A garden room is a glass structure that can be added on to a house as a type of extension. It’s often used as an alternative to a brick extension, a conservatory or an orangery, as it straddles many of these, drawing on their most successful elements and combining them together. There are many personalisation options for garden glass rooms, depending on your budget, your timescales, and what you want your new glass room to look like.

By personalising a garden glass room, you won’t just be making it look better – you’ll be improving its performance and making sure you can use it in the way you intend. The various personalisation options available will allow you to change your glass room from a functional space into one that seamlessly blends the indoors with the outdoors, creating an aspirational room that you can make your own.

Choosing the structure of your glass room: making sure it’s built your way

When you’re putting together the design for your garden glass room with an architect, this is where the decision-making process really begins. You will need to select the layout and configuration of your glass room, with sliding doors or even bi-fold doors to give you access. You’ll also need to choose the roofing and the material – usually aluminium and glass is a popular combination. You might choose to have blinds or an awning to help block out the sun during the hottest parts of the day, or you might choose to have an overhanging terrace. If you decide against this, the glass room will be a modern square shape – components such as nuts and bolts should be well concealed to maintain this appearance.

Discuss the options you have and choose the right ones for you, as a glass room installation expert will be able to explain everything to you in a greater level of detail. They can also show you pictures and examples so you can properly get a feel for how your glass room will look once complete.

Optional extras – what else can you use to customise a garden glass room?

There are so many options when personalising a garden glass room and you’ll have lots of choices to make, in terms of the appearance and practicality. Here are some of the key considerations:

  • Guttering. Many roof systems will have guttering incorporated to maintain the clean angles of the glass room. Check this with your designer. The drainpipes themselves will also need to be concealed in the design of the glass room.
  • Rafters. There are different rafter heights, and you’ll need to think about whether you want to have lighting installed.
  • Lighting. Factor this into rafter design, as mentioned previously, and consider the types of lighting you’d like for your glass room. You can often get LED lighting packs that are very good value for money.
  • Heating. You can choose a heating element, or have infrared heating. You may also be able to have underfloor heating if you have the right kind of glass room design.