This sizeable outdoor room has been designed as a family room away from the distractions of the main house. It has a practical twist too, as some valuable storage space has been incorporated into the design.
Ark Design Build created the bespoke design and supplied it on a turnkey basis. The Ark team handled the whole project from installing the foundations through to the final electrical connection. This allows their clients to sit back and watch their building take shape.
This is a large family room at 7.2m wide by 3.6m deep. The key feature of the design is the corner of floor to ceiling glazing. This comprises of a set of sliding doors and fixed glazed panels. This amount of glazing floods a garden room with natural light and creates a wonderful connection with the garden.
The roof extends beyond the glazed corner creating a nice porch detail. Exterior grade LED downlights have been recessed into the roof canopy which will shine a curtain of light in front of the glazing.
Discreet storage room
It is becoming more and more popular to incorporate some discreet storage into an outdoor room. In this case, a bijou 2m x 2.1m storage area has been created. The storage area has been positioned in one corner of the family room and is accessed by a 'secret' door on the front elevation. The door has been matched in with the Cedar cladding so that it doesn't shout out as being there.
Composite deck shaped around a tree
The building has been installed around an established tree. The composite deck has been shaped around it. It is not unusual for garden rooms to be built around trees. A site visit is essential in such cases, as the tree needs to be assessed, and the designer needs to work out the right foundation for the job. One that does not compromise the roots of the tree or the structural integrity of the building.
The light grey composite decking has created a welcoming step in front of the doors and as it wraps around the corner, there is space for a couple of chairs.
The decking has been shaped around the tree trunk. Again, thought has to be given when doing this, as you need to leave gaps for the tree to breathe and grow.
Ark Design/Build specialises in bespoke garden room projects in Kent and the South East.