Do I Build An Extension Or Buy A Summerhouse?

Almost every house is short of space. Children need their own play area, particularly if they have video game and parents don't want to be bothered by the noise from the television. Some people need to operate their business from home, while others just want to install a home gym to cut down on their annual membership fees. At what stage do you decide between building an extension on your house or simply buying a garden room to provide you with the space you need?

If you have a larger garden you will be able to fit a garden room wherever you want, but if you need to work within the confines of a much smaller space you may need to fit a corner summerhouse to make your overall garden work properly. Adding a summerhouse will certainly cause you less hassle than building a house extension.

When do you want to use your summerhouse?

A summerhouse doesn't need to only be available during the summertime as it's difficult to know when and how long summer will be. If you intend to use your summerhouse as a home office or home gym for example, you want it to be accessible across the winter months. So, you will need to consider how you're going to heat and light your garden room during that time. This will increase your costs, but they will still be far less than building a complete extension of the same size onto your house.

Local planning permission rules

You will probably not need permission from your local authority to build most of the summerhouses that are available from the various online manufacturers, but you should check with your local authority anyway. You wouldn't want to spend money on buying a corner summerhouse and find out later that it exceeds the size allowed. Of course, if you had opted for a house extension, you would have had to go through the whole process of getting planning permission. You may have a problem with trying to place a garden room outside of your property if you live in a listed building or are in an area of outstanding natural beauty, a world heritage site or a conservation area.

Your local authority will insist that your summerhouse and any other extensions you already have, take up no more than half the land surrounding your original property and be limited to a single story summerhouse. It can't be more than 3 m high or 4 m if you intend to use a ridged roof.

The government has talked extensively about relaxing many of the building regulations to try and encourage expenditure in these areas, which will naturally lead to more money moving around the country. This has been met with resistance, however, and only time will tell if the rules and regulations are actually going to change.

Financing possibilities

Fortunately, even if it is somewhat difficult to get permission from the local government to build your summerhouse, it is easier than ever to get a loan for one. Because corner summerhouses add space and value to your existing home, banks are more than willing to provide you with a home equity loan in order to build one. By adding a summerhouse, your personal equity will increase far more than the actual value of the summerhouse. This makes a summerhouse a fantastic investment opportunity.

You should tell your neighbors about your plans to build a garden room. This isn't so they can drop by and use your home gym or so that their teenage children can join yours in this new games room retreat that you are building. Rather, it is to check to see if they have any objections. If your corner summerhouse stops light from entering their garden, they may have grounds to object to you building a summerhouse.

Building a summerhouse will cost you less than adding a home extension to your property. After making your selection from one of the key summerhouses available, you only question is how to use it.