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When it comes to adding more space to your home, there are a number of options available. You could reconfigure or convert your existing layout or you could add an extension or garden room, depending on your needs.
If you are thinking about adding a garden room, there are numerous things to consider. Here we take a look at the common misconceptions surrounding garden rooms, debunking the myths as we go.
1) You Need to Get Planning Permission
This is not always the case. In most circumstances, you can add a garden room under your permitted development rights (providing that you adhere to certain conditions regarding placement, size, roof height and usage). Some suppliers can offer a technical survey and if planning is required they can undertake this for you.
If you live in a Conservation Area (or on any other specially designated bit of land), plan on using the garden room as an ancillary dwelling, or want a larger garden room than Permitted Development will allow, then you will need to apply for planning permission.
2) They Don’t Need to Comply with Building Regulations
This is a common misconception about garden rooms, but the structures usually have to adhere to Building Regulations and your supplier will be able to ensure that your new garden room is compliant. If they don’t adhere to building regulations, then it is likely they are unsuitable for year-round use.
3) One Size Fits All
When it comes to the design of your garden room, there are many options and configurations available to you, depending on your provider, which means you can pick and choose to make sure your new garden room suits your specific needs and tastes. Most can be completely bespoke in terms of:
- Size: Taking into account how you want to use your garden room and the available space you have, garden rooms can be created to bespoke size requirements
- Features: Some are available with their own bathrooms or the addition of stylish decking, and you can even choose to add a dividing wall should you want to divide up the space
- Doors and windows: Depending on the size of your chosen garden room, you can specify the number of windows and style of doors that will best suit your needs and preferences. Your supplier will be able to advise to ensure that the structural integrity of the building is maintained at all times
- Exterior finish: Low maintenance cladding is often available in a wide choice of colours to ensure you achieve the exact look you want with your additional space
Cre8a’s stylish and modern garden rooms include integral electrics, infrared panel or underfloor heating as well as low maintenance internal and external cladding. Depending on your tastes and requirements, you can also add bi-fold doors or decking and balustrade
4) They’re Too Hot in Summer and Too Cold in Winter
Modern garden rooms are often highly insulated to ensure a comfortable environment all year round. Options can feature multiple windows, or a variety of door configurations (some are even available with bi-fold doors) as well as panel heating.
5) You’ll Need to Ensure Crane Access for Delivery
This is false. Garden rooms can be delivered in sections and assembled on site, meaning there is no need to worry about crane access when it comes to delivery. Elements are also small enough to be carried through a property, which is especially useful if you live in a terraced property.
6) Once it’s Built, You Can’t Make Any Changes
This may well be dependent on your chosen supplier, but it is often possible to change the garden room to adapt to your new requirements, be it a change of the external cladding or the later addition of decking.
For more information on Cre8a’s garden rooms or to request a brochure, visit Cre8a’s website.