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What Can My Garden Room Be?

04 May 2018


Tips & GuidesConversions

So, we’ve launched our garden rooms to the public and the enquiries have been coming in thick and fast and we’ve been really surprised at just how many different ideas people have when it comes to garden rooms. The best part is – it’s all good – because our garden rooms are completely bespoke and with a few tweaks to different fixtures, fittings and features, they will suit any idea pretty perfectly.

Our completely bespoke garden rooms are just that – bespoke. They are entirely designed to suit all needs, and imaginations for that matter! We do the hard bits – we equip them with everything you could need – full insulation, plastering, electrical sockets, some even have Bluetooth heating – so your garden room is wholly suited to your budget, style, space and design.

Oh and here’s the best bit. Garden rooms are made from shipping containers (which you’ve probably gathered by now) meaning that if you ever decided you wanted it placed in a different area in your garden, this could be arranged. Perhaps you even decide to move to a new house? No problem, your garden room can be stuck on a truck and go with you! Chances are you might not even need planning permission for placing the shipping container in your garden either – this applies to most container conversions if the building doesn’t exceed 2.5m, but we’d almost recommend double-checking with your local council just to be on the safe side!

Now we’ve got the cogs in your head turning with ideas, we’ll give you a few more. If you’re considering a container conversion garden room, here are just a few things you could do with I (and a big thanks to our happy customers for the suggestions!)…

#1 Garden… Office

If you’re self-employed (or even if you’re not), sometimes you need that quiet space away from home to really concentrate on your to-do list and be as productive as you possibly can. A garden office is the perfect solution: not only would you have a dedicated space but you’d be as close to home as you possibly could be, so you could leave and return to work at the drop of a hat.

#2 Garden… Studio

If you fancy yourself as a bit of an artist or the likes, maybe a garden studio is right up your street? Garden studios can be designed to incorporate beautiful sliding windows and doors so that your lighting will be exceptional, not to mention you’ll have the space to really get creative without worrying about the Feng Shui of your living room!

#3 Garden… Gym

It’s not always easy working out in the house when the dog keeps weaving in and out of your legs and the kids are switching the channels. A garden gym could be just the job to escape, sweat it out and gives you the peace of mind that you can eat that sneaky bit of chocolate knowing you only have to nip to your garden to burn off the cals. Winner winner.

#4 Garden… Summer House

Sometimes, you just want a bit of extra wiggle room. A safe place for the teenagers to hang out without the ‘uncool’ parents hovering around them? An indoor living area for when the Summer BBQ gets temporarily rained off? A Summer house is not just a space saver, it can be a life saver too!

#5 Garden… Play Room

Of course, it’s lovely to let the kids out to play in the street or where ever, but ideally, you’d prefer the nippers to have their own secure space where they can play and have fun whilst you’ve got peace of mind of where they are and what they’re doing – garden playroom. Need we say more?

#6 Garden… Man Cave

Potentially our favourite suggestion to date. Sometimes, the blokes need a space to whack on the Playstation, crack open a few cans and do the manly stuff men do. We’re not being biased, but think about ladies, this means you get the WHOLE HOUSE to yourself!

We’re being commissioned for lots of different garden rooms projects this year already, and this list can be pretty exhaustive so if we’ve missed something, let us know. Garden rooms are fast becoming the first choice for many home owners looking for space saving solutions, and now, we’re sure it’s clear to you why the humble shipping container is a fantastic alternative to a home extension.

If you would like a friendly, honest chat about how we can create your bespoke Garden Room, call the Universal team today on 0845 050 0330 or feel free to email

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