Having the perfect social space in your own home to entertain your friends and family is invaluable, whether that be the ideal setting for sumptuous late-night parties, or a chic home bar stocked with the finest wines for a sophisticated soirée.
There are, however, several key considerations to be made when curating the perfect space to enjoy with your guests.
We spoke to Edward Medd, co-founder of bespoke modular buildings specialist Vita Modular, to get his insight into how garden rooms have come a long way from draughty wooden summerhouses, and how it really is possible to create the luxurious entertaining area you have always dreamed of in the comfort of your own garden.
A space for all seasons
In the past, homeowners looking to extend their living or leisure space with a garden building were generally faced with very little choice but to opt for timber shed style structures which are simply not practical for use in colder months. However modular buildings, which are rising in popularity, provide an innovative solution for those seeking a space that offers a little more solidity and durability and can be used even in the depths of winter.
It is important to ensure that when selecting your garden building, you not only have complete peace of mind knowing that you have a garden room that is built to last, but you also have a space that can be enjoyed with friends and family comfortably all year round. For example, Vita Modular garden rooms are designed to meet current UK building regulations – meaning they benefit from the same energy performance criteria of any modern new build home.
In house comforts
Connection to an existing power supply is essential, allowing you to enhance your room and create the ideal atmosphere with a sound and lighting system. With the right set up, a garden room can be completely self-contained; if you have full internal electric wiring, you can think about installing a wine cooler, or even a fully-fledged bar.
For optimal temperature control in the colder months, I would suggest considering electric underfloor heating solutions before your installation gets underway.
Insurance for any valuable items stored in your garden room, such as high-tech sound systems or premium furniture is essential. If your garden building is built with non-combustible materials and fire-rated to UK domestic standards, most UK insurers accept this as an extension to a homeowner policy, which means you can rest assured knowing your valuables are safe.
Extravagant celebrations with friends that go on into the early hours of the morning are likely to fracture relations with the neighbours. I believe it is wise to consider additional sound-proofing features, keeping the noise outside of your garden room to a minimum and allowing nearby residents a peaceful night’s sleep.
Extending your home
What people don’t always know is that modular buildings don’t have to be stand-alone garden rooms. At Vita Modular, for example, our offering also includes unique, modular home extensions which can be manufactured to almost any shape, configuration or size; and connect to any building type or age – ideal for those wishing to keep the party even closer to home.
There is a growing understanding of the many advantages of modular buildings, which in my view provide the perfect bespoke solution for homeowners seeking additional living and leisure space.
For further information, visit vita-modular.co.uk or phone 03301 344503.