Last week we were at the Chelsea Flower Show exploring garden room designs. One, particularly caught our eye because it struck us a very clever use of space on a relatively small footprint. A design that could be successfully used in a small garden.
Garden Spaces had been commissioned by Marshalls to create a small office area in which they could showcase samples of their pavers. The space that Garden Spaces had to play with was predetermined by Marshalls. They also specified that the doors fit back against the wall, so they didn’t obstruct the flow people in and out of the showroom.
The resulting building is 3.5m wide by 2.5m at it’s deepest point and 1.7m at its narrowest point. To ensure that the bi-fold doors fold back against the wall, an L-shaped building was created, forming a covered alcove to house the open doors. When the doors are closed, this alcove will create a welcoming porch.
Inside, the room was a traditional rectangular shape. An internal door was fitted on the ‘wing’ area, we assume creating a storage area for brochures etc. If this was being used as a home office, we guess this area could be used for shelving or even a second recessed desk area.
On smaller buildings like this, floor to ceiling glazing is typically not used, to maximise wall space. Actually, in our opinion, the wrap around section of floor to ceiling glazing and bi-fold doors made the room seem bigger than it was and would create a real feel of working in the garden.
The building featured many popular finishes. The doors and windows were powder coated aluminium in a dark grey finish. The visible walls were clad in Western Red Cedar and the non-visible walls a low maintenance grey cement board. LED downlights were recessed into the roof canopy, casting a curtain of light in front of the doors.
Inside, the room had a durable laminate floor and plastered and decorated walls and ceiling, again with recessed downlights.
We thought the building well detailed, but Garden Spaces tell us had they fitted the building at the show, rather than the Marshalls team, they would have ensured that the interior floor height and the exterior paving height were the same, for a seamless flow between inside and out – nice touch!
We think this layout would work well as a compact garden office. To learn more, talk to the Garden Spaces team on 0845 387 9 387 or send them an email. Visit www.gardenspaces.co.uk to see more of their work.