So, you want to extend your living space, do you buy a conservatory or a garden room? This Guest Post looks at the differences.
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We know many readers of this guide are looking for a garden room that is actually attached to the house as proper extension, and you need look no further than Oliver James Garden Rooms.
Many people are tempted with a conservatory when looking to add extra space to their home as they can appear cost effective compared with traditional extensions, but there is another way as eDen Garden Rooms explain
We’ve tried in the past to explain how the garden room companies can also build striking home extensions and these stunning photos by Aberdeen based Dab Den just prove our point.
We have said many times before on this site that a fully insulated garden room is the modern alternative to a conservatory or traditional brick built extension, so we are delighted to showcase this recent project by Executive Garden Rooms.
Following our look at garden room extensions we were excited to learn of this ambitious garden room extension project by Atelier. Atelier have used the template of their popular garden studio design as template for two extensions on same property
Atelier is currently undertaking an ambitious home extension project in West Sussex, using the design for their gorgeous, curved, garden studios as a template.
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The project will see the construction of three separate extensions, two of which will be adaptations of Atelier’s garden studios. The third extension will be a bespoke, glass and aluminium conservatory by Atelier’s sister company, Apropos.
As the mock-up images of the project indicate, once completed the extensions promise to be stunning.
Both Atelier extensions will be located at either end of the property, with the Apropos structure adding to the magnificent design by forming an extension between the other two.
Atelier’s Ashleigh Barnes, says:[quote]This is one of Atelier’s most ambitious and exciting projects to date. We are experienced in adapting our garden studios for home extensions; but to have two bespoke extensions on one property – coupled with an Apropos extension as well – has required extensive logistical preparation, and a staged approach to the extension work. Nonetheless, preparations are now complete and we are really eager to see the fabulous visualisations become a reality.”[/quote]
The extension work is to be undertaken in stages, and will be completed by December, The Garden Room Guide will keep you posted on developments on this exciting garden room project – we don’t cease to be amazed by the versatility of garden room designs.
For more information about Atelier garden room extensions or their standalone garden studios visit www.atelierzone.com
Following our article yesterday about garden rooms making perfect home extensions, let’s take a look at a project undertaken by The Home Office Company.
The Home Office Company were approached by a customer whose husband is in a wheelchair and needed additional space with easy access from the house into the garden, they had considered a conservatory but didn’t want the volume of glass that a conservatory creates and were concerned about the problem of overheating in summer and being too cold in winter which can occur with a conservatory.
The customer wanted the long edge of the garden room against the gable end of the house rather than the more obvious way of having the garden room gable end on; this created a few potential problems with brickwork and downpipes.
The Home Office Company have adapted one of their standard modular designs to meet the customer’s requirements, the garden room has a solid insulated roof meaning the garden room will not be too warm in summer or too cold in winter. The Home Office Company’s modular design means that windows and solid wall panels can be placed wherever the customer wants, in this case floor to ceiling windows create unobstructed views of the garden for the gentleman of the house who is in a wheelchair. The building is finished in a white powder coating to match the white paintwork of the house and the UPVC windows. The positioning of the garden room length ways gives easy access from the house into the garden room and the outward opening double doors make getting out into the garden straightforward. The Home Office Company are one of the longest established garden room companies and they used their experience and knowledge of their product to overcome the problems with brickwork and guttering downpipes with ease.
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The Home Office Company’s garden rooms offer a real alternative to a conservatory or other type of home extension, we can see that positioned gable end on this design of garden room would make a striking kitchen / diner extension, but the possible uses are endless.
On a different note it’s nice to see in these pictures that The Home Office Company team keep a tidy site whilst installing their buildings!
Contact The Home Office Company for more information and benefit from the special offer they give to The Garden Room Guide readers.
We feature a lot of standalone garden rooms on The Garden Room Guide but we’re not sure that all readers are aware that many garden room designs can be adapted and attached to the house to form a traditional house extension.
Well they can, and they are a real alternative to a conservatory or traditional brick built extension, they also offer many benefits over other types of construction in that they are highly insulated, and because of their offsite construction are extremely quick to install – a whole project can be completed in weeks.
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There are more formal regulations for using a garden room as an extension than the standalone version – it will have to undergo building regulation certification and in most cases will require planning permission, but don’t be put off you would need to comply with building regs and planning permission for a brick built extension too!
Okay, it’s not quite as simple as removing one wall from a standard garden room design and plonking it next to the house, but many garden room designers will be able to adapt their designs or design you a one off garden room fit for the site.
Garden rooms are largely constructed off site in factory controlled conditions meaning a precision built, high quality product is delivered to site, the modular design means that the shell of the garden room can be installed in a matter of hours and the room finished and ready to use in a week or so – what other high quality building system can claim that?!
Homeowners thinking of adding an extension today, have a wishlist of desirable design features such as bi-fold doors, slick lighting systems and under floor heating – these features come as standard on many garden rooms and are options on others, a garden room extension is a modern building method packed with designer features.
Garden rooms are built using timber frames or structural insulated panels, these are highly insulated construction methods, many garden rooms exceed the building regulation u-values for new buildings – as standard meaning a garden room extension will probably be the best insulated room in your house. Because of all this insulation a garden room extension will be comfortable to use all year round, you won’t experience the problems you can face with a conservatory of it being too hot in summer and too cold to use in winter.
So, if you are looking to extend your kitchen into the garden, add a modern airy playroom or a home office give serious thought to a garden room extension. We’ll be featuring garden room suppliers who have added garden rooms to houses over the next few days, but if you like a particular style of standalone garden room its always worth asking if they would install it as an extension to your house, see our directory for supplier contact details.
A high quality, quick, clean and cost effective way of adding a home extension has arrived – join the revolution!