Garden Accommodation

Benefit from additional accommodation without moving house

As your family grows, an extra bedroom could be a major boon or even a necessity. But moving to a property with just one additional bedroom will always be expensive and such a move might be beyond your current means. The difference in value between a three-bedroom and a four-bedroom house in the UK is, on average, more than £140,000. A garden retreat would be a far more cost-effective option and would also add value to your property. Ideal for teenagers or for young adults who are saving for their own home, a garden room can give you the additional accommodation you need without the expense and hassle of moving. If you live at some distance from friends and relatives, your garden retreat would give you the perfect guest accommodation.

  • Save money
    Buying a larger home is expensive and the moving costs alone can be considerable. Why not save money by investing a garden retreat instead?
  • Expand hassle-free
    Moving is costly and it’s also hard work. Wouldn’t it be great if you didn’t have to search for a house, pack up your whole life and then unpack it all again?
  • A room with a view
    What could be nicer than a bedroom with a garden view? A peaceful and private retreat for a family member or your guests, a garden bedroom can be a dream bedroom.
  • Investment
    A garden guest room will save you the cost of moving and will also enhance the value of your property, making it easier for you to move on when the time is right.

Give everyone in the family their own space

No matter how much you love your family, living with them isn’t always plain sailing, especially when you don’t have enough rooms to give everyone their own space. If your home is overcrowded, it will impact every aspect of your life including your relationships.

Planning permission and building regulations

Most garden retreats will not require planning permission or building regs approval but there are exceptions, and these include buildings which include sleeping accommodation and/or bathrooms. Garden rooms are generally considered to be outbuildings and therefore are permitted developments that do not require planning permission. However, to be considered an outbuilding, a structure must be incidental to the enjoyment of a property and not residential. If you would like your garden retreat to feature sleeping accommodation, it will require planning permission and, for safety reasons, building regulations approval. Always consult with your local planning office before you set your heart on garden accommodation. The planning officers can advise you as to what they feel it would be acceptable to build in your garden. You can then apply for planning permission in greater confidence. You will find more detailed information on our Planning Permission and Building Regulations pages.

  • Style
    Completed by your choices of finishes and flooring, your garden retreat will feature stylish yet practical accommodation that your kids or visitors will truly love.
  • Peace
    Your kids or your guests will benefit from a wonderfully peaceful place to sleep while being close to you and you will enjoy living in a more peaceful house!
  • Flexibility
    Giving you an extra bedroom when you need it, your garden room can be repurposed in the future to suit your evolving needs. Think home office, art studio, garden gym, home cinema or summer house!
  • Stepping stone
    It is getting harder and harder for young people to buy their first homes. A garden retreat is the perfect stepping stone as it will give your child space to call their own while they save for their deposit.

What’s not to like about a stylish extra bedroom?

Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.

William Morris

How to plan the ideal garden accommodation

An extra bedroom could transform your lifestyle and enhance the value of your property. But only if it is large enough to feature everything you need and not so large as to overly dominate your garden. You will almost certainly require planning permission for your retreat if it is to be used as accommodation and planning rules may limit what you can build. Your first step must be to contact your local planning department to establish whether you are likely to gain planning permission and what restrictions might impact your project. Once you know where you stand, by considering the following aspects of your room, you can evolve your plan for the perfect retreat. Kennedy Garden Retreats are available in a variety of sizes and configurations and so we can certainly make your dream a reality.

  • Aspect
    where should your retreat best be positioned to take advantage of the natural light?
  • Furniture
    What furnishings do you wish to feature in your garden guest accommodation?
  • Storage
    How much storage do you require?
  • Flooring
    What type of flooring represents the best blend of style and practicality?
  • Lighting
    What type of lighting would you prefer and where will light fittings be located?
  • Heating and air conditioning
    Your space will certainly need to be heated in the winter but is air conditioning also a must-have?
  • Power
    How many sockets will you require and where should they be located?
  • Broadband
    Do you need broadband and if so, how will you extend it to your room? You can do this via powerline networking, ethernet cable or WiFi PtP.
  • Bathroom
    Should your retreat feature a bathroom?
  • Versatility
    At some point in the future you may no longer need your extra bedroom. It’s best to design a versatile space that can be repurposed in the future. Your garden room could become a garden office, a garden gym, a studio or a summer house. creating a versatile space will ensure that you always have a use for your building and will maximise its impact on the value of your property.

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