Planning a Garden Room

So you’ve decided to make use of the space in your garden with the addition of a garden room. With all of the choices and options out there this can be a daunting prospect but with the right planning and preparation it doesn’t have to be.

Here are a few starting points to think about to get the cogs turning...


First you must know what you want to use your garden room for. Office, gym, cinema room, etc. This will dictate factors such as the overall size, layout, services required (electricity, water etc) and location in your garden. For example if you’re planning to use the room as a gym, you’ll want to think about reinforcing the floor as well as the possibility of a pitched or sloping roof for extra headroom.

Also bear in mind that quality garden rooms are built to last and will be there for a long time. Think about how you may use the room in the future and the implications this may have on the design or location of your room.  

To get the best value out of your investment, you’ll want to ensure that the garden room is usable throughout the year. To ensure this, the room will require quality insulation in the floor, walls and roof as well as double glazed doors and windows. Some log cabin style buildings have no insulation at all and the level of insulation between garden room suppliers can vary considerably.


A small garden will generally determine the proportion and location of the garden room, however if you are fortunate to have more space there are more factors to consider.

The ideal location in your garden is really down to personal opinion and what you intend to use your garden room for. You may want your home office to be in a quiet corner of your garden to reduce the number of distractions or you may want to utilise an area which receives a lot of sunlight through the day for an entertaining area.

Permitted development guidelines can also play a role in determining where you can and cannot position a building in your garden as well as the overall footprint and heights.

Another factor to bear in mind is that the position of your garden room will have an impact on the services required to be connected to the room. The cost of burying pipes and cables will increase with distance.

Planning Permission

Whilst all garden buildings are subject to planning regulations, not all require planning permission provided that they adhere to permitted development guidelines.

The requirement for planning permission generally hinges on these factors; height, location and intended use of the garden room. To explain in detail, we’ll put together a separate blog post in the near future so be sure to come back.

Be aware that planning regulations differ between Scotland, England and Wales.

We recommended that you always check with your local planning department prior to installing any building.

Building Regulations

Building regulations govern how a building is designed and constructed in order to ensure a safe and efficient structure. Garden rooms up to 30m2 may be exempt from some regulations provided they are not to be used as sleeping accommodation. This means that the quality of garden rooms can vary from supplier to supplier as some may use materials and methods which don’t meet the actual regulations. For this reason it is important to compare all aspects of the design when looking at different suppliers. At Bothy Garden Rooms all of our buildings are designed to the same high standard regardless of size or use.


The internal and external appearance of your garden room is generally a high priority. Chances are that your building will be visible from your house and it should add value as a focal point or feature to your garden.

The overall appearance can be tailored to your tastes with careful consideration to the specification of elements such as cladding, glazing, roof finish and lighting etc. Whilst some garden room suppliers only offer standard packages, we are keen to work with you to achieve exactly what you want.  


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