Many people who choose to have garden rooms installed do so because they’ve run out of space in the home. Whether it’s for use as a garden office, a gym or a play room for the kids, it’s a cost effective, low hassle and practical alternative to getting a house extension or simply moving.

But if there’s one thing that rivals space for being at a premium within the home, it’s bathrooms! If you’ve ever stood in a queue on your landing, waiting for a teenage family member to come out so you can get to work, you’ll know exactly what I mean.

As a lack of bathrooms and space are often intrinsically linked, getting a bathroom installed within a garden room can be a sensible option, for use when guests come over or you want some time to yourself to enjoy your shower after the gym.

Unfortunately, fitting bathrooms in garden rooms is never just as simple as plugging in your toilet, shower or bath and getting on with it, the water not only has to get there but the waste has got to go somewhere when you’re done.

Installing a septic tank especially for the task is often prohibitively expensive, so it is generally the best idea to run a waste pipe out to meet the house’s waste connection.

Should your garden room be being installed above the level of the house (i.e. your garden slopes up hill), you can rely on installing gravity fed underground soil drainage to remove the waste from the bathroom. Often being a 4” pipe (right middle), a trench has to be dug with the pipe laid in it and a connection to the sewer or septic tank carried out. This will often require the involvement of a building control officer to inspect the work once complete.

Another option with garden rooms is the installation of a macerator, of which Saniflo are the most commonly recognised brand. A macerator functions by pumping waste water under pressure and a connection will usually be made to the house’s soil stack.

The advantage of a macerator is that it can pump waste long distances horizontally and up hill, so it can be ideal for a bathroom at the bottom of the garden. However it does still require the digging of a trench for a 1.5” pipe and an electrical connection to power it and as with any mechanical item, there is the possibility of it breaking down (the most common being a foreign object being flushed down the toilet).

Should you want any impartial advice then please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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‘Off the shelf’ garden rooms come in many shapes and sizes, however they tend
to be variations on familiar polygons. Squares, rectangles, octagons and hexagons are all popular garden room shapes with manufacturers and customers alike, however garden rooms don’t always fit the shape of people’s gardens perfectly.

If your garden is an irregular shape, whether it is tapering outward or inward, triangular or just plain odd, putting a regular shaped garden room in the middle of it can lead to almost no garden being left.

We have installed a number of garden rooms that have been irregularly shaped, in order to make the maximum use of the available space. The garden room in the top picture was designed and built specifically for a very narrowing garden. The customer wanted to use every available inch for his garden office and we were the only people who could do what he wanted at an affordable price. The building fits so tightly in to the space it is impossible to see the shape of the building from the front elevation; however from the photo of the ceiling, it is possible to make out just how much of an irregular shape this garden room is.

Below are shots of a garden room recently installed, where the customer wanted to use up as much of an unused and dark corner as possible with a garden room, but wanted to retain as much space as possible around it. We designed and built it exactly to this specification, and the results are there to see.

A common option for greater use of space with garden rooms is corner cut-off doors. Please have a look at our  Elmbridge , Farnham  and  Berwick  garden rooms that allow for that extra utilisation of space when a garden room is placed in or near a corner.

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10 Years

At Wentworth Garden Rooms we are celebrating our 10th birthday this year. From humble beginnings in 2002, we have gone from strength to strength. Not only have we sold hundreds of garden rooms across the UK, from Cornwall to Northern Scotland, we’ve vastly increased the number and variety of buildings available.
Beginning with our classic Sunningdale garden room, we’ve brought out buildings to cover every aspect of the market, from our entry level  Forester range  garden rooms and bespoke sheds, right up to timber framed bungalows and complexes of school buildings. If it’s built from timber and it’s got a roof on it, we can and do build it.
Ever since the first building we’ve had a passion for making quality affordable garden rooms for all manner of purposes, and we take pride in our innovative manufacturing techniques that give the option of bespoke garden rooms to all of our customers.
Now located at our modern, purpose designed factory, we have developed the knowledge and working methods to give you a quality assured garden rooms that do everything that is expected of them, and more.

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We now regularly fit garden rooms with bathrooms for those additional facilities that most houses nearly always need. Showers, baths, wet rooms, toilets, sinks and even bidets can all be accommodated should you wish. Above are some pictures of a bathroom fitted recently in one of our garden rooms.
With modern working practices now allowing for people to work from home, using a garden room as an office is an affordable, productive and increasingly popular alternative to the kitchen table. A well insulated, purposely designed space in the garden creates the perfect working environment and with 10 years of feedback confirming this, we should know.
So look out for special celebratory offers this year as we mark our 10th birthday. Plus if you ask nicely, we might also save you a bit of birthday cake.

Maintenance

It is considered by many that owning a timber framed garden room requires lots of maintenance in order to get many years of use. However, common perceptions can often be deceptive.

Should someone opt for treated softwood cladding, with regular coats of treatment there is no reason why garden room cladding should not last indefinitely. Should you not be inclined to maintain the exterior of your garden room however, there are many exterior finishes that require no maintenance whatsoever.

Should the look and colour of timber be your fancy for your garden room, why not opt for the real thing? Naturally oil rich timber, such as western red cedar or chestnut, make both attractive and extremely durable cladding options for garden rooms (photo above). Without receiving any form of maintenance, these exterior cladding options will last around 50 years. They will both naturally weather and ‘grey’ over time, which will blend in beautifully with the surrounds of your garden room.

Should you wish to maintain the initial colour of the cladding, many treatments are available to prevent the natural weathering caused by the sun’s UV radiation, and all of Wentworth Garden Rooms’ cedar clad buildings come with such a treatment should you so wish.

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A second option for your garden room is cementitious boarding, such as Marley Cedral Weatherboard, as shown above on a building we installed recently. This gives the impression of timber but is completely maintenance free, comes in a choice of colours, looks great and will last a lifetime, if not longer.

A third option we offer is rendered finish, which can be used both on its own and in conjunction with other timbers to great effect. It’s completely maintenance free, gives a feel of solidity associated with masonry construction and is a relatively low cost cladding option for a garden room, plus it looks great!

Not a Conservatory

One of the most common questions we are asked about our garden rooms is “Can it be fitted to my house?” The answer to this is yes.

This question was asked by a customer recently, who having moved into her new property wanted to be able to enjoy her beautiful garden, but didn’t want to leave the house. Having looked at her neighbours’ polycarbonate roofed conservatories, she knew she didn’t want one of those, however she couldn’t justify a full extension to the rear of her property.

Under building regulation law, a conservatory is classed as having 75% translucent material in the roof and 50% in the walls. Anything less than this and it classes as a house extension and requires full building regulation approval. The downside of this is the additional cost in complying with the regulations, particularly with regards to the foundations.

Below left is a photo of a garden rooms’ foundations that we carried out recently with full strip footings that complied with building regulations, however we do carry out other methods such as reinforced raft slabs (below right) and pilings.

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The customer of the conservatory shown originally wanted one of our Farnham garden rooms attaching, however given the building regulations issue we both thought it best to construct a bespoke conservatory in order to keep the costs down.

Anyone who has walked into a conservatory on a hot summers day can tell you about the oppressive heat that can arise, so using state of the art, self cleaning, super insulated, light reflective glass, she was able to have the best of both worlds at a fraction of the cost.

Should you like a garden room attaching to your house as a house extension, we would be confident of beating a brick built option on price, plus the reassurance of Wentworth Garden Rooms’ experience and quality controlled, factory assured and guaranteed products.

At Wentworth Garden Rooms we pride ourselves on being able to construct virtually any type of garden building design at a cost effective price. Well it was nothing out of the ordinary when we were asked, “Can you do a bespoke, fully insulated, octagonal garden room with double glazed georgian windows?”. “All in a day’s work.” we said. Then the question came; “Can I have the roof thatched?”.

There are many garden buildings on the market that supply a form of mock thatch, with skirts of dried grass overlaying each other in order to give the effect of a thatched garden room. However our customer wanted their garden room to have full thatching, as found on cottages in idyllic villages up and down the country. This was no ordinary garden room.

With a little research, some sketched drawings and a local thatcher lined up, we embarked on one of the most unusual, yet ultimately attractive garden rooms we’ve ever constructed.

With bespoke pitched roofed garden rooms, often the best and most efficient method of construction is to build the roof structure temporarily in the factory beforehand. With timber being a natural material that has variations in size sometimes, it is always adviseable to check that everything fits before we take a garden room to site. You can see a shot of the process above.

We hope that you agree that this certainly is a special garden room indeed and will convince any doubters, if there were any, that timber framed construction has limitless possibilities.

Heating Garden Rooms

As all of our garden rooms are made to order by us in our purpose designed factory, we can make your garden room as insulated as you want it. Our standard garden buildings are used constantly all year round across the country, day in, day out, but how do their owners heat them?

As is the case with a house, the options for heating our garden rooms come in many forms. If you wanted full central heating then that would be possible, however installing a gas or oil fired boiler wouldn’t be cost effective for anything smaller than a house. As a consequence people tend to heat their garden rooms with electric heat sources of various forms.

The most common are wall mounted convector heaters (above), as come standard with our basic garden room’s electrical pack. These heaters give off a large amount of heat in a very short time span, heating your garden room extremely quickly. If your building is well insulated, as all of our garden rooms are, then a ten minute burst from a convector heater will keep your building warm for a very long period.

Other heat forms are more subtle in their nature. Underfloor heating mats are becoming a more and more popular option for heating garden rooms. With timber flooring often being the option of choice for most people within their garden room, foil underfloor heating mats (below) are available which are designed specifically for use with laminate, engineered or solid wood flooring.

Should your floor covering of choice be stone or ceramic floor tiles for a garden room, more traditional pipework underfloor systems are available and are often cheaper with both their initial outlay and running costs when compared to foil mats. This does not take into account however that stone tiles can tend to be more costly than most wooden floors in the initial instance.

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Running a Business

Many have come around to the idea of running a business from a garden office. Who knows, that may be why you’re reading this article? With the benefits of being closer to home, without actually being in the home, a garden room used as an office space can be the perfect way for many people to redress the work life balance.

Although perfectly designed for that purpose, our garden rooms can be used for so much more than just garden office space. Above are pictures of two garden rooms that illustrate this point.

The photo on the left is a garden room we installed at Ruxley Manor garden centre, the details of which can be found here. It is based upon one of our Walton garden rooms from the Thames range.

With thousands of visitors to the garden centre, especially in the hot summer months, it became apparent that ice cream sales couldn’t keep up with the demand and were clogging the tills. What better way to solve the problem than with a purposely made ice cream parlour, in keeping with the gorgeous surrounds of Ruxley Manor. That’s where Wentworth Garden Rooms come in.

We took the basic design of the Walton garden room and modified it by replacing the verandah with timber posts and installed a serving hatch to the front, with pressure sensitive lifting rods to hold the hatch open when serving customers. Inside the fully decorated garden room was a kitchen workbench and electrics to allow the installation of the freezers.

As a consequence ice creams are now selling like hot cakes……..just a bit colder that is.

To the right is a garden room installed at Brentford Town Football Club, for the sale of refreshments to the home supporters. Although the colour may not be exactly to your tastes, it certainly fits in with the club colours.

Again, this building had the added benefits of a serving hatch with kitchen workbench installed, and like all Wentworth Garden Rooms it was perfect for its surroundings.

So don’t just think garden office for your garden room, think outside the box a bit (not just the penalty box either).

You can be the Architect

It may be the case that a person looks at one of our garden rooms and says “I like the roof and the cladding, but I’d prefer it with a verandah so I can relax outside on the porch and a wider roof soffit because it would look more balanced”.

They may have seen elements on other garden rooms they’ve seen elsewhere and think “I wish it had gallows brackets and rounded tops to the windows”.

It may be that they want a wet room with toilet, but they’d prefer to have the associated paraphernalia such as a hot water heater, macerator and consumer units hidden away in a separate building to their garden room.

They may want their garden room to have underfloor heating, recessed downlighters on dimmers inside and out and a fully plastered finish that’s decorated to their tastes.

With all of these elements to a garden room, including the building’s base, trenches for pipes and cabling and complying with any associated planning and building regulations, their reaction may be “I want someone else to project manage all of this for me and just hand me over the keys at the end”.

Well all of this happened with the garden room shown above. The customer loved the overall finish, quality and attention to detail of our garden rooms, but they had an idea in their mind that they wanted to bring to life for the minimum of effort and cost.

With all of our garden rooms we give the customer what they need. We sourced and designed all of the bespoke elements, provided numerous drawings of the garden room to be signed off by the customer and project managed the various trades to hand over the garden room in the shortest possible time.

The garden room was even redesigned part way through in order attach a lean-to rear enclosure, to house the more unsightly elements, such as the hot water heater, macerator and consumer unit.

So whether it’s moving a window 10mm to the right so you can fit your favourite picture on the wall, or creating a completely unique bespoke design to rival any other garden room, we’re your people.

Through the Keyhole

Have you ever looked at a ship in a bottle and wondered how it’s done? Well at Wentworth Garden Rooms, we’re getting ever closer to finding out.

We were contacted about installing a hipped roof garden room, complete with cloakroom toilet, in a garden in London recently. Not an altogether extraordinary occurrence you may think, apart from the fact that the garden room could only pass through a house via the basement, out through a tiny back door and up steps to the garden.

As we make all of our garden rooms to order, we were able to tailor the size of all of the components to fit through this narrowest of spaces. No piece of material for the construction was greater in size than 4′ x 4′ (except the garden room’s doors and some 8 foot timbers, which had to be lowered through an upper floor window).

From the photos above, you would be hard pressed to tell the lengths that the garden room went through in its construction, but at Wentworth Garden Rooms we seek out challenges.

So if you have access problems, we have the experience to make your dream garden room come to life, usually at no extra cost.

Also, keep an eye out for the Wentworth Garden Rooms ‘Summerhouse in a Bottle’, available in all good gift shops by next Christmas.