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Selecting the best garden building for your home can be a difficult process - with so many options on the market, it can be hard to know which is best suited to you.

When trying to select the right garden building to transform your outdoor space, there are a number of factors you have to take into consideration, including price, materials, windows, and planning permission. Will your new garden building be used just for storage of garden tools, or are you looking for a space that can be used as a social space all year round? 

Here at SunSpaces we know that this can be a difficult decision to make, so we’re here to help you find the perfect garden building! We’ve put together a handy garden building buying guide to get all the information you could need in one place, and help you find the right garden building for you.



Buyers guide to garden buildings:


Garden sheds

Garden shed


Sheds are a great garden building option for those on a budget as they are often available at low prices. Garden sheds are pretty diverse in that they are available in a number of shapes, sizes, and different materials.

Since garden sheds are pretty diverse, their prices can also widely vary depending on their size and the material they’re made from. You can usually expect to pay from £300 - £800 for your basic garden shed.

However, these low prices are very often reflected in the quality - since the price is low, you are missing out on some of the advantages you get from some other garden building options, such as weather resistance and space.

Sheds are a suitable garden building if you’re looking to store items that aren’t precious, such as gardening tools. Garden sheds aren’t really suitable for those looking for a space for hosting, outdoor dining, or any real regular use.


Log cabins

Log cabins are usually of higher quality than garden sheds, and are thus more expensive, ranging from £1,000 - £12,000. Due to their higher quality - depending on the log cabin you go for - they can be used for more than simple storage.

Log cabins are typically made from timber, which is good if you’re going for a rustic aesthetic for you garden. However, one of the down sides of timber garden buildings is that (especially in damp climates like the UK) even treated wood can eventually fall victim to bloating, rotting, and decay. Log cabins have a limited life span, even when treated with the utmost care.


Garden Rooms / Glass Sunrooms

Garden room


Garden rooms are quite possibly the perfect option when it comes to selecting a garden building!

Garden rooms are incredibly diverse spaces that can be used for all manner of uses, including outdoor dining, social space (e.g. man den, playroom), home gyms, office, or even storage! Garden rooms can be customised to suit your exact requirements - select your size, have it free standing or attached to your house, and choose optional extras including heating, speakers, and sunblinds.

Garden rooms stand out from other garden building options in that, in addition to all of the practical advantages listed above, they are also a beautiful design that bring a chic and modern beauty to your property.

Whereas garden sheds and some log cabins aren’t designed to stand the test of time, glass sunrooms are designed from durable materials and comes with a minimum warrantee of 10 years (depending on the model you select)! Another advantage of garden rooms is that they are quick and easy to assemble, ready for use in just a few short days, and they typically don’t require planning permission.

Garden Buildings FAQs:


What are garden buildings called?

Garden building’ is a term used to refer to a wide number of different garden structures, including garden sheds, glass sunrooms, verandas, cabins, gazebos and pool houses.


How big can a garden building be without planning permission?

Do you need planning permission for a garden room? Well, you can build without planning permission if your garden room is more that 20metres away from your main building and less than 10mx10m in size. Any detached garden building larger than this requires planning permission.

If you’d like your garden room to be attached to your home, the maximum depth is 3 metres for an attached house and 4 metres for a detached house, with a maximum width no greater than the house.

If you’d like more details surrounding garden building planning permission regulations, SunSpaces have put together a handy PDF guide to help you determine whether your project requires planning permission.

Planning Permission Guide


If you’re interested in finding out more about the range of garden rooms available from SunSpaces and how they can be tailored to suit your property, why not order a free brochure today?

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If you’d like to receive a FREE no-obligation quote, reach out to SunSpaces today! A member of our team will send you a bespoke quote detailing how much you might expect to pay for a stunning garden room tailored to the dimensions and requirements of your property.


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