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. This knowledge often allows them to confirm their choice.
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.
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.
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).
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.
The roof will be made using minimum100 mm thick SIP panels covered with a EPDM RubberCover. 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.
LIGHTS, SOCKETS AND INTERNET
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.
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
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.
CUSTOMISING YOUR GARDEN BUILDING
There are plenty of different ways to customise your garden office or summer house. From stained glass windows to fibre cement boards or a green roof. The options are endless. And, if you can’t find what you have in mind, do not think that is not possible. We just haven’t thought of it yet! Give us a call. We love a challenge!
Stained wood, painted wood or facia boards can all be installed in a variety of colours.
If you already know what colour or group of colours you would like for your new garden office or summer house, please let us know.
We will incorporate it into our design, and you will receive a visualisation of your project before we start building it.
Although wood cladding is the most common option in garden offices, summer houses and guest rooms, there are other materials that can be used to personalise the final look of your garden room.
From solid fibre cement panels to those that change colour depending on the light. From brick style tiles to metal elements for a more industrial look.
And if we do not have what you are looking for, we will search the market for you. And if it is out there, we will find it!
DOORS & WINDOWS
Doors and window play an important part in the final look of your garden room. Frame colours, materials, shapes, the way they open… there are plenty of possibilities.
All our garden buildings come with high-quality upvc doors and double-glazed windows, but we are very happy to talk you through all the different options.
It is also possible to remove or add windows and doors to our pre-designed line.
SHAPES & SIZES
Apart a few building regulations and rules that need to be observed, anything is possible.
No matter the size and shape of your garden, or how crazy your idea is, we will make sure we design and build the perfect garden building for you.
The size and shape of our pre-designed garden office range can also be modified to better satisfy your needs.
ELECTRICS & EQUIPPMENT
All of our buildings come with lights and electric sockets as standard. But we understand that your needs might differ, especially when it comes to how you will be using your space.
If you have any specific ideas, like installing a home cinema in your summer house, or ensuring there is an extensive network in your garden office, let us know.
We will make sure that all of it is incorporated during the process of building your new room in the garden.
Although all our garden rooms are built from top to bottom with 120 mm insulated construction board, if you are planning to use it all year round, you may want to think about including a heating system.
From wall mounted electric heaters, to underfloor heating, to heating/cooling systems – we have it all covered. The only question is what you prefer.
The standard flooring we install in our garden rooms is a water, moisture and scratch resistant luxury vinyl.
But, once again, 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).
In many cases, decking is a great addition to garden buildings. But it does not always have to be made out of wood.
With many materials available, you might try sandstone, concrete tiles, brisk or anything else you have seen and like.
During our conversation, we’ll ask you for your ideas, and see if you would like to have it completed together with your new garden building.
If you see the roof of your garden building every day, let’s say from your bedroom window, it might be a good idea to install a green roof.
It not only it improves the way the entire construction looks from above, but it also provides additional heat insulation, both in winter and summer.
The use of stained glass can be an amazing way to personalise your new garden office, summer house or storage room.
From traditional to contemporary design, we will create the perfect stained glass to fit not only your building, but your personality and artistic taste too.
Sometimes it’s easy to get so excited about the look of your new garden building, it’s possible to forget how you want to arrange its inside space.
Together with our partnering companies, we offer a full interior fitout of your garden office or summer house, giving you a full, turn-key solution.
All you need to do is to just start using it.
Building your new room in the garden will certainly bring some changes to the look of your outside space.
It might be a good moment to redesign or refresh the other elements of your garden.
We partner with a number of landscape and garden design companies who can work alongside us during the project.