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Home Extension Options & Alternatives

Space can swiftly become scarce in your home with growing families and the need for new room in the house, like a home office to work from home. This leaves you with a couple of options; either move to a new and larger home or explore the options to extend your home where you are already.


Why Extend Your Home?

Space is at a premium, forcing us all to be smarter with what room we have available to us. Life forces us to accumulate more ‘stuff’ as we grow, which can leave us with very little space to actually live.

House extensions can be a great way to add value to your home and can save the huge upheaval of actually moving to a new home. So, before you start boxing up your belongings – take a look at these home extension options and why we believe a garden room is a great solution…


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4 Extension Options and Alternatives


1. Add a Garden Room

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Benefits of a garden room at a glance:
  • Planning permission is rarely required making it a simple and hassle-free process
  • Modern, unique and stylish
  • Insulated throughout for year-round use with heating included
  • Finished inside and out with premium materials for a luxury ‘at home’ feel
  • Detached from your home for total privacy
  • Cost-effective and minimally intrusive during installation
  • Comprehensive 10-year guarantee
  • Eco-friendly

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What is a garden room?

A detached building from your home, a garden room is a highly versatile space that can become anything you need it to be. Natural light, gorgeous views and complete privacy mean you can use your garden room for just about any extra space need you have in mind. A guest house, a quiet home office, a private home gym, an adults retreat – and much much more!

A garden room is a stylish and unique addition to your home, that’s sure to be the envy of your friends and neighbours (and family members if you keep it for yourself!) 

Modern building techniques paired with premium building materials make our buildings a year-round extra space solution that’s also a beautiful addition to your home and garden.

Garden rooms from Green Retreats come fully inclusive with everything you need included in the price as standard, including base/foundations, installation, VAT, doors & windows, internal electrics, premium insulation and much more. We also offer a vast range of optional upgrades to choose from for a totally luxury retreat.

 garden room bar space with sofa and television area


Feels like a room in your home.

A garden room from Green Retreats comes with a comprehensive 10-year guarantee for quality. We only use premium grade materials to construct our fully insulated garden rooms – the same as you would find in modern new build homes. Whilst our building designs may look like a luxury or posh shed, they are actually more like a traditional home extension, just detached from your main home for total distinction. The look, feel and finish makes you feel perfectly at home when you’re inside, with the added benefit of a modern and unique pod style space in the garden.


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2. Take up the Loft

Loft conversions are a costly options to add space at home, as well as being arguably the most inconvenient. Generally, the ceilings on your first floor need to be lowered to make the appropriate space in the loft, which is a big upheaval and interruption to your life. The whole process takes months rather than weeks. As there are tight regulations when it comes to changing the structure of your home, you will have to consider whether your property is suitable for a conversion.

As most people use a loft as extra storage space, it may deter future buyers from your home. Not only that, but you are taking away valuable storage space for yourself. Consider where you would store all the items you currently have up in your loft.


3. Classic Home Extension

If you have available space immediately next to your home then a single-story extension is a great option that will add both space and value to your home.

Single-story extensions are typically the most expensive way to extend your home as well as intrusive on your home life whilst the work is carried out – a number of weeks all in. The structure will need to be approved by building regulations and building control, adding time and money to the project.

Home extensions can also become extremely stressful due to the fact they are so easily denied planning permission. Planning itself can last months and there is no guarantee that it will be accepted. Finding a reputable builder for your extension can be a tedious and time-consuming job. The wrong choice of builder can be detrimental to your extension and the future of your home.


4. Build a uPVC Conservatory

Building a conservatory is a very traditional method of adding extra space at home. Although on average the most cost-effective space solution, a conservatory isn’t always the most practical. The space itself is limited in its uses, generally only being suitable as an alternative lounge in summer, with temperature control often being a bit tricky.

Due to the structure of conservatories, they can also be extremely inconsistent in temperature. A conservatories temperature will always depend on the outside weather which means that they could be unusable in extreme weather conditions.

Often the addition of a conservatory can increase the value of your home, but only when done right. If the conservatory is of poor quality or is unsightly, then this can deter future buyers. Many conservatory styles tend to be viewed as a little ‘old-fashioned’.



Let’s talk about your extra space needs and ideas…

Find out more about our garden room buildings and how they can help extend your home to suit your extra space needs.

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Our garden rooms are priced based on the internal sizes rather than the exterior footprint, making it easier for you to plan your work space. A commercial unit from Green Retreats could end up saving you a fortune from the costs of renting a workspace alone. The price includes base, installation and VAT so there are no (nasty) surprises when it comes to final payment.


Building Measurements

You can get a great idea of how your new garden office will look by using the 360 degree rotating viewer.

Also compatible with mobile and tablet devices


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Start designing your garden room today using our online Visualiser tool. You’ll be able to choose your style, size, finishes and get an accurate cost.

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