HOW WE BUILD

Many of our clients – especially those who are more technically orientated – like to know how we build a room in the garden, and what materials we’ll use, before spending their money with us.

 

Foundations

Every garden building requires stable and reliable foundations. In our case, we mostly use ground screws. These are about 1 metre in length and are screwed right into the ground. This provides a perfectly levelled foundation, even in the most uneven garden.

The advantages of using the screw system are:

– You get a lasting garden building: the mounting plate is around 5cm higher than the ground allowing ventilation below the floor level, therefore protecting your garden room from humidity.

– There’s no damage to grass, tarmac or paving: only the small area where the screw is to sit will be disturbed.

– It will save time: the screw will be installed in just a few hours and we can start building straight away

– They can be installed all year round with no delay for rain or snow.

Ground screws ready for installation
Ground screw in the ground
Ground screws in place of pre-drilled holes
Building frame on top of ground screws

MAIN CONSTRUCTION

To build the main frame of your garden building, we use SIP construction boards (Structural Insulated Panel). They provide amazing insulation, are sturdy and long-lasting, and allow us to build quicker than a traditional timber framework. The main walls and roof are often ready within the first 2 days of the build.

SIP panels come in various thicknesses. As standard, we use 100mm boards, which will provide 78mm of insulation. No other product on the market gives such great insulation value at this thickness. This makes your building larger inside, warmer in winter, and cooler in summer.

The floor, walls and roof are all constructed using SIP boards, effectively creating a thermos. We want to be sure that your room in the garden conserves as much energy as possible, so you won’t need to use much heating, even when you’re working in the middle of winter.

SIP walls in early installation stage
Inserting a foam and glue into SIP recess
Internal wall profile: plasterboard, batten, SIP, batten, plasterboard
External wall with cladding, battens and breathable membrane

FLOOR

Your garden building floor is also constructed from SIP panels, which provide very sturdy support for desks and chairs. Again, it’s all fully insulated to make a much warmer room.

On top of the SIP panels, we put floor underlay, and on the top of this, we install the floor panels. Our standard designs come with Luxury Vinyl Panels. They have a very nice wood-like finish, but because they are made entirely from plastic, they will not absorb moisture like MDF boards, so you get a perfect floor for years to come.

But the possibilities are endless, and depending on the use of your new garden room, you may prefer engineered wood, ceramic tiles, a hard-wearing metal floor or rubber (perfect for a home gym).

Floor SIPs ready for installation with damp proof membrane applied
Internal timber installed into floor SIP
Foam and glue applied into SIP recess for timber installation
Garden building SIP floor ready

INTERNAL WALLS AND CEILING

Each of our buildings is finished with moisture resistant plasterboard, smoothed and painted, which creates a perfect finish; just as you would expect from a wall in your home. We spend a lot of time making sure that your building is utterly perfect for you. In the long term, it’s definitely worth getting this part done right.

Installing plasterboards inside the garden building
Plasterboards installed and polished, ready to be painted
Small garden studio building wall completed with electrical and internet socket
Internal walls completed in this bespoke garden gym building

ROOF

The roof will be made using  minimum 100 mm thick SIP panels covered with a EPDM Rubber Cover. This offers superior quality and gives a durable membrane, which offers 50 years’ of life expectancy. This type of solution also allows you to choose an optional green roof if you would like to.

Bespoke garden building roof construction
Completed roof ready to be covered with EPDM
Garden building roof with roof window covered with EPDM
Garden storage room roof finished

LIGHTS, SOCKETS AND INTERNET

Garden building led light installed and switched on at night

All our garden rooms come with lights and electric sockets, complete with USB ports, which are installed by our certified electricians. The number of them depends on your needs, and if you would like to change them to chrome plated, just let us know. Depending on the size of your building, we will make sure you have plenty of light and several sockets. We position them based on your needs.

To make sure you have an internet connection we will also run an internet cable to your building, alongside the electric cable. This will insure you have good connection even far from home.

EXTERNAL FINISH

Summerhouse with Western Red Cedar cladding, lights and aluminium windows

Depending on the model, or your imagination, we use various external finishes, from traditional British redwood cladding, to special facia boards such as cement particles panels.

Before any type of external finish is applied, your entire building will be wrapped in a breathable membrane, which will protect the main construction, and add additional wind and water protection.

WINDOWS AND DOORS

Aluminium 6 -panel bi-folding doors installed in the bespoke garden gym

All our doors and windows provide you with great insulation and ease of use. Depending on the model you choose or your preferences, we install uPVC, aluminium or wooden doors and windows. They are all certified, and are exactly the same as those installed in all modern buildings.

Technical details

Every building we build is constructed to last for many years to come and build using the same materials as houses. Special construction materials called SIPs allow our buildings to be insulated to a very high level, giving you great space in both summer and winter.

Foundations

Ground screws, ground piles or ground pedestals, depending on your location and surface you have.

Walls

180 mm thick walls including external cladding and internal plasterboard with minimum 80mm insulation

Floor

100 mm thick SIP panel floor with 80mm insulation strengthed by 18mm chipboard and covered with commercial grade laminate panels

Roof

Insulated SIP panel covered with EPDM membrane offering 50 years life span, plasterboard from the inside

Doors & Windows

UPVC or aluminium as standard, grey outside with double glazing and toughened glass, could be upgraded to timber with aluminium cladding.

Cladding

Treated British red wood as standard, Canadian Red Western Cedar as option; PVC board on the back and sides for no maintenance.

Lights

wall or ceiling mounted internal LED lights, external LED lights with remote switch

Sockets

all double sockets, some of them with USB charger built in, optional internet socket and armoured internet cable

QUICK QUOTE

When you are just idly considering if a room in the garden is something you want, but you don't want to see us quite yet, use this form to receive a quick quote for the building you have in mind.

 

HOW IT WORKS?

Take the measurements of your garden and decide the size of the building you would like. All you then need to do is write down the width and depth of your desired building and submit them to us using the form below.

Alternatively, book a Free Site Survey, during which we will visit you in your garden and discuss all the options with you.