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Garden room extension ideas

October 4, 2019

Garden rooms are an ideal way to afford a moment of enjoyment in the outdoors, in society or solitude. This place is perfect even for work from home.

Usually built with a solid roof, garden rooms in all shapes exude elegance and freshness.

Designing a garden room like this is easier than it sounds. The most important thing is that, before starting work, you decide what the room will serve, and then you can use some of our following ideas and advice.


One of the main reasons for opting for a garden room is to spend as much time in the natural environment as possible. You can choose for your garden room a traditional option such as a loggia or porch, or build a more contemporary space beneath a sloping flat roof on slender steel columns. An outdoor lounge allows you to sit or eat outside during the summer months without the option of being bothered by insects or heat or even heavy summer rains, and you can also make a small home office from which you can spend long hours enjoying your garden.

Use your garden extension as an open-plan kitchen. If your kitchen is connected to your garden, use a kitchen counter or a table to separate a kitchen from an extension but make sure there is enough gap for people to pass through.

A smaller conservatory for sure has its drawbacks, such as keeping it cool or warm in summer or winter, but it can certainly be made as an oasis of peace. If you are more for a sunroom - a large-glazed extension, make sure the roof is conventional and insulated, as is one wall, especially one facing the border. Space can be open to the rest of the house and the temperature is more easily controlled.

What your garden room will certainly include are a door and a ceiling, and it is up to you to take advantage of every little detail. A garden room is often a place to relax alone, but sometimes you will want to connect your house and garden. Fully open french doors will give you the design flexibility needed to create a space that can be both private and public. Also, don’t forget to use the ceiling space. If you have the opportunity to dig levels lower or build a ceiling level higher, do so. You will be grateful to yourself when you see that your garden room gives a whole different impression of spaciousness and style.

The idea for true hedonists is to create your courtyard outside the French doors leading out of the garden room. Plant flowers, green plants or hedgerow to form a border for your new outdoor space. You will get a visual impression of the width of the space even if you connect the interior of the garden room with the yard using the same floors and tiles of the same colour.

The dilemma that may arise is whether you are enclosing a new extension with a wall or going open plan. You will reach a compromise by installing sliding pocket doors that will give you the best of both the outside and the inside. When closed, these doors may look like a wall, but when opened, they "disappear" inside the wall and give you a clear view of the garden.


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