Even if you choose all the low maintenance material options you can when designing your garden room. Our experience tells us that no building can be completely maintenance free.
Archive of articles touching on elements of garden room wall construction. There are several construction systems and many different materials used in the wall build-up.
In many cases the cladding used on a garden room is the most widely used material and in many cases the most visible, so its important that it looks great! There are some tricks suppliers use to achieve this.
One of the many benefits of The Stealth range from Sanctum Garden Studios is the speed in which it can be installed. This series of photos shows the progress of the build in roughly hour long intervals. The team started work at 8.30am when the base of the building was installed and was fully completed by 3.30pm the same day!
Western red cedar cladding is a popular option on contemporary garden room buildings, but it is a material that if left unprotected will change colour as it ages creating a quite a different look.
We feature lots of pictures of brand new garden rooms, but what do they look like as they age?
Sanctum Garden Studios have sent through details of this garden studio they installed in Preston 2 years ago.
Executive Garden Rooms have recently built a large garden office with toilet facilities in the garden of a London flat – all materials had to go through the flat, but this was no problem!
It’s exciting for us to witness new innovations in garden room design, whether they be new design features or the use of cutting edge materials, one of the leaders in garden room innovation is Garden Spaces who consistently are pushing the envelope and coming up with new features.
Do you want your cedar clad garden room to maintain its ‘new look’ in the long term? Well, if you do this will require ongoing maintenance
There is a debate amongst garden room suppliers over the inclusion of rainwater collection systems in garden room specifications – some suppliers include them as standard whilst others don’t think they are necessary, our opinion is that guttering is a must on garden rooms having witnessed how much water can be collected from even the smallest garden room roof.
Guttering and rainwater collection has many benefits in garden room design:
- Protects the walls from rot – if a garden room doesn’t have guttering water will run off the roof and down the walls which over time may rot timber cladding and weather painted timber.
- Directs water away from the foundations – its important to protect the ground around your garden rooms foundations from excess moisture.
- Keeps you dry – stops water dripping on you as you stand at the door of your garden room.
- Keeps the garden room clean – if there isn’t guttering rainwater will hit the ground adjacent to the building and rebound up the wall making the walls dirty.
- Good for the environment – if you choose to collect rainwater in water-butts it can be easily be reused on your garden.
Commonly guttering on garden rooms is channeled into water-butts or to a ground soakaway. Whilst many garden room suppliers offer guttering as standard not many actually connect this to a water-butt or soakaway so this can be an extra cost.
Water-butts come in all shapes and sizes and there are some very good space saving models which will sit up tight against the wall of the garden room, they typically cost around £25. The other option is a soakaway, this is a hole in the ground situated away from the garden rooms foundations that is back filled with stone which drains the rainwater away.
Types of Guttering
Black or white UPVC half round guttering is the standard on many garden rooms and does the job well, if you are looking for something a little more aesthetically pleasing metal guttering can be specified in a number of profiles and in finishes from galvanised to powder coated colours to match the paintwork of the garden room.
Some of the higher specification garden room suppliers have custom designed guttering systems so they look to be part of the overall design, or so you are not aware they are there at all – examples include striking metal channels incorporated into the wall or down pipes hidden within the wall structure.
Dont underestimate the importance of guttering and rainwater collection when choosing your garden room.
Western Red Cedar is by far the most popular cladding for garden rooms, this is because it requires no ongoing maintenance and has a long lifespan.
We often write on this guide how Western Red Cedar starts out a reddish brown colour and weathers to a silver grey, but some readers have trouble visualising the change in colour so we thought we would show a picture of Western Red Cedar eight years after installation.
True to our regular description the cedar has weathered from a reddish brown to a silver grey colour. The natural resistance to decay isn’t diminished by the colour change, the change comes from exposure to sunlight.
Western Red Cedar is one of the best choices for garden room cladding, it is a very stable wood so there will be minimal shrinkage in the boards, it doesn’t twist like other timbers and has few knots.
Western Red Cedar requires little maintenance thanks to its natural oils which resist fungal and insect attack, because of these natural oils stainless steel fixings should be used as the oil can corrode other metals and cause unsightly staining to the timber.
In our opinion weathered cedar garden rooms look as contemporary albeit in a different way as brand new garden rooms. If you want to maintain the reddish brown colour you could use a preservative although the colour can never match the real thing!