Unique Garden Room Ideas

A garden room is a multipurpose outdoor space, that can be tailored to suit a variety of purposes. In this guide to garden room ideas, we’ll take a look at the many uses of a garden building, as a living space, an exercise space, an entertainment space, or a workspace. Warwick Buildings are garden room experts, manufacturing customisable buildings for homes across the UK. Check out the options below to view our full garden room range, or read on and get inspired.

Adding Extra Space to Your Property With a Garden Room

A garden room can offer huge practical benefits to homeowners. Many people across the country love their homes, but recognise that they need more space. Garden rooms can fulfil this need, coming with both a lower price tag and a less disruptive installation when compared to a traditional extension.

Creating a “Granny Annexe” Within Your Garden

Looking after our parents in their later years can pose several issues. We want the best care for them, but care homes can often be prohibitively expensive. Using a garden room as a living space for a parent can create a private area for them to live in, while still allowing them to receive the care they need. A granny annexe garden room can fit a bedroom and bathroom, offering privacy and comfort.

A Guest Room

Much like a granny annexe, another great garden room design idea is to create a fully-featured guest room. If you don’t have the space within your house to allow visitors, a beautiful garden room with a bedroom and bathroom can allow you to have a luxurious space for your family or friends to sleep. For members of a family looking for independence, a larger garden room can function as small garden houses, giving them their own private space to live.

A Beautiful Summerhouse

A summerhouse is a multipurpose garden space, designed to capture as much natural light as possible. While our summerhouse designs are thoroughly insulated, allowing them to be used throughout the year, the unique light-catching design of a summerhouse will create a warm space perfect for summer entertainment or relaxation. For a shaded spot during the summer, a garden room with a canopy can create a warm outdoor living space to sit, whether reading a book or sharing a drink with an old friend.

Storage Building

If you are struggling to comfortably fit your belongings within your home, a garden storage room can be the solution you need. Whether looking for a place to store several bicycles, a range of gardening supplies, or a fully stocked DIY arsenal, a spacious garden room can allow you to cleanly organise your possessions, freeing up more living space within your house.

Garden Entertainment Room Ideas

A garden room can be used to create a fantastic entertainment space, a place to unwind or to entertain throughout the year. Whether looking to create a breakout space from your home, or simply to take advantage of your beautiful garden, here are some brilliant garden room ideas for your new entertainment space.

Garden Bar

A popular modern garden room design idea is to create a fully stocked bar within your garden, making an exciting space for yourself and your friends. You can create the full pub experience, with a wooden bar, working beer pumps, and a mirror-backed spirits display. Whether you opt for a cosy bar with a couple of wooden stools, or a larger space with a table and chairs, a garden bar can be decorated with pictures, mood lighting, and even your own bar sign.

A Cinema Room in Your Garden

If you’ve always dreamed of owning a home cinema but haven’t had the space to do it, then an outside garden room may offer the solution. Capable of fitting a large TV screen or even a projector, your home cinema can include surround sound speakers, plush seating, and even a popcorn machine. A garden room can give you the authentic cinema experience from the comfort of your own home.

A Games Room

Perfect for a child or just a child at heart, a games room can centre around a snooker table, or be fitted out with a dartboard. For gamers, a garden room can offer a space to install a large TV, surround sound speakers and the latest consoles. Or for an alternative, you can make a garden casino, with a poker table and roulette wheel, perfect for hosting local games

A Reading Room

A smaller garden room can create a private hideaway to disappear into a book. Looking out over your garden, you can tackle the greats of fiction, explore the world, or travel back in time. If your house lacks a quiet space to relax, a garden room could offer everything you need.

A “Man Cave”

Combining several different garden room ideas into one, a man cave can be a fully featured bar, a TV area, and a games room all in one. Despite the name, a private entertainment space can be great for women too, offering their own place to unwind and have fun.

Work From Home With an Outside Garden Office

Over the last few years, there has been a clear move toward working from home, which looks set to continue into the future. A garden office can be a great way to create a workspace in your own garden.

A Home Office Within Your Garden

A garden room can be used to make a fully-featured home office, with everything you could need to work from home. A garden office can help your work-life balance, with a clear divide between your home and your workspace. It can also boost your mood to work within your garden, with stunning views and fresh air around you. A larger outdoor garden room could even be used to run a home business, with enough space for multiple employees to work.

Garden Office Pods

A Garden Studio For Arts Projects

A garden room can be used as a studio for a variety of artistic projects. A soundproofed garden room could make an excellent music studio, with space to fit a range of recording equipment and instruments. Alternatively, a garden art studio can offer a space large enough to fit canvasses, paints, and even sculptures. And for photographers, using a garden room as a studio can give you a space to take beautiful photos, and can even include a dark room for developing negatives.

Contemporary garden room

Get Fit Within Your Own Garden

A garden room can make a brilliant exercise space, large enough to store a suite of gym equipment, or even to create your own yoga studio. 

Exercise From Your Garden With a Home Gym

An outdoor garden room can easily be used as a home gym, with space for a running machine, exercise bike, rowing machine, and weight bench. This can be a great way to fit exercise around a busy schedule, and keep up a steady exercise regemin.

A Stylish Yoga Studio Within Your Garden

Another excellent garden room idea is to create a yoga studio within your garden. You can choose an open space large enough for several yoga mats, decorated with artworks, candles and incense. This will allow you to relax and exercise from your own home, and also to host group events. A garden yoga studio could even be used to start a small business.

Case Study

Shed & Breakfast

During a pretty dramatic renovation of their home which included taking off the roof, ripping up the floors and knocking down every single internal wall!

Daisy & Jon revelled in shed dwelling during the two years it took to rebuild their home, and are delighted to show you what eventually became a main source of income.

Case Study

Working from home

With his business thriving, Greg needed an office at the back of his garden so that he could keep his work and personal life separate. He contacted us, as his neighbour had recently had their second building from us, whereby we initially discussed the design at our showroom. Watch Greg take you through the steps from start to finish, as we supplied and installed his garden office at the top of his garden.

Garden Rooms at Any Size

Garden buildings can be tailored to the dimensions of your garden, with larger rooms for workspaces, entertainment areas and more, and smaller areas perfect for one or two people.

Large Garden Rooms

A large garden room can serve a variety of uses. It can be perfect as an outdoor living room, or a full bedroom and bathroom. When using a larger garden room as an entertainment space, you can opt for a fully stocked garden bar, or build the man cave of your dreams. If looking to start a business from home, a large garden room will allow several employees to work within your garden. Larger garden rooms can be built with bi-fold doors, allowing them to let natural light in throughout the day.

Small Garden Offices

If space is an issue for you, you can create a small garden office, allowing you to experience all the benefits of an outdoor garden room within a small city garden. Small garden offices, or even mini garden offices can be suitable for one employee, with space for a desk and computer.

Our Beautiful Range of Bespoke Garden Rooms

Warwick Buildings produces beautiful garden rooms, which can be tailored in many ways, allowing us to make a garden room suitable for any purpose. Whether you are looking for a spare room, an entertainment space, or a home office, we can tailor the dimensions, materials, and layout of our garden rooms to fit your needs. Our website features a 3D garden room designer, providing you with an instant quote for your finalised design. Alternatively, speak to a member of our team about your needs in a garden room, and we can help design a bespoke project for you.

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Testimonials

  • 5 Stars

    5 stars again - need I say more

    Former customer

  • Really helpful staff with a can do approach.

    Really helpful staff with a can do approach and a great show site that shows the quality of the products. The visit firmed up ideas for a new stable block and within budget.

    Richard Bowden

  • Erection crew were tidy and co-operative

    Erection crew were tidy and co-operative. Availability of lining important factor in my purchase. Satisfied customer.

    Mr Keevil

  • Three super buildings

    The first two buildings that we used for classrooms, were so good that we decided to dismantle one of the old sheds and have a new one in it's place. Thank you - the students and the staff are in heaven.

    Viv Morgan

  • I was impressed

    All 5 stars. I was impressed with the speed and the tidiness of the erecting of the garage, and the politeness of the team.

    Mr Warren

  • Very helpful.

    Visited here to get an idea of the possibilities for a new garden office workshop we are looking to have built. They have examples of the various buildings that appear on the website, makes it a lot easier to picture the options, and to get real idea of scale. The gentlemen we spoke to was very helpful. Now just need to put our design on paper.

    Dave Deacon

  • Very pleased, professional efficient service from start to finish.

    Very pleased, professional efficient service from start to finish. Garage looks good and hope it stands the test of time.

    Barney Smith

  • Great service

    Good morning David, As you know Miles dropped over yesterday morning and sorted out the problem with the bifold doors on my new office. Thank you very much for responding so promptly and resolving the problem. Great service. Regards, Louise P

    Louise P

  • We are delighted with our Contemporary Garden Office

    We are delighted with our Contemporary Garden Office. From visiting your beautiful showroom, right to finishing , all has been excellent. Very helpful staff, clear and easy to use website, very pleasant team who erected building. Well made, well insulated, great value. Thank you very much.

    Mr & Mrs Bunce

  • Great company – would certainly recommend.

    We've had two buildings from Warwick. First one over twenty years ago which we insulated and finished off ourselves. It's been brilliant so we had no hesitation to go back when we needed a second one. This time we chose a contemporary design which was fully kitted out, saving us time, money and arguments. Same lad that did the first one is still working there and takes care with the finishing touches. Great company - would certainly recommend.

    Chipping Campden Scouts Treasurer

  • Always approachable

    Always approachable + helpful

    Scott

  • Left the site immaculate

    Gus who came to site were lovely. Very polite, professional and friendly. They left the site immaculate. 5 stars for everything else

    T Widdall

  • Well made and sturdy, never damp or wet inside, been well worth the money.

    I've had one of these garages for around 12 years and can't fault it, well made and sturdy, never damp or wet inside, been well worth the money.

    Steve Harris

  • We’re very pleased with the car port

    Thank you - we're very pleased with the car port. The service from Warwick Buildings has been excellent at every stage.

    Mr Barnes

  • Professional staff and a stunning product.

    Fantastic company. Did exactly what they said they would. Professional staff and a stunning product.

    James Smith

  • So professional & efficient

    Positive experience from first call to your office requesting brochure, to erection of office on site. The on site team were amazing - so professional and efficient.

    Mr Kings

  • Brilliant Company

    Brilliant Company, have dealt with them on more than one occasion, outstanding staff and service, would certainly recommend

    Keith Walker

  • The team were excellent.

    The team putting up the room were excellent - polite and efficient. You were recommended by our daughter in law - and we will pass on the recommendations.

    Mr & Mrs Goss

  • Everything I had hoped for.

    I was unable to visit the show site and so was a little concerned as to what the build quality would be like. I needn’t have worried as when the product was delivered it was everything I had hoped for.

    Mr Pygall

  • Fantastic service

    Fantastic service - the team are a credit to you. Thank you also for the recommendation of Daron for the concrete base

    C Judd

  • Excellent organisation, great products

    Excellent organisation, great products, very "can-do" staff and outstanding customer service. Highly recommended.

    Andrew Murphy

  • Fantastic service all round

    Fantastic service all round. We're really pleased with our garage and extend our thanks to everyone at Warwick Buildings

    Toby W

  • Excellent on site team

    Local customer and was recommended. The on site team were excellent, as were the office staff. 5 stars too for the showroom and website. Would certainly use you again if I moved house.

    Mr N Taylor

  • We’re very happy with the quality.

    I have previously purchased THREE double garages from Warwick Buildings, the first over twenty years ago is still standing, although unsurprisingly, we re-roofed it. Currently I'm awaiting a quote for a workshop - but the similar one they delivered and erected two years ago is still like new, no issues at all. We're very happy with the quality.

    David Holmes

  • Superb customer service

    Super customer service. 5 Stars to all aspects of the purchase - many thanks. Just for information - I was recommended.

    Mr Denby

  • My previous garage is still good after 13 years

    I previously bought from you in 2007. Still the same quality, and service. My previous garage is still good after 13 years so I knew how good the quality of your garages was before I decided to buy this one. Your office staff were also excellent.

    Mr Ironside

  • It has enhanced our garden, the structure is very sound and looks great. Highly recommended.

    I was looking for an alternative to a standard concrete garage and found Warwick via google. I paid them a visit and was impressed with the standard of the wooden buildings they manufacture, so placed an order. Garage is now complete and I am very very pleased, it has enhanced our garden, the structure is very sound and looks great. Highly recommended.

    Mike Thornley

  • Excellent Job

    5 stars on every aspect, but an extra mention for the on site team as they did an excellent job installing my garden room

    M Grant

  • A job well done

    Right from start to finish Warwick Buildings have been very professional. The website was easy to use and I liked that I could get a price for the office that I wanted to have. It's a great way for a customer to customize the shed and have an instant price. Then the showroom was amazing, with great coffee too! The waiting time didn't worry me as it showed me you were busy, so it actually gave me confidence... and time to get my ducks in order. Finally the day arrived and fortunately the sun was shining. We were amazed to see how everything fitted together so accurately, and soon after the bacon sandwiches, the building was up. This left plenty of time for the finishing touches to be done, so that just after lunch my new office was ready for me to decorate. Please thank the onsite team and the office staff, as they have been polite and courteous throughout the whole process. A job well done.

    Mr MacPhelan

  • See google review

    Not many people add a Google review as well as sending back their aftersales questionnaires. Mike was delighted with the new garden office and rated the office team as outstanding, and the on site team as excellent. The full review is on Google.

    Mike Smith

  • Credit to the company

    The guys who installed were professional, fished in good time, left the garden tidy - credit to the company

    Mr Blencowe

  • Worth the wait…

    A long wait but worth it in the end. The installation team were brilliant, as were the office staff.

    T Murrell

  • On site team fabulous.

    Showroom excellent - Sales team efficient - On site team fabulous - Building magnificent - Coffee to die for (in showroom)

    Ian Jones

  • On site team very pleasant & efficient

    5 stars all round. Would recommend to friends. On site team very pleasant & efficient.

    Mr Reynolds

  • Value for money

    I chose Warwick because they adapted my office to suit me, and they would always update any changes in writing. OK the lead time was a bit longer than I'd anticipated, but that meant they were busy, so it gave me confidence that my money was safe. The team arrived and built it in next to no time, and they even cleared up after themselves... I'd have no hesitation in recommending them

    Sam

  • Recommended by a friend

    A friend recommended me to Warwick Buildings. Glad they did. 5 stars all round.

    Mr K Bailey

  • Quality & Service 5 STARS

    I chose Warwick Buildings simply because I went to the showroom, and they designed the building on the internet with me. Brilliant.

    Mr Cooney

  • Excellent & prompt response to queries

    Wonderful product, exactly what we wanted. Exemplary service at every stage. Excellent and prompt response to queries... Jake particularly awesome!

    Mr Young

  • Many thanks

    Many thanks to you and the installation team we are very pleased with our buildings that have been constructed over the past couple of days. They compliment the 2 garages and a pool shed which have been built on the property since 2004

    M Beeny

  • Superb.

    Superb. I've just had a garage supplied and installed by Warwick, and have been very impressed with both the building itself and their customer service and support. The building was supplied and fitted ahead of schedule, which was nice. After initial installation there were a couple of minor snags, which Warwick addressed and put right first thing the next day. You can't ask for more than that. I would wholeheartedly recommend Warwick based on both the quality of their product and their customer service.

    Chris Baker

  • I found them great and the building I bought is quality

    Well I'm just going to sell my 4 year old "traditional office" supplied by them as I don't use it much and came across these reviews. My office is (as stated) four years old. Still 100% water tight everything is perfect despite being under a tree all the time. I found them great and the building I bought is quality....

    Richard Jenkinson

  • Great to the see garage erected so quickly. It looks good.

    Great to the see garage erected so quickly.  It looks good.

    M Cowing

  • I am very happy

    I am very pleased with my new garden office and with the service + support received from the office + onsite teams. The attention to detail is excellent everywhere and I thought this was worth mentioning. I am very happy.

    Curtis-Spence

  • They were excellent

    Just to commend your onsite team - they were excellent

    Mrs Johnson

  • We love our new garden office

    Thanks for an outstanding buying experience. From the start, Warwick Buildings have been fantastic. The delivery & build team were great! We love our new garden office.

    A Murphy

  • As promised

    Everything was exactly as promised - thank you!

    Ms Connan

  • Excellent service – as always

    I'm a previous customer (as you know) and this is my 3rd garage from you. Excellent service as always - I'm delighted with the garage. Thanks

    S Prevett

  • Fantastic service

    Fantastic service from start to finish - a job well done. Thanks!

    Mr Burnett

  • Loving the office

    Loving the office.  Quality product, thank you

    John & Susan D

  • Five Stars All Round

    After an extensive internet search I chose Warwick Buildings for my home office. Thank you to the entire team. Easy to understand price builder, great sales team, fabulous on site team. 5 Stars all round.

    Mr Arnold

  • Work ethic was magnificent

    5 stars. Is there anything else you would like to say? YES - where did you get your quality staff from? Work ethic was magnificent.

    Jack H-F

  • Fantastic service from a very reputable company.

    Fantastic service from a very reputable company. I would strongly recommend them to anyone looking for a garden office.

    Jamie Dorrance

FAQ's

What groundwork is required for garden offices?

Concrete Pad or Paving Slab Base
150mm compact hardcore: DPM: 100mm concrete: or
150mm compact hardcore: 50mm paving slabs on cement sub base

Garden rooms and offices require a flat & level pad of either concrete or paving slabs.
The base will need to be at least the same size as the building you are looking to have, and you
will require 400mm clearance to objects such as fences, trees or other buildings.
We can work within a 10mm tolerance (which a competent builder can easily achieve).

Is my garden room/office suitable for year round use?

The Garden Rooms and Offices are fully insulated for year round use. They are designed to be warm in the winter and cool in the summer, however the location in your garden will have an impact on how warm / cool the building is.

North faced gardens will have buildings that are naturally cooler throughout the year, whilst south facing garden will be naturally warmer throughout the year.

A building in the shade or in a north faced garden, will need a small heater during the winter months, but will remain cosy when the building is up to temperature.

A building in direct sunlight or in a south facing garden will benefit from more ventilation and blinds between the glass to keep the building cooler.

What makes some timbers more expensive than others?

Good forestry management requires the selective felling of trees which would otherwise gradually lose tensile strength over time and which would inhibit new growth resulting in forests which contain a lower grade quality timber overall. Careful forest management is a necessary practice to maintain balanced and healthy forests and should not to be confused with indiscriminate de-forestation which is seen in areas of the world particularly in regions where tropical rain forests predominate and which devastate wild life habitat and contribute to global warming.

How long will my building last?

We regularly have customers that have buildings re-roofed at 15 and twenty years old – who are quite confident that their buildings will last double that time if they get general maintenance and care.
This building was taken by a customer and we have worked out that it was 18 years old, and was still original. The customer has painted the building regularly with Protek Woodstain.

This garden office is 12 years old and has been regularly treated with Dark Oak wood protector. It features timber doors and windows, along with brown felt tiles.

Can my garden room be used as a music studio?

We can provide RWA45 Rockwool acoustic insulation in place of the standard insulation and the option to upgrade to triple-glazed doors and windows.

RB Studios in Birmingham have utilised 5 of our garden offices as music studios. These studios have been used by many famous Artists and Bands, and are Birmingham’s longest established recording and rehearsal studios.

How do I get internet to my garden room/garden office?

There are two ways to get internet to the new Garden Office.

Option 1 is to have a CAT 5 cable coming from a router in your house, down the garden and into the back of the building.
We can supply a back box specifically for a CAT 5 cable. Usually the cable is better to be unbroken – hence we don’t internally wire with a CAT 5 cable to pug into

Option 2 is to purchase a WiFi extender kit or a mobile data dongle.

How much clearance do I need around my building?

We require a minimum of 600mm around the building to be able to fit the cover strips and guttering on the outside of the building.

If you have less space available please contact us on 01926 815757, as we will discuss the options available on an individual basis – it may be that we can still accommodate your project.

What can I have without planning?

Buildings close to a boundary will need to be 2.5m high. If you require a taller building without planning you will need to be more than 2m away from your boundary.
You will need to locate your building either to the side or to the back of the house – buildings in front of the house will need planning permission.

Please note that the customer is responsible for planning permission, and may need to contact the council for full clarification of their permitted development rights.

What maintenance is required?

The weather, location and the sun can all have an effect on buildings, however throughout our 35 years we understand how our product works and how it stands up to the test of time.

Your maintainace schedule should be:

  • To clean the gutters out to keep free from debris
  • Adjust doors and windows that have expanded or contracted through weather conditions
  • Remove debris from the roof
  • Treat the outside of the building as required to maintain an attractive appearance. (This provides a waterproof coat to the timber and keeps the moisture content of the wood consistent – which in turn improves the stability of the timber, and reduces the expansion & contraction of the timber)

Our guarantee is in respect of design and maufacturing faults, corrosion and rot for 10 years from the date of installation.

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