Warwick Buildings appear on Ugly House to Lovely House

Did you see George Clarke’s Ugly House to Lovely House on TV last night? Well a garden office was designed by the architect Laura Jane Clark and built by Warwick Buildings.

If you didn’t see the programme, Laura redesigned an ‘ugly’ house into a modern home for the family – it was a major renovation and transformation.

The family stayed living in the house whilst the work took place, but the thing is that the husband works from home as a draughtsman. So that he could continue to work while the building work took place Laura suggested and designed a garden office for him. Warwick Buildings then manufactured and installed the office.

Garden Office on Ugly House to Lovely House-1

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The garden office design had an overall footprint of 3 meters x 5 meters with the office space taking up the main part of this, and a storage area using 3 meters x 1.2 meters of the space.

Laura designed a slatted screen on the front deck which revolves to offer shade and a degree of extra security when the office is not in use.

The office has a fitted desk and a relaxation area for the end of the day. The interior was finished in varnished MDF – this is quite a clever choice. We have seen MDF used for a garden office interior but its normally painted. We have also seen plywood used a lot for garden office interiors, but the varnished MDF gave a darker, richer finish to the walls.

The floor was finished in plywood laid in a parquet fashion – they did similar in the house.

Externally fully glazed single door and windows were used. These double glazed units were stained in light oak and mixed with a light oak timber canopy. A solid door lead to the storage area. The cladding was black Cedral which has become very popular with garden room designers as it is maintenance free and Building Regulation compliant.

Although not a main part of the scheme, the clients were very pleased with the garden office and thankful to Warwick Buildings for building it in such a short space of time.

For more information about Warwick Buildings take a look at their website or give them a call on 01926 815 757 to discuss your ideas.

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