As keen gardeners, The Garden Room Guide team headed to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, to see the latest in garden design and planting. While at the show we explored the garden rooms on show, one new design particularly caught our eye.
Tom Raffield Gwenver Garden Room
We review a lot of garden room designs each year for this site. All apart from a few rare exceptions are straight lined, square and rectangular shapes. We were therefore very excited to explore the Gwenver Garden Room by Tom Raffield, which features the most beautiful curved lines.
If you watch Grand Designs on TV, you may well remember Tom Raffield, as he and his wife built a contemporary house in Cornwall using steam-bent wood. Tom and his team have translated design elements used on his house for the garden room market, creating a garden room that really stands out from the crowd.
As standard, the Gwenver Garden Room comes in a 6m wide by 4m deep design. The building is 2.5m high so is Permitted Development friendly.
The front elevation is finished in steam bent oak which has been oiled to bring out the detail in each strip. Each length of wood has been specifically chosen, steam bent and fixed by hand. This handcrafted detailing has produced the most wonderful curves, which beautifully tapers down the wall.
The rear of the building has a sharply contrasting finish of dark grey corrugated metal. Although not present on the Chelsea show building, the garden room has a large set of grey aluminium bi-fold doors on the front elevation.
Talking of the front elevation, this has been positioned at an angle, creating a nice covered veranda where you could choose to add one of Tom’s hanging seats.
Internally, the curves continue, this time in white washed steamed ash. The exposed ceiling has also been whitewashed creating a room with a soft, welcoming feel. Contrasting black floorboards have been used on the floor.
The Gwenver Garden Room is fully insulated and pre-wired electrically with lighting and power points, so it would be ideal as a garden office or somewhere just to sit and retreat.
At £59,750 including VAT & delivery, plus installation costs if required, its a luxury option. We can see that this handcrafted range will quickly become a desirable choice at the top end of the market.
If you are heading to Chelsea, you will find this building in Ranelagh Gardens on stand 539. To learn more about the range speak to the Tom Raffield team on 01326 722725 or visit their website.
Stalwarts of the show were also on display
Another luxury garden room option on display at the Chelsea Flower Show are Crown Pavilions.
Crown Pavilions are known for their Cedar garden rooms. In previous years the buildings we have explored have had timber bi-fold doors, but this year their garden room design featured a large set of aluminium sliding doors, which we felt were equally beautiful and offered a more contemporary look.
You will find Crown Pavilions on stand 54. Otherwise, give the team a call on 01491 817 884 or visit their website.
Crane Garden Buildings are another firm who always have a big presence at the Chelsea Flower Show. Visitors were flocking into their traditional pitched roof garden room design with balustraded veranda along the front.
You will find Crane’s on stand 300. Take a look at their website for more information.
Finally, we don’t often feature Malvern Garden Buildings but were taken with their dark grey design. We are seeing more and more garden rooms being finished completely in dark grey or black – and we like them!
You will find Malvern on stand 287. Learn more about them on their website.