Garden Fortress are adept at designing garden rooms that have two uses under the one roof. This recent commission in Balham, London has been designed to form a playroom/games room for the kids while offering secure storage for bikes and garden equipment too.
The building sits on a substantial 8-meter x 3-meter footprint. The main playroom is 6 meters by 3 meters while the storage shed is 2 meters by 3 meters. The Cedar clad building has a contemporary look. Rather unusually the cladding takes centre stage as there is minimal glazing in this building. The door to the storage shed has been matched into the cladding, creating a ‘secret entrance’, so from the outside, you’d have no idea the building has two uses.
The customer chose to have a step run the length of the front elevation. The roof has been extended beyond the front wall to create a canopy feature with LED downlights inset into it.
New construction system
Garden Fortress have recently changed their construction system from on-site constructed traditional timber frames to SIPS – Structural Insulated Panels. These insulated panels are manufactured off-site for quick assembly once they arrive on-site. This large building was fully built in just ten days on-site.
As well as the move to SIPS panels the Garden Fortress team are also now making use of ground screws for the foundation system. These metal piles dive into the ground quickly and can be easily levelled. One of their big advantages is that they can overcome a sloping site with ease.
This time-lapse video shows how efficiently the ground screws and SIPS panels go together:
Eight new garden room designs
Garden Fortress has also added eight new standard designs to their portfolio. These new designs include many popular design features, interestingly, half of them incorporate a secret storage area. There are not many off the peg garden room designs that incorporate a storage shed like this.
To learn more about this project talk to the Garden Fortress team on 01372 602 686 or take a look at their website.