Building garden room to gain extra living space

Whether it's to build a garden office, an extra bedroom to get extra income from Airbnb, or just an extra room for entertaining, you'll need to learn what to consider when designing and building your own garden room. From the average cost and building options, to fitting windows and doors and building materials, read our guide to garden room self builds.

By Lucy Searle | 5 April 2018

Building a self-contained room outdoors can be a cost-effective and stylish way to expand your home.

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Whether you need somewhere to study, work from home, practise a hobby or want to accommodate overnight guests, a garden building can be a versatile solution that will enhance your home and possibly add to its value, too.

You could opt for a bespoke self-build designed by an architect, or an off-the-peg structure may meet all your requirements at an affordable price. We’ve rounded up what to consider when designing and building your own garden room.

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Garden building kits come with fixed pricing, allowing you to budget efficiently, but won’t give you the creative freedom provided by a bespoke building.

Basic log cabin kits from companies such as Dunster House are affordable and can be upgraded with insulation, doubleglazing and add-on verandas, while the exterior can be stained or painted. More expensive modular kits – try Garden2Office – offer a wider range of design choices to personalise the building plus a long list of added extras, from different cladding options and additional lighting to green roofs and interior fittings.

The slot-together assembly of these buildings allows for DIY installation for further savings. However, the levelling of the site and construction of the base is a major project in itself, requiring skill, knowledge and professional equipment.