Wide Open Garden Room, Currie, Edinburgh

May 2018

The house had small living space relative to the number of bedrooms. The rear garden was small in comparison to the house but client’s family loved using it. The client wanted to create a new living room without compromising the limited garden space. The answer lay in creating a fully glazed garden room that could open up to the garden on both sides. The roof has a short cantilever to add some shade and elongate the proportions.

The building is separated from the house by a triple glazed, aluminium bi-fold door This allows the garden room to be classified as a ‘stand-alone building’ under the Scottish building regulations but allows the existing living room and garden room to become one larger flexible space.
If the building was open to the house the amount of glass would be severely limited, to save energy. But with the house separated by an external grade door, the garden room can have unlimited glazing.

The room is heated and very comfortable, with a recessed wide screen TV. The triple-glazed door allow allows  both rooms to be entirely independent of each other including noise separation.

The client wanted to manage the build themselves and Capital A provided detailed drawings and specifications to ensure their builders could achieve the design. The end results speaks for itself.

Construction Costs

The project cost £42,000 + VAT.


This works out at £2,000 + VAT per square meter

Contractors and Consultants

BUILDER: Managed directly by the Client.


STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS: SDC


GLAZING: EKCO


PHOTOS: Capital A Architecture Ltd.

Architects Fees

For a similar project Capital A would charge the following fees;



Feasibly Study - £1,500


Planning Application - £1,200


Building Warrant Application - £2,500


Pre-Construction (Tender) - £1,200


Construction Stage - £1,800


Post-Construction (Snagging) - £300



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


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Consultants Costs and Other Fees

Structural Engineers - £1,200 (aprox)


Energy Consultant - £100


Planning Application Fee to Local Council - £202


Building Warrant Application Fee to Local Council - £656


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REGISTERED OFFICE: Capital A Architecture Ltd. 8 Cameron Drive, Falkland, Fife, KY15 7DL. Registered as a Company in Scotland. Company Number SC374502. 2018 All Rights Reserved
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