Each month our editor takes a look at a different style of garden room, this month we examine the unique curved roof garden rooms by Tor Garden Buildings.
Straight lines are an important feature of garden room design, but every now and then it’s nice to see a curved line in a design – Tor Garden Buildings have a significant curved line – the roof!
The curved roofline makes To Garden Buildings standout from the crowd, it also shows the living roof covering off to its full, normally living roofs are laid on flat roofed garden rooms meaning the attractive planting is only visible from an upstairs window!
As well as being a distinctive design feature of the garden room, the living roof of a Tor Garden Building offers many benefits, such as replacing the vegetation biosphere removed by the garden room itself, which is important for birds and insects; it also absorbs CO2 emissions and provides valuable thermal and acoustic insulation. Planted with sedums the living roof used by Tor Garden Buildings provides year round interest and requires little annual maintenance.
Built to the same specification as a timber frame house, Tor Garden Buildings are designed to meet current Building Regulations. In addition to the living roof Tor have chosen materials and building techniques to create a range of eco friendly garden rooms. Tor have chosen to use a traditional timber frame system that creates 240mm thick walls which allow for plenty of insulation, meaning a Tor Garden Building will be efficient to heat in winter and cool in summer. Timber windows have been chosen over aluminium or UPVC counterparts because timber is a natural, renewable product, and less energy is used in its production – statistics show that the energy used to produce UPVC is 8 times greater than that used to produce timber whiles aluminium uses a staggering 126 times more energy in its production (Source: Tor Garden Buildings, 2010).
Tor Garden Buildings come with a 10 year guarantee (8 years on paint finish) and start at £9,286 for a 2.4m x 2.4m model, visit the Tor Garden Buildings Website for more information.
So, if you are looking for a garden room with a little more ‘curve appeal’ Tor Garden Buildings are the answer.
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