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Does a garden room add value to your property?

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Garden rooms have become a sought-after addition to many homes, offering a unique blend of functionality and aesthetic appeal. As homeowners seek to maximise their living space and adapt to changing lifestyles, the question ‘does a garden room add value to my property?’ often arises. We’ll be taking a look at the ways a garden room can determine any added value.

How a garden room can add value to your property

Increased space

One of the primary reasons homeowners invest in garden rooms is the additional space they provide. Unlike traditional home extensions, which can be disruptive and expensive, garden rooms offer a cost-effective solution to expand your living area. Whether you're looking to create a home office, gym or studio, a garden room provides a separate, versatile space that doesn't compromise the existing rooms in your home.

Improved curb appeal

A well-designed garden room can significantly enhance the visual appeal of your property. Modern garden rooms are not just functional spaces, they’re architectural features that can attract potential buyers. A property with a garden room often garners more interest, leading to quicker sales and often meeting or even exceeding the asking price.

Increased functionality

The rise of remote working has made a dedicated office space a desirable feature for many buyers. A garden room serves as an ideal workspace, offering privacy and a dedicated environment away from the main house's distractions. Additionally, garden rooms can cater to fitness enthusiasts looking for a home gym or hobbyists seeking a quiet space for their activities.

How much value can a garden room add to your home?

According to Tabitha Cumming, a property expert from The Lease Extension Company, a garden room can add up to 15% to the sale price of a house, with additions such as electricity, wifi and insulation being a factor in how much value is added, as are large glass windows or doors which allow in plenty of light.

Factors which affect the amount of value a garden room adds

The size and quality of the garden room

The value a garden room adds to your property is directly proportional to its quality and size. According to several leading UK estate agencies, a high-quality garden room can boost your property's value by between 5% and 15%.

Location, location, location  

The location of your property plays a crucial role in determining how much value a garden room adds. In areas where outdoor space is at a premium, installing a quality garden room can significantly enhance property value.

Current market conditions

The property market's current state can influence the value addition of a garden room. In times when home offices and additional spaces are in high demand, garden rooms can fetch a higher value.

Additional points to consider

Your budget

While garden rooms are a cost-effective alternative to traditional extensions, it's essential to factor in your budget. Ensure the investment aligns with the expected return in terms of property value.

Your lifestyle

Consider how the garden room fits into your lifestyle. Whether you need a workspace, a gym or a relaxation zone, ensure the garden room meets your requirements.

Your needs

Evaluate your long-term needs. If you plan to sell your property in the future, consider how appealing the garden room will be to potential buyers.

Final thoughts

A bespoke garden room can undoubtedly add value to your property, offering both functional and aesthetic benefits. However, it's vital to approach this decision with careful planning, considering factors like quality, location and market conditions. By aligning the garden room with your needs and lifestyle, you can ensure it serves as a valuable addition to your home.

Inside a garden room that is used as a relaxation/entertainment space.

Frequently asked questions

What are some creative uses for a garden room that can enhance my property's value?

From art studios to meditation spaces, the possibilities are endless. Tailoring the garden room to meet specific needs can make it a unique selling point.

Do I need planning permission for a garden room?

Generally, garden rooms or structures don't need planning permission if they align with permitted development guidelines. For it to be considered an 'outbuilding' based on these rules, the structure must not have sleeping facilities and should be a single-storey, with the eaves height not exceeding 2.5m.

Do building regulations apply to a garden room?

Building regulations typically do not apply unless the garden room is intended for sleeping purposes. Garden rooms with an internal floor space of less than 15m2 can be positioned close to any rear boundary. However, for garden rooms that have more than 15m2 but don't exceed 30m2, there should be a minimum distance of 1m from any boundary.

Should I invest in a high-end garden room to maximise property value?

While quality is crucial, it's essential to balance the investment with the expected return on property value.

Which is better, a garden room or an extension? 

It’s true to say that both developments will increase the value of your home. However, there are certain advantages garden rooms have over extensions, not least the fact that they cost less and, in most cases, no planning permission is required. There’s also the fact that garden rooms are easier to install and cause far less disruption during construction.

We go into more detail on this subject in our article The Value of Garden Buildings vs Extensions.

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