This 9m x 5m Oeco Garden Room was built for a customer who had a very clear brief for their garden office building. Working out a list of features you want your garden room to include before you go too far down the design process can be very beneficial for all involved.
The customer wanted to create a large, multifunction garden office space. Because the route from the house to the office could be a muddy one, they wanted there to be a boot room just inside the entrance, for changing shoes, hanging jackets etc. Also, because of the distance between the garden office and the house, the customer also wanted to include a w.c.
Another item on the design brief was glazing; they wanted large expanses of it!
Oeco design process
Designers like Oeco Garden Garden rooms are happy to work with a clear design brief. After an initial chat with the customer about what they wanted to achieve, the Oeco team emailed their site questionnaire, which includes some select questions to highlight any significant site issues that might affect the on-site stage.
Following these initial chats, one of Oeco's surveyors visited the customer and conducted a full site survey. Following this visit, they drew up plans for the building along with a full quotation for the project.
A garden office this big needed Building Control approval
With the garden office having an overall footprint greater than 30sqm, the project needed to be signed off by Building Control. The customer liaised with their local Building Control departments, and once the foundation and structural specification had been approved, an installation date was set for work to begin.
Corners of glazing
A key feature of the garden offices design are the two corners of glazing. One glazed corner is larger than the other. The larger glazed corner is made up from a set of French doors with full height 1m wide windows on either side. Wrapping around the corner, an impressive 2m wide full-height window has been fitted. This combination must offer great views over the surrounding countryside.
The opposite corner of glazing features a 1.5m wide set of French doors on the front wall with a 1m wide full-height window wrapping around the corner.
Further along this side wall, a single fully glazed door has been fitted. This offers easy access into the boot room. We have seen several projects recently where buyers have mixed a single access door with larger door sets. They use the single door as everyday access into the room.
Interestingly, the roof canopy runs around three sides of the garden office. We commonly just see them extend beyond the front elevation. Like the walls of the garden office, the roof canopy has been detailed with Grade 2 Clear Western Red Cedar. This looks great with the Anthracite Grey uPVC door and window frames.
The roof canopy has been fitted with an impressive 18 exterior grade recessed LED lights. Switched on, they will create a lovely curtain of light around the building.
Well specified electrics
The garden office is well specified electrically. 15 LED downlights have been recessed into the ceiling of the office. Ten brushed steel power sockets have been fitted around the room along with Ethernet cable points.
The customer upped the electrical specification during the installation phase, asking the Oeco team to install cabling for surround sound speakers, television, air conditioning, and a water heater and extractor fan for the w.c. In addition, they also added wiring for controlling the curtains and 3.5amp sockets for task lighting.