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How to maximise your small garden space
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Checkatrade

If you think your garden is too small to create a beautiful outdoor area, think again. The size of your garden needn’t limit your creativity for designing a beautiful and functional outside space. You may even be able to accommodate a small garden room!

By combining your imagination with clever planning, you can maximise your outside space to create a garden you will love and use all year round.

How to maximise a small garden

Garden buildings, such as sheds and summerhouses, add an extra element of functionality to an outdoor space. However, you don’t need a huge surface area to add an impressive outdoor building if you opt for smart, space-saving designs. Small garden room ideas include:

Garden shed

A classic garden shed is perfect if you need outdoor storage that doesn’t take up too much space. With a range of size and design options, you can build a shed to suit any garden, even in the smallest of corners.

Small garden shed

Bike storage shed

Bike storage sheds are far slimmer than most sheds, so they can easily sit against a wall and provide extra storage space for everything from bikes to garden equipment. They’re also a great solution for those who don’t have a garage and need the practical benefits outdoor storage can offer.

Corner summerhouse

If you’ve always dreamed of having a summerhouse, but your garden is too small, why not consider corner designs that are great for filling those awkward spaces? This will give you the freedom to use your garden all year round, even during the colder months.

Mini garden studio

Whether you want a private space in which to work, focus on a hobby or just relax, a mini garden studio is a great way to get the most out of your garden in terms of functionality and enjoyment.

Small garden room

For more ideas, take a look at our article covering a whole host of garden room ideas, including children’s dens and dining areas.

Budgeting and planning

Once you’ve decided on the type of garden building you want to add to your garden to maximise the space, you will need to consider the budget and planning involved. Depending on the type of building/garden room you choose, you may need planning permission. You should also consider if a new garden room would disturb your neighbours in any way. Other considerations include:

  • Do you need electrical power?
  • Are there any overhanging trees?
  • Do you have drainage running underneath?
  • What type of insulation will you use?
  • Do you need lighting in your outdoor room?
  • Do you want a path leading from your outdoor room to your home?

Once you have weighed up your options, you should speak to a professional who can measure your available space and help bring your vision to life. You may need multiple tradespeople depending on the complexity of your project, from the electrics, foundations and building itself.

Here at Checkatrade, we have a trusted network of recommended, vetted and monitored tradespeople. Simply use our Checktrade Search to find professionals in your area who can provide you with a quote for the work you require.

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