Garden Rooms

The use of garden rooms has grown over the last decade with more people working from home or just wanting a space to get away to.
In comparison to adding an extension to your house, it can be a cost effective way of adding space. Not only will it add value to your property but can become a key part of your garden.
Depending on the space available it could be a key focal point, or it could be hidden away in a secret part of the garden.

A terrace area could be designed around the structure for entertaining or relaxing. You should also consider the outlook from the building. Do you want to look out onto a wide open space or feel secluded with luxuriously planted borders around you?

There are many companies that supply and install garden rooms such as this, and they come in a variety of shapes and styles, contemporary or traditional, as well as off-the-shelf or bespoke.

Insulation is important especially if you want to use it in all seasons. You also need to think about whether you need additional security for it, in terms of locks and alarms.

It is important to think about how you will use it and thus what size you need, and how insulated it needs to be. You may also need to be run power to it for lighting and heating. Stone and brick built buildings are the most expensive, whilst timber is a popular choice.
Glass is an alternative option for a more contemporary feel.

You should check with your local council planning department before you purchase anything as there are rules that govern the location, dimensions and distance from a boundary.

Further regulations are involved if it will be in a conservation area or if the main building is listed.


“We were really impressed with the design service offered by Jayne. Jayne was able to take our initial brief and translate this into a stunning contemporary design that really made the most of the small space we had and provided a great backdrop to our new kitchen extension. The combination of hard landscaping and planting have completely transformed the garden. Over several meetings she was able to communicate the concepts and hone the design and even sample materials. She then recommended and then liaised with the landscaper to ensure the implementation went to plan before completing the final planting.”

Mrs Fenner
Marston Moretaine

"I found Jayne to be very friendly and pleasant to work with. The design is lovely - very attractive. I was impressed with Jayne's willingness to adapt to and take account of our cost constraints and likes and dislikes regarding plants. All work was carried out efficiently and pleasantly. Jayne was always ready to discuss and advise about design and plants and has transformed a boring and rather difficult small garden into an interesting area which will only improve as the plants grow and mature."

Mr & Mrs Barwell
Welwyn Garden City

We love our garden now. Our two dogs had pretty much destroyed it and it had become an embarrassment. We never used it, not even just for ourselves. It now has structure and a proper patio area and is always good to look at even in this bleak weather!

This will be our second spring with it and I'm really looking forward to seeing everything grows again and how it will change this year.

Mr & Mrs Crooke

Jayne was always totally reliable, whether coming out to look at the garden or providing plans and ideas, and is a very knowledgeable plantswoman.

She had a good understanding of what I wanted to do with the garden, and always listened to my ideas and then made suggestions that were appropriate to the location and aspect.

Mr & Mrs Townsend
Houghton Conquest

Jayne's ideas of how to transform a long straight garden into something more interesting were quite inspirational. By introducing shape and perspective the garden now has structure.

The planting plan she suggested has added interest and constant colour which changes with the season.

Needless to say we are delighted.

Mr & Mrs Collier

We were delighted with Jayne's approach to our garden and her understanding of what we were trying to achieve.

Her knowledge of plants and what will actually work is fantastic.

Three years on we are still delighted with our garden.

Mr & Mrs Bryant

Jayne has a real passion for gardening and her knowledge of plants is highly impressive. She seems to know exactly which plant will thrive in a particular part of the garden - sunny, shady, soil type and so on. She also thinks about the proportions and overall effect.

To work with, she is extremely flexible and happy to give you just the bits of advice or help you need.

Mel Henson
Welwyn Garden City