How to create a gorgeous Garden Room

Goodbye dilapidated garage, hello stunning new garden room! Mel from Outside In Garden Rooms shares how they created a versatile space in Jordanhill, Glasgow.

"We were appointed by our client to build a Garden Room to replace the existing garage which was in a very poor state of disrepair," says Mel, "They were looking to create a multi purpose room that could be used as additional entertainment space but more importantly, for Granny to come and stay with the family."

The location didn't receive much direct sunlight, so the perfect solution was to bring the light down from above through the installation of two Velux windows.

The complete garden room in Jordanhill Glasgow, by Outside In Garden Rooms
"Our timber kit was built from scratch in our workshop to our exacting standards then assembled on site utilising the clients existing concrete garage base," says Mel.

"The structure was fully wrapped in an insulating membrane externally and internally all surfaces (walls, floor and ceiling) are insulated using a foam style board to ensure the room is usable all year round. We finish our roof using a single piece EPDM rubber membrane which we guarantee for 20 years due to our team being approved installers of the Firestone brand. As our roofs have a 5 degree pitch, we had to increase this to the 15 degree required for standard VELUX through creation of a kerb kit which our joiners created in situ."

Main window in the garden room

They also installed a toilet and hand basin in a separate space to maximise the versatility of the garden room.

Garden room with separate toilet and wash basin

Finally, the whole building was clad in FSC Siberian larch with the roof trimmed in powder coated aluminium and a bespoke, larch gate created to enable wheelchair access in the future. 

The client is delighted with the results:

"Our garden room is situated in the shade of main house so it was important to use any opportunity to let in as much natural light as possible. Mel helped us pick the perfect size and location for two VELUX windows that flood both areas of the garden room with light but don’t impede our privacy. We are really happy with the result, a wonderful, light space that is a pleasure to be in.

The workmanship is excellent and gazing out on it from our kitchen is a pleasure - much easier on the eye than the previous garage. Overall it is a perfect place for Granny to come and spend more time with us but allowing her some independence too."

Find out more about Outside In Garden Rooms and VELUX roof windows. You can also explore more of our great case studies.

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