How to Create a Garden Room

Garden rooms aren’t just insulated sheds – they can be anything from a zen yoga studio to a cosy home cinema or lavish bar. With an increasing number of people working remotely, a Garden room is a great way to separate work life from family life and make time for hobbies and interests.

What base for a garden room?

Many garden buildings are constructed of hardwood, with painted options and green oak-framed designs to suit different tastes. The base is often made from a modular system of recycled plastic grids filled with loose stone – this causes minimal disruption to the soil and can be removed easily should you decide to move or change the use of your garden building.

If you’re planning to add electrical services such as sockets and lighting to your garden room, your builder will need to ensure the building complies with all applicable electrical regulations. Similarly, if you’re considering plumbing in, whether it be sinks, showers or a washing machine, your plumber will need to install fresh water and waste pipes running from the house into the building, plus a drainage pipe back out again.

You’ll also need to consider planting, as it’s important to think about how your garden room will sit within the wider landscape. Create real or suggested partitions between your building and neighbouring gardens with hedging, pleached, trained or step-over fruit trees and tall grasses, or clad walls, fences or trellises with shrubs or perennial flowers. Plants that provide a range of seasonal and year-round colour, form and texture will help to blur the lines between your garden room and its surroundings.

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