Sometimes, due to budget or space constraints, adding an extension or conversion to your property is not a viable option. But that doesn’t mean you can’t add additional living space in unused areas of your garden. To give you some inspiration on how to utilise your garden shed, add additional value to your home and create beautiful indoor, outdoor spaces that meet your family needs, we have put together five of our favourite garden building design ideas.
1) The Home Office
As working from home is becoming increasingly popular for many professionals, more and more people are looking for a house with generous office space to cater to their lifestyle. In the past, people would usually sacrifice a spare bedroom or build a small extension to create office space. However, the rise of the garden office is upon us, and we think they are fantastic! Not only can you design a large unique space, but you can tailor it exactly to your work lifestyle, enjoy natural sunlight and have privacy from the main house.
2) The Log Cabin
The problem with living in Great Britain in the not so great weather. However, this shouldn’t stop you from utilising outdoor space. A log cabin is ideal for creating a cosy indoor space in the garden. They can be constructed quickly, insulated and transformed into anything you desire without the need for planning permission. We recommend furnishing with comfy sofas and lots of throws and cushions to create a relaxing snug. If you have the garden space and budget, position your log cabin next to a hot tub for the ultimate winter getaway in your garden.
3) The English Garden Summer House
For keen gardeners, it is essential that you have a place to sit and enjoy the view of your handy work and enhance your garden. A quaint, traditional English summer house not only looks the part but is the ideal place to neatly store your gardening tools and set up a seating area for you to enjoy tea with friends or even breakfast on a summer’s morning.
4) The Multi-functional Garden Building
If you are in need of more general living space, perhaps a playroom to entertain the children, a gym or yoga room, additional seating/ dining area, or a hub for garden parties in the summer, why not design a garden structure that is multi-functional to suit all your family’s needs?
Keep design simplistic and incorporate items such as a sofa bed, dining table that turns into a gaming table, a bar area and free space for yoga mats and weights. This will provide your family with a functional space that you can all use all year round.
5) The Annexe
For those of you in desperate need of a spare bedroom or a self- contained living space for an elderly relative or grown-up child, investing in an annexe is a fantastic, cost-effective, quick and permanent solution.
You are more than likely to need planning permission before the builders move in, however, this should be a relatively simple process. With a build like this, you have the flexibility to design the annexe to your taste and size preferences and even add kitchen and bathroom facilities to allow for privacy and independence if required.
Always bear in mind that when constructing a building over a certain dimension or height you will need planning permission. So check with your builder or local council before you start investing money into the project. If you are looking to add an outdoor building or bespoke structure to your property, contact us on 01206 396667 for a free no obligation discussion.