Urban Escape Studios
Published: 7 February 2023
If you live within a 40-mile radius of Brighton and are looking for a contemporary garden room, you will want to look at Urban Escape Studios' work.
Urban Escape Studios offer four ranges of garden room which are the starting point for customisations you might like to choose. Each range is available in sizes from 2.4m x 2.6m up to 5m x 6m.
Urban Escape Studios' four ranges are:
The Urban Escape Studios website has clear pricing tables for each range. They also list price guides for the different options you can choose to customise your garden room. This is obviously very helpful when researching your options!
Urban Escape Studios offer their clients a turnkey service whereby they handle the whole build, from installing the foundation system right through to completing the internal decoration and handing over the keys to a move-in ready space.
This turnkey service also includes connecting the garden room's electrics to the mains supply in your house. A distance of 10m between the garden room and the house is included as standard, with lengths of over 10m charged at £10 per meter.
Strong & Durable ToughWood™ cladding
One of Urban Escape Studios' unique selling points is their ToughWood™ exterior cladding. This is an engineered cladding made from strands of wood mixed with resins and wax and compressed at extremely high pressure. This process creates a dense, tough board which is dimensionally stable.
A few of the benefits of ToughWood™:
- Ecologically responsible choice compared with PCV or composite cladding
- Mould & fungal resistant
- Resists chipping, cracking, peeling and buckling
- Long, low maintenance lifespan
Wood texture, available in 6 finishes
Urban Escape Studios offer ToughWood™ in six contemporary colours. The boards have a lovely wood grain texture.
Fire retardant properties
For boundary-facing walls on buildings over 15 square meters, the ToughWood™ is finished with an intumescent paint which further enhances the fire-retardant properties of the cladding.
Cedar or Shou Sugi Ban options
Alongside their ToughWood™ options, Urban Escape Studios offer Western Red Cedar cladding, which is very popular in contemporary garden room design. They also offer Shou Sugi Ban cladding, where the surface of the cladding is charred, creating a unique aesthetic and increasing the durability of the cladding further.
A foundation system designed to overcome uneven ground
Urban Escape Studios have designed a foundation system for their garden rooms that can easily overcome uneven ground.
Heavy-duty composite posts are spaced across the footprint of the building. The number of posts is dependent on the size of the room.
Because composite posts are used, they are not susceptible to rot or fungal attack.
A stainless steel framework connects the posts and supports the floor structure.
This steel frame build-up allows Urban Escape Studios to keep the dimensions of the floor structure to the minimum, maximising the floor-to-ceiling height within the room.
SIP's core creates a highly insulated envelope
Urban Escape Studios are built with a SIP's core structure. Depending on the cladding chosen, the wall build-up is 140mm thick.
This SIP's core creates a strong, highly insulated envelope with u-values of 0.29 W/m2K for the wall structure and 0.22 W/m2K for the floor. This exceeds the Building Regulation rules for new buildings, which are 30 W/m2K and 25 W/m2K, respectively.
The interior is finished like a room in a house, with plastered and decorated walls and ceiling. As standard, the flooring is commercial-grade laminate. There is the option to upgrade to engineered wood flooring if you wish.
Urban Escape Studios' lead time between site survey and installation is typically 4 to 6 weeks. On-site build time takes between 1 and 2 weeks, depending on the size of the building.