I would like to thank Green Studios for their guest blog this week on garden rooms and how they can be a great investment for your home.
How a garden room can add value to your home
Garden rooms are a flexible way to add space to your home and can be used for a wide variety of purposes. From granny flats to music studios, garden rooms can be whatever you want them to be – and when it comes to selling your property, they’re a really attractive plus point for potential buyers.
What kind of return on investment can I expect?
Garden rooms are an excellent investment for your property. While you will need to spend £30,000 or more to build this flexible addition to your home, the good news is that in most cases you can expect to recoup around 75% of this initial outlay in an increase in your home’s value. In some areas you could even get a return on investment of 100% or more – so your garden room would end up paying for itself completely or even making you a profit.
Can garden rooms help sell my property?
Yes! Garden rooms are a great way to make your property more saleable. There’s bags of potential for a variety of different buyers – so it could appeal to families living with teenagers (who would like a bit of extra space), or those with elderly relatives (who are looking for a home that can accommodate the whole extended family). Effectively making an extra room or two available, garden rooms are also a fantastic plus point for people with their own businesses who need an office at home, or those with hobbies that require a separate space, whether it be art, music, pottery or collecting.
Do garden rooms cost a lot to maintain?
No, they don’t have to. You’ll obviously need to pay for any extra gas or electricity that you use in your garden annexe, but if your garden room is designed using eco friendly building materials and LED lights, energy expenditure will be low and your bills should be kept to a minimum. And when it comes to maintenance, there’s hardly anything you’ll need to do. Garden rooms built from maintenance-free Western Red Cedar cladding will last up to 50 years or more, and powder coated aluminium windows and doors require only the occasional wipe down.
Can garden rooms be easily dismantled?
While most buyers will view a garden room as a definite plus, you may grow to love it so much that you want to take it with you when you move! If that’s the case, it’s certainly a possibility. If your buyers don’t want it, or you just can’t bear to part with it, demountable garden rooms can be removed and transported to a new site, where they can be reconstructed if you wish.
Won’t a garden room be an eyesore?
You may be worried about how a garden room will affect your property, whether it will block your view or look out of place. Designed sensitively however, garden rooms can look stunning within your garden, fitting in with the landscape and creating a positive feature for your home.
If you’d like to know about garden rooms and how they can enhance your property, just visit the Green Studios website.