While there’s a lot you can do in your backyard, adding a garden room seems to be the option that gives the area the most usability. You see, the majority of people already intend to build a deck in their backyard, so why not wall it off and outfit it as an independent room. This way, you can have a guest room that’s completely independent of the rest of the place, therefore, making both your visitors and yourself a lot more comfortable. Here are several areas you need to cover in order to make all of this work.
Choose a suitable position
The first thing you need to do is choose a suitable position for the garden room based on the size and space available on your lot. Think about the current landmarks and don’t try to make the room fit by any means necessary. Look at it this way, if you need some extra space, you should just expand your room. However, if you want a garden room to be a standalone feature, you need to ensure that you have enough room for such a thing. First, it needs to be separated from the main object. Second, it needs to have a full view of the garden. Finally, in order for it to be a true garden room, it needs to interact with it.
Interaction with your garden
Speaking of garden-room interaction, see-through walls and doors are a great touch, seeing as how they will visually expand the room, creating the impression that the entire garden is one huge living room. This, on the other hand, depends on the function that you want this room to have. If you plan to make it into an alternative living room, by all means, you should do it. However, if you want it to dub as a guest room, remember that your guests may need some privacy. This is why going for a bit more coverage might be a better idea.
Thinking about the foundation
In the introduction, we’ve mentioned that sometimes all it takes is for the foundation to be a common, well-made deck, however, depending on your goals for the room, you might need to go for something more traditional. This is where you need to consider using permanent formwork. This can facilitate the process, be more cost-effective and ensure that the structure itself is a lot more stable than it otherwise would be. This, once again, depends on your ambitions in terms of the room size.
Utilities and maintenance
To make it suitable for living, you need to make sure that the room has access to power and water, which brings us directly to the issue of utilities. This is where you need to talk to your electrician and plumber. First, you need to tell them what kind of appliances you intend to use here, as well as how many sockets you intend to install. As for the plumbing, it, yet again, depends on what you intend to use the room for. If you want it to be merely a living room replacement, you won’t have to put too much work into it.
Think about heating
The first option for those who want to make this room a tad more luxurious is to consider the underfloor heating option. Still, if it’s a single room that we’re talking about, it may be more effective to get a single wood burner and install it in the middle of the room. Keep in mind though, that the single biggest issue you’ll face here is the one of insulation. When it comes to walls, there are numerous options that you can try out but when it comes to doors (especially if they’re glass slide doors), you need to ensure that they’re double-glazed for this to work.
Adding a garden room can drastically increase the resale value of the property, as well. Nonetheless, more often than not, it’s the lifestyle change that’s far more important.
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