choosing the right garden room foundation
The foundation of your garden room is one of the most important aspects to consider when building, but it can also be the most confusing. Our helpful guide will take you through some of the most popular options, and assist you in making the right decision.
When it comes to the things you want to do with your garden room, the possibilities are endless. Whether you want to use it as an office, gym or games room; a studio for crafts or hobbies; an extra guest bedroom; a playroom for kids or extra entertaining space – without a strong foundation system, your garden room won’t be fit for purpose – any purpose – in the long-term.
what kind of base do I need for my garden room?
When you’ve decided on your perfect garden room, the first question to ask is: “What base do I need for my garden room?” You’ll need to consider your garden conditions before deciding. When you talk to your garden room provider, ask if they have any advice about the best base for your garden room. Read on to learn about the different types of garden room foundations available, and understand the pros and cons of each one. This ensures that whatever garden room base you go for, is the right option for you.
There are 3 types of garden room bases that we see typically used:
1. Concrete Pad Garden Room Foundation
2. Poured Concrete Slab Garden Room Foundation
3. Ground Screws Garden Room Foundation
Every option has positives and negatives. We’ve put together a list of the most popular garden room bases, starting with our all-round favourite!
concrete pad garden room foundation
poured concrete slab garden room foundation
cost: £2,000 - £4,000 (approx)
ground screw garden room foundation
cost: £1,500 - £3,000 (approx)
do I need to build a base for my garden room?
Yes, it is absolutely essential that the foundation system of any building, including a garden room, is sound. To decide which type of base to use factors such as size, position and aesthetics must all be taken into account. Your local terrain also influences your choice as does the level of your garden. Good garden room providers generally offer a free virtual site survey service for customers, enabling them to provide details quickly and easily whenever suits them. This is the speediest and most convenient option available – like the complimentary service we offer.
where should I position my garden room?
Where to place your garden room and its foundation is an essential selection as the amount of light and shade can massively influence how it feels. To use your garden room 12 months of the year as a garden office, studio or workshop, you should think about putting it in a position that gets the most natural daylight. Depending on the purpose, having windows on the south and west sides will help capture sunlight for heat and light up those magnificent views of your garden or beyond.
To create shade when necessary or frame the building, positioning the building under a canopy of trees can be helpful. If you site your building directly under a tree, there may be a build-up of leaves and debris on the structure or sticky residues from certain trees – something to bear in mind and protect against to preserve the longevity of your garden room!
You may have to consider positioning your outdoor building close to mains electricity, depending on your garden room provider. With us, you can achieve fully integrated electrics without the need for an electrician and without worrying about where to put your garden room, with our electrical “plug-n-play” package. All the wires are integrated within the garden room structure and protected with a consumer fuse box unit in your garden room. An outlet on the outside of the building allows you to simply run the power cable (provided by us) to your home plug socket. You can quite literally “plug-n-play” when you want to use it!
Buyers also worry whether garden rooms are truly comfortable to use all year round. Our garden rooms are designed to be like an extension of your home, meaning they can be used throughout the year, whatever the weather, as they are fully insulated with double-glazed, secure uPVC doors and windows. After deciding where you want your outdoor building, the next step will be choosing the perfect garden room for you.
choosing the right garden room foundation
what to consider when deciding on your garden room base
deciding on your perfect garden room
helping you pick the right garden room for you and your needs
getting electrics installed in your garden room
your options, including our electrical ‘plug-n-play” package”