site easily and the building assembled quickly. In a sense, a closed panel timber frame is a…

Cladding Materials

We’ve looked at the different profiles of cladding used in garden room design, but your choice of cladding material will also have a significant impact on the buildings appearance. As well as having an aesthetic influence, your choice of external cladding material will also affect the amount of ongoing maintenance the garden office will need.…

Building Membranes

A good garden room is made up of several layers, and a very important layer in this make up are the building membranes, which help control moisture within the building. Breather Membrane A breather membrane is a key layer in garden rooms construction as it allows the building to breathe. Modern breather membranes are a…

Anatomy of a garden room

In the chapters that follow we will look in detail at the different aspects of garden room design. Before we delve into the details and options for each stage of the build, we thought it would be useful to look at the anatomy of a garden room:

Adding value to your property

It’s widely agreed by estate agents that a garden room will add value to your home. As a rule, the higher specification buildings with a design that will appeal to a wide market add the most value. Whilst it’s important to design your garden room for you and your needs and tastes, it’s worth having…

A visual guide to Permitted Development

In many cases, a garden room can be built without the need to apply for Planning Permission, as long as the building complies with the height and positioning rules laid out by Permitted Development. The Government’s Planning Portal states these rules in list form, and whilst they are easy to understand, and are the definitive…

Steel Structures

Whilst timber is the predominant material used in garden room design, we are seeing the use of steel more and more. Garden room designers are utilising steel in their designs for its structural integrity and, as a result of this strength, the design features it allows them to create. A key component of floor structure…

Overview

As a self builder you have a couple of options when it comes to building your own garden room – there are a few kit options on the market which provide you with the materials for you to then assemble yourself, or you design the building yourself, source all the materials and put them together.…

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