Green Studios are committed to building green, eco friendly garden studios using sustainable materials and techniques that should last a lifetime and require little or no maintenance. Not only are Green Studios committed to building eco garden buildings they are concerned about the wider environment and donate a percentage of their sales to global environmental projects.
Green Studios have a range of standard designs from contemporary cubist studios with offset doors and windows to pitched roof lodges with airy vaulted ceilings, skylights and a full wall of fully glazed doors and windows, but if you can’t find a standard design that fits the bill Green Studios also offer a bespoke design service.
Green Studios have specified eco features from the ground up, they use the Swift Plinth Foundation system on all their studios, this system comprises of a number of heavy duty adjustable pads which can be used even on sloping ground. Swift Plinths are an environmentally friendly form of foundation using less than 95% of the concrete a traditional concrete slab would require, Swift Plinths can also be removed from site if the studio is ever moved, reused or recycled.
All Green Studios are built using structural insulated panels (SIP’s) which are not only easy to transport and quick to install (so use less embodied energy) but are thermally efficient. The exterior cladding is durable Western Red Cedar sourced from managed sources. Western Red Cedar has a natural resistance against moisture, insect and fungal attack meaning it needs little ongoing maintenance. Western Red Cedar starts out reddish brown colour and weathers to an attractive silver grey with time; of course you can preserve the redness by applying a preservative.
The roof covering on the mono pitched studios is EPDM rubber membrane; this is a very durable roof covering which comes with a manufacturer’s warranty of 20 years and a life expectancy in excess of 50 years. Pitched roof lodges feature aesthetically pleasing Cambrian slate which has all the character of natural slate but is made from 60% recycled welsh slate and will last a lifetime.
The interior of Green Studios are finished with a sustainable alternative to plasterboard made from 100% recycled material and a plaster skim, the walls and ceiling are painted matt white as standard using an organic, solvent free paint, so studios have the feel of a ‘proper’ room.
Studios are fully wired electrically utilising low energy lights as standard, which use 91% less electricity than an equivalent halogen lamp. All fittings are quality polished chrome and each studio has its own RCD consumer unit. You can have complete control of the interior and exterior lighting as the lighting system can be operated by remote control.
Doors and windows are aluminium finished in anthracite grey which offers a crisp contemporary contrast to the Western Red Cedar cladding. The aluminium doors and windows need little maintenance and are 100% recyclable at the end of their life.
Green Studios have addressed the issue of security within their studios and all doors have insurance approved multi point espagnolette locking systems, whilst all windows have key locks. Green Studios are also happy to work with the customer to integrate a burglar alarm system into the build.
If the standard specification is not impressive enough Green Studios offer a range of additional specification options such as increasing the wall thickness to 229mm, aluminium sliding, folding doors which open up the whole wall, custom New England style cladding, custom electrical systems and can even convert their studios into self contained granny flats.
All garden studios come with a 10 year CPA insurance backed guarantee but Green Studios expect their studios to last as long as your house.
Prices for a contemporary garden studio with offset doors and windows starts at £13,995 for a 3.8m x 2.5m model.
Visit the very informative Green Studios website for more information.