Garden Room vs.Conservatory

First of all, let’s make sure we all know what the difference between a garden room and a conservatory is.

A conservatory is a glass-framed extension of a house. Initially conservatories served only as greenhouses, but they began to be marketed as affordable extensions of living space in the 80s and 90s. However, a conservatory is not suited for year round living.

shutterstock_144542810A garden room is a separate, fully insulated outdoor building with solid walls and roof, and is therefore suitable for year round residing. As the name implies, it is a building for the (back) garden, detached from your house. A garden room is fully customisable and can be used for many different purposes.

Now, let’s take a closer look at why you might want to consider a garden room instead of a conservatory.

  • No planning permission required. A basic garden room that complies with the requirements concerning the size, location and function of the building can be built without authorisation from your local authority. For more detailed information, take a look at this list of planning regulations for garden buildings. Keep in mind that it is your responsibility as the householder to check this.
  • Eco-friendly. The building system used for building garden rooms uses less embodied energy than other methods. Garden rooms are usually more energy efficient since they are fully insulated. They are also built using timber which is a sustainable building material. The foundation is made using less cement, which is one of the major producers of carbon dioxide.
  • Less hassle. Since the garden room will be separate from your house, your home won’t become a building site and you can carry on with your everyday life just as normal. A basic garden room usually won’t take more than a week to build on site, and you normally don’t have to wait 8-12 weeks for a planning permission either.
  • Peace and quiet. A garden room is the perfect escape from the noise and distraction you might experience in your house. Many use their garden rooms as home offices or studies as they provide a quiet and private space where it is easier to concentrate.
  • Different functions. Your garden room can be pretty much whatever you want it to be; a playroom for the kids, a gym, a man cave, a health spa, a home office or a granny annex. (Just remember to check the regulations first.)
  • Warm in winter. Proper insulation, heating, and double glazed windows ensure that your garden room will be warm and cosy throughout the winter as well as cool and comfortable in summer.

If you think that a garden room could be something for you, don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.