Garden Rooms: To Buy, or to Build, Which is Cheapest?

The benefits of garden rooms are many. Your own space to enjoy some much-needed peace and tranquillity. A dedicated home office that you can close the door on at the end of the day. A place to entertain friends, to spend time on your favourite hobby or pastime, to workout, or to relax. But if you are looking at ways to create a budget garden office, studio or summerhouse, the question is, to buy, or to build? Join us as we weigh up the pros and cons of each.

shed base of budget garden office

If you’ve been thinking about extending your living space by adding a garden room, such as a garden office, studio, gym or summerhouse, it may have crossed your mind that building your own may be the cheaper option. But is the DIY route actually the right way to achieve a cheap garden office? Do cheap summerhouses really come from a self-build? Or is it, in actual fact, better to buy from a reputable garden room supplier and have the building designed and installed for you? Read on as we explore the pros and cons of each option.


You may think that cheap garden rooms are best built yourself. But the fact is, when you start looking at the materials involved, the costs can soon add up. Especially if you don’t have access to trade rates. What’s more, you could well be saddled with leftover materials where you’ve had to fit in with a supplier’s minimum order.

Garden room suppliers have longstanding relationships with materials providers and, because they buy in bulk, it means they can pass on the preferential rates to their customers.


Professionally crafted garden buildings are designed to last longer. In other words, if you’re not a qualified, experienced builder, you may find yourself having to replace your DIY cheap garden office or summerhouse sooner than you think.

Expertly put together with care and attention by qualified builders who’ve been in the trade for years, professionally constructed garden buildings are highly durable, fully insulated, secure, expertly finished, watertight structures that will endure the worst of the great British weather for several decades.

Few DIY-ers will be able to achieve such a building. And we haven’t even talked about installing power, heating, water and Wi-Fi yet. Now those ARE jobs for the professional.

How to supply electricity to a garden shed

Building time

Even cheap sheds and summerhouses take time to build when you’re not a professional. Do you really have that much spare time on your hands? Bearing in mind time is money, it is, more often than not, better to leave garden room construction to those who know best, and who will provide you with a turnkey product that’s ready to use straight away.

Even just trying to figure out how to build a garden room from scratch can take a considerable amount of time. Working out what materials to use, where to site the garden building, how best to design the interior, and generally just how to get started, can be a nightmare for the inexperienced garden room builder.

But with a professional installation, all that is taken care of for you. From designing the garden room or shed to your individual specification, to choosing the best location, laying the base, constructing and decorating it, connecting power and Wi-Fi and anything else you need to customise your garden building, there is nothing that won’t be covered.

Buy your custom-designed, hassle-free garden room from Surrey Hills Garden Buildings today.

Whilst a self-built budget garden office may seem appealing; whilst you may feel that DIY cheap garden rooms and cheap summerhouses could save you money, the reality is that there are hidden costs – and hassles – involved in the self-build route.

So, if you are in the market for a quality garden building, whether it’s a garden office, a therapy room or gym, a summerhouse, a workshop or a shed, look to Surrey Hills Garden Buildings.

You are welcome to visit one of our dedicated show sites for inspiration. Our family run team is on hand to provide you with friendly, expert advice on creating the perfect garden building that meets all your needs, and is professionally constructed for you, so you don’t have to worry about a thing. You are also welcome to get in touch to discuss your individual garden room ideas. We look forward to speaking to you.

Interested in Garden Buildings?