Home gym and office annexe
Published: 9 September 2023
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This bespoke home gym and office building is different to many of the other examples we have shared because it was designed and built to a Building Regulation compliant specification that we commonly see in living annexe projects. Ark Design Build handle the approval process as part of their turnkey service. In this case, this also included obtaining planning approval.
While designed primarily as a home gym and office, the 42sqm L-shaped building—comprising two main rooms, a kitchen, and a shower room—offers versatile future use, including potential sleeping accommodation.
Ark Design Build is dedicated to bespoke designs, tailoring each project to the client's needs. In this instance, they incorporated a tiled roof, meeting extensive Building Control requirements, including load-testing ground screw foundations. This entire process was managed by Ark Design Build, as part of their comprehensive turnkey service. Their primary focus is on projects in Kent and its surrounding areas.
Home Gym with Vaulted Ceiling
The building’s pitched roofline allows for vaulted ceilings in both the gym and the office, offering a spacious feel. The interior boasts sleek finishes, modern laminate flooring, and wide aluminium bi-fold doors, ensuring a lovely connection between indoor and outdoor spaces. The elevated ceiling proves advantageous for gym equipment usage.
Ark Design Build customises the electrical specification around each client. This gym, for instance, features air conditioning, an integrated speaker system, and hardwired data cabling, perfect for streaming tv and music and online classes.
Office Overlooking the Garden
The smaller room, designated as the office, boasts splendid garden views courtesy of its bespoke window configuration. A combination of casement windows at desk height and a glazed gable end above ensures a bright workspace.
Similar to the gym, this office space is equipped with an air conditioning unit. Ample double power sockets are strategically positioned throughout. Recessed downlights have been embedded in the vaulted ceiling.
Unlike many of their competitors, Ark Design Build handle the final electrical connection between the annexe and the main house as part of their turnkey service. This means as the Ark team leaves the site your new room/s are fully commissioned and ready to use.
Durable, Stylish Exterior
Ark Design Build’s exterior design marries form with function. Walls wear Western Red Cedar cladding with a pronounced shadow gap profile, and a Millboard deck, boasting integrated steps, ushers one to the entrances. Millboard, a premium composite board, stands out with its lovely grain pattern.