Design ideas and expert advice: 6 tips on how to design a garden room and add value to your property
PUBLISHED: 13:18 31 July 2020
There is a quiet design revolution taking place in gardens across Surrey. One company which has stepped up to the creative possibilities of an additional room in your garden is Paradisi.
Designer and owner, Simon Firullo, shares his expert advice on how to design a stunning bespoke garden room which will stand the test of time.
What are the key things to consider when planning a garden room build?
1. What’s its purpose?
What do you want to use your space for? Garden rooms have an endless range of uses from a home office, gym, home cinema, art studio, play space for children or hangout/study-space for teenagers.
2. What size, shape, layout and materials do you want?
The size and shape of your garden room will most often depend on the available space and your budget. Also think about the appearance - contemporary glass box or more traditional? Do you want a living sedum roof or solar panels? All these factors will also affect the materials needed and the overall cost.
Our range of garden rooms are built with SIPs (Structural Insulated Panels) that make them comfortable to use all year round. You have unlimited choice of beautiful materials and finishes for both inside and out.
3. What’s your budget?
Your choice of materials and finishes - natural woods, metals or composite - will affect the budget greatly. Think carefully about things like flooring and cladding. There are costs involved in clearing the site and preparing as well as any services and utilities needed.
Bespoke garden rooms perfectly suit your needs – they’re a bit more expensive than self-build options but definitely a lot less stressful as the entire project will be managed for you.
4. What position will it take in your garden?
The location of your garden room is often determined by available space, but consider the direction it faces. If it’s south facing and fully glazed you may need an air conditioning unit or ways to create some shade. There are many clever and beautiful ways to integrate some sort of cover.
5. Do you need any services and utilities?
For garden rooms in use all year, electricity and heating are a must. Plan your sockets and lighting both inside and outside, as well as an internet cable. Depending on the space and use you might want to consider having a lavatory and shower.
6. Do I need planning permission for a garden room?
If your garden room is for purposes incidental to the main house, they don’t usually require a planning application as long as they meet all the permitted development criteria. However, we can advise on all aspects of the planning, design and build of your garden room project.