Creating space for two distinct uses in one building is no problem for Dorset based Executive Garden Rooms.
This bespoke design has created a home office with workshop space alongside. Both rooms are light and airy thanks to the mix of glazing and the white plastered and decorated interior.
Executive Garden Rooms worked closely with their clients to understand how they would use the two rooms. An essential item on the design brief was that it be wheelchair accessible. The clients mention in their review, which you can read later in this article, that the Executive Garden Rooms team were happy to iterate on the design until they were happy with it.
The office/workshop sits on a footprint of 5.2m x 4.7m. We like the arrangement of the two rooms. Rather than have a straight front elevation, the office's front wall sits forward of the workshop. This positioning has allowed a glazed corner to be fitted in the office, which looks great.
The choice of wide French doors with a shallow ramp allows for easy access into the office for wheelchair users. The doors have been mixed with a full-height window and an opening window. This combination floods the room with natural light. A small opening window has also been fitted on the rear elevation.
An internal door leads from the office into the workshop. Often when we see insulated workshops, the interior finishes are bare OSB or Plywood. While practical, it is not the most aesthetically pleasing choice. Executive Garden Rooms clients opted for a higher-spec plastered and decorated interior.
By finishing the workshop with the same plastered and decorated finishes as the office, the owners have futureproofed their building, as the workshop could easily morph into another use. The only difference between the two rooms is that the workshop has a rubber How while the office has laminate wood flooring.
We can see from the images that the office and workshop have a plentiful supply of electrical sockets. The electrical package includes power sockets, LED lighting and CAT6 cabling for a reliable internet connection. There is an electric slimline panel heater in each room and smoke alarms. Externally, there is an outdoor power socket and LED lighting fitted with sensors.
Low maintenance exterior finishes
The exterior cladding is a silver-grey Cedral board. Cedral is a popular choice for garden room cladding. It is a cement fiberboard that is pigmented during the manufacturing process. Cedral does not rot or warp and won't need repainting to maintain its appearance.
The doors and windows are Anthracite Grey Aluminium, a higher-spec choice than their uPVC counterparts. As we can see, the double doors leading into the workshop have solid grey panels rather than glass which looks smart.
Executive Garden Rooms client left a detailed review about the project:
We wanted a bespoke garden room that was wheelchair-friendly and fully accessible. EGR were happy to accommodate all of our very specific requirements and find functional solutions that looked great too. They were willing to go through lots of iterations until we had a design that was just right.