Mokki Modular Garden Studios

Many architects have turned their hand to garden studio design, and we are particularly taken with the range of Mokki garden studios by architect James Risebero.

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We are fascinated by small garden studio design where form and function needs to be carefully addressed to make the most of the small footprint, and its very interesting to see how an architect who has worked with firms such as Foster & Partners addresses the problem.

The Mokki website says they aim to provide fully insulated garden studios at a fraction of the cost of bespoke design. James explains how he achieves this:

The Mökki system uses standard building components in a highly efficient manner resulting in speedy manufacture and minimal or zero wastage. This is the amount of waste plywood left over after the manufacture of one of our buildings: zero

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Asked if the Mokki range is flexible, James replies:

While we don’t describe our system as ‘bespoke’, our panels can be combined in numerous ways to achieve a range of layouts. There are currently 18 configurations shown on the Mokki website but there are many more variations possible. If there is a specific arrangement you require please get in touch.

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Environmental approach

We always try to source materials locally both as a means of supporting the regional economy and keeping travel distance to a minimum. Most of our components are either made or supplied by Devon-based companies. All our timber is from sustainable sources managed by the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council).

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Our preferred cladding material is treated Siberian Larch which we source from Norclad in Bristol. Larch is a tough and durable timber with a beautiful grain and texture. Our cladding is machined to a custom profile to give a crisp shadow gap between boards and fixed to the frame using stainless steel screws.

Interior walls, ceiling and floor

The interior is clad in birch-faced plywood. This is very different from building-grade ply. What you see is a solid birch surface with an attractive grain and a warm colour.

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Our windows are double-glazed using low E toughened glass and have a douglas fir frame made by a local joiner. Douglas fir, like larch, has a strong grain and is suitable for exterior use. The frames are finished in two coats of Osmo natural oil woodstain. The advantage of oils over paints is that they soak into the timber and ‘nourish’ the grain rather than just sitting on the surface. Osmo is a German company with a strong environmental ethos.


All of our panels (roof, walls, floor and door) are filled with 100mm Knauf Earthwool insulation. Earthwool is a great improvement on traditional mineral fibre insulation. It is safer to handle and achives an A+ rating from the BRE (Building Research Establishment) which looks at the whole energy cost of building materials.


An unusual feature of the Mökki studio is the complete separation of the waterproof layer (a profiled metal deck) from the thermal layer in the roof construction. This is a building technique that is often used in hot climates as it avoids the transfer of heat from the sun into the room below. Like plywood, profiled metal is often seen as a humble and utilitarian material, but it has frequently been used to great effect, especially in the modern architecture of Australia and New Zealand.

Based in the South West the prices on the Mokki website are based on local delivery, orders further afield will be subject to a small additional cost.

Build time is typically two days, and the foundation is included in the cost. The Mokki team will undertake a site visit to asses the site and discuss your options.

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Mokki customer Kanada Elizabeth Gorla of Totnes, Devon says:

We are delighted with our Mökki, and the process of working with you has been a pleasure throughout – professional, quick, responsive and with a very high quality result. Many thanks”

We’re impressed with this take on the small garden studio concept, we love the pared down plywood interior and with prices starting at £5,100 for a 2.4m x 2.4m it is certainly a good price in the small garden studio market place.

To learn more take a look at the Mokki website or give James a call on 07961191941

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