From shabby chic sheds to designer cabins, garden rooms are an increasingly popular way to expand your home's living area. Adding outdoor living space can be seen as an investment in your property and we all want to make a return on our investments. Increasing your living space, when done well, will help to sell your house in the future. So what should you look out for when choosing your garden room?
Many companies have recently begon to market garden buildings in the UK. Budget must be your first consideration and constraint to your plans. Some estate agents will appeal, if the room looks like a shed it will always be considered a shed and will fail to add value to your home. The lower end of the market does have this atmosphere but if your room is well insulated and double glazed, perhaps brightly colored and decorated, it will become a feature. Heavy planting in a cottage garden style around your shed will help its appeal as a useable study or music room for potential buyers.
Services such as electric lighting and power sockets, telephone and internet, toilets and sinks, showers and spa baths comprise a sliding scale of possibilities for the garden building and the value it will hold. Some rooms are designed with a specific purpose in mind, such as a therapy room or meditation space, guest suite, granite flat, painting studio or personal gym. So in terms of which services your room has and its total floor area unique selling points will be enhanced accordingly. This kind of lifestyle selling can add a significant extra percentage to the value of your property.
Towards the higher end of the garden rooms market, you can have your own building individually designed to suit your garden by an experienced garden room designer. Sharp studio lines or contemporary sloping roof structures make a statement about your property and are a joy to admire and to use. Such buildings are highly insulated and perform better than most houses, thermally.
Put simply, the higher quality the building the more appealing to prospective buyers of your property. If you can dress the garden and home to reflect an aspirational lifestyle, the value will come through your supplement asking price and the interest generated by the extra, separate living space. Clearly, good garden rooms help sell homes for the potential to work from home or expand your living space into the garden room.