Each month our editor takes a look at the best garden rooms on the market, January’s choice is an individually designed ‘pool house’ by Blue Forest.
Many garden room suppliers profess to offer a bespoke design service but in reality just adapt their standard designs; a truly bespoke design service starts with a blank sheet of paper and a list of the customer’s requirements and the designers imagination. Blue Forest is one of the few companies who offer a truly bespoke design service, they take the customers site and requirements and create a truly unique building.
Blue Forest was asked to design and build a room for entertaining beside the customer’s swimming pool and what they created is a multifaceted building offering the customer many forms of entertainment. Built in oak the pool house is built to the highest specification offering the latest in technology whilst keeping the rustic appeal of a tree house.
The main room of the pool house has a vaulted ceiling creating a light and airy feel, the walls have vertical oak paneling and the doors and windows are positioned to frame views of the garden. This main room has a comfortable seating area and room for a dining table that seats eight, but it has been designed to transform with a flick of a switch into the ultimate home cinema.
Doors off the main room lead out onto a veranda with magical rope bridge that leads to an octagonal stilted deck which is the perfect outdoor seating area. The pool house is self contained with a custom built kitchen area and a high quality shower room.
Blue Forest start a project by doing a site visit which costs approximately 4% of the total project cost, this gives them the opportunity to survey the site and discuss the customer’s needs and requirements, they then prepare a bound project portfolio which includes plans, elevations and 3D computer renderings of the proposed building along with detailed specification.
As with anything custom made it is difficult to give an exact price guide, but Blue Forest estimate that buildings cost between £170 and £250 per square foot, which is very competitive with standard design garden rooms, especially when you consider the level of individual attention each customer gets.
The pool house highlighted here took Blue Forest six weeks to build, and with a little annual maintenance will last in excess of sixty years.
Did Blue Forest meet the customer’s brief of designing a room for entertaining – I should say so! If you are looking for a garden room that will surpass your expectations look no further than Blue Forest.
For more information visit the Blue Forest website.
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