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Creating a Garden Space in a Compact Garden

The most common view is that unless you have a sizeable garden with entire areas going to waste, you won't have the space needed to make use of a garden room. Regardless of the dimensions you have to work with, you'll more than likely be able have a useful and versatile room.

A common practice for those who are working with limited space is to take a large garden room and simply try to shrink it in proportion to the smaller area, but it's important to tailor your building to the size and shape of what you have to work with. Placing your garden room at the very back of your property boundary will keep the largest amount of visible garden between the home and the new room, making the greenspace feel as large as possible. If you're building right up to the property boundaries, as long as the height of your garden room is less than 2.5 metres, it should be allowed under Permitted Development, meaning you may not need planning permission, although it's always worth making sure if you live in an exempted area.

Part of this tailoring should be to choose the right shape for your garden room. Placing a large, square structure in the centre of a curved or L-shaped garden will only serve to make it appear obstructive or clunky. Instead, it may be better to choose a longer, shallow structure with large windows or glass doors. The extra light flooding into the room will make it appear large and airy, without necessarily making the garden feel small or restricted.

It's also important to consider what to do with your garden once the build is complete. Keeping the area between the house and your garden room as clear as possible will give it an uncluttered, open feel. If you're a keen gardener, then any floral settings should be kept towards fences to avoid the path between the main door of the house and the external room feeling 'tunnelled' or cramped. It's also likely to be more effective and striking if garden fittings are kept to a minimum, for example a large, 8-seater garden dining set may appear too large with the space available.

British gardens come in all shapes and sizes, but luckily so do garden rooms; having a compact or oddly shaped garden is no barrier to creating a valuable addition to your home. If you're dealing with unusual dimensions, remember that a garden room doesn't live in isolation, it has to both work with and compliment the garden as a whole, so careful planning will make sure you maximise the outdoor area of your home.

Date: 14/11/2014 | Author: Roger Hedges