For years Cedar has been the top choice for garden room cladding, but over the last year or so, we are seen more and more buildings which feature black cladding. We have to say we are loving the new trend!
Leading the way with black-clad garden rooms are Ark Design Build who offer a bespoke design service in the South East of England. They allow each of their customers to choose the cladding finish that appeals to them aesthetically and budget-wise, from Thermowood to Western Red Cedar.
Over the last few months, we have featured three projects that Ark Design Build have finished with black external cladding. One is a contemporary garden office with porch detail. We featured a bespoke shape garden office that doubles up as a cinema room and a stylish small granny annexe.
Durable black cladding
Garden room designers love Cedar because of its long lifespan and natural resistance to rot and fungal attack. The downside is, that unless a UV oil is applied as it is installed and topped up every couple of years, the cladding will change from an attractive reddish-brown to a silvery grey as it ages. This change in colour does not affect the durability of the cladding, but it does change the appearance of the building.
With black cladding, on the other hand, your garden room will maintain its appearance as it ages.
Ark Design Build use either Siberian Larch or Thermowood cladding and then paint it with Bedec Barn Paint. This combination offers you a highly durable external cladding and a traditional paint finish that is commonly used on barns and other agricultural buildings. Black barn paint is a flexible finish that doesn't crack, blister or flake.
One exterior colour = a stylish look
Ark Design Build colour match the black cladding with black aluminium door and window frames. Using one colour for all the external finishes like this is very effective. We think the result is very stylish and we love how the colours of the garden bounce off the solid block of colour.