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Garden Room Bliss: A Guide to Creating Your Dream Outdoor Retreat

Where to start when undertaking a project like a garden room can seem daunting. Fear not, here at Miniature Manors, we can help! This comprehensive guide will help you choose the perfect garden room tailored to your needs.

Unveiling Your Garden Room’s Purpose

The most important decision you must make is your garden rooms purpose. Will it be a productive space for work, a sanctuary for leisure, or perhaps a multi-functional oasis? Here are some popular purposes to inspire you:

Home Office: Escape the distractions of the house and create a dedicated workspace that fosters productivity. Keeping a home/ work balance can be tough if you work from home, but with a garden office this will be achievable.

Home Gym: Motivate yourself with a home gym, equipped for exercise routines without the commute. Getting to the gym is the hardest bit, there are no excuses if it’s in your back garden! A great example is this Garden Room Gym. At 3.8m x 6m, there is even enough space for a sauna! With two sets of sliding doors, you can feel as though you’re training in nature.

Art Studio: Unleash your creativity in an inspiring space bathed in natural light. How many times have you dreamt about starting an art project but realising there’s just not enough space in your home. This Artist’s Studio in the Garden has plenty of space at 3.5m x 3.5m for a desk, storage and an easel. 2 windows and a glass door maximise the light in this space.

Relaxation Room: Craft a calming retreat for reading, meditation, or simply unwinding. The home can be a stressful place, to have a quiet corner where you can escape the kids, or even send the kids to the end of the garden to play computer games could be the answer.

Guest Suite: Provide comfortable accommodation for visiting friends and family whilst not getting on top of each other. With the addition of a bathroom or kitchen, this space could allow your guests some freedom, but also being close by.

Entertainment Space: Create a dedicated space for entertaining loved ones and keep the mess out of the house! What more could any host with the most want, than a Garden Room with Indoor BBQ. A spacious 5.5m x 4m and a set of 2 huge bi-folding doors really makes this party pad perfect for big groups.

Finding the perfect fit: Choosing the size of your garden room

Once you’ve identified your garden room’s purpose, size becomes the next big consideration. Consider the intended use: a home office might require space for a desk, chair, and storage, while a yoga studio might prioritize an open layout.
Measure Up: At Miniature Manors we take the stress out of the design aspect. Our skilled design team can bring your dreams to life, with high quality renders. We can also assist you when it comes to local regulations, which often dictate the maximum size and height permitted for garden rooms without planning permission.
Location, Location, Location: Strategically positioning your garden room enhances its functionality and aesthetics.
Sun Seeker? South-facing gardens offer maximum sunlight, ideal for light-filled workspaces or relaxation areas.
Privacy Paradise? A secluded corner fosters a sense of tranquillity for yoga studios or reading nooks.
Easy Access: Consider proximity to your house for convenient access, especially for frequently used spaces like home offices or gyms.

Choosing Your Finish: Man-made or Natural

With purpose, size, and location locked in, it’s time to explore the wide variety of materials we offer at Miniature Manors. There’s a huge selection of styles, materials, and finishes to choose from, each with its own benefits:
Timber: A timeless and natural choice, timber offers a traditional aesthetic with the beauty of a natural product.
UPVC: A cost-effective and low-maintenance option, uPVC offers durability and a variety of colours and finishes.
Glass: For a light and airy feel, consider incorporating extensive glazing. A large set of doors can create a seamless connection to your garden and maximize natural light.
Fibre Cement: With a wide variety of colours and a long-lasting finish, fibre cement board, like that from *James Hardie*, could be the low maintenance option for you.

Considering the Essentials: Insulation, and Electricity

Beyond aesthetics, ensure your garden room provides year-round comfort. We only use high quality insulation that keeps you warm in winter and cool in summer.
As a turnkey operation, we take care of the electrics inside and out, including the connection to your property. Why not incorporate some stylish outdoor lights, as seen on this Corrugated Steel Garden Room with Apex Roof

Illuminating Your Sanctuary: Natural and Artificial Light

Natural light is a key element for creating a bright and uplifting space. Strategically placed windows bathe your garden room in sunlight, promoting well-being and reducing reliance on artificial lighting.
Well-designed artificial lighting adds ambience and functionality during evenings or on overcast days. We offer dimmer switches to create different moods, and because everything is bespoke, we can locate lighting and sockets for specific activities like reading or plugging in a computer.

The Finishing Touches: Creating a Functional and Stylish Space

With the core elements in place, we can advise on the finishing touches to your space. Storage solutions like shelves and cabinets ensure clutter control, while comfortable furniture creates an inviting atmosphere.

We also offer a painting and decorating service. Our skilled decorators can add that finishing touch to the project, such as a statement wall or two-tone paint finish.

If this article has sparked your interest in an amazing garden room, you can get in contact via our Project Planner or Contact us here.

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