Planning a home project, no matter how big or small, can be an immensely exciting prospect for some and a complete nightmare for others. When undertaking the task to increase your living space, the idea of knocking down walls and ceilings and living on a perpetual building site can be daunting.
Thankfully, there are other options to boost your living space at home and create the perfect, bespoke Studio without the stress.
In this article we share 8 reasons why building your own Garden Room with our DIY Kits is easier than you think!
- Planning for a Garden Room
In our previous blog, we outlined how to prepare for your Vivid Pod. Your project starts by ensuring that you have the correct permissions needed. Thankfully, in most cases, planning permission isn’t needed but it’s worth checking if you have any specific limitations. This could include owning a listed property or obeying restrictive covenants to name a couple.
Our Garden Rooms generally come under a ‘permitted development’ where planning permission doesn’t apply. You don’t usually need planning permission if:
- You aren’t in a Conservation Area and your home isn’t a listed building
- Your Garden Room is more than 1m away from a boundary and is under 2.5m in height
- You aren’t using the Garden Room for Business
- You aren’t in a tenement block
- Your Garden Room is less than 50% of your garden and also less than 30m²
- Your Garden Room won’t form part of a boundary
Once you’ve determined you don’t need planning permission, you’re good to go!
- Our Simple DIY Kits
At Vivid Pods we keep it simple with two different DIY Kits: The Starter DIY Kit which provides the insulated structure and waterproofing and the Complete DIY Kit which contains everything you need to complete your Garden Room.
The Starter DIY Kit:
With a full set of instructions and drawings, this is the perfect option for experienced DIYers or tradespeople. To make your project even easier, we supply absolutely everything you need to complete the insulated structure. With a simple, insulated structure, you have full flexibility and choice with the final finish of your Garden Room.
The Complete DIY Kit:
This package contains everything you need to complete the full build, including external panels in a choice of timber and composite finishes.
For both the Starter and Complete DIY Kits, we are on hand with ongoing build support via email or phone and can provide optional extras such as foundation installation, UPVC windows and doors, tool and labour hire. You can read our guide to building your own luxury Garden Room with a DIY Kit for advice on your own project.
Lead times on our DIY Kits are approximately 3-4 weeks which gives you plenty of time to prepare!
- Simple Sizing
Both our ‘Starter’ and ‘Complete’ DIY Kits start with internal dimensions of 2.4m x 2.6m. You can select a size based on our ‘off the shelf’ options which extend up to 5m x 3m. If you have a more bespoke size in mind, individual projects can be ‘made to measure’.
To make sizing even easier, we have our Bespoke Design Service which aims to minimise the overall footprint of the building and optimise the internal space to your needs. The uses for our Garden Rooms are limitless and we want to ensure that our designs are the best possible solution to our clients’ needs.
- Upfront Costings
When you hear the word ‘bespoke’ you might also think ‘expensive’. We will always be completely upfront about the cost of your Garden Room. All of our sizing and finish options are listed with prices on our website so you can easily plan your Garden Room project.
Included in the price of your DIY Kit is the price of VAT and all listed materials.
We do offer plenty in the way of optional extras, from tool hire to foundation installation and you can contact us for costs or to discuss your individual project needs.
- Easy Installation
At Vivid Pods our DIY Kits are designed with easy installation in mind. Our thoughtful design minimises installation time, thanks to our proprietary fabric-first modular construction system. With our modular approach, our DIY Kits can be easily assembled (even in tight spaces) with forward-thinking materials.
We recommend using a concrete foundation to ensure that your DIY Kit is built to last. The foundations are the key to making your DIY Garden Room easy to install with either:
- Concrete pillars
- Concrete rafts
- Concrete slabs
- Concrete blocks
Concrete blocks are a simple option. Use gravel and hardcore to fill the footings - adding concrete to the top. After levelling all the blocks you’re ready to frame the room base.
We include colour coded fixings to keep you on track during your installation:
- 175mm fixings are marked in yellow
- 150mm fixings are marked in magenta
- 35mm fixings are marked in green
- Getting Connected
For mains power, you’ll need a qualified electrician to assess the needs of the project. You may be able to install power along a boundary or require armoured cabling in a trench. Either way, in the hands of a qualified person, once you have established how to connect to the mains, it’s all taken care of with the right person on the job.
For internet connection, we’re written a helpful article on the various ways we recommend getting connected. From simple and cheap solutions to robust and reliable, we have several options for you to consider.
Building your own Garden Room is a rewarding and flexible way to achieve the perfect outdoor space. With our full instructional guides and installation videos, we make our DIY Kits the easy way to embark on a Garden Room project of your own.
We’re always on hand to offer help and advice and can offer professional onsite assistance to make your project as easy as possible.
For advice on how to get started on your own DIY Garden Room project, you can call Vivid Pods on 01454 414537 or get in touch here. We’re always happy to help answer any questions you may have and ensure your DIY Garden Room plans become a reality!