Our Top 5 Tips for Budgeting for a Garden Room
1. Set Clear Priorities
Before starting your garden room design, decide what features are essential to you and what you may be willing to compromise on.
Focus first on structural elements like the foundation, roof, and exterior walls that are difficult to change later. Spend less initially on finishes and decor that can be upgraded over time. While you might have grand ideas for interior design, this is less important than the essentials. Create a list of needs versus wants to guide where you can cut costs if needed.
2. Optimise Size and Layout
The size and layout of your garden room will significantly impact the budget. Smaller is usually cheaper, so be strategic about the space you need. An efficient layout without wasted space will also save on building materials and labour costs. Consider how the garden room will be furnished and used to choose the right proportions.
Bear in mind the space you are working with, too. It’s pointless maxing out your budget in pursuit of a larger garden room if it takes up too much space in the garden. All this does is ruin your garden and make your home less attractive to future buyers.
3. Choose Cost-Effective Materials
Materials are a big expense, so it makes sense to choose cheaper ones if you are working with a tight budget. Look at ways to cut money by opting for lower-cost exterior cladding.
Wood or uPVC cladding is an affordable and low-maintenance option for the exterior of your garden room. Go for a simple style without ornamentation to keep costs down. Composite and cedar cladding are longer-lasting but more expensive choices.
Talk to us about your options if you are not sure what works with your budget.
4. Door and Window Configurations
The number, sizes, and types of doors and windows will have cost implications. Opt for standard sizes over custom windows and doors whenever possible. uPVC tends to be the most budget-friendly. Go for fixed panes instead of opening windows or patio doors in non-essential areas. Installing doors and windows yourself will also save on labour costs. While it may be tempting to splurge on expensive bi-fold doors, ask yourself whether you can live without them.
5. Choose a Pre-Designed Garden Room
Purchasing a pre-designed garden room or building kit can streamline the budgeting process, and it is one of the most cost-effective garden room solutions.
Check out our range of garden room designs that are available at a fixed price. Just pick the size and style you like. Each one comes with installation, and internal and external finishes included, but you can also pick from optional upgrades if your budget allows.
Going with a standard design avoids bespoke architectural drawings and custom building costs.
Careful planning and smart material choices will allow you to create a beautiful garden room sanctuary that fits your budget. Focus on the key structural elements first and then add decorative touches over time. With some creativity and cost-saving tips, your perfect garden retreat can become a reality.
Speak to us today to explore your options.