Show Centre

Yes! Our Show Centre in St Neots is open six days a week and is home to two of our garden rooms alongside our five fully furnished show homes. From time to time we also arrange for pop-up shows of complete rooms for customers.
Our Show Centre is open Mon-Fri 9am - 5pm and Sat 10am - 4pm. Our team are always on hand to answer any questions you may have.

Your Consultation

Our design consultant will visit you at home, usually beginning in the garden. They’ll take a look at the space and discuss what size of garden room will fit in your garden. They’ll also think about access and arrange for any other quotations that are needed. The consultant will also be able to explain how we build, discuss likely timescales, and steer you through the options at your disposal. They’ll also probably eat a lot of your biscuits, so maybe hide the bourbons.
Our team are available Monday to Saturday and will agree a convenient time for the consultation with you. If you’d like to arrange a consultation then let us know via gardenrooms@potton.co.uk
 
Of course you can! These are free of charge, but our consultant will need to visit the site at some point before they can give you a quotation.
 
Your design consultant will be able to give you a price for the standard garden room. Other individual extras and the electrical package will be subject to further quotation. The good news is that we’ll always provide a fixed price before you place an order.
 
Usually within a week or two. This may be less for virtual consultations.
 
A free design consultation can take up to 2 hours… depending on how good the biscuits are!
 
Not at all, regardless of whether you buy a garden room from us or not.
 
Yes, and we’re sure you’ll agree that decision makers should be present! We’ll take a detailed examination of your space and go through everything you need to know, including size of garden room and access. At the end of your consultation with one of our lovely bunch, you’ll know the exact price your garden room will be – any specific alterations may need a quotation.
 

Your Site

Luckily our consultants are an imaginative bunch, so they’ll be able to work out where things will go without you having to do this first. You will need to level the ground before installation, but they’ll tell you exactly how much ground to remove and to what depth.
 
Our consultants are very good at visualising, so you’ll be saved that physical labour. They’ll be able to tell you what site clearance actually needs doing – there’s no point digging up that huge conifer if you don’t need to! Your consultant will also let you know how much levelling should be done before our installation team arrive.
 
Typically we will need a pedestrian path (1m wide X 2m high) to access the location. Our design consultant can assess the access at your onsite consultation and will advise if there is anything we might need changing. But don’t worry, we’re quite adaptable!
 
Yes, as long as the slab’s structurally sound, of course. However, if the existing base is too high, then your garden room will exceed 2.5 metres and need planning permission. Your design consultant will be able to advise. Where planning permission is required we can assist in this process subject to an additional charge.
 
We need you to have cleared the base area and surrounding working space. We’ll explain what needs to be done so there’s no guessing required.
 
We’re afraid not, we currently only install them in mainland UK. 

Design

We don’t offer a completely bespoke service, but the designs we do offer come with lots of opportunities for customisation and characterisation, so your garden room can be perfect for you.
 
Yes, if our build system allows it – in other words, please don’t ask for a zocchihedron.
 
We don’t fit solar panels to our rooms at the moment. It’s possible to do so, but you need to take advice from specialist providers as the structure of our roofs aren’t built to support solar panels. Also, they may take your building height above the Permitted Development guidelines.
 
Our garden rooms are built to similar engineering standards as our houses. Whilst this means they do have good acoustic properties, they won’t be completely soundproof. If you’re planning to use your garden room for band practice or something equally noisy, we can specify certain options to improve performance – just let us know at your free design consultation.
 
Our garden rooms are freestanding, but we can build as close as 500mm to any existing structure (including your fence or house!).
 
Yes, and we offer a complete electrical installation in the garden room. We provide a quote for connection separately, which will be confirmed following your design consultation. Alternatively, you can arrange your own connection.
 
We don’t offer painting, but some of the internal finishes we provide are suitable for painting, just let us know and we can advise.
 
This work will need to meet the requirements of the Building Regulations and may mean that you need planning permission. If you need a water supply we’re happy to chat to your plumber of choice. Just remember that this will need to meet Building Regs and might mean you need to get planning permission.
 
As standard, our buildings come with a pre-finished surface that does not require painting or a panelised finish that can be painted to the colour of your choice. Alternatively, we can provide a plasterboard surface that can be finished by you if you prefer.
 
We offer range of laminate, vinyl and engineered timber floor finishes.
 
As a standard, our Echo is clad externally in Thermowood vertical cladding, and our Echo+ is clad externally in vertical Siberian Larch. We can also offer upgrades to western red cedar and composite cladding options.
 
The Thermowood cladding we use in our Echo is maintenance free. Likewise, the Siberian Larch cladding that we use in our Echo+ can be left to weather without a finish.
However, if you want to add some colour to your Echo+, that’s absolutely fine; the world of paint is your oyster! We have alternative cladding options available if larch, or even timber, doesn’t fit your aesthetic. Just let us know and we’ll see what we can do!
 

Features

Yes, they’re so well insulated that they can be used throughout the year. All our garden rooms benefit from the thermal expertise we use to build our houses, and also come with a heater for those rare snowy days!
 
Absolutely, we can install partition walls (and internal doors, of course) in any of our larger sized rooms!
 
We don’t offer rooflights as an option, but you should get all the light you need from the windows we offer.
 
You’d have to make applications for planning permission and Building Regulations for anything that needs plumbing, and that includes kitchens too.
 
Yes it can, but our garden rooms are so warm that this isn’t an essential.
 
It can, but we don’t recommend it. Our garden rooms are so toasty that extra heating measures aren’t needed. Swap out the wood burner for some extra space!
 
As they’re installed under permitted development rights, you can’t live in them without applying for Building Regulation compliance and planning permission, which we don’t currently offer.
 
The outside of your garden room shouldn’t need any painting or staining once it’s completed. However, if you want to create something funky, you can use a water-based paint or stain that’s safe for the wood, so you can be as bold as you like!
 
Unfortunately no, as they’re built on foundations our garden rooms are too sturdy to be moved should you want to rearrange your garden, so think carefully about your layout before committing to anything - our consultants can help you there!
 
Of course you can! We can run external grade CAT 6 network cable from your house router to the garden room. This will usually follow the same route as your main power cable – we can quote for this after your free design consultation.

Planning

Take a moment to have a big cheer, because in most cases no, you don’t! Our garden rooms are normally covered by Permitted Development rules – even if your home happens to be in a conservation area or AONB. Flats and listed buildings do need planning permission, but don’t let that get your spirits down. Our in-house planning experts will submit your application, subject to an additional charge.

 
Don’t worry. If you live in a conservation area our planning consultants will always check what needs to be done.
 
Covenants restrict certain actions on your property, often with the aim of preserving the appearance of an area. They can be for a limited time or apply to both new and old homes. Contact our team to find out more about your options if you’ve got a restrictive covenant.
 
We can provide these, though we usually secure planning permission for you, subject to an additional cost.
 
Yes but you’ll need planning permission. We can secure this for you subject to an additional charge.
If it’s likely your garden room will be refused, we’ll advise you not to proceed. If planning is refused contrary to our advice, we’ll refund our planning costs but not the Local Authority application fee.
 

If your home is a listed building, it has been rated of national importance in terms historic or architectural interest. Listed buildings feature on a register called the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/ . The rules around listed buildings, mean that any garden building or outbuilding that is to be placed within the curtilage of a listed building will require planning permission.

There are additional matters to consider if your home is located on designated land, eg. national parks, the Broads, World Heritage Sites, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and conservation areas. If your home is within a national park, World Heritage Site, the Broads or an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty then you need to obtain planning permission unless the garden building is less than 10m2 and at least 20m away from any wall of your home. If your home is within a national park, World Heritage Site, the Broads, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or a conservation area, then you may not construct a garden room to the side of your home without obtaining planning permission.

Manufacture

Contact us for further information and a price list, and if you visit our Show Centre in St Neots you can see two of our garden rooms on display (from October). This will give you a sense of the quality of the garden rooms we offer, and how much you can fit in the space. Our free onsite or virtual consultations will show you all your design options and answer any queries you might have.
 
Generally, we can deliver your garden room in 4-6 weeks from order placement, and we’ll keep you up to date with the progress and of any changes if they do happen.
 
This depends on the size and spec of your garden room, if everything goes smoothly, you’re looking at 1-2 weeks.
 
We need a £500 deposit which will secure the date that your garden room will arrive onsite. This remains refundable until you’ve confirmed this delivery date. Two weeks before this date, you pay the balance, allowing us to complete the manufacture on your garden room. And then the countdown until we arrive onsite begins!
 
We need you to sign our order quotation and pay the refundable £500 deposit.
 
We normally use ground screws or concrete piles. If these aren’t appropriate for your garden, our construction team will use an alternative. If you already have a base in place, we might be able to build on that if you’re confident it will be strong enough.
 
All of our buildings have been designed by our in-house Structural Engineer. We’ve even thought about the load applied to the roof by a really big snowfall.
 
Our windows and doors are double glazed to BS7412 specification and feature toughened glass double-glazing which is both safe and thermally efficient. The doors are fitted with security grade locks to help secure your room.
 
We offer three external timber cladding options; Thermowood, Siberian larch or western red cedar. Each can be left to weather naturally or you can choose to finish them with the colour of your choice.
 

The Numbers

Not at the moment, but watch this space!
 
Our competitive pricing structure means we don’t offer further discounts.
 
Yes, all our garden rooms come with a 10-year structural guarantee.
 
Yep, no additional maths required.
 
No, all our quotations are fixed. We’ll only ever ask for more if you need extras.
 
It’s amazing! No, really. Like our houses, we use high-performing Kingspan insulation in all our garden rooms. Now get ready for the sciency bit. We use the same technology that we do in our houses, so our garden rooms are thermally engineered to reduce heat loss and create an energy-efficient structure. The wall structure includes a vapour control layer, air barrier and low-emissivity breathable membrane.
No, the price covers base and installation. We just ask that you remove obstacles prior to us arriving, and we’ll take it from there.
 
Our garden rooms can be as big as 30m² internally, which can come in many different dimensions depending on what will fit best in your space and what you’ll use the room for.
Our garden room buildings are designed to last for at least 20 years and come with a 10-year structural guarantee. It’s important that you maintain the cladding on your room.
The smallest room we offer is approximately 2.5m x 2.5m. Our largest rooms have a maximum floor area of 30m2.
Our garden rooms have been designed to fit beneath the 2.5 metre limitations of the Permitted Development rules, so in the majority of cases planning permission will not be required. For those of you who have space to locate your garden room at least 2 metres away from your boundaries, taller garden rooms are available. These provide increased ceiling height within your garden room without the need to apply for planning permission.
 

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Potton Garden Rooms

Potton Self Build Show Centre

Mill Lane

Little Paxton, St Neots

PE19 6EF

01480 404542

Open: Mon-Fri 9-5 & Saturday 10-4

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