A garden room makes a beautiful addition to any home, creating a haven to escape from the stresses of modern life, regardless of the weather outside. But with such a range of building design options available to you it can be difficult to know where to start looking and planning. Should you choose a conservatory, if so are you ideally located for a lean-to or standard build? Alternatively do you have the room and budget for an orangery or an atrium?
As with the majority of home design considerations, budget is likely to play a major role in the type of garden room available to you. However, that certainly doesn't mean there should be any compromise on quality or the range of available options available to you for a stunning garden room - achievable with any budget. Differences in overall cost come down to simple factors such as the style of roof you desire, specialized glazing and structural materials used.
Simple, understated structures are perfect for those with a modest budget. A lean-to conservatory for example, provides a beautiful addition to the home without breaking the bank. It's straight forward, all-glass structure makes construction less complicated than others, therefore bringing labor and material costs down. But that doesn't mean they compromise on anything else; a lean-to offers all the benefits of a garden room and makes an ideal greenhouse too.
It's also great for those with limited space or those who don't wish to extend their home too far. If you are looking for something with a little more impact, a reverse lean-to conservatory has all the same benefits, but with the roof angled upwards from the house, providing much more visual impact.
A bespoke conservatory on the other hand offers great flexibility for mid-range budgets. Going bespoke will give you the opportunity to tailor your conservatory exactly to your needs and living space.
Perhaps you would like a wraparound garden room to ensure you use up the least possible garden area, or maybe a conservatory which is big enough to hold large dinner parties. There are a wide range of options available to you and you'll find that swapping materials and technical additions will alter the price significantly. So it's worthwhile doing some research to ensure you get the most for your budget.
If money is no object, or you have large amounts to play with, the options really are endless. An orangery or atrium are two luxurious options which can be tailored to your needs. An orangery, for example, was once seen as a statement of wealth and added to large stately homes, as a greenhouse-cum-conservatory, played a key part in the overall elegance of the property. If you're looking for something extra special or totally different, a bespoke glass extension provides a whole host of options, whether you want to extend existing rooms, create extra rooms or even replace existing walls with glass to completely change the dynamics of your home.
It is worthwhile remembering that garden room conservatories have many functions, they don't necessarily have to be just a space to relax and enjoy your garden. Many people now treat them as they would a home extension, expanding the space of an existing room or creating a much needed extra room for work, play or socialist.
Before you set the wheels in motion, be sure to do some research and look at the abundance of garden room extension ideas available today. Not only will they give you a good idea about what's out there, they might give you a bolt of inspiration too!
My name is Steven Wishaw and I have been very interested in conservatories and the different ways of extending the home for many years.