Vivid Green created this family chillout room as part of a wider garden transformation. The family wanted to create a room with an inside-outside feel. Two sets of bi-fold doors have been used to create a corner of glazing that emphasises this connection.
This archive of articles looks at the work of Vivid Green who design and build contemporary style garden rooms.
This 8m x 8m x 4m L-shaped garden room by Vivid Green is been designed to create an entertaining space for the family. The building also incorporates a large secret storage room.
Vivid Green was one of the first firms we featured on The Garden Room Guide when we launched back in 2009. They have just launched a new website showcasing their contemporary designs.
Although Western Red Cedar can be sourced from forests in the UK, the bulk of Western Red Cedar used in garden office construction is grown along the pacific coast from Northern California to Southwest Alaska; British Columbia alone has an estimated 750 million cubic meters of Western Red Cedar trees. A Western Red Cedar tree can grow up to 60m high and can have a diameter of 2.4m.
The amount of Western Red Cedar that is cut each year is strictly regulated, in British Columbia the chief forester determines how much is cut each year, but typically less than 1% of British Columbia’s Western Red Cedar is cut each year. When trees are cut it’s in such a way that groups of trees are left untouched and areas are reforested with seedlings.
Western Red Cedar is an excellent choice for garden office cladding as it is a dimensionally stable wood, which means it swells and shrinks minimally in response to humidity, so gaps won’t appear in the cladding. Western Red Cedar is also a good cladding because it has natural resistance to moisture absorption.
Western Red Cedar used for garden office cladding is often moulded into a tongue & groove profile which is particularly appropriate for contemporary designs as it is a flat profile with a simple ‘v’ groove between the boards. Western Red Cedar T&G cladding can be fixed both vertically and horizontally. Western Red Cedar interacts with ferrous materials so it is important that it is fixed with stainless steel or hot dipped galvanised fixings.
Western Red Cedars heartwood is a naturally durable material and can be left untreated; its rich brown and red colours will weather to a silver grey, if this is not desired Western Red Cedar cladding can be treated with an Alkyd based resin.
Western Red Cedar has a life expectancy in excess of 60 years and it is categorised as one of the most durable softwoods.
Western Red Cedar is a very light weight material which makes it quick to install so, for speed of installation, durability and its aesthetic properties Western Red Cedar is the perfect cladding for a garden office.
Vivid Green designs modern garden buildings with particular attention given to their environmental impact, and as such buildings are designed to maximise solar gain, have high levels of thermal insulation and minimise any waste.[caption id="attachment_277" align="alignleft" width="110" caption="The Winterhouse by Vivid Green"][/caption]
Vivid Green offer two standard designs The Penthouse and The Winterhouse but also offer a bespoke design service which allows the customer to tailor their garden building to their needs and tastes, for instance you may have a difficult site or want a building with more than one use such as a workshop with separate store area.
The garden buildings offered by Vivid Green are built with SIP’s – structural insulated panels which is a very efficient form of building both thermally speaking and at the speed they can be put together – which is a saving in embodied energy, typically garden buildings are installed in less than eight days on site.[caption id="attachment_278" align="alignright" width="110" caption="Quality Windows and Cladding"][/caption]
On top of the SIP’s framework Vivid Green’s buildings are well specified with high quality windows and doors with triple point locks and glazed with performance double glazed units. There is a wide choice of external cladding such as cedar, larch or Douglas fir which are all fitted with quality stainless steel fittings.
Vivid Green’s garden buildings are suitable for year round use and are fitted with thermostatically controlled under floor heating which they estimate costs less than 50p a day to run during the winter, this type of heating is ideal as it allows you to place furniture where you want rather than make allowances for wall mounted heaters.
The Penthouse garden building starts at £7,790 plus VAT for a 4.25m2 footprint, for more information visit Vivid Green at www.vividgreen.co.uk/
For more photos of Vivid Green garden buildings see our Flickr site.