What You Need To Know When Constructing An Outbuilding

What You Need To Know When Constructing An Outbuilding

With the property market still not at its best, and house prices only set to rise further, many people are turning to extending their houses and current space, rather than moving to a larger home which is becoming increasingly out of their financial reach. Although there are some people that decide to extend their homes in ways such as creating a bigger room, adding an additional room or even installing a conservatory, there are those that prefer a bit more privacy and what something with a bit more distance between the rest of the house. If this is the case then an outbuilding may be just what you are looking for.

When building an outbuilding there are some things that you need to consider to ensure that the whole process runs smoothly and that you are pleased with the final result.

What Will It Be Used For?

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First things first, you need to know what the area will be used for – is it for a home office or workshop? Maybe you want a children’s games room, a relaxation room, bar or entertainment room for when you have guests. Either way, you need to consider how much space you need so you can start making some plans and get the ball rolling.

Regulations and Planning Permission

planning permissionYou do not need planning permission for your outbuilding if it is a ‘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.’ If it will be taller than this or the floor space will exceed 15 square meters of floor space, then you will need to seek planning permission from your local council for your extension.

It is best to get some professional help when constructing your outbuilding to ensure that the foundations and structure is all to a high standard, and that it does comply with regulations – otherwise local authorities can order it to be taken down.

Get The Basics Right

Outbuilding ExtensionOnce you have the foundation all set you should start getting all the basic necessities of the building sorted. Make sure that the building has enough insulation in both the walls and roof, and has proper heating for when the colder months come around (whether gas or wood fired, or simply electric space heaters), as well as your lighting and other electrics such as sockets.

Depending on what the room will be used for you can choose the best flooring, whether it is carpet, floorboards, laminate or vinyl – but don’t forget to weigh up the costs of these, and factor it in as part of the development to ensure you don’t go over budget.


Once the basic foundation and structure is in place you can start to decorate your outbuilding accordingly. For a children’s games room you could create a welcoming environment with a pool table, games console connected to a TV, ping pong and whatever else they are interested in.

Cordoba rattan sofa Image source: www.vidara.co.uk
High quality rattan and cane furniture that can be used to create an inviting and relaxing room, such as sofas, storage solutions and dining furniture, which could be extremely useful for entertaining guests or even your home office.

Make sure that you personalise the room with photos and pictures as well as other accessories to make it seem like it is still part of your home even though it is a separate building – the last thing you want to do is make a significant investment in this outbuilding, only to have it feel cold and unhomely.

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