Self Build Garden Room Guide - Fifth Edition

A few days ago, we launched the new versions of our Self Build Garden Room Guides. It is hard for us to believe that our flagship Self Build Garden Room Guide eBook is now in its Fifth Edition! First written in 2014, we have gone right through it for the new decade, produced new images…

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Deep eaves can cast shadow when the sun is at its highest and hottest in the summer. Yet, they don't block out light during the winter.

When designing their garden room, most self-builders we talk to are concerned that their room is going to be warm enough to use in winter. With forecasters suggesting that hot summers as we are experiencing this year, will become the norm. We also need to think about designing a room that will be cool space in…

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In the Self Build Garden Room Guide eBook we write about the trend for mixing more than one cladding materials on the exterior of a garden room. Last month, when we visited the Chelsea Flower Show we spotted an interesting way of joining the two finishes. Crown Pavilions were showcasing one of their Crown Clarence…

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Garden room tutorial one

Today, we have published our first 3D garden room modelling tutorial. This is the first of many that we have planned. This first tutorial shows you how you could adapt our sample 3-in-1 garden room models to add a long window. Long windows are a popular option with garden room buyers, so it may well…

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You might want to create a flitch beam over your openings

When creating the openings for your doors and windows you need to create a beam above the opening. There are several ways of achieving this in garden room design. Although, we don’t suggest you replicated some professional garden room designers choice of using the door and window frames themselves as a support. A double timber…

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Cloakroom studwork frame

Dermot, a self-builder, emailed to ask how we would adapt our garden room with storage shed plans to house a w.c and a kitchen area, instead of the store. We thought we would share our answer here as it maybe something you are thinking about for your garden room project. It is becoming increasingly popular…

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Self-builder Glandwr emailed to ask about the options if you want to build a garden room that’s higher than 2.5m. He wondered if the only option was to apply for Planning Permission. You can build garden rooms taller than 2.5m under Permitted Development You can build a garden room that’s taller than 2.5m under Permitted Development;…

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Many garden rooms are built tight to the fence to maximise space. This is possible under Permitted Development if your room is no higher than 2.5m. The thing is that building tight to a fence leaves little room for fixing the external cladding. Modular garden rooms that are built off-site will come in small panels (max…

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We have been designing the frameworks for garden room buildings for years, and have had several different workflows for doing this. With experience, though, we have found that making a basic sketch can save a huge amount of time when we start modelling a frame in SketchUp. Like many people, we are keen to start seeing…

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There are several types of foundation used in garden room design from the traditional concrete slab to plinth foundations made from recycled materials, but the one system that is not used by the professionals is metal spiked fence post foundations. Believe it or not, this is what one general builder was suggesting to their client,…

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