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Garden Rooms

South Downs Construction Garden rooms

Here at South Downs Construction we design and manufacture high specification Garden Buildings which are used as Garden Rooms, Garden Office, Garden Studios, Art Rooms and Craft Workshops amongst others.

If you need extra space for business or leisure, our Garden Rooms and Garden Office are fully insulated and cheaper than moving house or adding an extension. With similar prices to a Home Conservatory they have the advantage of being usable all year round. They can be built to fully comply with building regs and most models require no planning permission.

Our Garden Rooms are truly versatile in their variety of applications. So, are you after extra space but can’t face the disruption of having your house extended? Do you like the idea of feeling closer to the outdoors - but in a place that works for you the whole year round? Do you want a new garden room that not only looks fabulous
but that is incredibly versatile too?

Some rules to consider when planning your Garden room

Outbuildings are considered to be permitted development, not needing planning permission, subject to the following limits and conditions:

  • No outbuilding on land forward of a wall forming the principal elevation.
  • Outbuildings and garages to be single storey with maximum eaves height of 2.5 metres and maximum overall height of four metres with a dual pitched roof or three metres for any other roof.
  • Maximum height of 2.5 metres in the case of a building, enclosure or container within two metres of a boundary of the curtilage of the dwellinghouse.
  • No verandas, balconies or raised platforms
    (a platform must not exceed 0.3 metres in height)
  • No more than half the area of land around the "original house"* would be covered by additions or other buildings.
  • In National Parks, the Broads, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and World Heritage Sites the maximum area to be covered by buildings, enclosures, containers and pools more than 20 metres from the house to be limited to 10 square metres.
  • On designated land* buildings, enclosures, containers and pools at the side of properties will require planning permission.
  • Within the curtilage of listed buildings any outbuilding will require planning permission.

*The term "original house" means the house as it was first built or as it stood on 1 July 1948 (if it was built before that date). Although you may not have built an extension to the house, a previous owner may have done so.
*Designated land includes national parks and the Broads, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, conservation areas and World Heritage Sites.