This garden home from in.it.studios is one of the most exciting garden room projects we’ve seen – a granny annex for the 21st Century.
in.it.studios have sent through this great Christmas scene, we would like to join them in wishing all our readers a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year – will it feature a garden room…?!
Many people are looking for self contained guest houses in their gardens and this is a beautiful example by in.it.studios. The garden studio includes a fitted kitchen, bathroom and large decking area
This build by in.it.studios slots well into the existing garden, the design makes full use of the space available
We recently looked at garden rooms as self contained living accommodation and thought we would continue this series with this guest post by in.it.studios:
Families grow, jobs change and hobbies come and go. With the ever-changing demands of life, everyone wants a bigger home, but nobody wants the stress of moving, often taking years to feel at home again. Planning a renovation or extension can be equally as stressful, with the procedure often being chaotic and invasive, therefore having a huge impact on your day-to-day life.
With the current economic climate more and more people are choosing to invest in contemporary garden rooms or annexes to find that much sought after extra space. Whether it’s an office to divide your working and home life, a family room to enjoy with your loved ones or just that extra space you desperately need, in.it.studios could have the solution for you.
With this in mind, deciding on a garden room is a smart and cost-effective way to increase your living or working space, and for that reason it is becoming more and more common. Looking at the current trends in the UK we have found that Granny Annexes are making a resurgence back into the market and more people are choosing to invest in them. Due to this rise in popularity we at in.it.studios believe we have designed the perfect granny annexe for you.
This is an example of a project we are currently working on, the studio’s primary use will be a granny annexe situated in close proximity to the main house. It will house the client’s elderly parents whilst also doubling up as a guest house when they have friends of family over. For this reason the client has opted for 2 bedrooms, 2 separate bathrooms and an open plan living area with a kitchenette
As aesthetics and functionality play a crucial role in our garden studios, we have designed this studio with both in mind. The external door to the living room is not a typical single opening door. Instead the use of a bi-folding door means the whole elevation of the granny annexe can be folded to one side allowing the internal and external spaces to mix. These bi-folding doors are designed to fold back and tuck under the Accoya cantilevered overhang, giving the doors a hidden appearance when opened. The decking area can be extended or reduced depending on personal preference and space available, this particular client has gone for a 2.6m decking space spanning the width of the granny annexe. Another of our design feature which is incorporated into this studio is each bedroom having two floor-to-ceiling windows allowing adequate sunlight into the room whilst keeping to the open contemporary feel.
All of our garden rooms are manufactured in our factory in Leicestershire UK and once delivered; our experienced team of foremen construct and install the build in 2-4 weeks with minimal disruption to yourself or the main house. What’s more, thanks to our sister company Bark Joinery, all elements of the granny annexe is built in-house ensuring the highest level of quality is maintained throughout the build. What’s more thanks to our joinery arm our garden rooms can be customised and tailor-made to your individual requirements. Bespoke extras such as WC’s, shower Units, cupboards, and kitchenettes can all be custom-made to suit any size, taste and preference. Additional outdoor decking/bbq areas ensure you can use the garden room or annex for almost any purpose, and at any time of the year thanks to our excellent insulation and thermal retention properties.
To enquire about your granny annexe or any of our other garden rooms call us to on 0800 011 2373 or alternatively visit us at www.initstudios.co.uk.
We talk to the team behind in.it.studios about their range of garden offices:
What is your most popular garden office design?
To date, we have not completed two identical garden offices. Each studio we design is fully bespoke and tailor-made to our client’s requirements.
Why does your design make the perfect garden office, how have you made it user friendly?
Our studios are fully customisable therefore designed and manufactured to the client’s individual needs; a kitchenette, tea/coffee making facility and an extended decking area are just a few of our user-friendly options to ensure our client the most enjoyable working environment.
How do your garden offices comply with Planning Permission?
All our studios meet the latest building regulations for dwellings, and if you’re looking for a standalone studio, it is likely that you won’t require planning permission due to permitted development rights. However if you do, we will manage the whole process for you. We have never been refused planning in the past.
What size garden office do you recommend for one worker to work comfortably?
A 3.0m x 2.7m is a comfortable size for one person, however in the past most of our clients have opted for a larger studio to double up as a mixed use room or to accommodate for extras such as WC’s or additional storage.
And for two workers what size garden office do you suggest?
A 4m x 2.7m would comfortably sit 2 people but again see above
Are the foundations included in the price, if so what type?
They are included in all of our quotes. Our preferred choice is the use of concrete plinths which are far more economical and eco-friendly using 95% less concrete than a typical slab.
Are your garden offices suitable for year round use? What type of insulation do you use? How thick are your walls?
The walls are 215mm thick. Rigid foam insulation boards added to thermo-reflective foil protected membranes ensure warmth all year round.
What is the exterior cladding on your garden offices?
Western Red Cedar. It has good thermal insulation properties and a great natural ability to dampen sound vibrations. We also use Accoya for our cantilevered roof design.
What is the roof covering?
We fit an EPDM rubber roof as standard, however you can upgrade to our green sedum roof – a functional yet aesthetic material. This has been very popular with previous clients.
What is the interior lining and floor covering?
We use an oak flooring in our studios, with the typical interior lining being Latvian Birch Ply.
How many electrical sockets do you include as standard?
Unlike other companies we don’t have a set number or limit. If the client requires more, we will simply supply more.
What sort of lighting do you use in your offices, why have you chosen this type?
Typically we use fire-rated directional down-lighters with a satin chrome finish to match the fixtures and fittings. However other lighting can be incorporated if required. We also fit motion sensing detectors around the exterior, not only for security but for convenience when approaching the studio at night.
Do you include heating in your garden office as standard, if so what type?
We include an electric heater as standard, which can be thermostatically controlled to maintain an optimum temperature.
Broadband and telephone are important in a garden office, how do buyers get these to the office?
As standard, our garden studios come with a range of services. Other services ranging from internet connections, phone lines, TV points, and outdoor power sockets can all be arranged if required.
What optional extras would you recommend to create the perfect office setup?
Cupboard / Shelving for additional storage
WC’s and Shower Units
Tea/Coffee making facilities
Extra decking with planters, barbecue area and outdoor seating.
Extra floor to ceiling double glazed windows
What is the lead time on your garden offices?
As long as planning permission is not required, about 2-6 weeks, depending on the size of the project and location as we also deliver to mainland Europe.
What is the typical on site build time?
Typically between 2-4 weeks depending on the size of the project.
How much does a typical one person office cost?
Our prices start at £9,995 for a 3.5m x 2.7m office. Includes VAT and delivery + installation to mainland UK.
How much does a typical two person office cost?
Our prices start at £11,995 for a 4.2m x 2.7m office. Includes VAT and delivery + installation to mainland UK.
Are there any hidden extras? (planning fees, electrical hookup etc)
There are no hidden extras on our standard builds, however if planning or excessive groundwork is required there will be a small additional fee.
What is the lifespan of your garden offices, is there any ongoing maintenance?
Our studios are built to last as long as a typical timber-frame house. This combined with the high quality materials and specifications we use mean they do not require on-going maintenance.
What guarantees come with the office, are they free?
Yes, our studios are guaranteed for 5 years as standard, with the roof being guaranteed for 15 years.
If you could give a buyer one piece of advice about buying a garden office, what would it be?
Consider an in.it.office and you won’t regret it.
Interesting read, want to learn more? Well have a chat with the in.it.studios team on 0800 0112373 or visit their website www.initstudios.co.uk
In our opinion the conservatory has had its day, the garden room / studio is the future in terms of adding an extra room to your house as in.it.studios explain:
For years now the conservatory has been a favourite with the British folk. It is recognised to be an affordable and desirable solution to acquire extra living space for your home, whilst simultaneously bringing the warmth of the outdoors in.
Through market research, previous experience and liaising with conservatory owners, here are some of the recurring problems that have been associated with them:
- During spring and summer months they tend to overheat and are too warm to enjoy, particularly south-facing ones.
- They are expensive to heat in the colder months. particularly north-facing.
- The inability to watch TV or use your PC during the daytime due to brightness and glare.
- With the roofs being pitched, blinds are often hard to access, with motorised ones working out expensive.
- They often look outdated as more and more people are drifting away from traditional living spaces, and wanting modern and contemporary rooms.
We at in.it.studios believe our garden studios can give you a sustainable, contemporary and affordable solution to all of these problems, so you can enjoy your new living space the way you should…hassle and worry free. We believe that conservatories are soon to be replaced by the ever growing contemporary garden rooms market with more and more people choosing to invest in them.
And here are the main reasons why they are beginning to out-favour their conservatory counterparts:
- Depending on spec they are approximately the same price as a conservatory.
- They are eye-catching, modern and contemporary fitting in with today’s trends and demands.
- Built with sustainability and eco-living at the forefront of their design.
- They can relocate with you.
- Our studios come with insulated panels, floors and ceilings, just as would expect with a brick-built extension – ensuring comfortable living temperatures all year round. (u-values)
- Little roof maintenance, especially with our popular Green Sedum Roofing.
- Large bi-folding doors allow a whole elevation of the studio to open, allowing the internal and external spaces to mix.
- They have no problems with computer monitors or TV’s just like a living room or office should be.
- Extended decking to enjoy the weather.
Garden studios can be used for almost any purpose, even as multi purpose rooms. Although our studios are delivered prefabricated and installed on site in little time, our flexibility in bespoke design has allowed us to design and manufacture living spaces almost any shape and size, useable for any requirement. Here is a list of what client’s have approached us for in the past.
- Games Room
- Living / Dining Room
- Home Cinema Room
- Art Studio
- Recording Studio
- Fitness Centre / Sauna / Steam Room
- Pool house.
- Study / Office
I’m interested in.it, what now?
If you like what you see or want to enquire about a project you have in mind either email us at [email protected]nitstudios.co.uk or alternatively give us a call on 0116 319 8043 and we will happily discuss your requirements or answer any questions you may have.
We really like this interesting and topical guest post from contemporary garden studio designers in.it.studios
There is an on-going discussion within the construction industry between traditional brick + block houses and Timber-Frame Houses and which style is more advantageous. Here I aim to summarise the key points in favour of timber-frame builds.
So, Why Timber-Frame?
Timber-Frame buildings have been around for years, and in certain parts of the world they have become the norm, with an estimated 70% of the world’s population from developed countries being housed in them. In U.S.A and Canada it has been reported that timber-frame housing accounts for as high as 90% of the housing.
In the UK these figures are lower than the worldwide averages (~24.4%) however it is currently the fastest growing method of construction in the UK. Whether it is a garden building, commercial project, extension or home here we outline the main reasons behind this:
- Timber is one of the most sustainable and green building components. It is the only truly renewable building resources, with our timber being sourced from accredited schemes such as PEFC and FSC.
- Timber-frame buildings have a higher suitability to colder climates, such as the UK’s. They are more energy-efficient than other construction materials providing a comfortable temperature year-round and saving money on further insulation and heating costs.
- One of the main reasons for the vast difference between North American and British percentages above is the availability of the resources, and how this dictates the local architecture (vernacular architecture). For instance North America has space for forestry, where as here in the UK the traditional building materials have been concrete and cement, do to the availability materials such as stone, granite, clay. Nowadays, due to cheap international shipping and importing at a high the price of timber-frame builds actually prove a more cost-effective solution than their brick counterparts. Another reason is the progress in constructional technology. Various membranes, wood preservatives and treatments as well as a host of other advances have helped re-emerge timber-frame buildings back into the UK market.
- On average timber-frame builds take 20% less construction time, than their brick counterparts, saving on labouring costs and causing less disruption to the local area.
- A timber-frame build, like an in.it.studio can be weather-tight in as little as 4 days.
- Contrary to popular belief, Timber performs well in Fire tests and unlike other forms of construction i.e. steel, does not bend or flake at high temperatures.
- Finally… They look great!
“The audience is always biggest when we have a timber building” says the presenter, Kevin McCloud (Grand Designs)
“Timber frame construction is contributing to the drive to provide people with good, modern homes of proven sustainability and efficient construction. It also serves my Government’s aims of reducing CO2 emissions.” Rt Hon Nick Raynsford MP Minister
For information on contemporary sustainable timber-frame builds which can be used for a variety of purposes ranging from (guest) homes, extensions, garden rooms and commercial properties visit in.it.studios at www.initstudios.co.uk
 – Figures from UKTFA.
Today we spend 5 minutes with in.it.studios and ask them questions about their contemporary garden studios:
What makes your company / garden rooms unique?
At in.it.studios we are unique in that we have experience in both manufacturing and architectural design through our two companies (in.it.studios + Bark Joinery). Working in parallel between the two has allowed us to create and deliver a unique product that is at the forefront of contemporary garden building design.
Be it a new home, annex, garden room, extension, office, gym or pool house, here at in.it.studios our studio can be custom-built to your needs with almost endless possibilities.
Unlike our competitors, at in.it.studios we have an experienced team of designers working alongside skilled craftsmen and joiners who manufacture all the components for our builds in-house including bi-folding doors, windows and even bespoke furniture. The prefabrication is carried out in our factory in Leicestershire, UK and delivered and constructed to a site anywhere in Europe. Our average build time is typically between 2-4 weeks depending on the size of the project.
What features of your garden rooms are you most proud of?
As a design conscious company, we are very proud of the aesthetic appearance of our garden rooms. Our team comprises of architects, designers and experts in construction who work symbiotically from the workshop through to completion – to create and build your perfect garden room.
One of the design features we are extremely proud of is our unique cantilevered roof design which incorporates an overhanging porch to provide shade and cover, clad in an attractive and highly durable Accoya timber, it also doubles up to house the bi-folding doors when open.
When designing your garden rooms, which is more important form or function?
As the Architect Louis Sullivan and father of modernism said, “Form follows Function” and this transpires towards our thinking to. We feel our buildings are functional at heart with the form taking shape over its use.
What scope do you have for incorporating the customers design ideas into your garden rooms?
All our studios are different in their function as we strive to deliver a Garden Room to meet our exact clients needs and requirements. To date, we have not produced two identical studios, demonstrating the fully bespoke service we offer.
Our expert designers work closely with clients requirements to produce a fully flexible and tailor-made studio. For example, extras such as shelving, wardrobes, WC’s, Kitchenettes, and extended outdoor decking + landscaping have all been incorporated regularly in previous builds.
Many customers are concerned about planning permission, how can you help customers with this issue?
All our builds meet the latest building regulations for dwellings, and if you’re looking for a stand alone studio, it is likely that you won’t require planning permission.
In the case it is required, in.it.studios are happy to offer our professional advice, take the necessary measurements and drawings and undertake the whole application process for you with your local council. Thus ensuring the build is planned and constructed in the most hassle-free and professional manner.
Not every site is level, what options do you have for building your garden rooms on uneven ground?
In.it.studios can build a studio on almost any slope. The typical foundations used throughout our studios are built upon revolutionary new concrete plinths. It has many benefits including its flexible application for uneven ground and portability; however it is most acclaimed for its sustainability, typically using 95% less concrete than a conventional slab.
Some customers are concerned about the ongoing maintenance of a garden room, what annual maintenance do your garden rooms require?
For durability and longevity, there is next to no maintenance required.
What aftercare do you offer your customers?
Our studios come with a 5 year guarantee, with an additional 10 years for the roof. Should your studio require any attention during this period our team will come to site and rectify any issues you may have.
Describe your company in three words!
Architects… Designers… Manufacturers…
Impressed? Give in.it.studios a call on 0800 0112373 to discuss your project or visit their website www.initstudios.co.uk
A few months ago in.it.studios featured in the TV series My Flat Pack Home shown on the Home channel. In.it.studios built a stunning contemporary garden studio for the programme which we featured in this article.
Up until now we have only been able to show you the photos of the build, but today in.it.studios sent us this video of the build hosted by Amanda Lamb who doesn’t hide her own desire for such a studio!
The video walks you through the design and build process and shows you around the finished studio.
This video is well worth a watch, if you would like your own in.it.studio visit their website for more information.