12 Common Mistakes People Make When Buying A Garden Room!
How To Choose The Best Garden Room Supplier!Garden room companies are very good at publishing their prices in their brochures and websites, but when comparing different suppliers it is best to be aware of the differences of the garden rooms and any hidden costs.
Garden rooms come in many different formats, varying qualities and prices which can all be very confusing. It is vitally important that you spend a little time and effort to know the exact differences and take the time to know what you are actually getting for your money.
Purchasing a new garden room is a major purchase and getting the right supplier first time will ensure you get the best quality garden room whilst saving a lot of time, effort and money! To assist you in choosing the right garden room company please take 10 minutes to read the information below:
MISTAKE NO 1: EXTERNAL TIMBER CLADDINGExternal timber cladding is the perfect natural choice for finishing the outside of a garden room; however it does depend a great deal on what quality and type of cladding is used.
The majority of garden room companies will use one of the following species: Pine, Plywood, Feather board, Redwood, Thermowood, Larch (Siberian, European and Scottish). These timbers can be supplied treated or untreated and if treated can last anywhere between 10-20 years. Typical costing for these species of external cladding is from £5.00 to £10.00 per square metre.
Most companies will charge a premium price for a high-quality external timber cladding such as Western Red Cedar.
QUESTION NO 1 “WHAT TYPE OF EXTERNAL TIMBER CLADDING IS USED?”
Oeco Garden Rooms INCLUDE Western Red Cedar External Timber Cladding!
All Oeco garden room prices include the highest quality Western Red Cedar tongue and groove external timber cladding as standard.
Albeit the most expensive (£50.00 plus per square metre). Western Red Cedar is the most desired external timber claddings due to its rich and variable colours, resistance to decay, durability and natural preservatives.
Western Red Cedar timber contains its own natural preservatives that are harmful to decay-causing fungi. As Western Red Cedar has a natural resistance to rot and decay it requires no additional chemicals or preservatives.
Colours: Pinks,Reds, Browns. Life expectancy: 50+ Years
MISTAKE NO 2: INTERIOR FINISHLooking at glossy pictures of garden rooms online or in a brochure, it is easy to dismiss what the inside finish is going to look like. The majority of companies install an array of different internal finishes to all the walls and ceiling including: metal, vinyl, melamine or plastic cladding or boards.
In our opinion, these are all sub-standard finishes that are purely used for ease of installation and to reduce overall costs. If you don’t want the inside of your new garden room to like the inside of a portable office or portable toilet then remember to ask:
Most companies will charge a premium price for a luxury professionally plaster boarded and skimmed interior.
QUESTION NO 2 “WHAT EXACTLY DOES THE INSIDE OF THE GARDEN ROOM LOOK LIKE?”
Oeco Garden Rooms INCLUDE A Luxury Professionally Plastered Interior!
Our experienced installation teams take the time and effort to professionally plasterboard and plaster skim the inside to give our customers the ultimate internal finish to their garden room.
A traditionally plastered finish provides additional insulation and contributes to improved energy efficiency.
The inside of your garden room will be finished to the same high standards as a new house.
MISTAKE NO 3: INSULATION VALUESVirtually every garden room company will state that there garden rooms are insulated. The different amounts, levels and quality of insulation included will vary dramatically from company to company.
It is important to realise that there are no legal requirements for the amount, levels and quality of insulation required in a building with an internal floor area under 30m2. If there is no legal requirement then how do you really know how well the garden room is actually insulated. We cannot stress how important it is to have a truly insulated garden room.
A properly insulated garden room means you can use your new garden room all year round whatever the weather. A truly insulated garden room will keep you cool in the summer, warm in the winter and protect the internal contents from moisture and condensation.
QUESTION NO 3 “IS THE GARDEN ROOM INSULATED TO BUILDING REGULATIONS?”
Oeco Garden Rooms ARE Insulated To The Building Regulations Part L!
Each Oeco garden room includes the correct amount of insulation required in the roof, walls and floor to comply with the Building Regulations Part L – Conservation of fuel and power and energy efficiency requirements.
To comply with Building Regulations the U-values (U-values measure how effective a material is an insulator) are required to be at a recommended amount, level and quality.
The lower the U-value is, the better the material is a heat insulator. The regulations state the following: Roof: 0.25W/m2k. Walls: 0.35W/m2k. Floor: 0.25W/m2k. Doors & Windows: 2.2W/m2k. Thermal conductivity expressed as W/mK is the rate at which heat passes through a material, measured in watts per square metre of surface area.
MISTAKE NO 4: FOUNDATIONSAny building is only as good as its foundation system, and garden rooms are certainly no different. When choosing a garden room supplier it is very important to ask whether or not foundations are included in the price!.
Some companies include the foundations in the total price but many do not. Prices can vary dramatically and you could end up paying thousands extra for foundations.
In addition, it is also worth enquiring what type of foundations a company uses. Simply building a garden room on breeze blocks, pads, ground screws, timber frame or ground jacks which simply sit on top of the ground level will not be a long-term viable solution. Surface ground levels will move over time or with inclement weather and so will the building!
QUESTION NO 4 “WHAT TYPE OF FOUNDATIONS ARE USED AD ARE THEY INCLUDED?”
Oeco Garden Rooms INCLUDE Concrete And Steel Pile Foundations!
Each Oeco garden room price includes a concrete and steel pile foundation system. This specialist foundation system utilises concrete foundations complete with integrated galvanised steel bars and base plates.
The ground is excavated down to solid ground; a steel bar with a base plate is inserted into the excavated hole and then filled with concrete.
The concrete pads and steel piles are positioned at specific intervals and bolted to the timber floor to completely support the garden room. The piles are positioned at regular intervals across the entire width and depth timber base.
This method of foundation system is the preferred system by county councils, especially when a garden room is to be located near to trees or shrubs.
MISTAKE NO 5: CONSTRUCTIONThere are basically 2 types of construction methods available for building garden rooms.
The first is a modular system: The modular system involves building the different components in a factory, which are then bolted together on site. The advantages of the modular system are a lower manufacturing cost and increased speed of assembly on site. The disadvantage of a modular system is that it offers no flexibility in the design and construction of the finished product. You will be restricted to standard sizes and designs.
The second is traditional timber frame: Traditional timber frame is one of the oldest forms of construction used throughout the world, dating back to the Roman and Egyptian civilizations of 500 -100 B.C. Modern timber frame building methods have evolved somewhat in the last few decades, but the basic principles remain unchanged.
QUESTION NO 5 “WHAT TYPE OF CONSTRUCTION METHOD IS USED TO BUILD THE GARDEN ROOM?”
Oeco Garden Rooms USE Traditional Timber Frame Construction!
Oeco garden rooms are constructed on site by professional joiners using traditional timber frame construction. Traditional timber-framed construction allows you the client to be in total control of the design and finished garden structure. Albeit it takes longer to construct on site the advantage of being able to construct bespoke sizes and designs for our customers gives us yet another edge over the competition. From experience, we know the problems you need to solve.
Our bespoke service enable you to decide on site (during the construction stages) exactly: where you want the doors and windows positioning, what height to position a window to accommodate a desk, where to put the light switches, electrical sockets, heating options, running internet, telephone, alarm cabling all inside the timber walls.
MISTAKE NO 6: VENTILATIONSomething that is often overlooked by customers is the benefits of having a properly ventilated garden room. Although a garden room needs to have excellent insulation it is important to have good air flow around the structure to help it breathe.
Ventilation avoids trapped `cold spots where natural moisture can collect, increases the u-values by providing additional insulation (air acts as a natural insulator), prevents condensation from entering the garden room and allows any natural internal moisture to escape.
Most importantly a dry moisture free internal environment will protect you from any health problems and protect your valuable contents inside your garden room.
QUESTION NO 6 “HOW IS THE GARDEN ROOM VENTILATED?”
Oeco Garden Rooms INCLUDE Double Air Vented Walls & Moisture Vapour Barrier!
This breathing membrane acts like a one-way valve and allows natural moisture to escape out of the building - but prevents moisture from entering the garden room.
In addition, all our traditional timber framed garden rooms incorporate double air vented timber walls.
The first vent allows air to circulate between the outer timber cladding and the breathing membrane. The second vent allows air to circulate between the breathing membrane and the internal thermal insulation panels.
MISTAKE NO 7: DOORS & WINDOWSAs the only major moving parts on a garden room it is necessary to have excellent quality doors and windows with high quality opening and locking mechanisms.
The doors and windows need to be ideal for every climatic condition and provide a cosy and comfortable atmosphere in your new garden room. Each individual door and window needs to have efficient thermal insulation properties resulting in minimum heat lose in winter and reduced heat gain in summers. The glazing is also of utmost importance for good thermal values, also contributing to a substantial energy saving.
QUESTION NO 7 “ASK ABOUT THE QUALITY OF THE DOORS & WINDOWS?”
Oeco Garden Rooms INCLUDE Premium Quality PVC-u Doors & Windows!
Our doors and windows are manufactured by one of the UK`s leading manufacturers who recently won the 2016 PVC Company Of The Year in the National Fenstration Awards (A PVC-u Industry Body). As standard all doors and windows are supplied in Anthracite (dark grey) profiles on the outside and white on the inside. Our sleek patio and sliding patio door systems are fitted with a very sophisticated operating mechanism for ease of opening and secure locking.
All doors and windows are fitted with high security insurance approved multi-point locking systems to give your garden room the maximum protection. The Pilkington double glazed glass units are a low-e glass which is a glass with a special coating to reflect heat back into the room, thus reducing heat loss.
MISTAKE NO 8: ELECTRICS, HEATING & LIGHTINGUndoubtedly you will require electrics, heating and lighting inside your new garden room.
Some companies may include some or all of these options but you will most likely be supplied with the most basic electrical components available. You will be charged extra to upgrade to premium quality fixtures and fittings.
It’s also worth noting how the electrical wiring is fitted – is it concealed inside the internal walling or simple stuck in plastic conduit around the walls and ceiling.
QUESTION NO 8 “ARE ELECTRICS, HEATING & LIGHTING INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?”
Oeco Garden Rooms INCLUDE A Comprehensive Electrics Package!
A consumer unit controls the powerinto the garden room. We install 4 x 13amp Double electrical sockets, 1 x Double light switch and either 1 x Strip lights or 1 x LED light box, 2 x External up\down lights, 1 x 1.5Kw White slimline wall mounted panel heater complete with 24 hour timer. The double electrical sockets, light switches, internal strip lights and external up\down lights are all supplied in a quality brushed aluminium finish. We also include energy saving LED lighting to all light fittings.
You will be able to choose the exact location of the consumer unit, internal wiring, electrical sockets, internal and external lighting, switches and heater during the on-site construction.
MISTAKE NO 9: DELIVERY & ON-SITE INSTALLATIONWhen enquiring about a garden room always remember to check whether there is a delivery charge, most companies will only install locally or within a certain distance of their location.
Some companies will work throughout the UK but will make a charge when delivering and installing outside their set location, delivery charges can vary dramatically and can be in the region of £500.00 to £1500.00.
QUESTION NO 9 “IS DELIVERY AND ON-SITE INSTALLATION INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?”
Oeco Garden Rooms INCLUDE Delivery And On Site Installation!
We build garden rooms the length and breadth of England, Scotland and Wales.
We are conveniently located at the side of the M1 motorway and can literally be in the centre of Edinburgh, Cardiff or London within a matter of hours.
Our professional installation teams will stay in a local B&B during the on-site construction. We coordinate operations from our 10,000 sq. ft. office, workshops and showrooms located in Ripon, North Yorkshire.
MISTAKE NO 10: OPTIONAL EXTRASMany garden room companies offer a basic garden room structure and advertise a seemingly good price to attract more customers. It is a very popular selling technique and maybe it does result in the company making more money but that’s not good news for you the customer!
It is not something we agree with and to be quite honest it is very annoying when absolutely everything is an added extra. Obviously every single extra cannot be included, but believe certain additional extras are required to comliment a high quality garden room. Honesty and transparency is always the best policy!
QUESTION NO 10 “WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE AND WHAT ABOUT EXTRAS?”
Oeco Garden Rooms INCLUDE A Whole Host Of Extras Totally FREE!
Our reputation has been built, above all, on the quality of our garden rooms and our commitment to exceptional value for money. It is what our customers want, and it is what gives us our edge over the competition. Throughout the year we will include many different optional extras completely FREE OF CHARGE with each Oeco Garden Room. The optional extras are included in the normal selling price and at no additional cost to you. Depending upon the time of year the extras can include some or all of the following: FREE Western Red Cedar Timber Cladding Upgrade. FREE Timber or Composite Decking. FREE Acoustic Insulation Upgrade. FREE 1.5Kw Slim line Panel Heater. FREE Water Butt, Tap, Filter & Stand. FREE Brushed Aluminium Electrics Upgrade.
It is the extras that make all the difference!. We know from experience it provides high customer satisfaction and results in many referrals to us from family friends and neighbours!
MISTAKE NO 11: GUARANTEEFor most people, buying a new garden room is a major purchase. It’s no wonder, then, that buyers of garden rooms are interested in a guarantee.
Most garden room companies will offer some form of guarantee varying from 12 months to 10 years.
Be wary of any company that does not offer any form of guarantee!. It is important to choose a company that offers a long term guarantee rather than the statutory 12 month guarantee protection provided by the Consumer Rights Act.
QUESTION NO 11 “WHAT GUARANTEE IS INCLUDED AND FOR HOW LONG?”
Oeco Garden Rooms INCLUDE A 10 Year Structural Guarantee As Standard!
For total peace of mind all our garden rooms are covered by a 10 year structural guarantee.
The 10 year structural guarantee is in respect of design and manufacturing faults, material failure, corrosion and rot for a period of 10 years from the date of installation. In addition to our building guarantee we will pass on all manufacturers guarantees for items including: doors and windows, electrical components and any optional extras.
MISTAKE NO 12: PLANNINGOutbuildings are considered to be permitted development, not needing planning permission, subject to certain limits and conditions. Please refer to the planning permission page on our website for further details.
In the vast majority of cases planning is not normally required. However there are conditions on the height, size and distance from your boundaries. Be wary of any company that states they will build a garden room very close to your boundary, on your boundary line, attached to your house, in your front or side garden or in any location just to obtain a sale. In the end the owner of the property or land is responsible for complying with the relevant planning rules.
If the planning rules are not adhered to you will most likely end up having disputes with your neighbours, the local planning department and run the risk of having to remove the garden room at your own expense!.
QUESTION NO 12 “DO YOU CONSTRUCT TO THE PERMITTED DEVELOPMENT RULES?”
Oeco Garden Rooms ALWAYS Build To The Permitted Development Rules!
Our garden rooms comply with the 2.5m maximum height requirements.
Garden rooms up to 15m2 internal floor area (5.5m x 3m) are installed 0.5m from any boundary.
Garden rooms over 15m2 internal floor area (5m x 3.5m) and up to 30m2 (8m x 4m) internal floor area are installed 1m from any boundary.
NOT ALL GARDEN ROOMS ARE BUILT THE SAME!No matter which garden room company you eventually choose to supply your new garden room all we ask is that you take some time to read the specifications and details of what you are actually buying!.
We are the only garden room company that actively asks potential customers to compare specifications and pricing.
Why do we do this? Quite simply we monitor all our competitors and from detailed research we know we provide the best garden rooms with the best specifications at the best price!.