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Height of Garden Studio with permitted development is 2.5m

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some answers to the questions we receive the most about our services.
If we missed anything, please do not hesitate to contact us. We’ll be happy to help

We can build as close as 400mm to any solid obstacle, such as your house however our garden room structures do need to remain free-standing due to the nature of their construction so cannot be attached as a lean-to.

To comply with regulations all our buildings are built as standard at 2.5 metres externally. The front of our buildings is always the highest point, allowing water to run from the front to the rear guttering. 

Yes, all of our garden studios are warm enough to use throughout the year as they are all well-insulated. The floors walls and roof are insulated and all windows and doors are double glazed.

We use the very best insulation technology in our garden studios.
Our windows and doors are double-glazed and fitted with Pilkington K Glass™ famous for its energy efficiency properties.
All floors sit on a rigid steel frame and contain 50mm insulted panels wrapped by 2mm plastisol. 18mm tongue and groove chipboard flooring adds additional insulation
The walls are constructed to be thermally efficient consisting of a unique 7-layer make-up to ensure the garden room is thermally efficient.
The roof is also well insulated involving a 5-layer makeup.

The only limitation is that the Garden Room must not take up more than 50% of your overall Garden Space.

We don’t currently offer finance payments but are happy to split your payment into 3 instalments with the final payment being made on completion of your Garden Studio.

We would ask you to clear the ground and if possible level to within 200mm prior to the installation of the base.

Yes, all our Garden Studios can be self-built and will also require that you install your own foundations.

Our garden buildings take around 2 – 15  days to install depending on the size and design that you choose.
From order to complete the process takes 6-8 weeks on average.

Yes, with our steel-framed timber-clad buildings we are able to add skylights.

Yes, we can build dividing rooms in our Garden Buildings. We can add additional external and internal doors. This allows your studio to have more than one use.

We hope that your Garden Studio will be trouble-free and for that reason, all roofs are guaranteed for 20 years and the Garden Room structure has a 10-year guarantee. If you select a bespoke steel framed studio they are covered by a 50-year structural guarantee.
All double-glazed windows and doors are covered by a manufacturer’s 10-year guarantee.

We deliver across the mainland UK. Delivery is FREE within 30 miles of our factory in Yorkshire. If you are outside of the 30-mile distance, then we will be able to quote for delivery.

We have a 7.5 m x 3.5 m garden studio that is divided into a gym space and an office space here in Cadeby, Doncaster. Just drop us a line if you would like to visit it. Alternatively you can visit some of our installations at customers’ homes.

Yes, we are able to custom-design your Garden Studio to meet your specific needs.

Yes, we offer this at an additional cost. However, you are more than welcome to use your own preferred electrician.

Planning permission is not normally required as our buildings fall under permitted development (built under 2.5m high externally). Most houses, even in conservation areas and areas of outstanding natural beauty (AONB), have permitted development rights. Listed buildings have no permitted development rights, so will always need planning permission. Don’t worry though, as planning is a relatively simple process for our garden rooms and we can help with this process.

All of our Heritage Garden Studios come with 2 sets of Keys.

Yes, underfloor heating can be installed as an optional extra.

If you live in an area with an Article 4 directive, your local planning authority has removed Permitted Development rights for your area. You will require Planning Permission to have a garden room. 

Restrictive covenants set conditions in your property’s contract or deeds to restrict certain actions, normally to preserve the aesthetics of an area. These can be for a limited time and can apply to both new and old homes. Contact our team today to find out more about your particular circumstance if you have a restrictive covenant.

The smallest building that we offer is a 1.5m x 1.5m

No, our Garden Studios are not designed to be lived in as they do not comply with building regulations.

Our garden studios are designed to last for over 30 years.

Yes, you can, although this will require additional plumbing work and the price will be dependent on where your mains water and nearest manhole covers and drains are located.

Whilst our garden rooms are temporary structures and are movable, the costs to move the building may equate to more than it would be to rebuild the garden room again.

Yes, we can run a CAT 6 network cable from the router in your house, this usually follows the same route as your armoured power cable.
Alternatively, you can use a ‘Home plug’, connecting a patch cable to your router in the home.

We do need the decision maker and owner of the property to be present so that any questions that we have can be answered.

All of our cladding is twice treated in the factory before installation. To keep your garden room in tip-top condition we would advise re-treating it every 3 – 5 years.

If you have your garden studio plastered we are also able to offer a decorating service at an extra cost.

Yes, we are able to supply CAD drawings. We would ask for a £200 deposit to supply these which would be refundable should be successful and go ahead with the garden room. They usually take 7 – 10 days.

All our floors are made using a steel frame with adjustable feet, allowing for easy levelling as well as being able to handle strong loads. They also contain a mild steel vermin barrier which is bonded to the insulation ensuring your garden room is strong as well as rodent-proof.

We do not advise fitting solar panels to garden studios. that feature the sloping roof as these roofs only have a 4-degree pitch and so will not generate as much energy as a more angled solar panel.
To angle, the solar panel would take the garden studio over the 2.5m permitted development height.

If you live in a conservation area you have to build behind the rear of your house for the garden room to fall under permitted development. If your garden room falls within permitted development rights then you should not require planning permission.

All of our garden studios are delivered in sections that will fit through a standard side gate.

We offer a choice of 8 different cladding options, from Scandinavian redwood, larch, thermo wood and cedar as well as 4 painted finishes.

Our buildings are built to 2.5m at the front external edge, tapering off to 2.4m at the back to allow for water to drain off the roof.

This allows a height of between 2.2m and 2m internally.

You can choose to have the doors and windows in black or anthracite.

Yes, we use the same specification windows and doors as residential house builds.

Garden rooms have to remain free-standing, however, we can install as close as 400mm.

Yes, all of our quotations include VAT.

There is no difference, it just depends on your name preference.

Under permitted development, you are able to build up to 40cm to any solid wall or boundary.

We run an armoured cable from your fuse box or in some instances from your garage or outbuilding should they already have an armoured cable. All garden studios have their own consumer units with mini fuse boards. All electrical work is carried out by fully qualified electricians and you will receive a part P certificate on completion.

We do not charge for site surveys or design consultations.

All doors are fitted with multi-point 5-lever locks. All windows are fitted with multipoint locks and bolts. They are all double-glazed and feature Pilkington K double glazing which is tough as well as thermally efficient.

No, as long as the dimensions are sufficient for your new garden room and it is free from cracks and is a minimum of 4 inches deep.