David Cameron’s shepherds hut has been in the news a lot lately & it got me thinking about how the humble garden shed has morphed into something altogether more stylish: the garden room. A garden room is a cost effective alternative to an extension, and provides extra space for a studio, home office, granny annex, guest bedroom or simply a relaxing retreat. Another advantage is that it is unlikely to need planning permission, and there is a huge variety on the market to choose from.
If you are planning a garden room, there are a few practicalities that need to be taken into account.
Think about the view from the house, and if the room is being used as an annex, which way it should face to maintain privacy. Here the big windows face to the side so as not overlooked from the main house.
For small gardens a pod is ideal and larger pods can have a shower room and kitchenette built in, so useful if you want to earn some extra money renting it out on airbnb!
A sedum roof blends into the landscape and softens the look of a minimalist, modern structure. It will also attract wildlife and butterflies
When choosing furniture, remember that sunshine alters the colour of wood and will fade upholstery fabric, so opt for pale neutral colours that are less likely to fade and painted wooden furniture, which goes well with a neutral palette. Choose durable, easy to clean flooring as there will be constant to-ing and fro-ing from the garden. Ceramic tiles are a good option as they come in so many styles, including very life-like wooden planks.
It is important that the style of the garden room complements the style of the house and garden, especially if it is a conservatory style, adjoining the house. Take inspiration from the colours and shapes of the foliage and plants outside to create a lush, botanical feel. You can also grow exotic plants like citrus and orange indoors, to really bring the outside in.
And this post wouldn’t be complete without a typically cute, vintage shepherds hut!
Images taken from pinterest