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Choosing The Right Timber Garden Room To Suit Your Needs

A garden room is an ideal way to elevate your outdoor living space and augment your lifestyle. There are many different types of garden building and they can be customised to suit your own needs and preferences. Here are some points to consider to help you make the perfect choice. 

What is the purpose of your garden room?

There are so many different ways that a garden room can be used, and of course it can serve multiple purposes. However, it’s useful to consider some of the main ways that you want to use it beforehand. For example, if you want to use it as a year-round office, you will need to install insulation, heating, WiFi technology, and mains power. 

If you primarily want to use it as an occasional summer house, then heating and insulation won’t be a top priority, but you will want it to feel cool, comfortable, and spacious. If you are intending to install a home gym, you will need adequate space for equipment and storage, and have solid flooring that is strong enough to support the impact of heavier equipment.

What will be the position of your garden room?

It’s crucial to choose the right position for your garden room. Ideally you want to maximise the amount of natural light it gets, which will make it more pleasant and warmer to use. However, if you want to create a home office then some partial shade will be welcome at the height of summer, rather than being in the full glare of the sun at peak hours of the day.

Privacy is also an issue if you are in close proximity to your neighbours. You may want to consider screening it with bamboo fencing or greenery to avoid being directly overlooked, or choose a location that is more secluded. 

If you want a home office, then a certain distance from the house helps to create a physical and psychological barrier between you and your work, and reduces the temptation for family members or pets to drop in when you are busy. 

How much space do you need?

It’s generally a good idea to build bigger if your budget and outdoor space allows, because this will give you more flexibility in the uses of the garden room, and ensure that it will not feel too cluttered and busy. Realising that you need more space after the building is installed is definitely a scenario to be avoided.

There should be enough space to comfortably accommodate all of the furniture that you need, and additional storage room. Measure up to calculate the minimum amount of floor space needed to ensure that your garden room will be a genuinely usable space.

Connection to utilities

In most cases, you will want at least some utilities such as electricity and water. Consider how easy it will be to connect your garden room to the required services beforehand. It may be worth seeking a professional opinion in case there are any hidden obstructions that you have overlooked.

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