House Design Garden

April 24, 2021
House with Vertical Garden

What is it about garden rooms that is so universally appealing? We're getting excited just thinking about the prospect of a secluded little spot somewhere - outdoors yet sheltered; removed from the house, yet familiar. We would even go so far as to say there is something rather primal about having a little space in the garden to retreat to. Whose first decorative instinct wasn't to go outdoors and build some kind of den? On a more fundamental level, to sit and eat outside is one of summer's greatest pleasures. Don't let temperamental climate spoil your plans. Come and be inspired by these garden rooms that offer the best of indoors and out.

Quick Notes

Planning permission:

Slightly different rules apply in different parts of the UK. A general rule of thumb is that you won't need planning permission for an outbuilding with a maximum eaves height of 2.5 metres and a maximum roof height of four metres with a dual pitched roof. Even so, a structure that might not require planning consent in one set of circumstances might need it in another - for example, if your house is listed, you'll need listed-building consent, and similar strictures can apply in a conservation area or an AONB (Area of Natural Beauty). Whatever you are building, it's always worth consulting your local planning officer first. For England, a good place to start is the government's online Planning Portal, which offers quick and easy advice. The rules are broadly similar in the rest of the UK.


It's best to choose a garden room that has insulation in the floor, walls and roof - some of the cheaper log-cabin designs don't have wall insulation. Look for the U-value of the wall build-up, which most insulation suppliers will list on their specification. The lower the figure - measured in W/m2 - the more effective the insulation.


Garden rooms generally come pre-wired with a good number of sockets and lighting. Many suppliers will also offer the option of exterior lighting, audio-visual cabling and data cables. One grey area is who is responsible for connecting the room to the mains supply. Some suppliers will include this service in the price, while others ask you to organise and pay for it once the building is finished. Prices will vary depending on the distance of the garden room to the mains supply, but you should allow a budget of up to £1, 000. All electrical work must comply with current building regulations.


Not all suppliers include a heating source in their specification, but however well insulated your building is, it's nice to be able to turn on a heater on colder days. Underfloor heating is a popular option, as are air-conditioning units offering heating in winter and cooling in summer. More basic options include wall-mounted electric convector heaters or portable oil-filled radiators.


Buyers are increasingly incorporating loos, showers and kitchenettes in their designs. This can be where planning permission gets more involved. Most bespoke designers will be able to offer customers conventional solutions, which tap into the mains sewerage, or off-grid solutions such as composting toilets. As with any electrical work, the plumbing must also comply with current building regulations, whatever the size of the building.


Landscaping Tips

Though your home is your castle, there is no necessity to surround it with a moat. Here are 5 tips that will help you to make your landscaping feel more warm, welcoming and cozy.

1. Put some flowers nearby your entrance. Flowers make any area look more welcoming and attractive, so greeting your guests with Petunia, Snapdragon, Lily-of-the-Nile or some other garden flowers is always a great thing to do. What is more, to add some space between your house and the entrance, you can consider adding a little white fence. It will create an illusion that your front yard is bigger than it actually is. What is more, adding fence will create a great space for planting flowers to add some color and coziness.

2. Add rambling vines to make your yard look absolutely lovely. You can not deny that rambling vines always create romantic and even magical atmosphere. So why not to use this tip while decorating your yard?

3. To hide the unattractive driveway, consider adding some color, texture, and height. You can easily do it by adding various sorts of flowers. To start, create an island of green lawn right in the hub of a drive. Then add a couple of low boxwood hedges with flowers toward the back of your island.

4. If you want your yard to blossom and flourish bust still do not have enough time to maintain it, consider planting low-fuss lilies. Such flowers look absolutely gorgeous and come in the variety of rainbow hues, so you can pick the one you love most. What is more, low-fuss lilies do not care about the sort of soil, they love the sun and welcome hot, they do not afraid of drought. In other words, Crinums is an ideal flower for all those who are looking for low-maintenance solutions.

5. The last tip also touches the low-maintenance aspect. To make your life easier, group plantings into beds and islands. This will help you to avoid mowing and trimming around each individual plant, save a lot of time and even money.

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