What did the Romans ever do for us? Volume XIIIII – Garden Rooms

Posted 4th May 2022
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Garden rooms are proving to be extremely popular in a world where our worlds got temporarily a lot smaller and we’ve all been spending a lot more time at home.

Joyously, for most of us at least, this is now by choice rather than government-mandated necessity. But while we may be allowed out a lot more (we’re writing this tentatively as we all know it could change at any given moment), what has emerged as a happy bi-product of all the madness is an emphasis on making the most of our space – or in fact just making more space.

Far from being a covid-related phenomenon, the garden room concept is as old as the hills. Well… almost.

There are no hieroglyphics pertaining to it on pyramid walls, or Dead Sea scrolls depicting happy families lounging in their atriums, so it’s hard to pinpoint an exact starting point, though it is widely acknowledged that the origin of the garden room probably had something to do with the Romans.

Roman houses were built around an interior central garden courtyard or atrium. This meant that outside and inside converged in a way that isn’t that commonplace now.

But the fact that it was all arranged in that way meant that it was all but logical to extend the designs you’d find in the house, out into the garden.

So it wouldn’t be much of a leap to assume that the idea of outdoor rooms arose, (like so many other ideas you find in modern horticulture), with those who loved to conquer all in the name of Rome.

In England, garden rooms emerged in the 19th and 20th centuries, born out of the British love of gardening – but then they evolved. What was once a potting shed became a man cave, and where greenhouses once stood, gyms, offices and play areas emerged.

The potting shed developed into a husband’s hideaway and greenhouses made way for conservatories and orangeries. In the 17th and 18th centuries, small buildings were used as ice houses for keeping food cold, and also as separate rooms for smoking.

Now, thanks to the steady revival of all things outdoor living (which was given a significant boost by the goings-on of 2020), this concept has been very much reinvigorated, and most modern garden designs now focus on integrating inside and outside as a single, cohesive unit.

To find out how your outdoor space could be transformed by a garden room, get in touch with one of our team today, for a no-obligation, free consultation. We’re very happy to answer all of your questions.

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