When you work with a bespoke designer to create a garden room, there is no one-size fits all solution. Instead, the designer will take the time to listen to you as you describe your vision for your new space.
This was the case for recent Swift Garden Rooms customers. Keen gardeners, they wanted to create a garden sitting room where they could sit with a coffee and appreciate their pretty garden, in a way they couldn't from the main house.
They wanted their new room to be part of the overall garden design and focus the views into the heart of the garden.
During the initial site visit, the Swift Garden Rooms designer absorbed this brief. The site visit also allowed them to see that the proposed plot would be in full sun, so some natural shading would be needed to keep the room comfortable on the hottest days of the year.
A corner design to direct the view into the garden
Following the site visit and chat with their customers, the Swift design team drew up designs for a 4m x 4m garden room that would sit in the corner of the garden.
Rather than create a square garden room, they decided to set the bi-fold doors on an angle, cutting off one corner. This focuses the view from the room into the heart of the garden. Giving the new sitting room better views of the garden than the main house!
Curved canopy offers natural shading
The garden room sits in full sun, so some natural shading was required. The Swift team have made a unique feature of this need.
Many designers would have run a straight roof canopy over the bi-fold doors. But, in this case, the Swift team have created a curved roof canopy which flows from one side wall to another.
Canopies, whether they are straight or curved, are a clever design trick. They offer natural shading on the hottest days of the year by blocking the sun's rays entering the room, when the sun is at it's highest. Yet, they don't block out valuable rays when the sun is lower during the Winter months.
The canopy will be very effective in casting shade, but it was also decided to add blinds to the doors and window.
In this case, a solar-powered blind system has been fitted.
Built in 2 weeks
This garden sitting room completed from start to finish in 2 weeks. It was built under the Permitted Development rules, and a similar size and design would cost £29,000 including VAT.