Plan and prepare your garden room project

Bringing your garden room to life requires careful thought and meticulous planning. To fulfil your dreams, you will need to choose the right location and perfect position within your garden or grounds. This will depend on a number of factors including your favourite view, and whether you envisage enjoying a sun-drenched haven or a sheltered retreat.

Garden rooms can be ideally located almost anywhere within your garden provided that they placed at 2m from your boundary edge and do not exceed height restrictions. Whether you are aiming to maximise an underused space or create a spectacular feature, all our garden rooms require a pre-prepared, level, hard-standing base. Our delivery and installation team includes fully trained, experienced professional installers with many years of experience. Remember to consider the impact of planning regulations. In most cases, planning permission is not required because garden rooms are usually defined as ‘permitted development.’ However, some restrictions apply so why not allow the Scotts team to talk these through with you and provide advice on the steps you will need to take and any adjustments to your project plan?

Step-by-Step

We can help you to fulfil your creative vision by following a structured approach to planning your garden room project.

  • Firstly, choose your building design and whether you would like an octagonal or corner garden room.
  • Select the ideal location within your garden with planning requirements in mind. Let us know when if you need the structure to reach no more than 2.5m in height.
  • Choose your preferred roof material from our moulded composite glass fibre or cedar shingle options.
  • Select from a range of luxurious paint finishes from our stunning colour wheel.
  • Decide whether you would like integral, upholstered seating and choose a chic fabric design.
  • Choose optional extras including double glazing, insulation, a shelf feature, or solar lighting package.

View our garden room range

We have six stunning Timber garden room designs for you to choose from, ranging from our smaller gazebo styles with optional rotating bases, through to more luxurious and spacious garden escapes, all fully customised to suit your tastes.

  • The Balmoral Summerhouse

    Traditional, classic styling and an exclusive shutter system offers the perfect retreat from the pressures of modern life. The Balmoral Summerhouse comes with an optional rotating base, hidden by timber skirting upon installation.

    from £5,800

    The Balmoral Summerhouse

    from £5,800

  • The Baltimore Summerhouse

    The Baltimore is an extremely popular octagonal summerhouse that suits most gardens and comes, as standard, with a glass-fibre roof. An optional rotating base gives you the freedom to move and turn your summerhouse as you please.

    from £8,770

    The Baltimore Summerhouse

    from £8,770

  • The Burghley Summerhouse

    The Burghley is our larger octagonal summerhouse perfect for alfresco dining, a studio or playroom, or to simply entertain family and friends. Why not add some additional freestanding seating with your choice of various upholstery?

    from £9,670

    The Burghley Summerhouse

    from £9,670

  • The Newhaven Corner Summerhouse

    Capture the magic of the garden, custom designed in two convenient sizes allowing it to neatly fit into a corner site in your garden. Built with sustainably sourced Timber and supplied with an luxurious, industrial quality paint finish.

    from £9,470

    The Newhaven Corner Summerhouse

    from £9,470

  • The Sun Ray Garden Room

    The ultimate garden sanctuary designed to create that “forever” garden space where memories are created and stories are shared.

    from £10,600

    The Sun Ray Garden Room

    from £10,600

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Preparing the ground for your garden room

Although planning permission is not usually required for a garden room, some restrictions apply so we recommend that you review these before deciding on the position and location of your building. In particular, your garden room should:

  • Be positioned at least 2m distant from your garden boundary
  • Not exceed more than half the total area of the garden in size
  • Not exceed 4m in height with a pitched roof, or 3m in height with a flat or other type of roof.
  • Not project beyond any wall of the house which fronts a road or footpath
  • Be situated at least 5m from your house
  • Contain no sleeping accommodation
  • Have a maximum total floor area of 15 square metres.

Trust our expertise and advice to maximise the life of your garden room and ensure its longevity and stability. Check the terrain in the location that you have chosen to make sure it is not subject to becoming waterlogged or impeded by tree roots. Make sure that your garden room is accessible in all weathers and positioned to make the most of natural light so you can benefit from the sun’s warmth all year round.

Your garden room should be installed on a pre-prepared, level, hard standing base in accordance with Scotts’ base plan specifications. A concrete base is ideal for the larger garden rooms within our range and works effectively to keep the structure secure from any water ingress. Paving slabs are easier to install using simple sand and cement and, if extended around your garden room, can provide a patio setting or attractive pathway. Smooth slabs deliver better stability than textured alternatives. You might construct a base from wooden decking that enables the air to circulate and provides a natural timber complement to your garden room. Alternatively, composite decking made from recycled plastic and wood fibre is highly durable and low maintenance. Choose a colour that complements your garden rooms luxury paint finish.

Scotts is proud to offer the innovative ground screw base which can be easily and efficiently installed on a level or sloping site. This minimally invasive base is environmentally and ecologically friendly and maintains a healthy air flow under the garden room base.

Our team of expert installers will deliver and erect your garden room on its pre-prepared base. We take pride in going the extra mile to ensure that every building we install meets the highest standards. You will need to clear some working space and provide suitable access so we can carry in the wall panels, floors, and roofs. Once installation is complete, we will supply a comprehensive maintenance manual that you can consult at any time.

Why choose Scotts for your garden room?

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View our types of garden rooms

  • small modern summer houses

    Small
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    Compact and elegant, a small garden rooms delivers a striking feature to your garden

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  • Spacious small Summerhouse

    Large
    Garden Rooms

    Spacious and expansive, our large garden rooms offer the ultimate garden showcase

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  • small corner summer houses for sale

    Corner
    Garden Rooms

    Neat and space-saving, a corner garden room maximises every inch of your garden

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    Octagonal
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    Classic and stylish, an octagonal garden room makes a statement in any garden

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    Stunning
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    A beautiful light-filled space to spread out, perfect for entertaining

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    Rotating
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    Change the perspective on your garden with a rotating base that you can revolve

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  • bespoke small summerhouses

    Bespoke
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    Bring your personal vision to life by creating the garden space of your dreams

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    Ex-Display
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    Purchase garden rooms that have been built for demonstration purposes

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Get in touch

Our friendly team is standing by to help you plan your garden room project. Whether you have been inspired by what you have seen here, or need some additional advice and support, do not hesitate to get in touch and we will be happy to help you bring your perfect garden room to life.
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Choosing your perfect garden room

Your choice of garden room should take account of the style, shape, size, and colour that will perfectly deliver a stunning garden feature that you can enjoy all year around. Personalise a Scotts garden room and create your own quintessentially English garden retreat.

  • custom and bespoke luxury summer houses

    Luxury Garden Rooms

    Luxurious fixtures and fittings

    Complete your garden room with the perfect features and finishing touches

    Luxury Summerhouses
  • high quality wooden summer houses

    Wooden Garden Rooms

    Sustainably sourced hardwood

    Hand-crafted joinery and woodcraft built with skill and attention to detail

    Wooden Summerhouses
  • Garden summerhouses custom built

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    From Scotts to your Garden

    We will help you to plan and prepare for the arrival of your Garden Room

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    Rewards for valued customers

    Refer a friend and you can receive a treat of up to £500 and pass on a discount!

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"Just a note to tell you that we are 'over the moon' with our new Summerhouse. We are very delighted and satisfied customers."

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"Just to say I am thrilled to bits with my summerhouse and was most impressed that your men were so early."

Mrs J, Warwickshire

"Everyone has been so helpful and friendly and the men who came to put up the building are a credit to your company."

Mrs T, West Sussex

"The quality, workmanship, delivery and assembly all exceeded our expectations, and thank you personally for your hard work answering all our queries."

Mr & Mrs S, West Sussex

"We are delighted with our summerhouse and will enjoy it even in Winter with the lighting and heating installed."

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Garden Room Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a summerhouse or garden room?

    A summerhouse or garden room is an outdoor structure designed to enhance your garden space. Typically designed in timber, a summerhouse is flexible to provide a cool, shaded place to retreat from the summer heat, or a cosy hideaway for chilly spring and autumn days. Ideal for use as a craft room, yoga studio or gym, or even as outdoor bar, a garden room provides a unique and beautiful space for an idyllic garden upgrade. You can also add supplementary security and aesthetic features. Choose a glass fibre effect or cedar shingle roof, additional windows, or glazed doors to create a light-filled space.

    Scotts garden rooms are designed in a range of shapes and sizes. Small and traditional, our Balmoral summerhouse offers the perfect fit for a garden of any dimensions. Or you might want to make a splash with a sophisticated Newhaven corner summerhouse, or impactful octagonal Burghley model.

    Whatever the season, our garden rooms can be enjoyed comfortably all year round enabling you to spend more time relaxing in your own, personal garden paradise. All Scotts garden rooms are built with craftsmanship using sustainably sourced hardwood which means they are exceptionally durable and hardwearing. You can view our range of garden room designs, colours, shapes, and sizes here.

  • What can I use a garden room for?

    In recent years, the way we enjoy our garden rooms has continuously evolved. A garden room effectively represents an extension to your home and can be used for whatever you desire. Depending on the size and location of your garden room, it could be a wonderful place for indulging in your favourite hobbies such as painting, crafting, or keeping fit in your own home gym. It could become your favourite entertaining space or a place to work quietly undisturbed. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination.

    We offer free-standing seating consisting of self-contained storage boxes upholstered in beautiful fabrics. Alternatively, you can simply arrange your own furniture to create a garden room that perfectly meets your needs.

    Allow Scotts to help you design the ideal space to bring your vision to life. If you would like some inspiration, take a look at what some of our satisfied customers say. Contact us to start planning your garden room project.

  • Do I need planning permission for my garden room?

    Garden rooms and garden buildings are regarded as ‘permitted development’ so they do not usually require planning permission, although some criteria apply. While we cannot provide definitive advice on whether planning permission is required in each individual circumstance, we hope that these guidelines* will assist you.

    *The guidelines are intended to give an overview of regulations which may be subject to changes in legislation. We recommend that you contact your local planning authority for specific advice.

  • Do I need a base for my garden room?

    Garden rooms and garden buildings all require a firm base constructed on a level surface to promote their stability and longevity. You will need to obtain the base plan for your choice of garden room from Scotts before the base is constructed to ensure that the size and dimensions are appropriate.

    Alternatively, Scotts offer an innovative and convenient ground screw base that will provide the perfect support for your garden room on an uneven surface. Find out more about our ground screw base here.

  • Where is the ideal location to place my garden room?

    Your garden room can be installed anywhere in your garden. Below we look at some of the factors you should consider before making your decision. Think about whether you would like your outdoor building to be:

    • Located to face the direction of the sun or placed in the shade
    • Situated in the middle of your garden or in a space-saving corner
      All Scotts’ standard summerhouses are over 2.5m in height so they must be installed at least 2m from your boundary to comply with planning regulations. Full details are available here.
    • Facing the garden or your home
      The Scotts rotating base can be selected as an optional extra to allow you more flexibility. Turn your garden room to face the sun or change your vista as required. The rotating based can be fitted to the Balmoral, Baltimore or 2.4m Burghley summerhouse models.
    • Fitted with a convenient power supply.
  • What type of timber is used for Scotts garden room?

    The external cladding, wall framing, roof, doors, and windows are manufactured from stable, durable, and dense Red Grandis, a premium quality, sustainably sourced hardwood timber derived from well-managed forests.

    The floor is manufactured from high quality PEFC® certified European Redwood which is vacuum pressure impregnated with Osmose Naturewood.

    All timber is carefully selected to deliver a maximum lifespan.

  • What extra features do Scotts offer for their garden rooms?

    Our garden room range can be enhanced with a variety of optional accessories as required. You can personalise your new garden room with a range of:

    • colour finishes
    • fabric styles and seating
    • roof materials.

    In addition, you can select from a number of innovative features including:

    • rotating base
    • padded lounger insert
    • shelf feature
    • tongue and groove effect lining
    • floor covering
    • leaded glass
    • underlining to roof
    • double glazing and insulation
    • solar lighting.
  • How should I maintain my garden room?

    For guidelines and advice on maintaining your building throughout its lifespan, take a look at the Scotts garden room maintenance manual we provide at the time of sale. If you require a replacement copy, please email a request to gazebos@scottsofthrapston.co.uk

    To assist your decision-making, why not visit our stunning garden room show site at Thrapston which is open from Monday to Friday (9am to 5pm, excluding Bank Holidays)? We organise several open days at the show site throughout the year. In addition, our garden rooms can be seen on display all year round at selected garden centres across the country. Find out where you can view a Scotts garden room here.

    Not yet found what you were looking for. Contact our dedicated sales team on 01832 732366 or email gazebos@scottsofthrapston.co.uk and we will get in touch.

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