Kennedy Garden Retreats
Published: 21 November 2023
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Kennedy Garden Retreats have caught our eye with their range of modular garden rooms that can be personalised around each customer. Their Windsor design particularly stands out amidst contemporary garden room options, thanks to its unique exterior finishes and meticulous detailing.
At the premium end of the modular garden room market, Kennedy Garden Retreats’ designs combine durable external finishes for a long-lasting, low-maintenance solution while achieving a striking aesthetic.
As a recent entrant in the garden room sector, Kennedy Garden Retreats operates from West Sussex. Currently, they are undertaking projects within a 100-mile radius of their Hickstead headquarters but are open to travelling further for clients.
High-Spec Modular Garden Rooms
The Windsor garden room is a modular design, offering great flexibility in positioning doors and windows. It features an insulated steel framework at its core, providing robust support for the various material layers that form the core structure.
Externally, Kennedy Garden Retreats pair Anthracite Grey aluminium doors and windows with a highly durable composite cladding that is made with natural wood veneer and powder-coated aluminium cladding with a profile that has been manufactured in the UK uniquely for Kennedy Garden Retreats.
The composite wood cladding, made from real wood veneer encapsulated in resin, is dimensionally stable and maintenance-free, retaining its colour and appearance without the need for sanding or painting. A selection of colours is available, and the natural wood grain of each board adds a distinct character. In contrast to traditional timber claddings like Cedar and Larch, which age to a silvery grey, this composite material maintains its new look over time.
This wood veneer cladding, in its natural tones, is beautifully complemented by Anthracite Grey powder-coated aluminium cladding. This colour matches the door and window frames, creating a cohesive look. Kennedy Garden Retreats has uniquely designed this cladding profile, adding considerable style and character. The aluminium cladding, fixed horizontally on the side wall extending to the rear elevation, features deep panels with a narrow shadow gap, giving it a boxy appearance.
The careful detailing of the intersections of these finishes, as seen in the accompanying photos, underscores the sleek, modern aesthetic of these garden retreats.
Throughout the design process, the Kennedy Garden Retreats team collaborates with clients to tailor the garden room to their specific needs. This includes the potential addition of a kitchen area or cloakroom, and the flexibility to position windows and doors according to preferences, such as capturing a particular garden view or aligning with desk height.
Clients also have the choice of glass types for doors and windows and can opt for integrated blinds within the glazing. This feature is particularly convenient for controlling light and privacy, and because the blinds are sealed within the glazing units, they remain dust-free.
The standard interior finish for The Windsor is Birch plywood panelling, treated with a soft sheen lacquer that enriches the wood's grain and ensures it remains maintenance-free. This is complemented by slatted acoustic panelling on the ceiling, available in various finishes. As seen in this example, this combination creates a sophisticated and inviting interior ambience.
In this larger example of the Windsor garden room, the owners opted for a plastered and decorated internal finish, creating a crisp, contemporary space akin to a newly built house. This showcases Kennedy Garden Retreats’ commitment to creating an interior that matches the client's chosen aesthetic.
Kennedy Garden Retreats provides a comprehensive turnkey service, managing every project phase from the initial groundwork and foundation system installation to the final handover of the ready-to-use garden room. Detailed pricing for each project stage is available on their website.
Moreover, their sister landscaping company is available to enhance the surrounding area of the garden room if required, ensuring a seamless integration with your existing landscape.