This bespoke garden office stands out from the crowd, not only for its bold external cladding but its high levels of insulation, making it one of the best-insulated designs on the market.
The office was designed and built by Executive Garden Rooms. They design their buildings using a traditional timber framing method. The thick timbers they use allows for a lot of insulation within the framework.
Executive Garden rooms use foil-faced rigid insulation in their buildings. They incorporate 100mm in the floor, 140mm in the walls and 100mm as part of the warm roof build-up. When you consider that most garden rooms have 50mm of foil-backed insulation, you will appreciate how well insulated this office is.
In their review, towards the end of this article, Executive Garden Room's customer comments on how comfortable the room has been in the colder months. Remember, good levels of insulation are equally important in keeping the building cool in summer.
The garden office has been built in an unused corner of the garden. To maximise the space, a bespoke 4.4m x 3.75m building was designed.
Because of the positioning windows couldn't be placed on the side walls, so a Velux roof light was chosen. This is operated by remote control and features rain sensors so it will close itself, should the weather change.
The roof light has been fitted with a pleated blind which is also operated by remote control. The addition of the blind helps control both heat and light in the room.
The interior of the office has a high spec plastered and decorated finish. For this project, an acoustic plasterboard was chosen for extra soundproofing.
Executive Garden Rooms offer a well-specified electrical package. In this case, it included LED downlights, plentiful power sockets - some with USB charging points. The office has also been wired with Cat 6 cabling, for a reliable internet connection.
Externally, the office has been clad in a Burnt Red Cedral cladding. Cedral is a cement fibre board which requires little maintenance in the long term and maintains its new appearance without the need to repaint.
Executive Garden Rooms customer left this very detailed review of the build process and finish of their office:
The design started in earnest and after a fair few tweaks by myself such as:
- A skylight for additional light with a rain sensor.
- I changed the layout of the doors and windows
- I added networking and usb plugs where my desk would be
- I planned in air conditioning and heating
- Added outside lighting and additional lights on my existing fence
Insulation, OSB, C24 framing all went up quickly and the two chaps who were here every day worked like trojans 8am to 6 pm (when the light faded).