Connect Your Home to Your Outside Space with a Garden Room

Garden Rooms are often thought of as being a separate cabin style building down the end of your garden; which you would typically use as an office, craft room, a spare bedroom or as a separate summer only additional living space.

However, did you know that a Garden Room can also refer to a fixed structure that is part of your house? This can be from designing a new structure to extend your existing living space, or by altering a conservatory into a more usable room that connects your living space to your garden as a conservatory does; but with the benefit of being able to use it all year around not just in the warmer months.

Whilst conservatories have their uses and in the summer are great spaces to relax in and make the most of the sunshine streaming in; they can become too hot at the height of summer as the heat becomes trapped inside and they are difficult to cool down. At the other end of the temperature scale; come the winter, they then become too cold so people end up shutting them off from the rest of the house and using them as storage; as they are simply too cold to even open the door to let alone use the space. This is a shame as it is often a good-sized space that is not being fully utilised and thereby restricts your overall living space during the winter months.

However, there are a number of options available to make this space more useable. These range from swapping the glass/polycarbonate roof to an insulated tiled roof to help maintain a consistent temperature; through to swapping the structure for a more permanent structure that can be put to full use throughout the year.

Additionally; many clients are now asking for a garden room to be added to their house when they have no existing structure there in the first place. They love the idea of having a room that they can relax in and enjoy the garden views from whatever the time of year; making the most of the summer or winter sunshine but with it still being part of their house rather than separate.

Whichever route you are considering, replacing a conservatory with a permanent structure that can be used all year round will not only add value to your home but will make it more attractive to sellers should you decide to move later down the line.

Here are some examples of Garden Rooms we have worked on for previous clients:

Garden Room – Milton Keynes
Our client wanted a garden room which could be used all year round without costing a fortune in heating bills. Therefore, we produced a light airy room that connected with the garden and the rest of the house. We also advised on the reshaping of the garden and rebuilding of a garden wall to create an adjacent outdoor sunspace. They were very happy with the finished outcome and said “The project was delivered on time to a high spec. Building Tectonics engaged with us throughout the process ensuring that any changes were managed and we would highly recommend them”.

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Conservatory Conversion – Milton Keynes
When Tony, our company director, brought his house it included a conservatory so one of the main upgrades he made was to put a ‘proper’ roof on it.  This required getting builders to form a foundation outside the conservatory, construct the necessary steel-work, remove the old plastic roof and replace it with a new traditional roof. The glass sides and floor were left as they were but it had a super insulated roof installed. Although the conservatory was already there; Planning and Building Regulation approvals will often still be necessary for this type of work.

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House Remodel – Bedfordshire
Our client had bought a very tired 1960’s house which they thought needed remodelling. The house had a very un-inspiring appearance, an outdated internal arrangement, very poor insulation and lacked connection with the garden. An architect had produced some plans but the client thought these were unsuitable. Therefore, we were asked to perform our magic and remodel the house and make it a home fit for the future. We are pleased to say that everyone has been delighted with the results.

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Do you have an existing conservatory or outbuilding that you would like to make better use of and to connect it with the garden for all-round year use? Or would you simply like some ideas for how a new garden room structure could be added to the back of your house? Please do get in touch to see how Building Tectonics can help you.

Garden Room in Bletchley.

Our clients wanted to replace a conservatory with a room that they could use all year round. The old timber conservatory was in need of replacement as it was rotten in places, but rather than opt for a newer plastic conservatory (which would still have a limited life expectancy) they wanted to invest their money wisely by extending their house and create what we would call a ‘garden room’. They believe, as we do, that this would be a longer lasting asset. They also wanted to create a more integrated layout so that the ‘garden room’ became a space to be used in conjunction with the kitchen, and also formed the ‘hub’ of the house, connecting with the lounge and the garden.

The exterior was intended to be simple, unostentatious and blend in with the existing building.

The clients are delighted with the results as it gives them everything they required.

A ‘hot’ topic

Traditional Conservatories are cruel!

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We have completely transformed the conservatory into what we call a garden room. To us this means a room looking out on the garden that can be used all the year round. It involves putting a proper roof over the glazed area. We can often retain the glass perimeter and floor too, although sometimes some changes to these elements are needed. Our technique does not involve any light weight insulation layer as sold by some companies who have, like us, realized that there is a general dissatisfaction with conservatory owners. We advocate an independent structural system and a traditional roof. If done correctly, it shades the space in the summer, keeps the heat in during winter and gets rid on the nasty, dirty looking, creaking, badly insulated security risk that is the polycarbonate roof.

Ok, you would have been well advised to do it properly first time around, but nonetheless we may be able to help so that this space can truly be regarded as part of the house and yet create that all year around connection with the garden.

It may be too late to save all your conservatory plants but stop this cruelty now! Put them out in the garden and promise yourself that you will get the situation resolved before the poor little things have to suffer the biting cold of the mid winter conservatory freeze.

Written by Tony Keller – Building Tectonics Ltd.

Enjoy your garden.

This particular project was completed without any drama (which is the best way in our opinion), and so we have another satisfied client.

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Our client wanted a garden room that could be enjoyed all year round without it costing a fortune in bills when winter shows up (which in the UK could happen at any given time, regardless of the time of the year). The challenge, as always, was to produce a light and airy room that connect with the garden and the rest of the house, without disturbing the aesthetics of the overall look of the property.

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We also advised reshaping the garden a little to accommodate this room, and rebuilding of a garden wall to create an adjacent outdoor sun space, creating something with the feel of another room.

Written by Tony Keller – Building Tectonics Ltd.

 

I’d like a roof on my conservatory please.

If you have seen the Building Tectonics blogs or the Facebook page, you may know that Tony is not exactly a massive fan of conservatories, so when he brought his house a few years ago (which happened to include a conservatory!) he decided that this would have to go.

The previous owners had probably spent a fair amount of money on this, and had tried to make it a more appealing area by removing the windows and doors between the kitchen and conservatory. This made the first two winters at his home horribly cold, so as soon as he had the funding for it, the project to change this space was underway.

One of the main differences he made to this area was the fact that he put a ‘proper’ roof on it. The team of builders Tony brought in formed a foundation outside the conservatory, constructed the necessary steel-work  and when the right moment presented itself (a dry day), the old plastic roof came off and a new traditional roof went on. Making this weather tight took mere hours, and the interior of it was finished within a few days. The outside of this conservatory could be worked on at a more leisurely rate. The glass sides and the floor were left as they were, but now that he has a super insulated roof installed, there are no more worries about cold winters. Planning and Building Regulation approvals will often be necessary for this type of work and so you need to know what you are doing but it is worth the effort.

A conservatory roof being changed to a proper roof.

Written by Jade Turney – Building Tectonics Ltd.