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.
We recommend, where possible, you keep any structure 1m from a boundary however this isn't often possible in smaller gardens. At the back, our rooms are lower than 2.5m high therefore can be pushed a little closer. 60cm is the minimum we ask so our team can install the building and for you to be able to keep an eye on your 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.
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).
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.
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.
Bespoke features like bathrooms are available with some of our room types, however, installing a bathroom will require a building warrant which adds significantly to the cost and to the time frame. Adding toilet facilities changes the Room from a permitted development to a dwelling therefore it must comply fully with building regulations.
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 membrane. 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.
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.
We ask for a 15% initial deposit to secure your order, followed by a 30% payment as we commence construction of your kit, 30% 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.
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.
Yes! Check out our online gallery and read our case studies as the first port of call. We also have a showroom at Klondyke Mortonhall Garden Centre in Edinburgh, as well as a garden room which can be viewed by appointment in Glasgow's West End. Please visit our contact page for more information or to make an appointment.