If you are looking for a low maintenance garden pod, you’ll want to check out the designs by Cre8a. The team behind the Cre8a garden pod range are also door and window manufacturers. Realising that homeowners are looking for a more permanent and useable alternative to a conservatory, they set about designing a garden pod that is quite different to anything else on the market.
The Cre8a team have designed a building system that features insulation levels that meet current Building Regulation standards. This means that unlike a conservatory a Cre8a pod will be a comfortable space to spend time all year round.
Like many garden rooms Cre8a pods have a timber frame core structure, but the key feature of the Cre8a range that makes them stand out, is the low maintenance cladding systems that they have chosen for the external and internal finishes.
Low maintenance external cladding
Cre8a have sourced a durable external cladding that will protect the insulated core structure and repel moisture. It is not susceptible to rot or fungal attack and will maintain its colour without the need for ongoing maintenance.
The external cladding is a duromer high-pressure laminate. Systems like this are widely used in large-scale commercial buildings, so it is interesting to see them being used in garden room design. The range that Cre8a have chosen is available in 244 different finishes, with choices such as wood grain, stone, patina and solid colours. You have the opportunity to really make your mark with this range!
As well as choosing the finish for your external cladding, you can also choose from two profiles. One option is to choose a smooth facade panel, or if you are looking for a more textured look, you could choose the lap option. Both systems have secret fixing systems. It’s interesting to note, should you fancy a change of look at a later date you could choose a different cladding finish, and it could be replaced with relative ease.
Low maintenance internal cladding
The Cre8a team have also chosen a low maintenance cladding system for the interior of their pods. ClicWall is an MDF panel that has a washable melamine surface. The range comes in several finishes so you can create your own unique look and maintain it with ease. Cre8a also offer a ClicWall Deco board that has an outer layer which can be painted or papered if that is the look you are thinking of.
Wall cladding systems like this, are a popular alternative to fully plastered and decorated options. They are quick to install and not susceptible to cracking as plastered finishes can be.
When it comes to the floor, you have the choice of solid wood flooring or laminate. Again, there is a lot of choices when it comes to the finish of these floorings.
Standard layouts and bespoke design too
If you request a copy of Cre8a’s brochure, you will see that they have created several standard layouts. These are just suggestions as ultimately your pod can be designed around your tastes and intended use. These standard layouts are a good way of getting an idea of price. For instance, a 3660mm x 3000mm pod costs £19,207 inc VAT whilst a large 9760mm x 3000mm pod costs £34,893 inc VAT.
Interestingly, Cre8a offer a full installation package, a trade supply package and a self-build option. Buildings they install themselves come with a 10-year build guarantee. They offer their buildings throughout the UK.
Options to personalise your pod
There are lots of options to extend and personalise your pod. For instance, Cre8a can design a modern shower room into their buildings. You can also extend the living space by adding a deck. Cre8a offer PVC decking and balustrades, so like the cladding they use, the deck will be low maintenance and maintain its appearance. If you choose to add a deck, you might want to consider swapping the patio doors for bi-folds, another option. These extras options are priced out in their brochure.
Lead times on Cre8a pods are typically 5 to 6 weeks and on-site build times around seven days, depending on the size of the building.