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Installing a Garden Space without upsetting the neighbours

You can’t choose your neighbours, but it’s much easier if you get a long with them. Unfortunately there are many things that can cause friction, unless of course you’re lucky enough to live in the middle of nowhere!

Despite the fact that planning permission isn’t normally needed to build a garden room, causing tension with neighbours is still a concern. Rather than taking the “it’s my garden, I can do what I want” approach, follow these steps to ensure you can build your dream garden room and enjoy it with the full support of your neighbours.

Consult your neighbours first

It’s hard for people to say no face-to-face, particularly when you’re being the considerate neighbour, so pop round or invite your neighbours over for a cup of tea and explain to them what you’d like to do. It’s important to talk to all of those who will be able to see the building when complete, as well as those who may be disrupted by the installation.

Have plans and images of other similar buildings ready and be prepared to walk them into the garden so they can get a clear idea of exactly how it will look. You neighbours may also want to take a look out of their windows or from their garden at the space the room will occupy so they can understand how much or how little it will be in view.

Blend it in

If there are concerns about how your new garden building will affect the view, there are ways to blend it in. Obviously smaller buildings are less intrusive, but the addition of a living roof, painting it a colour that compliments the surroundings or simple landscaping and strategic planting around your new space can be sufficient.

Tread the path of least disruption

Be sure to plan any building work carefully, if a next-door neighbour does shift work for example, choosing a week when they are not on nights will work in your favour. Access to gardens is often an issue, it may require use of a shared entrance or even entering a neighbours property; again careful planning will ensure this runs with least hiccups.

Let your neighbours know when building work will be taking place and for how long and then perhaps invite them round for a garden room-warming party, you never know they might just see the light!

Date: 16/03/2014 | Author: Roger Hedges