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Should You Add a Relaxing Garden Room to Your Home?

So, you’ve moved to your new beautiful new home. Now, you settled in, and you want to make your new dwelling more enjoyable. Naturally, the range of options for this is quite wide. One of the things you might want to do is to create a garden room. And that is a phenomenal idea.

Great garden rooms offer so many possibilities.

However, before you actually go about doing that, you first need to understand what a garden room actually is. Garden rooms are simple yet luxurious wooden structures with tiled roofs and your choice of windows, doors, and stylings. Typically, they are larger and more elaborate than a summerhouse, for example. They place the comfort and convenience of your home in the idyllic surroundings of your garden. This makes them ideal relaxation spaces and hobby rooms.

With that out of the way, let’s see how you can create your own outdoor getaway from the comfort of your own backyard.

Location, Location, Location

Before you create a garden room, you first need to find the right place.

There are multiple options here. You can either repurpose your shed to create a garden room or go with the good old gazebo you build from scratch. Both of these options are great. Therefore, the choice is completely up to you. Just remember that storage is useful during any project. So, in both cases, try and have a storage solution for materials, tools, etc.

Depending on the size of your yard, you can go with a larger or smaller garden room.

Having a storage solution is really important since creating a garden room can take a while. Even though it may seem like an easy job to do, it’s actually not. However, the benefits of having it far outweigh the complexity of work.

Sidenote: Most garden buildings, including garden rooms, are considered permitted development and do not require planning permission (there are exceptions for listed buildings or conservation areas, etc.).

Get Ready to Build

Once you figure out the place, start building.

Although building a garden room might not be among the practical tips for outdoor entertaining, it still is a fun activity and offers a great amount of joy once finished. But, there are certain things you need to watch out for.

Firstly, a great garden room should integrate into your yard, not stand out like a sore thumb. You can use complementary materials and plants that match those already found in your garden. Consider the color scheme and fabrics you intend to use to keep the flow going.

You can easily repurpose sheds to create a garden room!

This will help make your garden room fit seamlessly into your outside space and help a conservatory act as a bridge between inside and out. If you’re building a conservatory, consider matching the windows and doors to those already on your home. Or if your current ones are well worn, consider replacing them all at the same time to improve the overall appearance of your entire property.

patio with windows by pool

Consider Your Wants and Needs in a Garden Room

Think about features you want before you create a garden room

Outdoor space allows you to be more creative with your choice of patterns and colors, as you’ll have a greater range of surrounding colors and shapes to complement it. Use bold and exciting colors and patterns to add vibrancy and energy to space or darker luxurious colors to add a touch of class and a relaxing feel. Not all features have to be permanent. An outdoor rug or some throws and soft furnishings can add a touch of luxury when you want to use the space and then be tucked away somewhere dry at wetter times.

Also, think about playing with light. So, when you create a garden room, you should keep in mind that you will likely want to spend time there even after dark. Therefore, having a light solution is highly preferable. That said, a good option might be LED lights.

Why should you use LED lights?

The answer is simple – modularity. So, LED lights most often come in strips that you can cut to size. That means that there is no area that you can’t cover. Furthermore, you can easily conceal them, which makes for great ambient lighting. You can practically set any mood you want. That is if you get RGB LED strips. However, if you opt for only white LED lights, you won’t have the extra modularity that RBG provides.

she shedBring the heat to your garden room

Maybe add some heating when you create a garden room

If you’re going to use your garden room into the evening, or at any time when the weather is less than perfect, then an efficient source of heat should be considered. The best option will be to extend your home’s heating into it, but that doesn’t mean you have to use the same radiators. Select a stylish radiator that fits the style of the room.

If you build a brick fireplace with a double purpose in mind, it’s going to be quite useful.

However, if you want to make it a little cozier, you can apply alternatives. An outdoor space will be better served by a patio heater, fire pit, or a proper fireplace with a chimney. The best one for your space will partly depend on the size and style of your area. So, for example, a large brick fireplace can double as an oven or BBQ if constructed with this in mind.

The Bottom Line on Adding a Garden Room

As we said, garden rooms place the comfort and convenience of your home in the idyllic surroundings of your garden, which makes them ideal relaxation spaces and hobby rooms. That said, the possibilities are endless and are limited only by your imagination. Therefore, don’t be afraid to experiment however much you want.

Even though your effort to create a garden room might not be considered a tip to maximize space in a small yard, it actually is. It is even more than that. We said earlier that you can put a large brick fireplace in it. And with that addition, you will save up a lot of space. Not only that, but it will look so cool!

We hope you liked this article and found it interesting. Good luck with your garden improvement efforts, and we don’t doubt that you will create a garden room that is so awesome that you’d want to live there!

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