Yoga or Pilates Room


Would you relish somewhere to practice Pilates, or do you teach Pilates? A stylish garden room could become the perfect Pilates studio and it would be located on your doorstep. Your garden room could be designed to give you all the space you need and would be a peaceful sanctuary where you, your friends or your clients could properly relax and focus. Working out would be so much more enjoyable when you can exercise in privacy and with a great view. Your clients wouldn’t need to enter your home to attend sessions and you could avoid the ongoing expense of renting space elsewhere.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to benefit from a private space that is tailored to your needs? Exercising or teaching at home doesn’t need to mean using your spare bedroom or squeezing yourself and your equipment into your conservatory. Your new building will be separate from your home and yet just a few metres away and would enhance the value of your property. As such, it would be an excellent investment and one that you can enjoy for many years to come.

    If you teach Pilates, it is costly to rent studio space and you will incur travelling expenses when you use it. Your garden yoga studio will reduce your overheads moving forward.
    With a garden room, you can benefit from a Pilates studio without needing to use a spare bedroom, your dining room or your conservatory.
    A professionally designed, stylish and versatile garden room will increase the value and curb appeal of your home from the moment it is completed.
    A private space in the garden will give you a peaceful retreat and so could help relieve stress, whether used for Pilates or simply somewhere to relax.
Pilates garden studio

What is Pilates?

Like yoga, Pilates is a form of exercise for the mind and body that focuses on muscular balance, improving strength and enhancing flexibility. It was developed early in the 20th century by Joseph Pilates, a German physical trainer. He originally named it “Contrology” which is a somewhat less appealing moniker. Pilates is now practised worldwide and is certainly popular in the UK.

The benefits Pilates

Proponents of Pilates suggest that there are many benefits to this form of exercise:

  • Improved flexibility
  • Increased muscle strength and tone
  • Balanced muscular strength
  • Stabilisation of the spine
  • Improved posture
  • Rehabilitation of injuries
  • Prevention of injuries
  • Improved balance and coordination
  • Improved concentration
  • Improved ability to manage stress
  • Enhanced self-awareness

There are so many potential benefits to practicing Pilates that a garden studio could certainly prove to be a life-enhancing investment. A garden room from Kennedy Garden Retreats could realise all of your aspirations for your studio, whether it is to be a workspace, a workout space or simply somewhere to relax in peace.

    Working out or teaching at home will save valuable time, ensuring that you have more time available to exercise or to take on further clients.
    Connecting with nature will always improve your mood and so a garden room is surely the perfect place to practice Pilates.
    Your garden Pilates studio can be repurposed at any time in the future should your needs and lifestyle change, or you wish to sell your property.
    You are less likely to be disturbed when you are working out in your garden room, and you won’t disturb your family when you welcome your clients.

From the master himself

“Pilates is complete coordination of body, mind and spirit.”

                      Joseph Pilates

Pilates studio design

Planning is key if your garden room is to become your ideal Pilates studio. The size of the building must meet your needs and so it is important to consider what must be accommodated in the space and the number of people that may attend your classes. However, you should also bear in mind that your garden room shouldn’t be so large that it overwhelms your garden. Our stunning garden rooms are available in numerous sizes, enabling you can choose the building that works well for you while suiting the proportions of your garden.

  • Access
    How will clients or friends access the studio after arriving at your property? Do you need to construct a pathway or install a gate?
  • Aspect
    Where and how should your Pilates studio be positioned?
  • Flooring
    Ideally, your flooring will be easy to clean, attractive, durable and non-slip. Hardwood flooring is ideal, or you could install Vinyl yoga tiles. These are dense foam tiles with an anti-skid backing that allows them to be used on top of any existing flooring. You could also consider laminate or cork flooring.
  • Equipment
    Do you need to accommodate mats and how much space would you like to leave around each mat?
  • Storage
    Do you require storage for equipment?
  • Power
    How many sockets will you need and where should they be located?
  • Broadband
    Do you require broadband and if so, how will you extend it to your garden retreat? You can do this via powerline networking, ethernet cable or WiFi PtP.
  • Heating and aircon
    Your studio could quickly lose its appeal if it is too cold in winter and too hot in summer.
  • Toilet
    Should your home yoga space boast a toilet or are you happy to pop back to your house?
  • Outside area
    Outdoor Pilates studios are popular. If the space is available, think about featuring a covered deck where you can host classes. Plants and shelter from the elements are must-haves for decked areas.
  • Reception area
    A stylish reception area would lend a more professional feel to your Pilates studio. It would also give you somewhere to do admin work and to store your paperwork.
  • Versatility
    You may dream of having a Pilates studio at this moment in time but what will you require in the future? To maximise both the benefits of your garden room and the value it can add to your property, design a space that could be repurposed in the future to become accommodation, an art studio, a craft room or a summer house.

Once you have identified everything that must be accommodated in your new space and exactly where your building should be located, you can settle upon the right size of building, whether that be a small garden room or a larger studio. We will construct a striking and beautiful building that you can tailor to your hobby or profession. We will take the hassle and stress out of constructing your garden room and ensure that it enhances your lifestyle, however you intend to use it.

Do you need planning permission for your garden yoga room?

Most garden rooms will not require planning permission. Garden buildings can usually be constructed under your permitted development rights as they are considered to be outbuildings that are incidental to your enjoyment of your property. However, some yoga garden studios will require planning permission. This is because there are restrictions on the size and height of garden room that you can build under your permitted development rights. There are also restrictions on where it can be positioned on your property. Garden rooms that feature toilets or kitchens may require planning permission as will those used for working if your clients will be visiting you. You will find detailed information regarding what you can and can’t do without planning consent on our planning permission page.

Do garden rooms need building regulations approval?

If the floor area of the building is between 15 square metres and 30 square metres, you will not normally be required to apply for building regulations approval for your home yoga room. This is providing that the building contains no sleeping accommodation and is either at least one metre from any boundary or is constructed substantially of non-combustible materials. For more detailed guidance, please visit our building regulations page.

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