Top Tips For The Perfect Outbuilding

Outbuildings have quickly become one of the most popular
ways to increase the capacity of your home.

There are endless possible uses for an outbuilding but it is important to ensure that your chosen design meets both your needs and your budget.

Where do I begin?

⦁ Firstly, you need to recognise what you can build on your property and whether you need permission to do so. (Don’t worry, you can find this information later on in this blog).
⦁ You must then consider what your outbuilding will be used for and whether you one day plan to convert it into a living space (this will help you determine whether you need it to be insulated or not).
⦁ Think about the materials you wish to use for windows, possible skylights and doors ( Timber and Aluminium tend to be more expensive whereas UPVC is quite basic and reasonably low priced ).

We use the GRP flat roof covering system for all of our outbuildings, it is very durable, cost effective and comes with 25 year warranty. Take a look:

What can I use an outbuilding for?

Over the years, people have come up with countless uses for their outbuildings, here are some of the most popular ones:

Garden Office
Due to the current situation, working from home is proving quite popular for many.

A garden office enables you to keep your working hours separate from the chaos of family life, it’s a great way to establish a healthy work – life balance when working from home.

Tip: Consider the positioning of your Garden Office to avoid the frustrating  glare from sunlight on your computer screen.

Home Gym
When leading a busy life, It’s important to keep exercise easy and convenient.  Plus, when your gym is in your garden….there is no excuse.
Tip: You will want to be able to use your gym all year round so be sure to consider your heating/cooling options.

Game Room
Perfect for creating cherishable memories with friends and family.

A snooker table and some LED lights will create the perfect ‘man cave’ atmosphere.

LED lights use a lot less energy, creating a more cost effective lighting solution

All Weather BBQ
Picture this…. A BBQ in late December… and no, I’m not talking puffer jackets & winter gloves.

Tip: Large, bifold doors allow for so much natural light & save space!


Outbuildings usually fall under PDRs (permitted development), this means they do not require planning permission, although there are requirements that must be met.

PDRs :
1 ) No closer than two metres to the boundary
⦁ ​Less than 4 metres in height with a pitched roof
⦁ Less than 3 metres high with a flat roof
⦁ No taller than 2.5 metres at eaves height

2) More than 1 metre from the boundary
⦁ Internal area is less than 30m2

Apply to all of the above:
⦁ You must comply with part P of building regs (electrical works).
⦁ Any new building must not itself be separate, self-contained, Living/sleeping accommodation and must not have a microwave antenna.
⦁ Your outbuilding must not take up more than 50% of your land, (including the main house). Sheds, all other outbuildings and extensions to the original house must be included when calculating this 50% limit.
⦁ Outbuildings are not permitted development within the grounds of a listed building.
⦁ Outbuildings are not permitted development forward of the principal elevation of the original house.
⦁ Outbuildings must be single storey.
⦁ Outbuildings to the side of the house are not permitted development.
⦁ No water supply/ WC facilities.
⦁ Balconies and verandas are not permitted development.
⦁ Raised platforms, e.g decking are permitted development as long as they are no higher than 300mm above ground level.
⦁ On designated land such as national parks and the Broads, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, conservation areas and World Heritage Sites, the total area to be covered by any outbuildings more than 20 metres from ANY WALL of the house must not exceed 10 square metres to be permitted development.

This is an introductory guide and is not a definitive source of legal information. This guidance relates to the planning regime for England.

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The most costly, however the most solid and most ‘house like’.

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