Are you a book lover? Have you ever dreamed of having a home library where you could keep your books in an orderly manner, a place where you can retreat to, to enjoy the written word?
A garden room can make a wonderful home library. Garden Hideouts, for instance, can incorporate meters of book shelving into their Garden Pods. We recently spotted a garden library pod that they created for a school, but their pods can also be installed in a domestic setting too.
As you can see the library pod is beautifully detailed and the addition of the books will only enhance the room. We particularly like the arched window to the rear elevation and the seat below, perfect for pausing and reading a few words. Visit Garden Hideouts website to see more of their work.
Talking of a place to sit and read. You might want to take a look at the ‘book nook’ that Smart Garden Offices offer in their five garden room designs. We like how the shelving can be arranged around a window with a comfy bench seat to sit and read. Smart Garden Offices also offer matching desks so you can create a custom home office/library configuration. Visit the Smart Garden Offices website to learn more.
Booths Garden Studios recently created a building to house an extensive book collection. As you can see the design has allowed for several bookcases to be installed. One of the key features of a Booths Garden Studio is the expanse of floor to ceiling glazing that can be incorporated. Lots of light can be detrimental if you want to keep books in tip-top condition but the Booths team can fit blinds at all the windows to control the light entering the room. Explore this garden library build in more detail.
Garden libraries are designed for year-round use
Garden room library pods are designed for year-round use. Their multi-layer build-up ensures that your books will be kept in pristine condition for years to come. Garden library pods are highly insulated structures so are warm in winter and cool in summer. You will want to think about ventilation, so it is worth considering incorporating an opening window into the design as well as the doors.
Some buyers decide to incorporate an air source heat pump into the building. This allows you to control the temperature in the library all year round.
Think about the foundation of the library
A garden room full of books can put considerable loads through the floor and foundation. You, therefore, need to talk to your garden room designer regarding your foundation options. A recent GRL – Garden Room Living customer chose to install a concrete slab foundation to ensure the load of their book collection was evenly spread throughout the floor and foundation. Take a look at the building Garden Room Living created for their client.
As you can see from these examples, a garden room can make a great home library.