5 Great ideas for outdoor garden rooms

5 Great ideas for outdoor garden rooms

The addition of an outdoor living space within a garden can bring many benefits for home owners. Probably the most obvious benefit is that they provide a welcome shelter from the elements. Whether seeking shade on sunny days or shelter come rain, sleet or snow, they offer a place within your garden that you can enjoy in comfort all year round.

However, they offer much more than simply a place to retreat to in bad weather. Indeed, outdoor rooms will often become a focal point within a garden; a popular place to entertain and dine with friends and family, or to escape to for peace and tranquillity. For younger family members they can be fantastic playrooms and great for parties.

For keen gardeners, the addition of a glasshouse or an orangery, will provide them with their very own indoor botanical garden, creating opportunities to grow and protect all sorts of flowers, plants and vegetables; the perfect place in which to pursue their horticultural passion.

It’s also worth noting that an outdoor living space will very likely increase the attraction and value of your property, so it can therefore be a good investment too.

In short, there are numerous benefits to adding an outdoor living space to your garden. If you are keen to do so, then what are your options and what should you consider before deciding what to go for?

Here are our garden room ideas…

1. The Biossun Pergola

The innovative and elegant Biossun Pergola offers a contemporary outdoor living space with unrivalled flexibility. Whether it is weather to be enjoyed or to take shelter from the wind or rain, the Biossun can be adjusted for your comfort. The structure, which comes in all colours, can be situated within your garden or can be attached to your house. Made from strong and weatherproof aluminium, they are a fantastic addition to any home or garden.

Featured here, is a Biossun that Papillon installed in Bishopton recently.  It adds character to the property, as well as additional outdoor living space. The electronic blind feature gives the owners the flexibility of closing off the west-facing section to create privacy or opening it up for more air on warmer days.

Although the Biossun comes in many colours, the black chosen here works really well with the style of building and natural stonework.

ossun installed at Bishopton by Papillon Garden Designs & Landscaping
Papillon blog - example of orangery by Vale Garden Houses

2. Orangeries

From the Biossun’s innovative design and technology, we move onto an outdoor room with a long heritage and an enduring appeal, the Orangery. Indeed, the origins of Orangeries can be traced back to 15th century Renaissance Italy, when the concept of bringing the garden into the home became popular. Orangeries, as the name suggests, were primarily used for the growing of citrus trees, although are now widely used for plants of many varieties. Modern day Orangeries retain many of the Roman features and will add a classical elegance to any garden or house.

The Orangery shown to the right is a bespoke design by Vale Garden Houses.  Adjoined to the property, it creates additional space for the home and a sitting area for the garden, which is accessible through French doors.

3. Victorian Glasshouses

Victorian Glasshouses make a lovely addition to any garden. Of course, for gardening enthusiasts, as with Orangeries, their primary role will be for growing and protecting plants, flowers, vegetables and fruits. A British design icon, the classic features have changed little since the Victorian era, however, modern glasshouse are made using superior materials and methods, making them sturdy and weatherproof.

Pictured (right) is a Victorian Glasshouse that Papillon built earlier this year in Hatton of Fintray, Aberdeenshire.  The glasshouse was part of a complete garden design and construction project that included both hard and soft landscaping. Adding further character to the garden, this beautiful Victorian glasshouse was built in blending colours.  As well as adding visual appeal, it provides an area to grow further plants and vegetables and offers its owners a relaxing sitting area to enjoy the garden in all seasons.  Working with suppliers, Hartley Botanic, Papillon built the brick base in advance of the glass panel installation.

Summer house in Ballater built by Papillon Designs & Landscaping

4. Summer Houses

As with gazebos, summer houses come in many forms and styles, from rustic wooden huts to sophisticated living spaces, fitted with all the mod-cons. As such, they can be used in many ways. Whether you’re looking to add an outdoor room to your garden for work, rest or play, then a summer house could be the best solution.


The summerhouse pictured, was built by Papillon in 2017 in Ballater, Aberdeenshire.  It provides a sanctuary for the owners to enjoy all year round.  Used as additional living space and an art studio, it is tastefully decorated and fully fitted with lighting and heating for extra comfort.

5. Gazebos

Gazebos come in various guises, but are generally stand-alone temporary structures, situated within a garden, that provide shelter from the elements. Traditionally, they were positioned within gardens in spots that offered a panoramic view, with the name gazebo derived from the Latin to gaze.

Pictured here is an example of a temporary gazebo, used as a patio cover to provide shade on those lovely hot days.

Papillon Designs & Landscaping - Example of a Gazebo

We hope that the options we’ve looked at here give you some food for thought if you’re considering adding an outdoor living space to you garden. As you can see, there are many different options available. The important thing is to consider carefully which option is most suitable for your needs and your garden space. Get it right and you’ll have an outdoor living space that you and your friends and family will enjoy for years to come.

For more information on garden rooms, please contact Papillon directly.

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