Plan­ning a gar­den room

Lisa Mor­ton, Direc­tor of Vale Gar­den Houses, out­lines some key fac­tors

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Com­mis­sion­ing a be­spoke con­ser­va­tory is a col­lab­o­ra­tive process and the aim is to ar­rive at a de­sign that is in keep­ing with the house and ful­fils your needs. Think ahead about what you want from the space, down to the po­si­tion and size of the fur­ni­ture.

It would be lovely to site a con­ser­va­tory to cre­ate a sunny break­fast room or a place to en­joy a drink while watch­ing the sun go down. Al­though ori­en­ta­tion is a con­sid­er­a­tion, more of­ten the lay­out of the house and the need to op­ti­mise space will de­ter­mine where the new room goes. The size of your ex­ten­sion may be limited by the amount of land avail­able for building and plan­ning is­sues but it’s im­por­tant it’s in pro­por­tion to the main building. How you use your home can be trans­formed by the ad­di­tion of a con­ser­va­tory or or­angery and should be de­signed for year-round liv­ing. The most com­mon use of the space is as a re­laxed liv­ing room off the kitchen, com­bin­ing a sit­ting and din­ing area. De­pend­ing on their size and po­si­tion, gar­den rooms don’t al­ways re­quire plan­ning per­mis­sion, but it is worth check­ing this first with your lo­cal coun­cil. If your home is listed, you will need Listed Building Con­sent in ad­di­tion to any plan­ning per­mis­sion.

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