Experience pays when building garden rooms. The success of this garden room with storage area is a testament to the eDEN Garden Rooms team's experience, who took the challenges of this project in their stride.
Bespoke shape to fit around a tree
eDEN Garden Rooms clients wanted to create a building in their garden that they could use as a treatment room. They also wanted to incorporate some storage into the building.
The area they had in mind was next to a large tree that had a Tree Preservation Order. In addition, the site also included an Acer tree that the owners wanted to preserve. To maximise the space in the treatment room and to create a valuable storage area, yet not encroach on the Acer, a bespoke garden room design was needed.
eDEN Garden Rooms are experienced, bespoke designers. Creating each of their buildings around their clients wish list and the demands of the garden. So, designing a uniquely shaped building that maximised the space available is all in a days work.
In this case, they designed a rectangular treatment room 4.8m wide by 3.3m deep with a bespoke shape storage room totalling 4.64sqm leading off one corner.
The unusual shape maximises the space available while protecting the Acer. In fact, a feature of the Acer has been made with this unique design. A long, narrow window has been positioned so that you can get a glimpse of the Acer from the treatment room - it sounds rather tranquil!
A series of unforeseen hiccups
As part of a site survey, elements such as trees are assessed. Because of the proximity of the large tree with a Tree Preservation Order, the eDEN Garden Rooms team had a tree specialist undertake an additional survey to calculate the positioning of the ground screw foundations to protect the roots of the tree.
Working with a tree specialist to assess the positioning of garden room and its foundation is relatively common. What happened next is not so common, and a testament to eDEN Garden Rooms experience that it was overcome quickly, so that the build could continue in a timely manner.
As the eDEN team came to clear the ground, ready to install the ground screw foundations, an old drain was discovered running across the site. The drain's presence was unbeknown to the homeowners, so not flagged up at the design stage. This sort of hiccup could phase inexperienced hands, but having managed similar unforeseen occurrences before, the eDEN team had the contacts to resolve the problem quickly.
The eDEN team contacted a drain specialist to assess the situation. This was an extra cost for the customers, but the drain specialist was able to map out the route of the drain so that the ground screws could be positioned missing both the drain and the tree routes.
There is more...
The drain survey did not highlight the presence of a redundant gas pipe running across the plot! Again, the homeowners had no record of this pipe. The gas board were called to assess and disconnect the pipe.
Once the gas board gave the site the all-clear, the eDEN team installed the foundations, and the rest of the build progressed quickly.
Working with an experienced garden room company pays dividends
From the unique shape of this garden room through the unforeseen challenges of the build, choosing to work with an experienced company has paid dividends for this eDEN Garden Rooms customer.
It can be tempting to choose a newer garden room company that maybe offers a keener price or shorter lead time than the more established names. But, do they have the skills and knowledge to tailor the design, as eDEN have with this build or to cope with unforeseen challenges? Do give it some thought.