Garden rooms

We are often asked the question, “What is a garden room?’. Generally-speaking, conservatories, orangeries and pool-houses all constitute a “garden room”, but more specifically, we define a garden room as a semi-glazed building with a tiled roof as opposed to glass.

Like conservatories and orangeries, garden rooms boast a high roofline with plenty of glazed aspects. Often the most stunning design feature is the glazing that spans into the apex. Large vertical panes of glass to the gables will flood the room with light, considerably increase the sense of space and emphasise the vaulted ceiling. Large timber doors opening to the garden provide full height views, ventilation and open access, emphasising the close relationship between house and garden.


More often than not, garden rooms of this style suit a period property more than a conservatory or a flat roofed/lanterned orangery would. They are designed to reflect the architecture of the existing building. The proportions must be complementary and the roofline, tile colour and texture should be designed to add interest but remain in-keeping. Careful choice of colour, from Westbury’s own paint range, is also essential and should be matching or complementary to the colours of the existing window and doors.

An oversized or overstated garden room can dwarf and divide the house. Designed and executed correctly by experienced architectural designers, it will be a desirable addition to your home; making you wonder how the house could possibly have been built without it in the first place.

Garden rooms can make some of the most exciting builds and are often the most efficient due to the vast insulation benefits held within their roofs and floors. Practical as well as beautiful, they are spaces that can be used all year round so it’s important to consider how you will use it throughout the seasons.

During the summer you may imagine the doors wide open on to your garden patio, but during the colder months, you may like to have the comfort of a glowing fire and a mantelpiece to hang your Christmas stockings from. Because of their solid roofs, garden rooms lend themselves particularly well to character features such as open fires or log burners.

It can be difficult to envisage what may be possible for your home. We understand your concerns and always try our utmost to give you an understanding of what a new garden room may look like.

Our expert designers are able to offer advice and guide you through the decision-making process so that the result is a stylish and functional garden room that perfectly fits your needs.