Light-filled garden pottery studio
Published: 24 March 2023
Garden rooms have long been popular as creative spaces, as they can be tailored around the unique requirements of the artist. Doors, windows and skylights can be positioned to create a naturally light workspace and offer views of the garden beyond, which can spark creativity.
A well-specified garden room is a multi-layer structure built using the same materials and techniques as a timber-framed house. This creates a highly-insulated space that will be comfortable to work in all year round and you can be assured that your materials will be stored in tip top condition.
This home pottery studio is by Garden2Office. It is a customised version of their Malmö range. The Malmö has a dual-pitched roofline, creating a vaulted ceiling inside the room. As we can see in this video tour, this creates a lovely space to work, with room for a kiln and sink.
Garden2Office happily work with each client to create a layout that fits their requirements and include features and materials that complement the building style they want to create. In this case, their clients wanted to add a room that could be used for storage today but with the possibility of it becoming a shower room in the future.
Unlike some garden room companies that only offer a standard electrical package with switches in fixed positions, Garden2Office are able to tailor the electrical specification to your requirements. With this pottery studio, the clients gave the Garden2Office team a detailed plan for the positioning of task and mood lighting and sourced designer lighting and switches for the studio that the Garden2Office team to fitted.
Planning approval influenced the design
While a garden pottery studio can be built under the Permitted Development rules in many cases, this project required Planning Approval. The site is in a built-up part of East London. Garden2Office submitted a design with an asymmetrical pitched roofline. This is where the ridge is positioned off-centre, lowering the overall height of the roof. A skylight window was placed in the side of the roof facing away from the surrounding houses.
The Garden2Office team also dug down in the garden so that the overall height of the building was lower than it would have been.
This project showcases how an experienced garden room designer, like Garden2Office can tweak a design to accommodate the wishes of the Local Authority Planning Department without compromising on their clients vision.
This garden pottery studio was designed with an eye to the future. The storage room has been designed and finished in a way that it can easily be converted into a shower room in the future.
What is the storage room today has been lined with water resistant boards and has been fitted with an electrical feed and extractor fan in readiness for a conversion to a shower room.
Mix of exterior finishes
We are loving the exterior finish of this pottery studio. We can see it will look really smart once the garden is planted up, with the natural greens of planting being offset by the white walls. The palm in this carousel of photos gives us a flavour of how good this will look.
The batten and board look has been created with marine plywood and treated battens. Thin framed bi-fold doors will fold back to create a lovely connection between indoor and outdoor spaces. The doors are a custom RAL colour.
The boundary facing walls have been clad in a fire-resistant cladding. These boards are a long lasting and maintenance free so are an ideal choice for difficult to access elevations.