contemporary garden room, 32 Barnton Park Crescent, Edinburgh

Extension 32 Barnton Park Crescent, Edinburgh

Contemporary Garden Room, Edinburgh
Contemporary Garden Room, Edinburgh
Modern Conservatory in Suburbia
Modern Conservatory in Suburbia
Glass Walls and Steel Frame
Glass Walls and Steel Frame
Structural Drawings of Garden Room
Structural Drawings of Garden Room

July 2013.

This contemporary garden room was designed for a client who wanted to enjoy her newly landscaped rear garden. The room also serves as a new living / dining room and is insulated and heated to provide comfort all year round.

The room is 4.5m square, with two walls of glass providing an uninterrupted view of the garden, like massive HD televisions. The glass box is topped off by a roof overhang which works several ways; drawing the eye down, towards the garden and away from the sky, when viewed from inside. By providing a sheltered, intermediate zone on the outside, it also caps off the garden room, making it appear larger, framing an elegant, horizontal proportion.

The brief for the garden room was challenging, it had to be elegant, contain lots of glass and cost less than £30,000. Including VAT!

The solution to all of these challenges lay in the clever use of steel frame as the main building material, this could be built quicker than any alternative method and still be light enough to maximise glazing. To get the full story behind the garden room, read Modern Architecture with a Minimalist Price Tag, on the Capital A Blog.

Construction Costs

The project cost £22,500 + VAT. This works out at £1,070 + VAT per square meter. This did not include the landscaping costs. No new work was carried out inside the existing house.

These costs were relevant when the project was completed in 2013. Prices have changed since this was built, see this post for more details of current construction costs.

Contractors and Consultants

BUILDER: S. Ewing and Sons Ltd.


GLAZING: Mitchell Glass.


Architects Fees

Please note the following fees are for illustration only;

Feasibly Study - £1,350

Planning Application - £1,500

Building Warrant Application - £2,500

Pre-Construction (Tender) - £1,500

Construction Stage - £2,100

Post-Construction (Snagging) - £400

See this page for more details on the stages of a project.

See this page for more details on Architects Fees.

Consultants Costs and Other Fees

Structural Engineers - £1,500 (aprox)

Energy Consultant - £120

Planning Application Fee to Local Council - £300

Building Warrant Application Fee to Local Council - £550

Book A Free Consultation With An Architect
Capital A offer a free, no obligation consultation if your property is in Edinburgh, The Lothians, Fife or Dundee. Our email and phone details are on the Contact Page.
REGISTERED OFFICE: Capital A Architecture Ltd. 8 Cameron Drive, Falkland, Fife, KY15 7DL. Registered as a Company in Scotland. Company Number SC374502.
Stacks Image 2550
Stacks Image 2553
Stacks Image 2556