Garden studio for professional artist

Sanctum Garden Studios have recently built one of their Hampton garden studios for professional artist Jacqueline Watt.

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Sanctum Garden Studios offer some background to the project:

Ron and Jacqueline are based in the conservation village of Juniper Green within Edinburgh, with a 1970’s built ‘Bauhaus style’ flat roofed house with a small private courtyard garden to the rear. Jacqueline is a highly respected and established, Scottish professional painter who was looking for a small studio which could be located within their well established garden, as opposed to having to travel a few miles every day to her rented ‘out-of-town’ cold and damp studio. They saw Sanctum as offering a light and functional work-space, with warmth and comfort in extremely cold and wet Scottish winters, as well as being able to be constructed with minimal disruption to their attractive garden.

A few images of the building process:

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Here is what Jacqueline had to say:

Having dismissed other suppliers and what appeared to be their ‘glorified garden sheds’, Sanctum’s studios offered double-glazing and insulation along with a high standard of overall build quality and durability, combined with value for money, which easily swung our decision in their favour. Being located within a conservation village, the materials and finish, as well as an architectural style consistent with our house, were helpful in gaining the necessary planning permissions.

Sam was very helpful in organising a visit to a recently installed studio nearby, which convinced us how good the product actually was. A series of emails and photos maintained an ongoing dialogue addressing issues relating to planning, access, site-preparation and pre-constructional details about electrics and glazing, which helped make advance specification easy, so that we had no nasty surprises when the studio was delivered.

A delivery and construction date was helpfully arranged in advance to address the lengthy planning process, as well as fit in with our complicated holiday arrangements and most importantly, was adhered to, so ten out of ten to Sanctum for both service and organisation. Gary and the team duly arrived early on the appointed day with all the pre-fabricated components and within about five hours, we had an erected and operational garden studio. It was critical that the studio fitted exactly into the prepared site, so that there was no disruption to our garden planting and the team was very careful and tidy throughout the installation. One word of warning, they do like their tea and coffee so be prepared!

Now, about four months after completion, the studio is proving to be an excellent work-space. Although it is slightly smaller than her previous studio, the interior has been carefully planned to maximise space with shelving and storage units, fold-down trestle legs and table as well as large-scale easel, which offers a versatile working environment. We have also ordered an A1 size plan chest which will fit neatly in below the shelves. Jacqueline loves being able to just walk out of the house into a light and cosy environment within our lovely garden which has now grown up again around the studio, so that it now looks as if it has always been there.

We should also add that friends and neighbours are extremely impressed with what is in fact, a superb addition to our house. We would not hesitate in recommending Sanctum, and indeed, we have already done so, to anyone interested in a superb quality garden studio at a very reasonable price. A very big thanks to all at Sanctum!”

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Here are some examples of Jacqueline’s artwork:

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This building is from Sanctum Garden Studios Hampton range. Its 3m x 2.4m and finished in grey. For more information visit the Sanctum Garden Studios website or give them a call on 01204 460 450

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