Each month our editor takes a look at the best garden rooms on the market, February’s choice is the self-build range by Garenberg.
How many of you have looked at a garden room and thought ‘I fancy building one of those myself’ and then found you don’t know where to start – well, Garenberg maybe the answer to your dreams!
Garenberg are an established firm designing and building quality, contemporary garden rooms who have used their knowledge and expertise to design a self build option.
This self build range of garden rooms incorporates all the design features popular in contemporary garden room design, including cedar tongue and groove cladding and whole walls of doors and windows.
Garenberg supply all the materials required in easy modular format, and once your garden room is installed it’s literally a case of plugging it in so no specialist skills or tradesman are required.
Garenberg recommend you choose a site with ideally 40cm clearance on all sides, and a foundation should be installed before delivery of the building (foundation not included in the price). A suitable foundation would be either a concrete slab or quality flagstones. The Garenberg self build garden room incorporates adjustable feet for easy levelling of the building.
The 75mm SIP’s wall panels create a thermally efficient building envelope, but are relatively light weight and easy to manoeuvre. The SIP’s are clad externally in cedar, which is fixed horizontally to create a crisp contemporary look. Cedar is a low maintenance choice for exterior woodwork as it has a natural resistance to decay; it starts out a reddish brown colour and if left untreated will weather to a silver grey colour.
On two elevations engineered wooden doors and windows create glazed feature walls, Garenberg have chosen a microporous paint finish which is available in a number of contemporary colours. The doors and windows are glazed with Low E double glazed units. Low E glass has a thin coating on the outer surface of the inner pane of glass, this coating reflects heat (long wave energy) back into the room whilst still allowing light (short wave energy) to penetrate from the outside into the room. Low E glass has better u-values than uncoated glass – basic double glazing has a typical u-value of 3.0 m²K/W while Low E glazing has a u-value of 1.7 m²K/W – the lower the figure the better performing, and with large expanses of glass this is an important feature.
The roof of the self build garden room is covered in a performance EPDM rubber roof covering, this type of roof covering has been successfully used for many years in commercial buildings and has a life expectancy in excess of 50 years. Garenberg also offer the option of a sedum living roof covering as an optional upgrade.
Internally the garden room is a blank canvas and features a high quality moisture resistant surface on the walls and ceiling which is ready for painting, the floor is left for the owner’s choice of floor covering which can be anything from carpet to oak flooring, Garenberg supply skirting board cut to size as the finishing touch.
Garenberg’s self build range is pre wired electrically, featuring polished chrome sockets and lights. The self build package includes the armored cable required to run electricity from the house, it’s just a case of plugging this cable into a 13amp socket in the main house – so no electrician required! For added convenience the lights come with a remote control so you can switch the lights on from outside the garden room!
Garenberg’s self build range is available in 15 different sizes and layouts so it’s easy to find the right building for your needs. Ordering is simple; you contact Garenberg with your choice of building, the length of armoured cable needed and choice of any upgrade options. Prices start at £6995 for a 2.5m x 2.4m building so significant savings are made doing it yourself! Payment is via cheque or bank transfer and the building will be delivered in approximately six weeks.
So how long will it take to build? Garenberg predict it will take a competent DIYer just 1-2 days to install! Even if you don’t feel you can build a garden room yourself don’t dismiss the self build range from Garenberg – they offer an installation service at just £500 extra.
Go on, take a look at Garenberg’s self build range, you know you want too!