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Here Are the Best Way to Use a Garden Room This Spring, According to Experts

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With winter coming to an end and homeowners increasingly looking to maximise their garden space for use during spring, searches for “garden ideas” have seen a staggering +174% increase in the past three months. So, if traditional interior modifications or house extensions are not viable options for you, investing in an external detached garden room can be a great practical alternative to make the most of the spring season.

These cost-effective and versatile structures provide additional space without altering the existing home layout. Whether it’s an outdoor office or a garden bar, external detached garden rooms offer a diverse range of design possibilities.

So, for homeowners considering this type of extension, Jade Oliver, stylist at Express Bi-Folding Doors shares her top garden room ideas to help you kickstart the planning process.

Garden room orangery

Orangeries and conservatories are the most common types of home extensions, as they offer a simple way to bring natural light into any living space, making them an ideal option for external garden rooms. In fact, searches for ‘garden room orangery’ have also seen an 86% increase in the past three months.

Built on a sturdy foundation of either brick or wood and featuring diverse skylight options, these external rooms can be customised to be positioned where sunlight is optimal, and with various roofing solutions available, you can fully harness the morning and evening rays of the spring season.

They can be used for a multitude of purposes, from casual coffee gatherings with friends to leisurely Sunday afternoon reading or morning meditation, showcasing their versatility as an incredibly flexible space.

Workout room

Home gyms have seen a 22% increase in searches in the past three months due to people not having enough time and space to workout properly. So, what better way to convert your external garden room than into a personal workout room?

Having this space at home just makes it a whole lot easier to find the time and motivation to stay fit, no matter what your workout style is. For an added benefit, you can have the pleasure of working out outside during the summer months.

You don’t need all the gym equipment to turn your garden room into a workout room; simply install a full-length window on a wall, add a cardio machine of your choice, or affordable cardio equipment such as skipping rope and weights, and you’re good to go!

Home office or studio

With an increased number of people working from home now, it’s very important to create a dedicated workspace free from all kinds of distractions. An external office garden room is the perfect solution to working undisturbed but also close enough to pop down for snacks and lunch. This is also reflected in searches for ‘external home office’, which saw a 200% increase in the past three months.

To make the space extra cosy, add shelving above your desk, invest in a comfortable office chair, and add a sofa or armchair in the corner alongside a small rug. Additionally, the versatility of the doors and windows available for garden rooms means you can get plenty of natural light and fresh air to help you through the long spring workdays.

Flexible social space

Spring is a very popular time to socialise, so if you are someone who hosts a lot of dinners, parties, or general social gatherings but struggles with space, a garden room is a perfect alternative because it offers you a separate space wide enough to accommodate guests. Or if you’re looking for a soundproof room for your kids, an external garden room can be converted into anything you’d like – from a gaming hideout to a bar for parties.

Paint the room in pastel colours, add enough storage for toys, and create an arts and crafts corner. If you’re looking to convert the room into a party room, add a bar, funky lighting, and a laid-back seating plan.

Dedicated green Room

Although an external garden room isn’t your typical shed or greenhouse, that doesn’t mean you can’t transform it into a delightful green haven with your beloved spring plants. Similar to a conservatory, a green room offers the perfect setting to relax and destress while immersing yourself in the soothing sounds and sights of nature. It has also seen a 50% increase in searches in the past year.

Moreover, there’s no rule saying you can’t indulge in a bit of potting in your outer garden room. With little effort, you can turn one side of the room into a dedicated planting space, and adding raised beds and pots outside means you have space to grow whatever you fancy.

Steve Bromberg, managing director at Express Bi-Folding Doors, says: “Regardless of which type of style you settle on, though, all garden rooms will likely add value to your home, making them a worthwhile investment for anyone looking to introduce a little extra space.”

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