We are fans of Scandinavian design and so were delighted to learn more about the work of Nordic Rooms, run by a Norwegian family here in the UK. With their garden rooms, Nordic Rooms have combined the clean lines of Scandinavian design with the proven timber frame building systems that 70% of Scandinavia is built with.
Most of the materials used in a Nordic Room are imported from Scandinavia, such as the structural timbers, timber windows and doors, the internal finishes and many other components. Each garden room is built to order, so nothing is pre-made and so lead times are around six weeks from order for the materials to be made and shipped over. The timber windows and doors, for instance, are imported from Denmark.
As we say each garden room is built to order and so the Nordic Rooms carpenters will cut your frame, plank by plank on-site which can overcome any access problems you might have. On-site build times are typically 2 to 3 weeks, but the timeframe is obviously dependent on the size and complexity of the building you choose.
Nordic Rooms are very well specified, here are the typical build-ups:
Walls – Outside wall to inside:
- 20mm larch cladding
- “Windtight” breather membrane and cold bridge
- 125mm stud C24
- Between stud 100mm Knauf wool and 12mm
- 6mm moisture membrane (super quilt)
- 12mm OSB board as bracing
- 11 mm Smartpanel (t&g painted MDF board)
Floor – Bottom to top:
- 18mm Bitumen board (breather membrane)
- 120mm C24 joists
- 100 Knauf woolcold bridge super quilt
- Cold bridge super quilt
- 22mm Cyberboard
- 3mm underlay
- 12mm laminate floor
Roof- Outside to inside:
- EPDM membrane
- 22mm Cyberboard
- 120mm C24 rafters
- 25mm Celotex
- 100mm Knauf woolcold bridge super quilt
- 11mm Smartpanel (t&g painted MDF board)
The Danish doors and windows are made to order and pre-painted in factory conditions in the customers choice of colour. Doors and windows are glazed with double glazed units that meet the regulations for Scandinavian residential use. All glazing comes with a 10-year warranty. Nordic Rooms have recently added the option of a Panoramic door-set which we are sure will look fantastic. They also offer the option of a high spec wooden bi-fold door system from Lacuna Doors.
Where UK Building Control approval is needed, for instance, if you plan to sleep in your garden room, Nordic Rooms will adapt their standard specification, in practice, this means adding a little more insulation.
Nordic Rooms offer Siberian Larch cladding as the exterior finish on their rooms rather than Western Red Cedar. They believe that the Siberian Larch is better suited to the wet UK climate – this is a fair argument.
Internally Nordic Rooms have a light and airy feel. The interior is finished in another Scandinavian product called Smartpanel which is a pre-painted MDF panel which comes in smooth or tongue & groove profiles. There is a wide palette of colours to choose from.
All Nordic Rooms are bespoke, and they will work closely with you to create your ideal layout and design. Their Permitted Development friendly rooms, i.e., 2.5m high garden rooms start at £15,000 including foundations and installation. Rooms are built on a first come first served basis with lead times being around six weeks and on-site times around two to three weeks.
All Nordic Rooms come with a 10 year warranty and the first year is covered by a free servicing agreement.
To learn more about the Scandinavian take on the garden room concept talk to the Nordic Rooms team 01932 343 228 or visit their website www.nordicroom.co.uk