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Hmm, was wondering if anyone has bought one of these lean-to type greenhouse com sunrooms that are attached to an outside (obviously lol) and "she who must be obeyed" ( my lovely wife Val) have been looking at conservatories but found that with the cost of digging out foundations and the price of the building and everything else, it's a bit out of our price range, besides we are a couple of old coffers so couldn't do any of the work ourselves, all we want is somewhere to sit on a a warm evening with a glass (or two) of wine and look out on my back garden and from the pictures we've seen one of these would be ok, what do you think? Ps. We're new to the forum so a big HELLO! from us both


  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114
    Well, I have what I call a Garden Room. It is an extension with lots of windows and roof lights. I can use it every day of the year. Conservatories are either costly to heat or unusable either because it is too hot or too cold. Take care there are lots of sharks pretending to be nice people out there.

    Visit some of your friends and see what they have. Might French windows serve your purpose?
  • TopbirdTopbird Posts: 8,247

    Hello Phil & welcome to the forum

    I had a lean-to greenhouse at the back of my garage at my previous house. I suppose I could have used it as a garden room but - as Welsh Onion says - the number of days when the temperature was perfect for just sitting in it with a book & glass of wine were few & far between. 

    In the winter it was nice & sheltered for working (even sitting) in  - but always with a coat on and it was insulated with bubble wrap. In the summer the ventilation needed tweaking several times a day to keep the temperature within a comfortable range.

    As an alternative - do you have a suitable spot in the garden for a summer house? That would be cheaper than an extension and you could orient it to avoid prevailing winds / take advantage of the evening sun etc. I think you can even get one that rotates - so you can track the sun / shade / shelter as you prefer.

    Heaven is ... sitting in the garden with a G&T and a cat while watching the sun go down
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,744

    Hiya Phil and  Val, make yourself at home. 

    You're most welcome.

  • Thank you very much for the welcome and advise,the garden room sounds interesting,maybe if we fitted some type of blinds to the Windows for when it gets too hot and a heater of some sort for the evenings,although the way Val sups her wine I don't think she will feel the cold lol (only joking sweetheart) we will keep you posted X

  • Peter17Peter17 Posts: 1

    can anyone point me in the direction of a budget lean to sunroom for my Mum

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