Our Guide to Oak Garden Rooms
With spring finally underway, and summer inching ever closer, many people are turning their attention to their homes and gardens - deciding how to maximise those summer months and really ‘bring the outside in’ to their homes.
A perfect way to do this (come rain or shine) is through the addition of an oak garden room. Not only do they look fantastic and add valuable extra space and light to your home, but they also make the most of the relationship between your home and its outside space.
Read our guide to garden rooms below, where we will answer some of the most common questions and queries related to their construction.
What’s the difference between a garden room and a conservatory?
The difference between a garden room and a conservatory is its roof. Conservatories typically have glazed roofs, whereas a garden rooms (sometimes referred to as sunrooms) will usually have a tiled, rubber or timber roof - whether pitched or flat.
For lots of homeowners, they will match the roof of the garden room to the roof of the existing building, allowing it to blend in and look a part of the original structure.
Another difference is that conservatories usually need to be separated from the main building, through the use of sliding doors for example. However, a garden room can become part of, and open to, the existing home, subject to energy efficiency calculations.
Will I need planning permission?
The requirement for planning permission will depend on the size and scope of your project. Typically, you can extend without planning permission by 3m for semi-detached houses and 4m for detached houses. However, if you live within a Conservation area or an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, planning permission is usually always required.
It is always best to check with your local authority before beginning work on a timber garden room. In addition, the team at Richmond Oak have a vast amount of planning permission experience and, in the event that you will require it, our Planning Permission Coordinators can deal with everything for you.
Will my garden room be too hot in summer and too cold in winter?
When homeowners are considering a timber garden room, temperature control is a common concern. However, this needn’t be a worry as here at Richmond Oak we have the skill, expertise and technology to ensure your hardwood garden room is suitable for use all year round.
Richmond Oak use the best double glazed, solar controlled glass available, ensuring the temperature is properly regulated and your living space is comfortable throughout all climates and seasons. We also highly recommend the use of roof vents - which help control the temperature by releasing hot air when required.
Oak is a fantastic building material. It is sustainable, environmentally-friendly and incredibly strong and durable. In addition, it provides a stunning and elegant finish. As such, a hardwood garden room or sunroom is the perfect choice.
Richmond Oak always use Class 1, FSC certified fully seasoned European White Oak. This means you can rest assured that the wood is sourced from responsibly managed forests and is a renewable product.
Other things to consider
Before you begin planning an oak garden room, there are a number of other points to consider.
Firstly, what will the room be used for? Garden rooms are a fantastic additional space and can be used for anything from a dining room or living room to a kitchen extension or kids’ playroom. The purpose of the room, however, will help to determine the room’s design and structure. For example, if you want to hang a large TV from a wall, there will be need to be adequate wall space - with no glazing in that area - to do so. Similarly, if the room will need to house lots of storage (for toys, for example) this is an important consideration when planning its layout.
Another important consideration is windows and doors. A bi-fold door is a stunning addition to a garden room and really makes the most of the connection between the house and outdoor space. Richmond Oak can supply a huge variety of timber doors and window frames and can help you select the best options for your requirements.
Here at Richmond Oak Conservatories we design and install beautiful oak garden rooms, orangeries and conservatories. Our hardwood extensions are built to your requirements and only use the highest quality materials.
If you’d like to make the most of your outdoor space with a stunning timber garden room, get in touch with the expert team at Richmond Oak Conservatories today.
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