This recent project by eDEN Garden Rooms in Teddington is a great example of a teenage garden room. Many families are looking at the space in their garden to create a room for their teenage children to hang out with a degree of privacy, but still be close to home.
eDEN Garden Rooms had a very clear design brief for this project:
- Create a spacious new room that the family could grow into
- Create a room with a sense of light and space
- Incorporate a toilet into the garden room building
- Reliable internet connection in the garden room
- Site clearance and preparation
Spacious garden room
The family wanted to create a spacious new room so that it could be used for different things including their son’s drum practice. The eDEN team designed a building with a 30sqm internal footprint. This footprint is just under the maximum size garden room that can be built without complying with full Building Regulations. Even incorporating the cloakroom in one corner of the room hasn’t stolen much space from the main living space.
A garden room with a sense of light & space
The request for a sense of light and space was met by a large set of sliding doors in the centre of the front elevation. eDEN Garden Rooms have used a triple track sliding door set. The three doors can slide along to create the opening you want. These doors are an alternative to bi-fold doors. With bi-folds you would end up with a stack of doors at one end, protruding into the garden. With these sliding doors, the doors stack together within their tacks, which is a great space-saving solution.
The system that eDEN have chosen has narrower frames than some of the systems we have seen used in garden room design. This means there is more glass to allow light into the room. The natural light flooding through the doors is coupled with a plastered and decorated interior. The neutral colours chosen bounce the light around the room.
Eco toilets are a great solution for garden rooms
The family wanted their teenage garden room to incorporate a toilet to save trips back up the garden path to the loo. This can be a very expensive design choice when you start working out the groundwork costs involved in connecting the toilet to the mains supplies.
Luckily, eDEN Garden Rooms offer the option of an eco-toilet system. The system they use doesn’t require a water or sewerage connection so cuts down the costs dramatically. There is no smell associated with the eco-toilet so it is a great solution for a garden room project like this.
Reliable internet connection
It’s fair to say that a reliable internet connection is a must for any teenager. When building a garden room you have two options when it comes to the internet. Some suppliers use a home plug system, which carries the wi-fi from your house down to the garden room via the electrical circuit. Whilst these systems are great and cost-effective, they can mean a weak or patchy connection. The more reliable option which was used in this case is to hardwire Cat6 data cabling between the house and garden room.
Site preparation before the build
before work could start on the garden room build, extensive site preparation needed to be undertaken. This included removing an old shed and a concrete slab which protruded above ground level and would have affected the levels of the garden rooms foundation system.
As bespoke garden room designers offering a turnkey solution to their customers, the eDEN Garden Rooms team handled this part of the project for their customers. Not all companies would offer site clearance like this.
Finance options now available
eDEN Garden Rooms now offer finance options on garden room projects like this, allowing you to spread the cost. They have a dedicated page regarding their finance package which allows you to calculate your options.