Creating a Garden Room or Outbuilding

outbuilding-cum-garage designed 9along with the main house by Pete Tonks and built by Oakwrights
(Image credit: c/o Oakwrights)

An outbuilding or garden room is a non-habitable building in the grounds of your home which serves the main house (unlike an annexe, which is designed as separate sleeping accommodation). They can serve all manner of functions, from a handy study space to a place the kids can escape to play games and hang out with friends (and leaving the main house clutter/toy free).

Outbuildings usually fall under Permitted Development, and should therefore not need planning permission providing they comply with the requirements.

Pete Tonks

Pete is an award-winning architectural designer. He began his career as an architectural technician with self build specialist Potton in 1984. He went on to set up his own practice, PJT Design Ltd, in 2003 and has been designing self build homes and extension schemes for over three decades. He is also a specialist in designing oak frame homes, partnering with oak frame specialist Oakwrights. 

In 2015, Pete co-founded PJT Custom Build Ltd, a bespoke project management company, which delivers custom-built homes from conception to completion.

He has recently completed his own contemporary self build project.