Fully insulated garden rooms transform redundant outside space into luxurious outdoor living areas. By adding purposeful square footage to your home, you create the garden office you’ve been longing for, the hobby room you’ve always wanted or the entertaining hub you can’t wait to debut. These are all very good reasons to purchase a modern garden room, but do garden rooms add value?
Although it’s impossible to give an exact return on your investment, there’s one thing for sure; a garden room will make your home more appealing to buyers. Why? Because you give them an unexpected bonus space that they can use all year round.
Does a Garden Room Add Value?
Much like any home improvement, purchasing a garden room is an investment. On the one hand, it’s an investment in your family’s happiness and quality of life by giving you a more sought-after space. On the other, it can add value to your home too. So, let’s explore how.
Ready-made for flexible working
As of the beginning of 2022, 36% of office workers reported working from home at least once a week. That’s quite a high statistic, but more surprisingly, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), 12% of workers in March 2022 revealed that they work exclusively from home.
It almost goes without saying that having a purpose-built garden office can add value to your home. If there was another property of similar size to yours up for sale and the main difference was that you have a modern garden room, you’d certainly be the more appealing purchase. Even if the buyer only works from home one or two days a week, they’ll love that their office is completely separate from their living space.
A Garden Room Gives Buyers More Options
Unlike interior rooms, you have more flexibility with a fully insulated garden room, and buyers will see this. Even before setting foot in your home, they’ll be thinking about how they could use the garden room as it really is a luxury home improvement. Already having this extra space means that they won’t have to use the fourth bedroom as an office or extend their lounge to have more entertaining space. Straightaway, a garden room creates endless possibilities that can add value to your home.
Cheaper than Extending
If you want to add value to your home by introducing more usable living space, you’ll need to consider your home improvement options carefully.
With the rise in the price of materials and a shortage of builders, the cost of extending continues to increase. According to Home Builder, most extension projects cost between £1,350 to £2,250 per m2, and it can be up to 30% more in London. So, you can expect to pay up to £38,000 for a 4 x 4 m2 extension. For comparison, the equivalent garden room from our Belle Range would cost around £24,360, which is considerably less.
Of course, these are just example prices, but they do put the two home improvement options into perspective. Plus, in 90% of garden room installations, you will not need planning permission and all the negotiation that comes with it.
Outdoor Living more Sought-After
If there’s one thing that’s stayed with us all after the pandemic, it’s our connection to nature. Thousands of people who worked from home sought comfort in gardening. So much so that Horticulture Week magazine reported a rise of 1.5 million new gardeners under the age of 45. So, having a garden room where buyers can relax and admire their natural surroundings could add value to your home.
From a design point of view, a garden room can also transform an otherwise awkward outdoor space into valuable square footage. For example, we have a lot of clients who live in beautiful period terraced homes that have long, narrow gardens. Rather than accepting the limitations of their space, they’ve embraced it by framing their design around their garden room.
Take this 3.2m by 3.2m Ultra garden studio that was a deliberate home improvement choice for the owners of this Victorian home. Far from being a drawback for potential buyers, this wonderfully stylish garden is a strong selling point.
How much Value does a Garden Room Add?
Remarkably, new research by property portal MoveStreets suggests that a modern garden office can add value to your home – around 8.4%.
If you think about it, it makes a lot of sense given how life has changed. With Zoopla estimating that 5 million bedrooms have been lost to home offices, it’s easy to see why a modern garden office appeals to buyers.
With the average homeowner spending £3,700 on home improvements to adapt their living space for work, buyers look for properties that already meet their needs. So, having a garden room to work from all year round is a good investment.
MoveStreets are not alone in their estimates either. For example, Ideal Home magazine reports that a garden room can add up to 1.5 times its value to your home. Although much of this value is due to the extra living space, a garden room can enhance the appearance and overall feel of your property to make it more saleable.
Now that you know how a garden room or garden office can add value to your home, you can feel more confident exploring your design options.
With 7 individual ranges to choose from, each available in over 60 different sizes, downloading the SMART brochure is the best place to start.
Once you’ve found a range you love, you can use the SMART configurator to bring your design to life and get an exact idea of costs. Effortlessly easy and enjoyable to use, you enter your desired floor size and place your windows and doors wherever you like. Once you feel happy with your design, you can then test it out with our AR Visualiser App that cleverly places your 3D garden room into your space through the lens of your phone.
What’s more, there’s a SMART garden room to suit every budget.
A Key Studio garden room, for example, starts at just £12,525 for a small garden office, going up to £32,580 for an expansive 4.3m by 6.9m garden room.
At the opposite end of the spectrum, there’s the Ultra range, with its floating cedar panels, starting at £14,365, going up to £37,685 for a 4.3m by 6.9m garden room.
Remember, unless you have building restrictions (e.g., no permitted development rights), you won’t have any other costs apart from groundworks and making an electrical connection, which we can also arrange wherever you are in the UK.
So, the price you are quoted today is the price you will pay. There are no hidden or unexpected costs.
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