Ark Design/Build have recently completed this Thermowood clad garden office in Kent. They work on a bespoke design basis, so tailor the design and specification to their client's needs.
In this case, the 5m x 3.5m building has been clad externally with Thermowood. Thermowood is a popular finish for a garden office. Often more cost-effective that Larch or Cedar, it offers similar long term durability.
Thermowood is created by treating Scandinavian softwoods at very high temperatures - 180 - 230 degrees. The process does not involve the use of chemicals, which makes it an eco-friendly alternative to chemical pressure treated wood. This also means, that at the end of its useful life, Thermowood can be disposed of in the same ways as untreated wood.
Unlike Larch and Cedar which are relatively knot free, with Thermowood you have the beauty of the grain and knot patterns on show. When newly fitted, Thermowood has a honey yellow to brown colour. The depth of colour depends on the temperature the wood was treated at. The higher the temperature, the darker the shade. Judging by the colour of the cladding used by the Ark Design/Build team on this project, this wood was treated in the higher temperature range.
Thermowood can be stained or painted, but can be left to weather naturally. Like Larch and Cedar, it will naturally weather to a silver grey.
A turnkey project
Ark Design/Build offers their garden offices on a turnkey basis. They will handle the whole project for you from installing the foundations right through to final decoration and the electrical connections.
The layout of this office has been tailored to the customer's needs. Sliding doors have been fitted to one side of the front wall with rectangular windows installed high in the rear wall.
The interior of the room has been plastered and decorated. The addition of the wooden floor has resulted in a light modern room has been created.
Data cabling installed, as standard
Ark Design/Build incorporates Cat6 data cabling into their garden offices, as standard. Many other companies offer this only as an extra. Hardwired Cat6 cabling is the most successful way of extending internet connections to a garden office.