Pretty much anywhere! In your garden, to the side or rear of your main residence, in other words: anywhere behind the building line (an imaginary line that was drawn across the front elevation of your home when it was constructed).
A garden space is intended to be a separate stand-alone building, it cannot be attached to the main building and cannot be an extension of the existing dwelling. It can be placed up to 0.5m from your boundary.
Yes, SmartSpaces provide a design service which ensures your exact specification is met. We can create CAD designs and work with you to create the perfect garden room.
Yes SmartSpaces are also a member of the Consumer Protection Association (CPA) which guarantees the deposit you pay to secure an installation date for your garden room.
Your garden room will have its own consumer unit and is wired in compliance with Part “P” electrical installation regulations. However, you will need to provide a suitable connection to your main consumer unit (fuse board). The mains supply from your house will need to be carried out by a local electrician, in compliance with current regulations, before installation of the building. SmartSpaces can quote for this work, but it may be more economical for you to source this locally.
Ideally, the intended location of the garden room should be clear of vegetation and reasonably level. If there are any major pre-installation works required this would be agreed upon and confirmed with you during a site visit.
All of the materials have been selected to offer the best lifespan and to be virtually maintenance-free. Our timbers have not only been selected for their appealing appearance but also for their decay-resistant properties, and as such should have an expected 30+ year lifespan, 50 years for Western Red Cedar.
All wood will naturally fade to a grey, silver/grey over time. However, if you apply uv oil every 12 month the colour will not fade.
The gutters will need to be kept clear, as with any building. We would recommend twice a year. The vegetation around the building should be kept under control, as it is important to maintain an airflow around and under the building so that any moisture can evaporate.
With a normal cleaning regime, your garden living space should be as good as new for many years to come.
Depending on size, this can be between 5 days to 10 days onsite. For the more larger bespoke builds the team can be onsite for up to 4 weeks. Before a build, we would advise how long we would expect the team to be onsite with you.
To be a permitted development your building needs to:
The garden room is built in the UK. The timber structure is fabricated in our workshop in Yorkshire and then shipped to the client’s site where the install team takes over. The only items we import are our sustainably-sourced Western Red Cedar and Thermowood cladding.
All SmartSpaces garden rooms come with a 10 year insurance backed structural warranty. We are also a member of the Consumer Protection Association (CPA) which guarantees the deposit you pay to secure an installation date for your garden room.
Yes! Absolutely! Our team of professional fitters install garden rooms across the length and breadth of mainland UK and have shipped completed garden rooms as far as Jersey. Delivery is free within 100 miles of our workshop in York.
Yes but this would require planning permission approval and built to meet building control regulations. The site manager can project manage the full build for you.
All our windows and doors are UK manufactured and are double glazed to BS7412 specification and feature toughened glazing which is both thermally efficient and safe. All our windows and doors are fitted with high security (insurance grade) multi point locking system.
Yes you can. We are happy to arrange for a HEATAS registered engineer to come and fit one for you. We have a number of examples of log burners installs in our gallery section.
Absolutely! We work closely with our clients and take pride in being flexible. We build to any size and layout, offering various options and a bespoke service to ensure that your garden room perfectly suits your needs.
Planning & building regulations are a bit of a grey area so you’re always best to check, but here are some basics to know: