Published: 27 September 2023
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For those seeking a garden room that perfectly merges contemporary style with rustic detailing, look no further than Rustic Realities. While based in Buckinghamshire, their services also extend to Berkshire and Oxfordshire.
Rustic Realities adopts a genuinely bespoke approach to garden room design. Instead of presenting pre-designed ranges and a fixed palette of materials, the creative talent behind Rustic Realities, Lee Butterworth, personally engages with every client. He crafts buildings that suit their intended use and assists them in selecting the best materials for their project. As evident from the photos in this article, such attention to detail produces garden room designs that are truly distinctive.
However, Rustic Realities isn't solely about aesthetics; they're also committed to eco-conscious designs. All the timber they utilise is FSC certified, ensuring it's sourced sustainably. Their traditional timber framework is insulated with Thermafleece Cosywool, a product created from UK sheep's wool, which boasts a significantly lower carbon footprint than synthetic insulations like mineral wool or rigid PIR. Plus, any timber offcuts from their projects power a biomass boiler.
From Childhood Passion to Unique Garden Rooms
Lee's journey with wood began when, at eight, his father gifted him a toolset. This kindled a passion for carpentry, leading him to study the craft at college. Today, his design and technical skills shine through in the bespoke timber-framed garden rooms he creates.
Lee personally guides clients through every phase of their project. He conducts the initial design consultation and leads the on-site team, overseeing each build stage—from the core timber framework to the final touches—ensuring customers are left with a garden room that's immediately usable.
On-site build times vary between 2 and 6 weeks depending on the size and complexity of the project.
Your Design and Material Choices
As illustrated by the accompanying photos, no two Rustic Realities garden rooms are identical. This is attributed to Lee's commitment to tailoring each design to a client's specific needs and the available garden space.
Clients have the freedom to select materials for both the interior and exterior. Lee's expertise shines when blending contemporary materials like tongue & groove timber cladding with rustic options such as Western Red Cedar shingles. Both choices not only provide lasting protection but also contribute to the room's aesthetic appeal.
Inside, Rustic Realities can deliver sleek plastered finishes or a more distinctive touch, like combining plywood walls with a tongue & groove timber ceiling for a modern cabin vibe.
Following the preliminary discussions, Lee creates a 3D model of the proposed garden room. As we can see, the preliminary visualisation and the final result align closely.