Design an Outdoor Garden Room Design an Outdoor Garden Room

Setting up an outdoor garden room gives an extra aspect to your house that not only adds function, but will also add value when it comes time to sell. There are a few different interpretations about what exactly constitutes a garden room but many of the recommendations for design will remain the same no matter whether you have an actual flat-roofed room or just transform part of your garden into a tranquil, functional area.

Step 1 – Choose a Site

No matter what type of garden room you decide to build, the first decision you have to make is where to put it. The point of a garden room is to integrate your indoor and outdoor spaces so planning the site is of the utmost importance. If you are constructing a contained room, you certainly don't want to be looking out onto a neighboring wall. For an unenclosed room, you need to consider not only the view but also whether it will be affected by the elements. Think of any design features that you need to incorporate to combat those elements and any seasonal changes you will need to make to enable you to maximize your use of the garden room.

Step 2 – Consider Use

Think about how you intend to use the space to help you choose the types of materials you need for the room. If it will be used as a relaxing reading space, you'll want to create a calming atmosphere with natural materials. On the other hand, if you will be doing lots of entertaining you may want to consider how to prevent neighbors being disturbed and may also wish to incorporate an outdoor sink and counter for food or drink preparation. Using natural materials is not only environmentally friendly, but it also helps to maximize the outdoor feel of the room, making that part of your garden feel like it's an extension of your home.

Step 3 – Construction

Before you begin construction of your garden room, check with your building regulations with your local authority. There's no point in investing in a perfect space only to find that you will have to tear it down because it is illegal. If installing electricity and water in an outdoor garden room, make sure that they are sufficiently protected from the natural elements so as not to cause a electrical hazard.

Step 4 – Decoration

The decoration of your room will depend on your personal taste and the way you intend to make use of the space. There are many options available. Today there is stylish, all-weather furniture that is available at many home or garden stores. The furniture replaces the old, uncomfortable plastic garden furniture of the past.

A hammock can also be a comfortable, relaxing option and is easily stored when not in use. Use plants and flowers to make the most of the outdoor setting and provide a natural fragrance for the room. When arranging your furniture, consider the access points and how people will move around the room. There's no point placing a nice relaxing chair in a position that means you will be disturbed whenever anyone else enters the room.

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