So you have made the decision to design and build a garden room for your outdoor space – or perhaps you are still deciding, and want to see how possible it is to build a garden room yourself. Well, we are here to say it is more than possible to do with or without help. To save you time, we have put together a useful guide, detailing all the steps and considerations when embarking on the journey towards a self-built garden room.
In order to keep things simple, we have ‘bite-sized’ the steps, giving you a wide overview of the whole process of building a garden room. If you have any questions or queries at any stage of the designing or building process, do not hesitate to get in contact. Our team will be happy to assist you.

An oak framed garden room with a patio on a well-kept lawn

How to Build a Garden Room From EHB: 5 Simple Steps

  1. It all begins with a quote. So the first thing you need to do is give us a call or request a bespoke quote. From there, you will get the chance to discuss your plans and desires with an advisor, who will be able to guide you as you decide on important details. Which frame type would you prefer? Do you want insulation? Do you have specific design requests for windows and doors? Among other crucial factors that should be straightened out before the manufacturing process can begin.
  1. Once our team has received your final designs, we will get to work manufacturing the oak timber frame for your garden room. All of our wood is graded and precisely cut using top-of-the-line machinery. 
oak timber planks
  1. Once the timber has been cut, our graders will inspect it again – checking for any signs of minor imperfections so that we can re-source fresh materials and re-cut the flawed pieces. The moment we are happy with the quality of your timber frame, we will deliver it. We ship nationwide, and you should expect to see your kit, from sign-off to arrival, within 4 to 8 weeks.
  1. Once all materials have arrived, our team of experienced professionals will get to work assembling your new garden room. This could take several weeks to a month, depending on the design specifications of your build, scheduling considerations, and preparation of your chosen terrain. We select trusted companies from across your local area to build your garden room.
  1. Once all the build is complete, and we have signed off on quality and safety checks, you will be free to enjoy your new garden room in whatever way you like.
oak timber

How to Build a Garden Room Yourself

For experienced carpenters and others with construction know-how, building a garden room yourself is certainly possible. You will be responsible for sourcing and cutting your own timber and fixtures, purchasing all essential equipment, and then will come the task of laying proper foundations with concrete blocks, installing insulation and mesh, and building up the frame piece by piece.
It is an incredibly rewarding endeavour, especially once you have plastered the walls, sorted your electronics, and added finish to your floors. You can step back and behold your own creation, and hopefully enjoy it for years to come. If you need a more detailed explanation, we have a step-by-step guide on building a garden room from scratch.

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Will Your Garden Room Need Planning Permission?

Whether your garden room is with our help or without, it is likely that you will not need any planning permission or building regulations before you can start work. However, this depends on how you are planning to use your garden room, and the exact specifications of the design itself. 

If you are unsure if your garden room will need planning permission or building regulations before work can start, we recommend reading our guide to planning permission. Remember, you can contact us any time, and our advisors can help you through the process of obtaining permission for your new garden room.

Man calculating costs

How Much Does It Cost to Build a Garden Room?

Much like planning permission, so much depends on the individual specifications of your garden room, its size, whether it’s more than one storey, and whether the project is classed as an extension. If you would like a price estimate for your bespoke garden room, you can complete our online form and our team will respond as soon as they can.

Build Your Own Garden Room Today

Whether your new garden room is supplied and installed by us or is self-built, we cannot overstate the positive impact it will have on your outdoor space. A garden room’s versatile structure allows you to adapt its function any time you wish. Perhaps you would like to convert your garden room into a home office, for those days spent working from home? Or alternatively, an art studio or home gym, to keep your mind and body active in your downtime.

When you purchase a timber framed garden room from us, we can provide full design support, proper insulation and soundproofing, and custom double glazing options. From the sturdy concrete base to the fragrant and luxurious cedar cladding, English Heritage Buildings has you and your garden room covered.