According to a recent report, the sales of ‘garden rooms’ – from shepherd huts to larger bespoke spaces – increased by 22% last year* – building on rapid growth in 2014 and 2015. Whether it’s individual families avoiding the cost of moving house (particularly the cost of stamp duty) or a prep school creating a separate library, the popularity of building a garden room continues to build momentum.
More people are realising that there is no reason why a garden room cannot be just as beautifully designed as any room in their house.
There is also a growing trend towards garden rooms becoming more elaborate and luxurious – underfloor heating is now pretty standard and there is no reason why an extra bedroom in your garden can’t come with a steam room and dressing room as well as a luxury en-suite.
Considering both the design of a garden room and its interior when you are designing a play room, a treatment room or a combined office and gym, when the design of the structure fuses with the design of the interior, the result is always more successful.
Until recently, many people wouldn’t consider suggesting that their mother moves into a ‘room in the garden’ but once they see how luxurious and large the spaces that can be created and how a meticulously decorated bedroom, en-suite bathroom, dressing area and living space can all be designed exactly to their own taste, they are almost tempted to move in themselves!