Even if you have enough rooms in your home, sometimes you want to have some alone time. You can relax and make good use of your free time when you have extra space, such as a garden structure. You can even accomplish some work without constant distractions. Here are the things you need to consider.
Consider what you want to build
Think of what structure you want. Are you building a garden shed or a garden office? If you do not have spare space in your home for an office, a garden office can be the ideal solution. It is detached from the house, and you can leave work in the office after office hours.
You might be into gardening and need a place for all your materials and tools. With a garden shed, you will have enough storage space and can organise your tools so they will be easier to find.
Most people want to know if they need planning permission to construct a structure in their garden. You do not need one unless you live in a listed building, your home is in a conservation area or an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB). Sheds and garden offices are 'incidental' buildings, so you do not need planning permission.
However, you should still follow the regulations. The structure should be single-storey with a height of four metres if the roof is dual pitched. For other roof types, the height should not exceed three metres. It should be at least two metres away from the boundary, and the balcony/veranda should not be more than 0.3m. You should not build it on land forward of a wall that makes up the house's principal elevation. Likewise, it should not cover more than half the land area around your original house. However, your local authorities may have a different interpretation, so checking is better.
You cannot start building the structure if you do not have a design. After knowing the size of the structure, decide on the shape. You should also see if you need to divide the structure into rooms. You can do this while establishing the function of each room and storage space. You can find plenty of design ideas on the internet, but you can also have an architect draw up a plan.
A wooden structure usually complements any garden. You will need wooden planks, stone, bricks, cement, roofing, and other construction materials. When you need more affordable timber, visit www.greenbarntimbers.co.uk, where you will find various types of softwood and hardwood timber in their reclaimed timber yard. Reclaimed wood is perfect for outdoor conditions because the pieces are already weathered by time. Also, reclaimed wood comes from trees that grew to maturity, making it wider, harder and denser than new timber.
Cost is relative because it will depend on the design and your choice of construction materials. You should also add the labour cost to get an idea of how much budget you need.
Learn everything you need to know before building a garden structure. Seek help from a contractor or architect to ensure that you are doing the right thing.