A garden room could be the ideal place to create a craft studio, whether for painting, sewing, knitting, or some other craft. Because garden rooms are constructed from a multi-layer build-up and fully insulated, you would be able to use your studio all year round. A dedicated craft room will also mean you don't have to tidy away your work at the end of the day. You can also be assured that your materials and creations will be stored in good condition.
A room to hone your craft
If you are anything like us, your hobbies take up a lot of space, with tools and boxes of materials. Unless you have a spare room to dedicate to crafting, you stand to be in the position of having to tidy up, so the space can then be used for something else. We know how frustrating this can be!
With a garden room, you will end up with a dedicated room that you can kit out with worktables and storage. Some garden room companies will install storage as part of their overall service.
Because you can choose the layout of doors and windows, you can create your ideal working environment. Garden rooms are typically flooded with natural light, but they also designed with good artificial lighting.
Throw open the doors - you can choose what style they are, and you will have a wonderful connection with the garden, which is bound to inspire!
At the end of your crafting session, you can close the doors in the knowledge that when you come back, everything will be just where you left it.
Unlike a shed or summerhouse, a garden room will keep your materials in good condition
Over the last year or so, we have seen lots of photos on social media of how people have painted out the interior of their garden shed or summerhouse to create a craft room. They certainly look like lovely spaces, but are they really suitable for year-round use, and will the materials stored in them stay in tip-top condition?
Typically, a shed or summerhouse takes the form of a framework with a single layer of wooden cladding. This is all you need to protect tools and bikes from the elements or for sitting in during the summer months. However, this single skin is not enough to keep soft furnishings, paper and textiles in good nick.
Housed in a shed or summerhouse, fabrics and paper can become damp and smell musty. This is because the structure of these buildings does not incorporate the specialist membranes which help control moisture in a building. They typically only have single glazing and have no insulation.
On the other hand, a garden room is built in the same way as a timber frame house. You will find insulation in the floor, walls, and roof of the building, mixed with house quality doors and windows that feature double glazing. This combination ensures a garden room is a cool space in summer and warm on a winters day.
Mix this with opening windows for ventilation and a heating system for the colder months, and you will end up with a room in the garden, just like a room in your house - ideal for storing paper, textiles, and other craft materials.
Incorporate a sink if need be
If you need it, a sink can be incorporated into a garden room, ideal for washing brushes etc. Most garden room companies will install units and a sink for you. They typically install a water heater under the sink so that you get hot water on demand.
Not all garden room companies will undertake the groundworks and connections to the water and drainage; they ask you to organise this once they have left the site with a local plumber.
Can be used for another use in the future
While you might be buying a garden room for use as a crafting studio, the beauty of these versatile spaces is that they can be used for another use in the future. This increases the value they add to your house; for instance, a new owner might choose to use the studio as an office in the future.