Adding a toilet to a garden office or gym building can add a lot of value to the useability of the room. However, the positioning of the building in the garden may make the connection to the mains services unfeasible or uneconomical. Luckily companies like Executive Garden Rooms offer off-grid options like modern cassette toilets.
Based in South West London, Executive Garden Rooms clients wanted to add an insulated garden building that could be used as a home office and gym space.
For convenience, they wanted to incorporate a toilet into the design. Many of the Executive Garden Rooms projects we have shared over the years include a toilet or full shower room, with the Executive team handling the installation of the sanitaryware and undertaking the groundworks to connect to the mains services of the house.
In this case, connecting to the mains services wasn't viable as the chosen site for the building was too far away from where the connections needed to be made. Instead, Executive Garden Rooms suggested a cassette toilet, having previously installed similar systems for clients.
Often used in caravans and mobile homes, the Thetford cassette toilet system that Executive Garden Rooms is modern and easy to use; it even has a ceramic bowl.
Tailormade garden room
The multi-use garden room is a bespoke size of 6m x 4.3m. Executive Garden Rooms installed a slightly larger foundation so that their clients could install an 'off the shelf' shed alongside the insulated garden room.
Executive Garden Rooms often design integrated storage rooms into their buildings, but adding a standard shed alongside the garden room worked out more economically in this case.
It is reassuring to see that experienced names like Executive Garden Rooms will work with you to create a building that works for your needs and budget.
A mix of low-maintenance exterior claddings
Externally, Executive Garden Rooms clients have chosen to mix two low-maintenance cladding options. On the front and right-hand elevations, Western Red Cedar has been installed. Cedar has natural durability to rot and fungal attack and an extended maintenance-free lifespan.
Cedar is also considered one of the most aesthetically attractive cladding options because of the reddish-brown shades of the boards. To help preserve the rich colouring of the Cedar, Executive Garden Rooms applied UV oil to each board. Without UV oil, the cladding would weather to a silver-grey colour.
The Cedar has been mixed with grey/green coloured Cedral cladding on the rear and left-hand walls. Cedral is a cement fibre board that is building regulation compliant. Cedral is pigmented during manufacturing and doesn't require painting to maintain its colour.
As we can see, the interior space is flooded with natural light. Light from the doors and windows bounces off the plastered and decorated walls and ceiling.
The glazing configuration has been enhanced by the edition of a 1200mm x 900mm flat roof light. The window is controlled by remote control and has a rain sensor, so it closes itself if the weather changes.
Well specified electrical package
The electrical package includes power sockets, LED down lights, external security light, smoke detector and Cat6 data point. An air conditioning unit has been installed which provides both heating and cooling. Executive Garden Rooms tell us this is becoming extremely popular with their clients as it is much more efficient to run than underfloor heating.
To learn more about this project, chat with the Executive Garden Rooms team on 01202 874 766 or send them an email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Explore www.executivegardenrooms.co.uk to see more of their work.