In many cases, a garden studio needs to be a bespoke size to maximise the space available. Sanctum Garden Studios created this quirky 3m x 4.65m studio so that it could fit snuggly within the three boundaries.
We reported a few weeks ago that Homelodge was launching its new range of garden rooms at Grand Designs Live, and we are pleased to announce that it met with popular approval from the Garden Designs visitors.
As we can see from these photos taken at Grand Designs Live it’s a striking garden room, furnished to show that garden rooms are ‘proper’ rooms not just glorified sheds or summerhouses!
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Homelodge are one of the original garden room companies, in fact they are celebrating their 25th anniversary this year and it is exciting to see how they continue to develop their garden room ranges.
Over the years Homelodge have developed a tried and tested building method which has attained Building Regulation System Type Approval which should offer you, the customer the peace of mind that Homelodge garden rooms are built to the highest standards, standards set out for housing construction.
With its mono pitch roof the new Homelodge Studio has a contemporary feel and at a starting height of 2.5m is planning permission friendly. In a market full of contemporary cedar clad garden rooms it’s refreshing to see that Homelodge have chosen a painted finish for the Studio range, the subtle pallet will look striking in both a country and urban garden and tone wonderfully with the flora in your garden.
Homelodge offer a free, no obligation site survey which gives them the chance to assess the site and work with you to create a garden room that meets your requirements.
As we mentioned earlier the Homelodge construction method has been approved to Building Regulation standards and comprises of:[unordered_list style="tick"]
- Floor construction – Closed panel construction comprising 18mm moisture resistant tongue and grooved chipboard flooring – on timber joists (size dependant on width) – 6mm exterior grade plywood soffit – insulation in floor cavity. Floors are suspended on metal shoes which bear onto concrete padstones set into the ground.
- Wall construction – Closed panel construction comprising 14mm exterior grade plywood – 38 x 89mm studs – 6mm plywood decorated with a resilient wall covering and finished with emulsionpaint – 80mm rockwool insulation in cavity – stained softwood casement windows fitted with weather strip and lockable fasteners – double glazed doors and windows, toughened glass fitted to lower door window.
- Roof – Closed panel construction comprising of *Alwitra Evalon-V (Vet Type) polymeric membrane with integral polyester fleece backing as main field sheet and unbacked Evalon for all detailed work bonded onto 12mm ply – rafters (size dependant on width) with Kingspan TP10 insulation in the cavity finished internally with plasterboard painted to a colour of your choice.
- Miscellaneous items – Skirting – pelmet – pre-hung door complete with furniture and a five lever mortise lock. All necessary fixings.
- Finishes – All external timbers are treated with preservative. All external timbers and plywood, windows and doors are treated with two coats of wood stain or microporous paint.
*Alwitra Evalon-V has a 20 year guarantee
The Studio 2.8 which has an internal footprint of 2850mm x 2750mm costs £7,484 plus VAT whilst the Studio 5.1 with its internal footprint 2760mm x 5136mm costs £11,791 plus VAT, The only other cost would be for groundwork’s (foundations and connection of electricity via trench from the house) which would be approx £500 (very site dependant).
For more information about this new range, visit the Homelodge website
To help you choose the right garden studio for your needs we have put together a few key questions you should ask before buying.
What choice do you have over the studios layout? You may well be happy with the standard design of garden studio you see in the brochure but do you have any choice in the positioning of doors and windows, the type of roof covering used, the finish on the floor or choice of paint colour? If you are buying a garden studio that is built to order you should have some flexibility on the final layout and finish but be prepared that any changes to the standard specification will have an impact on the price.
How well is the garden studio insulated? Different suppliers use different construction methods and different types of insulation so how can you compare how well insulated a garden studio is? The key is the u-value, quality garden studio suppliers can tell you the u-value of their floors, walls and roof, the lower the figures the better performing the garden studio will be. U-values are measured in W/(m²K), figures below 0.2 W/(m²K) are considered good.
Where does the timber used in your garden studio come from? This is an important question, your supplier should be able to prove that they use timber from certified, renewable sources such as FSC or PEFC certified forests. Don’t be fobbed off!
Are there any hidden costs? Some suppliers include the garden studio foundation in their prices, others don’t so check out before you order. Another extra cost is the connection of the garden studio electrics to the mains supply. If you need to apply for planning permission for your garden studio, your supplier should be able to supply you with drawings and specifications, but check to see if they charge extra for this service.
What is the garden studio lead time? Ask this early on to save disappointment, some suppliers will have studios ready to go, and the time from order to installation may just be a few weeks, whilst other suppliers will build your garden studio to order and may have a waiting list. Twelve weeks is the maximum you would expect to wait from order to installation.
How is the garden studio delivered? Some suppliers will deliver a garden studio fully finished and crane it into place, other garden studios will arrive in manageable panels that go together quickly and some companies will have all the materials delivered to site and build the studio from scratch on site.
How long will the studio take to install? Onsite times can vary from supplier to supplier, some companies can fully install a garden studio in one day, other suppliers may only have one or two workers on site and installation can take several weeks.
What are the payment terms? It is common place for garden studio suppliers to ask for 50% of the price as a deposit, 45% before delivery of the office and 5% on completion of the job. This is a good system as it allows you to hold back some of the money until the job has been competed to your satisfaction. If you have to pay a deposit whist waiting for planning permission check to see if this is refundable if planning permission is declined.
Does the garden studio come with a NICEIC certificate? It’s important that any electrics are installed to building regulation standards and they should only be installed by a qualified electrician. Garden studio electrics installed by a registered electrician will come with a NICEIC certificate.
What warranty does your garden studio have? Most reputable garden studio suppliers will offer a guarantee with their buildings and you should expect to have a warranty of five years if not ten included in the price of your studio. Ask if the warranty is insurance approved as this offers you greater assurance than a suppliers own warranty in the event of the supplier going out of business.
When thinking about the design of your garden room give some consideration to the space around it. A decked area outside a garden room can help the building connect with the garden and increase the garden room’s living space.
There is a choice of decking materials available:
Western Red Cedar
One of the most popular decking materials is Western Red Cedar. Cedar is a popular choice for decking as its natural oils mean it has a high resistance to insect and fungal attack; it also weathers well without the need for chemical preservatives. Cedar is a dimensionally stable wood, so there is minimal shrinkage and boards stay straight. Cedar decking should be fixed with stainless steel fittings.
Durawood ® is another durable decking material, Southern Yellow Pine is kiln dried and then impregnated with wax and dried again, and this creates a dimensionally stable timber. Grown in the USA from Texas to Virginia Southern Yellow Pine is one of the most durable pines and as such is ideal as a decking material, it has a distinctive grain pattern and is a honey colour. If pressure treated Southern Yellow Pine will have a long life in British climates.
If you are looking for a deck with a rich deep colour and is durable and resistant to decay, then you should consider a hardwood. However you should consider the environment when specifying a hardwood, but one environmentally responsible hardwood is Ipe. Ipe is extremely strong, it’s thought to be 3 times stronger than oak, and is durable to decay and insect attack. Ipe is a dark brown, green colour and has a distinctive odour.
An environmentally friendly option is Ecodeck which is made from 95% recycled products and is 100% recyclable at the end of its life. Ecodeck is made from reclaimed hardwood fibres and a polymer from recycled milk cartons. Extremely durable it requires no maintenance other than an annual clean; it is as attractive as hardwood and can be cut and sanded like it. Ecodeck is dimensionally stable and wont rot, warp or split.
Most garden room suppliers will be able to advise you on adding a deck outside your garden room.
For more information on Cedar, Durawood ® and Ipe decking check out www.decksupply.co.uk
For more information on Ecodeck visit www.ecodeck.co.uk
Sanctum Garden Studios build modern, contemporary studios which would be a fine feature in any garden.
Sanctum Garden Studios have designed their buildings to be maintenance free, this is achieved by choosing high performance materials such as western red cedar for the external cladding, EPDM rubber membrane for the roof and vinyl wrapped UPVC doors and windows.
The garden studios have their own foundation system of mini piles and pre formed ground beams, so other than removing vegetation from the site, no groundwork’s are required before construction starts.
Sanctum Garden Studios use a traditional timber frame system, creating a sandwich of timber, insulation and protective membranes – the wall panels are typically 175mm thick. The framework is highly insulated, between the studwork mineral wool batts are fixed, this type of insulation protects the building from heat loss by convection, over the mineral wool a combined vapour barrier and multi layer reflective foil is fixed, this prevents heat loss by radiation, and it also prevents the garden studio becoming too hot in the summer months.
The garden studios are clad in western red cedar which is one of the best thermally performing timbers available; it also has a natural resistance to moisture and fungal and insect attack. Western red cedar starts out a reddish brown colour but will weather to a silver grey with time.
The garden studios have a modern white interior and commercial grade laminate flooring. The garden studios are pre wired electrically and come with a consumer unit and brushed steel sockets, switches and spotlights.
The flat roof is covered in EPDM rubber membrane; this is a high performance roof covering with a life expectancy in excess of 50 years.
The French doors and windows are black foil wrapped UPVC so no painting is ever needed! The doors and windows have insurance approved multi point locks with chrome fittings as standard, and are glazed with Low E glazed units which are toughened for safety.
Sanctum Garden Studios offer a range of optional extras including double glazed units with built in blinds, folding sliding doors, additional windows, external lighting, air conditioning and under floor hearting.
On site time is as little as a day for small studios, whilst larger garden studios can be completed in four days. Sanctum Garden Studios use their own construction team rather than sub contractors, and all the customer needs to do is instruct an electrician to connect the garden studio to the mains electricity supply.
Prices range from £6,550 for a 1.8m x 2.4m garden studio to £16,850 for a 3.6m x 6m garden studio – these prices are fully inclusive, the only extra is the connection of the electricity to the mains.
So if you are looking for a garden sanctuary, visit the Sanctum Garden Studios website .
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We’ve all heard about work life balance, when the time we spend at work outweighs the time we spend at home with our family. On top of the hours we work there is the time spent travelling to and fro work – installing a garden room is an easy way to readdress the work life balance.
Many of us are able to spend at least part of the week working from home and garden room offers a designated professional space in which to work, the added bonus is that the commute is less than five minutes down the garden path and what’s more you can pop home from lunch!
A garden room offers a dedicated working space away from the distractions of the main house and you still have the feeling of going out to work. Garden rooms are designed to provide comfortable year-round use and come pre-wired so it’s just a case of plugging in your computer and starting to work.
A garden room can make work and home life perfectly balanced.
Garden rooms come in two main categories, traditional or contemporary design, which you choose is entirely dependent on taste.
Traditional style garden rooms have pitched gable, or hipped roofs and details like verandas with balustrade. Traditional garden rooms often have wooden casement windows and French doors.
Contemporary garden rooms on the other hand have much crisper lines and single pitch or flat roofs. Contemporary garden rooms have large expanses of glass and often walls of folding doors, which fold back to create a flowing indoor outdoor space. Doors and windows are often made of aluminium or UPVC which continues the modern feel.
Whilst traditional garden rooms have roof coverings like cedar shingles or clay tiles contemporary garden rooms have modern roof coverings like EPDM rubber and sedum roofs.
When it comes to external cladding a contemporary garden room is often finished with cedar tongue and groove cladding which starts off a reddish brown but with time weathers to a silver grey colour. Traditional garden rooms on the other hand are often finished with shiplap or tapered weatherboard and are often painted.
When you go inside the garden room, contemporary rooms are normally finished with plasterboard and a skim of plaster this gives a crisp finish and the feel of a room in the house. Traditional designs can also have plastered interiors although some companies line their rooms with wood panelling either in the form of vertical tongue and groove boards which once painted gives a soft shaker style finish or plywood lining which can also be painted.
Whether your taste is the traditional or contemporary design a garden room is a versatile addition to your home.