This stylish L-shaped building mixes three different uses under one roof - a spacious home office, discreet storage room and a canopied area for barbequing.
This is a bespoke design by Executive Garden Rooms tailored around their customer's requirements. The building sits on a footprint of 25 square meters. The two 'wings' are cleverly tied together by a patio area that is perfect for entertaining.
Light-filled home office
As we can see from these images, a very smart, light-filled home office has been created. Light pours in through high-spec aluminium bi-fold doors. There is also an opening window positioned over the desk.
The walls and ceiling have been plastered and decorated, and a wooden floor laid. Rather nice fitted units have been positioned at one end of the room. Fitted furniture is a good way to maximise storage space in a garden office.
The owner will be able to connect with anywhere in the world from the end of the garden thanks to the hardwired internet connection that runs from the main house to the garden office.
Other elements of the electrical specification include LED downlights, a plentiful number of power sockets, a smoke alarm, heating and external lighting.
Discreet storage room
A storage room has been discreetly positioned in the corner of the L-shape layout. It has its own external access via a half-glazed door.
While the office has a high-spec plastered and decorated internal finish, the storage room has a more practical, durable OSB lining.
Fitted cupboards with shelving above have been fitted at one end of the storeroom adding useful storage.
Sheltered area for barbequing
Adding a canopied area alongside a garden room has become very popular over the last couple of years, as they offer a lovely indoor-outdoor space. These areas are perfect for spending time outside, particularly with our inclement weather!
In this case, the owners are going to use the area as a sheltered spot for barbequing.
Mix of exterior cladding finishes
The contemporary style of the garden office is enhanced by the choice of Western Red Cedar cladding. Cedar is a durable softwood that has a rich natural colouring. Executive Garden Rooms applied UV oil to each of the Cedar planks as it was installed to help maintain this reddish-brown colouring. Left untreated, the Cedar would weather to a silver-grey colour. The owners will need to reapply the UV oil every few years, but this is an easy process.
The Cedar cladding has been mixed with Cedral cladding on the rear walls. Cedral is a Building Regulation compliant cement fibre board. It is pigmented during the manufacturing process and doesn't require any maintenance to maintain its colour.
Cedral comes in a range of colours, the dark grey chosen for this project is a good match with the door and window frames used.
Executive Garden Rooms clients left this review of the build process:
What a fantastic team. Completed on time and within budget. The process from start to finish was managed very professionally and the advice given throughout made our lives as customers easy. The finished product is superb and we are extremely happy. Highly recommended.