FAQs

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Do I need planning permission?

In Scotland, most ancillary buildings don't require planning permission, because most meet a set of rules called 'permitted development'. Our advice is always to check with your local authority as to the specifics of your area.
However, the following is the Scottish Government's guidelines:

The permitted development rules for an ancillary building are:

  • it's located at the back of the house
  • it isn't used as a separate home to live in
  • it doesn't take up half of the grounds behind your home
  • it isn't higher than 4 metres
  • any part that is a metre or less from the boundary is no higher than 2.5 metres
  • the eaves (the part where the wall meets the roof) is no higher than 3 metres
  • if the land is in a conservation area or in the grounds of a listed building, the ancillary building has a footprint of less than 4 square metres

Source - Scottish Government guidelines

For further information regarding the Planning Permission process, please click here.

How close to a wall, fence or boundary can a garden room be built?

You can build a garden room within 2 meters of any fence or property boundary in your garden.

How long does it take to build an Outside In Garden Room?

Weather permitting and size dependent, a garden room can be installed in two weeks from laying foundations to sign off. For more information on how we work, check out our garden room installation process.

Can you build a garden room on a slope?

If your garden is on a slope, a frame can be created on top of ground screws to achieve the perfect aspect. Concrete bases can also be used as a foundation for a garden room built on a slope or where the ground conditions are challenging (we would outsource this to a contractor).

Can I use a garden room in winter?

Absolutely! Our garden rooms are constructed from our SIPs (Structural Insulated Panels). The walls, roof and floor are insulated with a 70mm rigid foam insulation board then the whole structure is wrapped in a further insulating breather foil membrane to create a highly insulated room that can be enjoyed all year.

Can I have a garden room if I have a small back garden?

Yes! We create garden rooms bespoke to your needs and work with your available space (providing the room takes up no more than 50% of your back garden). For more information and tips on making the most of your garden, read our guide to picking the perfect garden room.

Can you build a garden room with a bathroom?

Bespoke features like bathrooms are available with some of our room types, however, installing a bathroom will require a building warrant and possibly planning permission.

How much does it cost to build an Outside In Garden Room?

Due to the bespoke nature of our garden rooms, we tailor our prices specifically to your space and budget. However, for an indication of our starting prices please visit our pricing page.

Will my garden room have a warranty?

Yes, your garden room will have manufacturers glazing, flooring and roof warranties. We use high-quality products and materials to ensure that they will stand the test of time.

We’re accredited by Permaroof UK Ltd as approved installers of the Firestone EPDM Rubbercover System which means that all of our garden rooms come with a 20-year guarantee on the roof. Our Quick-Step laminate flooring also comes with a 25-year warranty. Finally, we’re members of the Consumer Protection Association, therefore, can offer a 10-year Insurance Backed Guarantee on the entire build.

Can you install underfloor heating in my garden room?

Underfloor heating can be added to your garden room as an optional extra, however as our garden rooms are already thoroughly insulated all that is usually required is a simple electric convection heater. Underfloor heating is also much slower to respond than a wall mounted heater, therefore, our advice would be to use wall mounted options.

How will my garden room be delivered?

Our branded vehicles will deliver your garden room in kit form safely to your site on an agreed upon date. The kit will then be fully constructed by our skilled team. All you have to do is provide us with clear access to your site for us to bring in all the panels, glazing and materials for construction.

How do I pay for my garden room?

We ask for a 50% initial deposit to secure your order and allow us to begin manufacturing, followed by 25% on day one of your installation and the final 25% upon completion when everything has been finished to your satisfaction. For more information check out our payment page.

Will you supply my garden room with electricity?

Our electrician handles all aspects of the internal fit out which is included in our costs. He also connects to your house however we can only cost for this following a site visit to establish distances, suitability etc. 

Can I see a fully built garden room?

Yes! Check out our online gallery and read our case studies as the first port of call. We also have a fully built garden room that can be viewed by appointment, in a garden in Glasgow’s west end. It's the best way to get a real feel for our rooms!