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Will the ‘Outroom’ replace the extension?


After a blazing hot summer, Britain’s are embracing their outside spaces and getting back out into their gardens. This has also given rise to bringing the inside out with the ‘outroom’.

An outroom is exactly as it sounds, a purpose made room that extends out from the living space into nature but different from the traditional “structural extension”.

The stats don’t lie

According to Property Reporter: “The number of British homeowners looking for outdoor furniture traditionally only found inside the home hit a record high this summer. Online searches have spiked for terms such as ‘outdoor rug’ (34%+), ‘outdoor cushions’ (33%+) and ‘outdoor sofa’ (18%+), due to the increasing popularity of the outroom. In the last 12 months alone, searches for ‘garden sofa’ have soared by 125%, with more and more people bringing interior trends from the living room out into the great outdoors.”

The article goes on to say that these spaces are generally separated by sliding or bi-fold doors and is often used as an “outdoor living room”.

What the experts say…

Experts from Emoov have stated that a property with an outroom has been valued at up to 6% more than a house without bi-folding doors.

Ben Brocklesby, Director at Origin, said: “An outroom can add a huge amount of functional living space to a home, whether that’s an additional seating area, dining room or even a second kitchen. While approximately 90% of homes in Britain have a garden, the time spent actively living in this space is limited.”

Russell Quirk, founder and CEO of Emoov.co.uk, commented: “A combination of unaffordability and uncertain market conditions has seen an increase in the number of people building up, down and out, rather than upsizing to a new property.

History of the outroom

The first recorded use of the word “outroom” was a Ben Jonson screenplay “The Poetaster” which first performed in 1601. The text said: “Hear me but one thing; let not your maids set cushions in the parlour windows, nor in the dining-chamber windows; nor upon stools, in either of them, in any case; for ’tis tavern-like: but lay them one upon another, in some out-room or corner of the dining chamber”.

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Lewis, W., Property Reporter ‘Rise of the ‘outroom’’ http://www.propertyreporter.co.uk/household/rise-of-the-outroom.html 2nd October 2018