How To Design Garden Rooms | GroveGypsy

A garden room is a great addition to any home. It adds value and improves the looks of the house. But for that, you need to know how to design garden rooms.

Like any other home renovation, the addition of a garden room is going to be a significant investment, so you'll want to get it right the first time. Going at it blindly could cost you more than anticipated, and you might end up with a massive mess on your hands.

The good news is, adding a garden room to your home is relatively easy. All you have to do is evaluate the size of your yard, choose a style, and draw up a plan. You can also hire professional garden room builders or go the DIY route if you have the technical know-how. 

Designing a garden room is going to be a serious undertaking for any household, which means that the style you choose and the entire plan are going to be important to tackle. Keeping that in mind, here, we will take a closer look at the process of designing a garden room.

As professional home renovations and garden room designers, we are in the ideal position to guide you through the entire process to make sure you get everything right with minimal fuss.

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Getting Started

A garden room is an insulated structure in your garden that is distinct from your main house – but it is so much more. Garden rooms, unlike a traditional shed, are a luxury construction made using the best quality natural materials and intended to endure the elements and enable year-round usage. They're a lovely addition to your house, providing a multi-functional room with extra furniture and flexible designs, rather than just a storage shed for your equipment, which is why a lot of thought and consideration needs to be given to its design.

A garden room provides a private retreat away from the demands and distractions of everyday life. One of the most essential lessons we've learned in our many years of developing and installing luxury garden buildings is that your garden room's potential is limitless. You may customize your accommodation to fit your lifestyle and truly make it your own, whether you're searching for more space for pleasure or seclusion for business.

Types of Garden Rooms

You may use a garden room in a variety of ways to unwind and relax, as well as pursue your hobbies and devote time to your passions. For example, you may make your new space into a fully equipped home gym, serene yoga studio, cozy home cinema, opulent bar, or hot tub area.

You may also use the area as a professional home office if you are currently working from home or are self-employed. This will, without a doubt, allow you to work efficiently while still having time to spend with your family and saving time and money on your commute.

But why pick one over the other? You may customize your garden room to create a multi-functional place that meets all of your demands if you want to blend business and pleasure. When it comes to improving your outdoor living area and making it functional, it's all in the details. Unlike a conservatory, loft, or house addition, a garden room seldom requires planning approval when built according to conventional laws; this permits you to build up to 8 feet in height and anyplace in your own garden.

Choose a Design

Decide what you want to accomplish with the space first. The room's development begins with its intended function, whether to experiment with color or make a fort for small children. Consider the routes you already use in your backyard. You don't want to block the main entrance, but you want to distract visitors so they must go around a corner to find the chamber.

Take into account the perspectives from both inside and outside the space. Will erecting a "wall" at a certain spot impede or intrigue a view from inside the house? Is it true that putting the wall there would prevent sunlight from entering the room?

Plan the Structure

Designing a garden room is also going to take a lot of planning and consideration. The real fun begins when the placements of the walls have been determined. You get to "decorate" the space. The possibilities are endless. Consider the following:

  • Do you want a grass floor, mulch, or hardscaping? Is there a way into the room?
  • Will the space have any structures, seating area, water feature, a pergola, or fire area?
  • What about additional focus points like birdbaths, sculptures, or other outdoor artwork that must be installed before you start planting?
  • Is there a requirement for electricity for your entertainment or the lighting?

Don't just look at the color and height of the plants while picking plants. Senses such as sound and touch even may be included to improve the ambiance of your new garden room. You might also wish to consider pollinator attraction.

Above all, make it a place you'll want to explore and spend time in. You can start with a dining and entertaining room that provides a pathway from the home and opens into the bigger garden, or you can add a table and other sensory components to an existing enclosed space, such as your vegetable garden.

Play around with making your initial quiet area, and you'll quickly find yourself extending the concept. But don't get too caught up in the possibilities. It takes years for the greatest gardens to reach their full potential. You can always go back and modify things as you go. It's preferable to start small and gradually expand your new favorite "sitting area" than to never try. As a bonus, you may discover that after adding a designated area to spend time in, you spend more time in the garden appreciating it.

Location, Location, Location!

Consider where different regions should be placed. More highly-used rooms, such as the dining and entertaining areas, should be located closer to the home for easier access. A cooking area that is next to an indoor kitchen will be the most efficient. Place the cooking and dining rooms close together to avoid having to transfer food across long distances. Reading, having a cup of coffee, or finding a peaceful meditation space may all be done in areas away from the house.

The flow of your garden room should also be considered since you ideally want your design to integrate seamlessly with the rest of the outdoor space. Rooms can be partially or totally enclosed to provide privacy and isolation. With partially obscured vistas, you may create a feeling of mystery and intrigue. Walls, fencing, trellises, hedges, decorative grasses, vines, or salvaged objects such as an old door or gate can all be used as screening. A collection of container plants or a huge urn can also be utilized to define an area.

A transition area or walkway, such as a stone patio, grass, or gravel landing, can be used to connect garden rooms. Curving walkways, a focal point like a seat or statue, or a beautiful structure like an arbor may all encourage people to wander and pique their interest in the design of your garden room.

The garden's structure, or "bones," such as decks, the walls, terrace, and pathways, should preferably be constructed first and blend with the overall design of your garden room. Install power outlets for lights and appliances and gas lines for any grill or a fireplace that you might want to install in a garden room. Select materials that will blend in with the rest of the house and outdoor decor. Even when the plants are dormant, a well-designed hardscape will look attractive all year.

Select comfy furniture that encourages you to spend time outside. Choose different types of furniture for different purposes, such as a patio table and chair set for eating, a soft sofa or lounge chair for reading and resting, or a casual lounge for relaxing with a glass of red wine or your favorite lager.

Should You Hire Professionals?

It's okay to hire professional garden room builders if you are not savvy with your hands. Whatever you want to do with your garden room, professionals can help you make it a reality. With an increasing number of individuals working from home, whether full-time or part-time, a garden room provides the distinction between home and work that many homeworkers need, all while being only a few steps away from your living room or kitchen. Your new summerhouse, personal gym, or home office, which will be located in your yard, will be an exciting environment that you will enjoy using all year.

Yard rooms are becoming more popular as a method to get the extra space you need in your garden without having to expand your home. A private space where you may think, work, relax, indulge in hobbies, or entertain in luxury. Garden rooms may be created and utilized for almost anything, and we are masters in bringing your garden room ideas to reality.

Whether you want a garden room to turn into a home gym or a home office with a view of your garden, a home studio to craft your projects, or just a location to retire to inside your garden with everything you need to enjoy your outside environment, your garden room has everything you need.

A garden room is also more cost-effective, requiring only a few weeks to build using traditional methods with minimal interruption to you and your neighbors. It's also a cost-effective solution that will significantly increase the value and charm of your property.

About THE AUTHOR

Elsie Moore

Elsie Moore

As an experienced gardener & landscaper on my own property over the last 20 years, I'm excited to share the things I've learned along the way, as I continue to learn.

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