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Perfect garden rooms

If you're craving extra space at home and have the ability and budget to extend out into your garden, go for it! A stunning outdoor room can dramatically improve the look and feel of your home, providing a tranquil bolt hole from day-to-day life. It also has the potential to add value to your property.

Our guide on how to choose the ideal garden room, showcases a variety of beautiful spaces that will inspire you, and with the help of a designer, you'll be able to create your dream garden room, complete with a streamlined layout perfectly suited to your space and everyday living needs.

Do you dream of owning an ultra-modern glass box conservatory bathed in natural light with panoramic garden views? Or do you imagine an open-plan kitchen-diner orangery; a seamless extension that blends in with your home with doors that open out onto an elegant patio?

Whichever garden room you choose, make it a space you'll love being in all year round by keeping it cool in the summer and warm in the winter with the best heating, ventilation and blinds you can afford, based on your garden room's orientation.

Pinoleum roof blinds are a great choice for sunny south-facing garden rooms as they filter out 70% of sunlight. They'll also complement a rustic decorating scheme as they're made from tightly-woven pine reeds.

When it comes to furnishing your garden room, really consider the look you want to achieve. Rattan and wooden furniture, and floral-print textiles create an informal feel, which is perfectly suited to country-style garden rooms. In a contemporary glass box conservatory, minimal furniture such as a simple hi-gloss dining set, is best, and lets the garden view beyond be the main focus.

Classic conservatory...
An extra room looking on to the garden is a traditional choice for many country homes. Painted hardwood is popular and has benefits over other materials such as aluminium. Hardwood will last for years with little more maintenance than repainting.

What to look for...
Look for companies using Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified timbers.

Bespoke hardwood conservatory, from £25,000, Vale Garden Houses

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