What Is A Garden Room?

Do you want to know what a garden room is? Do you want to know if garden rooms are worth the investment? Do you want to know why garden rooms are so popular?

Then, keep reading. We understand your curiosity. We’ve had this same conversation with several other clients. So, we’ve created a little blog post that will tell you all the basics you need to know about garden rooms.

Here is a sneak peek- garden rooms are worth the investment. You’ll agree with us soon enough. So, let’s not rush things. Let’s start at the very beginning with the most crucial question of all.

What is a garden room?

A garden room is an outbuilding that is attached to a garden. Hence the name “garden room.” It is designed to fit in with the rest of the garden space. Wood fits in well with nature. Therefore, most garden rooms have a timber frame. However, there is nothing wrong with using other building materials. Other common garden room building materials are UPVC, composite and metal.

A garden room isn’t just an average outbuilding (in a garden). If it were, it wouldn’t be any different from a shed. Instead, a garden room is an outbuilding designed to function like a traditional extension or room. It can even function as an extra living space, but you’d have to get planning permission.

Garden rooms have the amenities and features you’d expect to find in a regular room. Such amenities include heating, electricity, insulation, plumbing, data cables, etc. The point is to create a space that serves your needs and can be used year-round. That’s what a garden room is.

Do You Need Planning Permission For A Garden Room?

What is a garden room used for?

You can use a garden room for pretty much anything. It’s designed to function like a regular extension or room. So, you can use a garden room for any function you would use a regular extension or room for. You just need to include the right features and amenities. Here are the four examples of what a garden room can be used for.

Leisure space

A garden room is a great spot to kick back and have fun with loved ones. For this purpose, you can use it as a game room, reading nook, bar, gym or lounge. You and your loved ones can escape there at any time, day or season. 

Leisure space

Home office or studio

A garden room is a great way to build a home office or studio. Think about it. You get privacy and the inspiring effect of being in a garden environment. What’s not to like? If you work remotely, a garden room office would be perfect.

Multifunctional space

A garden room can also be multifunctional. It doesn’t have to be for just work or leisure alone. To create this multifunctional space, you might need to get a relatively large garden room or furnish it creatively. 

Multifunctional space

Additional living space

A garden room can serve as a self-contained unit of accommodation. Some people even use it as a granny annexe or rental property. However, you need planning permission to use a garden room as a living space. Also, there are tax ramifications for renting out a garden room. 

Additional living space

What are the benefits of a garden room?

We have answered your main question, “What is a garden room?” Let’s move on to other matters. Here are six benefits of garden rooms.

Makes the most of their outdoor space

A garden room is an excellent way to add functionality and aesthetic appeal to your outdoor space. It also allows you to tap into the powerful effect that nature has on the human body and mind. Whether you are trying to work or relax, being around a garden will help. Humans evolved to react positively to nature. 


Garden rooms cost just a fraction of what you’d need to build a traditional extension. Even converting a loft costs more than building a garden room. Garden rooms are more cost-efficient because of their simpler design. They also don’t require planning permission.

Increase property value

A garden room will increase the market value of your property. According to experts, the property’s value will increase by 150% of the cost of the garden room. That’s a pretty good investment.

Year-round use

Garden rooms have heating and insulation, among other amenities. So, you can use your garden room throughout the year, including hot summers and cold winters. You can even choose between multiple insulating and heating methods.

Quick install

Garden room installers use prefab units. A prefab unit usually includes a timber frame, windows, doors, insulation, roofing, flooring, cladding and some electrical outlets. So, installers just need to customise these prefab units to meet your taste. As a result, garden room installation is fast. It is also relatively easy. As a result, people sometimes decide to install their garden rooms by themselves. 

Bespoke & Versatile

Garden rooms are highly customisable and versatile. Any good installer can create a bespoke garden room to suit your unique taste, style or needs. Garden rooms are also compatible with every property type.

Why choose Garden Living Co for your garden room?

At Garden Living Co, we pride ourselves on building bespoke timber garden rooms. Our primary goal is to create the perfect garden rooms for each client’s unique taste, style and needs. This usually involves a lot of collaboration.

Our team of well-trained professional garden room installers listen to you. They make recommendations. Then, we build, deliver and install the garden room of your dreams. The entire process is swift.

We have several years of experience and coverage that spans most of the UK. We have a decent idea of what most people want. They come to us for high-quality timber garden rooms that meet their needs and stand the test of time.

What kind of garden room do you want? Have you checked out our catalogue? Which of our prefab units and optional upgrades appeal to you?

What is a Garden room? FAQs

How is a garden room different from a shed?

A garden room is a featured packed outbuilding that has amenities you would find in a traditional extension. Meanwhile, a shed is just a storage space. It doesn’t have any of these essential amenities of modern life. Such amenities include heating, electricity, insulation, plumbing etc.

Do I need planning permission for a garden room?

No, you don’t need planning permission for a garden room. Garden rooms are classified as permitted development as long as they don’t break the following regulations.

  • The garden room must not be taller than 2.5 metres
  • The garden room must not exceed 50% of the total surface area of the garden space
  • The garden room must not be used as a self-contained living space

You need planning permission for garden rooms that break these rules. The application is time-consuming and stressful, but we can help with that. We can help with anything that concerns garden rooms. Just reach out to our customer care at Garden Living Co.

Do I need planning permission for a garden room?

How long does it take to build a garden room?

It takes 3 to 7 days to install a garden room. If you include the time it takes to customise the prefab unit (to your needs and taste), everything takes just a few weeks.

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