Planning a garden room
Lisa Morton, Director of Vale Garden Houses, outlines some key factors
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.