An architect drew up plans for this garden studio and submitted them for planning approval. Once planning was granted, it was then over to Sanctum Garden Studios to bring the drawings to life for their client Cynthia.
Sanctum Garden Studios offer a number of standard size footprints for their buildings, but Cynthia wanted to maximise the space she had, and so it was decided that a bespoke size would work best. In the end, a 4.18m x 3m garden studio was built, a very specific size that maximises every millimetre of space.
Although a bespoke design, Cynthia’s studio has the style of Sanctum’s Contemporary Range. The Contemporary Range is known for the clean lines of vertical Western Red Cedar cladding and cubed roofline with its durable EPDM roof covering and aluminium kerbing.
Often we see the buildings from Sanctum’s Contemporary Range finished with dark grey doors and windows. Cynthia, however, opted for black aluminium doors and windows for her building. This black finish contrasts sharply with the reddish brown of the Cedar. It will look equally good as the Cedar weathers to silver grey.
We like the configuration of doors and windows Cynthia has chosen. So often we see whole walls of floor to ceiling glazing, it’s refreshing to see a different configuration! A single glazed door has been combined with a wrap around corner window. We have seen these corner windows before in both floor to ceiling and narrow cockpit style versions. With this example, the windows are set at desk height but picture window in style, offering unobstructed views of the garden.
Moving inside, Sanctum Garden Studios have laid a Walnut laminate flooring and lined the walls and ceiling with plasterboard. Cynthia engaged a local plasterer to skim the walls and ceiling once the Sanctum team left the site. The room was then decorated.
Sanctum Garden Studios tagline is ‘truly affordable garden studios’, and to this end, they are frank with customers about elements of the build they could save money on. Plastering the interior is one of these elements, it often works out cheaper to ask a local plasterer to skim the room than for the Sanctum team to be on-site for another day. Of course, if you want the Sanctum team to complete the plastering, they will happily do so.
No direct access, yet the project was completed in just two days
This project wasn’t without its difficulties. There was no direct access to the rear garden, meaning the only option was to walk the materials and panels through the house and into the garden. Sanctum Garden Studios will only undertake this option, as in this case, if the route through the house is fairly direct without obstacles.
Despite extra time needed to get the materials to the site, the Sanctum Garden Studios team completed this building in just two days.