Frequently Asked Questions

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What guarantees come with my Garden Room?

You get a 10 year structural guarantee. All electrical and plumbing work is completed by fully registered tradesmen. In addition, manufacturers’ guarantees for windows, roofing, flooring, etc. are also given.


Can I put in a Garden Room without planning permission?

The vast majority of studios we install are exempted from planning under Class 3 of the General Exempted Development provisions of the planning regulations. The size limit for no planning is 25 square metres (268 square feet). There are some other conditions which we can go through with you in greater detail once we have surveyed your property.


How long will it take to get my Garden Studio installed?

Installation on site will take 2 weeks unless the garden room is large with a shower room, etc. In that case, the installation will take an additional week. For lead times, contact us directly…


What are the payment terms?

Payment is in two stages: 30% deposit, 50% on delivery and 20% on completion.

Does Shomera do all the work associated with the build & installation?

We price your Garden Studio assuming a cleared and level site.  We insist on doing all our own foundations as it is such a critical aspect.  If demolition, levelling or clearance is required, we can cost and complete this work.  On completion, all you have to do inside is to paint.  Walls are plastered and ready for painting and the skirting is primed.  External landscape completions are the responsibility of our customers but we can assist with this element.


What external cladding do you use?

We use larch as our preferred cladding.  The larch is FSC certified and goes through a vacuum pressure-treatment prior to installation.  Having used many different claddings, larch offers an excellent balance of performance and minimal maintenance.

How often does the cladding need to be treated?

Rather than letting the timber weather to a grey colour, the vast majority of our customers prefer to retain the natural timber colour. Depending on orientation, etc. the typical cycle of maintenance is every 5 years but can be as long as 10 years. Treatment is easy as the only preparation required is to clean down the cladding prior to applying the treatment.

What windows and doors do you use in the Shomera Garden Rooms?

The windows and doors are double-glazed uPVC, with the advantage of being made from a naturally insulating material. The double glazed units come with tempered glass as required and the double glazed vacuum is filled with Argon gas. The window frames come in dark grey externally and white inside (dual colour).

How well insulated are the Shomera Garden Rooms?

You will be warm and comfortable 365 days a year because of the insulation and air-tightnesss of our studios. With over 10 layers in the walls, 8 in the roof and 5 in the floor the weathering and insulation ensure a warm, dry space to enjoy your family and home. See below for the make-up of the floors, walls and roofs.

How are the foundation and floors built?

Please refer to our specifications page

How are the walls built?

Please refer to our specifications page

How are the roofs built?

Please refer to our specifications page


Have a look at our full Garden Room portfolio and range which includes pricing for each studio on offer.

Garden Studios Specifications

Discover the nuts & bolts of what makes the Shomera Studio range the most popular on the market. From foundations & floors to walls, roofing & insulation, this section has you covered.

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