One of the iconic garden room designs is making a fresh mark on the market. This classic garden room design sits well in a garden environment and stands out in a market full of contemporary cubes.
The Home Office Company
The Home Office Company had a challenge on their hands getting the materials for this recent garden room build into the back garden
Following our article on connecting your garden room’s electrics to the mains supply, and the work and costs involved in doing so The Home Office Company have contacted us to point out that they include this connection in the cost of their builds if the garden room is installed within 20 meters of the house – so this is an instant saving of around a £1,000 and means your garden room is ready to use as soon as The Home Office Company leave site.
To find out more about The Home Office Company’s range of pitched roof garden rooms visit The Home Office Company website or call them on 0333 800 5050
Following our article yesterday about garden rooms making perfect home extensions, let’s take a look at a project undertaken by The Home Office Company.
The Home Office Company were approached by a customer whose husband is in a wheelchair and needed additional space with easy access from the house into the garden, they had considered a conservatory but didn’t want the volume of glass that a conservatory creates and were concerned about the problem of overheating in summer and being too cold in winter which can occur with a conservatory.
The customer wanted the long edge of the garden room against the gable end of the house rather than the more obvious way of having the garden room gable end on; this created a few potential problems with brickwork and downpipes.
The Home Office Company have adapted one of their standard modular designs to meet the customer’s requirements, the garden room has a solid insulated roof meaning the garden room will not be too warm in summer or too cold in winter. The Home Office Company’s modular design means that windows and solid wall panels can be placed wherever the customer wants, in this case floor to ceiling windows create unobstructed views of the garden for the gentleman of the house who is in a wheelchair. The building is finished in a white powder coating to match the white paintwork of the house and the UPVC windows. The positioning of the garden room length ways gives easy access from the house into the garden room and the outward opening double doors make getting out into the garden straightforward. The Home Office Company are one of the longest established garden room companies and they used their experience and knowledge of their product to overcome the problems with brickwork and guttering downpipes with ease.
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The Home Office Company’s garden rooms offer a real alternative to a conservatory or other type of home extension, we can see that positioned gable end on this design of garden room would make a striking kitchen / diner extension, but the possible uses are endless.
On a different note it’s nice to see in these pictures that The Home Office Company team keep a tidy site whilst installing their buildings!
Contact The Home Office Company for more information and benefit from the special offer they give to The Garden Room Guide readers.
The Home Office Company are offering The Garden Room Guide readers £500 of John Lewis vouchers with every garden room order, ideal for buying furniture for your garden room or just treating yourself!
To qualify for this offer you need to place your order by 31 August 2011 and mention The Garden Room Guide at the time of ordering. This offer supersedes any other offer by The Home Office Company published on The Garden Room Guide and its associated sites.
For more details contact The Home Office Company direct on 0333 800 5050
A guest blog from the team at The Home Office Company about finding a garden office that will appeal to the planning department…
Whilst it’s true that most garden buildings don’t require planning permission, listed properties and properties in areas of outstanding natural beauty almost certainly will. So how do you convince the planners that your building will be in keeping with your property and the surroundings?
Planners are essentially human beings. No, really. Any of us who has had dealings with them will know that they live by constraints imposed over decades if not centuries of often out of date rules and regulations and whilst they personally may love an idea, they have to ensure that their decision is in keeping with these dictates.
Put yourself in their shoes. You walk into a beautiful 16th Century property and are faced with the new owners thinking of a home office in the garden. No problem. Then, they show you something that resembles a shiny wooden dice with windows and ask you, with an expectant look on their face, if this will be ok. It is immediately clear to you that allowing this structure to be erected in their garden would be like putting a helter-skelter inside the front gates at Buckingham Palace and you have to inform them of this in the nicest way possible. Good luck.
Consider the same scenario then, but this time the owners have selected a traditional style garden building; pitched roof, a sensible ratio of glass to wall and which, in a traditional green colour, will melt into the garden as if it had been there since the house were built. All of a sudden the decision becomes far more straightforward and the owners will be left with smiles rather than frowns – or worse, tears- on their faces.
The Home Office Company was established in 1998 and decided on a traditional style building. Not only has this meant zero problems with the planners but the buildings look just as good in the gardens of modern homes as they do in those of period properties.
Externally, 10 different colours are now available (although traditional green is still most popular), which allows homeowners with more flamboyant tastes to add colour to their garden in a way that still allows their building to blend into the planting and environment.
So the easiest way of negating any potential planning issues is to contact The Home Office Company. Simple.
A guest blog from The Home Office Company about choosing a garden office.
In the late 1990’s when garden offices first started to become popular there were only 1 or 2 companies in the market; since then, the rise in the numbers of homeowners seeking to add more space to their homes without the upheaval of moving house has increased and so too have the numbers of companies jumping on the bandwagon.
A garden office, be it stand alone or attached to the house must obviously be constructed as fit for purpose; so if you are intending to use your room all year round, then your garden building must be able to keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
Unlike conservatories, which can become more like a greenhouse in the hot summer months and a refrigerator in winter, properly insulated garden buildings will need very little additional heating and only the opening of a door or window for cooling.
Building regulations stipulate that glazing must allow for conservation of fuel and power, and give protection against impact so keep an eye out for the likes of Pilkington K-glass, one of the toughest and best insulated glazing solutions available.
Buildings offering insulated walls, floors and ceilings should also be at the top of your shopping list. Whilst they may cost a little more, this all-round insulation is a must if you are to be able to fully enjoy your garden building 24/7, 365 days a year. This insulation (which must be CFC-free) will also give superb sound insulation if you have a budding musician in the family!
And don’t think that thick walls are the answer- some of the best insulation materials on the market are less than 3 inches thick and give the same or better insulation than walls approaching 12 inches in thickness PLUS you don’t lose masses of floor space!
So whether your taste is traditional or modern, big or small, the perfect combination of style and comfort is out there.
The Home Office Company offer a range of fully insulated garden offices, visit their website for more information.
The Home Office Company have sent us details of the latest use for their versatile garden buildings – a sunroom attached to the house.
Built to the same high standards as their Home Offices this sunroom offers many benefits over a traditional conservatory, where a conservatory needs a brick wall to sit on The Home Office Company’s design means that walls can be glazed from floor to ceiling, maximising light and framing views of the garden. Traditional conservatories can easily overheat in summer and loose all their warmth through the roof in winter but this sunroom benefits from solid, insulated roof which means the sunroom will be comfortable to use all year round.
The traditional style of The Home Office Company’s buildings is favoured by planners and they are available in 9 standard colours and a range of bespoke colours. The Home Office Company’s buildings are low maintenance being finished in a hard wearing paint finish.
Designed for year round use, buildings from The Home Office Company have a traditional timber frame and a modular design that means solid insulated panels can be mixed with floor to ceiling glazed panels to create a unique building solution. For added performance all glass is toughened Pilkington K glass which is the equivalent of triple glazing. All buildings come pre wired with consumer unit, double sockets, spotlights and telephone socket.
So, forget a conservatory and consider a sunroom attached to your house from The Home Office Company. For more information visit The Home Office Company website.
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The Home Office Company are offering customers a significant saving on their garden rooms, order before September 2010 and you can save 17.5% on all buildings – that’s an offer too good to miss! If you would like to experience the quality and feel of The Home Office Company’s buildings why not visit their show site in Kent.
For further information visit The Home Office Company website.
The Home Office Company now have a show site where you can experience the quality and feel of their buildings before you buy. The show building is located at:Selecta House Charing Hill Charing Kent TN27 0NL –
This site is open 9-6 Monday to Saturday, although The Home Office Company do require an appointment for viewing. The Home Office Comapny suggest you come along at lunch time and enjoy a complimentary lunch for two at the local gastro pub: www.theoakcharing.co.uk
To book an appointment call The Home Office Company on 0333 800 5050 or visit their website here