There is a growing trend in garden room design to mix timber claddings like Western Red Cedar with cement particle board cladding. People often wonder what this fusion of natural and manufactured finishes looks like. Well, this garden office project by Garden Spaces showcases what a successful pairing the two finishes are.
As we can see, the Western Red Cedar has been used in blocks on the walls, while the cement particle board has been used to detail the reveals around the recessed door configuration.
The cement particle board has been fitted with secret fittings and painted in RAL7016, creating a smart, smooth finish. The contemporary grey and natural rich reddish-brown tones of the Cedar create a building with a stylish aesthetic.
Cement particle board is commonly chosen when designing a Building Regulation compliant garden room; in these cases, it is often hidden from view on boundary-facing elevations. But, it is becoming more widely used on forward-facing elevations too.
Because cement particle board has a long, low-maintenance lifespan and is not susceptible to rot or fungal attack, it is becoming more widely used as cladding on visible elevations, particularly for detailing, as Garden Spaces have done with this project.
Cement particle board cladding often works out cheaper than finishes such as Western Red Cedar, so it can be a wise choice if you wish to maximise your budget.
3m x 4m garden office
This garden office sits on a footprint of 3m wide by 4m deep. A key feature of the design is the recessed door and window configuration. The porch detail creates a welcoming entrance and adds a lot of character to the building.
The porch detail features a composite decked step and down-lighting in the canopy, which will cast a lovely curtain of light in front of the doors. There are also up-down lights fitted on the Cedar cladding sections. A PIR movement sensor controls these lights.
To complete the external electrical specification of this garden office, Garden Spaces fitted a double external power socket.
Garden office with smart lighting system
As we can see, the interior of this Garden Spaces garden office has a finish akin to a new build house, with plastered and decorated walls and ceiling and durable wooden flooring.
The doors and windows have all been fitted with aluminium Venetian blinds, so the owner can easily control the light and privacy in the office.
The interior electrical specification includes a Lightwave home automation system. This system gives the owner control over the interior lights and can be controlled remotely. The installation includes a Devolo magic box, a Link Plus smart hub and a lighting control switch.
Designed for comfortable year-round use
Garden Spaces clients will be able to use their garden office comfortably all year round. Garden Spaces build their offices with SIP's panels which create a building with a highly insulated envelope. They mix these panels with double glazing in the door and windows.
For the coldest days of the year, Garden Spaces offer a wide selection of heating options.