Top Winter Upgrades for Your Garden Room

With many people viewing them as a summer addition, garden buildings can sometimes get forgotten in the winter months. However, to get the most out of your garden room, you should be looking to use it year-round. Thankfully, there are many ways you can enjoy such a space no matter the time of year. With a little creativity, you can turn your garden room into the perfect cosy space to relax and entertain this winter. Here are our top winter upgrades for your garden room…

A Wood Burning Stove

If you have a beautiful cabin or wooden garden room, a wood-burning stove will complement this perfectly in winter. If you are looking for a classy addition to your garden room that will not only fit in perfectly with the traditional look and feel of the space but also provide additional warmth in the colder months, a wood-burning stove is the ideal winter upgrade.

Wood burners warm a room quickly and easily and keep it warm for a good length of time. You can choose from different types of fuel, and there are even carbon-neutral options if you’re conscious about sustainable living.

If you fancy getting a wood burner installed in your garden room this winter, please make sure you get a professional installation for safety reasons.

Christmas decorations

What better way to make your garden building look cosy this winter than by decorating it for the festive season. There are many ways you can do this, depending on the size of your garden room and what you typically use it for. If it’s used as an office space, for example, you might want to keep it relatively toned down with a bit of tinsel here and there and a mini tree. If, however, your garden room is an extension of your family home, then why not go all out and bring in a Christmas tree and decorations galore! If you use your garden room as a playroom, you could even consider a full-on Santa’s grotto theme which would delight children of all ages.

Home cinema

Winter is all about cosying up indoors with your nearest and dearest. What better way to do this than with a home cinema? Install a large TV or mini projector and stock up on popcorn and snacks. Get some comfy sofas or chairs in there, with plenty of cosy blankets, beanbags and cushions, and you’ll have the perfect room for date nights or family nights in. It certainly beats sitting on the living room sofa!

Install a bar

It’s simply too cold now to be venturing out for a night out on the town! Although summer cocktails in the garden are also off the agenda until next year, there’s no reason why you can’t make the most of your garden room by installing a bar. You can create your very own pub experience, but with drinks costing a fraction of the price. The great thing about a home bar is that you can tailor it to suit your own preferences, right down to the drinks, style, lighting and music! You’ll be the envy of all your friends when you invite them over for drinks. With the party season on the way, what better way to make the most of your garden room?

Soft furnishings

Investing in soft furnishings for your garden room will help give it a much cosier, comfier feel and also help to make it feel warmer. If you have large patio doors on your garden room, consider investing in some decent lined curtains to keep in the warmth and create a luxurious feel. Perhaps consider scattering cushions, blankets and beanbags to make the place look really cosy and comfy. Rugs are a nice touch that provides a homely feel. Consider opting for warm cosy colours, suited to the time of year, such as reds and greens. This will help to give a festive feel when combined with your Christmas decorations yet remain appropriate after the festive period.

 

Hopefully, these winter upgrades for your garden room have given you some inspiration for how to upgrade your garden building this winter and make the most of it during the colder months. Find out how to decorate your garden building for Christmas here.

 

Advertise here

How To Finance a Garden Room

A garden room is an excellent addition to any home. It’s a space that you can use for pretty much anything from an office to a guest bedroom or just somewhere for the kids to play. If you fancy more space but are wondering how to finance a garden room, then read on; we will explore some of the options below.

Savings

If you have savings available, then you can choose to purchase your new garden room outright. This option means that you won’t owe any interest on your purchase. Of course, not everyone has savings, so the below options will explore alternative options.

You can also use your savings to finance a garden room in conjunction with another form of financing.

This will mean that you don’t need to be paying interest on the entire cost of the garden room, only what remains after you have factored in how much money is owed by way of loans or mortgages.

Rent a Garden Room

Some of our partners offer a rental option for their garden buildings. This can be a more affordable solution for someone needing a garden office to work from. It could potentially be included under business expenses in the same way a conventional office rent would be. Find out more about that here.

We have a dedicated filter for renting on the left-hand side of the search results, so you can quickly review the garden rooms available to rent. Take a look at them here.

Below is the Cedar Pod – 2.87m x 2.27m by Eden Spaces available to rent from £63p/w

rent a garden room

Garden Room Finance

garden room finance filter

Some garden room sellers offer finance for their products. This is similar to buying a car from a car dealership and getting finance at the dealership. The sellers have finance providers they work with to provide loans to cover the cost of the garden room. These loans are available subject to passing the credit checks.

We have several partners that provide the option to finance. You can find them quickly and easily by using the finance available filter on the left-hand side of the listings as pictured.

We are also in the process of developing our own finance calculator to offer the option of finance across all of the garden rooms on our website. Keep an eye on our social media accounts for more updates on this exciting new development. Click here to view garden rooms with finance options.

We have now partnered with iDeal 4 Finance to bring you financing options across all garden rooms on our website. You can apply via this link. Acceptance is subject to status, APR will vary depending on individual circumstances. Check out the tips below for getting credit.

Personal Loan

A personal loan is another way to obtain the financing needed to purchase a garden room. Personal loans can either be unsecured or secured against assets such as your home. Secured loans are a lower risk for the provider and usually have a lower APR; they are secured against assets such as your home. This means if you fail to keep up the repayments, you may lose the assets so consider this carefully first.

An unsecured loan is a popular choice because it isn’t secured against your home or assets. You can shop around online with comparison sites to find the best rates of interest for you. This will depend on your credit score. People with a higher credit score will secure better APR rates than those with lower scores. This is because they are a lower risk to the lender.

Equity Release

Another option is equity release. This is where a homeowner takes out one or more mortgages against their property and converts the value of this into an income. The money can be used in many ways, such as funding for renovations, retirement, holidays or even help with their children’s education fees.

Equity release is usually available to those over the age of 55. The money you release is yours to spend on what you want. This is repaid to the financiers when you die or sell your property.

One of the major benefits is that this form of finance doesn’t need to be paid back until death or sale, so that helps with peace of mind in retirement.

Tips for getting your credit application accepted

Any form of finance will need to be approved by a lender. This means you will be credit checked using data from your credit report. Below we have listed some ways to help you improve your chances of being accepted.

  • Check your credit report yourself first. This is now free to do online. Make sure you check the three main companies Equifax, Experian and Trans Union, as scores may differ.
  • The report will show you any errors, so they can be fixed before your application is made.
  • Ensure your payments are up to date.
  • Hard credit checks show up on a credit report, so if you know you’ll be applying for a loan, try not to apply for other forms of credit for a while first.
  • If you have had problems with debt in the past or bankruptcy, try and find specialist providers. Your APR will likely be higher.

As you can see, there are many ways to pay for the purchase of a garden room. Before committing it is always advisable to conduct your own research into finance available to you, the interest costs, the total repayable amount and to ensure the payments are affordable. Financing a garden room is the same as financing any other large purchase such as a car. Weigh up all of your options and make the right choice for you.

Advertise here

Bedrock; A Guide to Foundations for your Garden Room

When it comes to building a garden room, there are a few things you need to take into consideration. From the use, it will fulfil to the cladding. A factor that’s often overlooked is the foundations. We take a look at the different type of bases and foundations for your garden room below.

Concrete Pad

This is the most popular type of foundation for a garden room. It’s solid and durable, but it can be more expensive to install if you need professional help. With a concrete pad, you control how thick or thin each layer will be, meaning that there are fewer chances something could crack later on in the life span due to movement in the soil below ground level (which often happens).

Initially, a timber framework is constructed with a damp proof membrane (DPM) then the concrete is poured into it. For larger projects, steel reinforcement bars may be fitted over the DPM. The concrete is then left to set before the timber frame is removed and the DPM is trimmed down.

The Concrete slabs are typically made around 50mm larger than the garden rooms footprint to fully support it.

The downside? If the concrete pad isn’t constructed correctly, then cracks may occur when water seeps into them during heavy rainstorms. Hiring an expert who knows what they’re doing would definitely be recommended here.

Ground Screws

Another option is ground screws. Ground screws are a great option for those who want to avoid the expense of pouring a concrete foundation. They are much cheaper than poured foundations, and they can be installed on any type or depth of soil without the worry of cracking due to movement from below ground level.

As the name suggests, a large screw is machine-driven into the ground. The screw is then attached to the frame of your garden room. The screws are typically installed in a grid pattern, with each one spaced about two feet apart from its neighbour and at least six inches away from any other object (such as trees or walls).

Ground screws are great for levelling out uneven sites as they can be driven further into the soil where needed.

The downside? If you don’t know what you’re doing, then it’s possible that these could come loose over time. If done correctly by professionals, this is unlikely! They can also be difficult for some people to install because they are labour intensive.

Plinth foundations for your garden room

This involves laying out several wooden plinths; this method is perfect for uneven sites. They are much cheaper than some other options on our list and can be a good option for those who don’t want any digging or concrete work done! You can opt for reclaimed materials here, making them a sustainable option too.

The size of the garden room determines the number of plinths. Each plinth is spaced evenly to cover the floor space of the garden room. These plinths are comprised of a base pad and a top pad.

The downside? They’re not as resilient against subsidence – so if your site’s prone to this, it’s worth considering other options.

Concrete pile foundations for your garden room

Concrete pile foundations are a cross between the concrete pad and plinth foundations. This is a good option for those who want to add extra height and need something that’s going last. It can be more expensive though, so it might not suit everyone!

The ground is excavated either by hand or by machinery. The Timber frame or tubing is then inserted into the excavated area, hardcore is compacted, and then concrete is poured over this.

Make sure there are no gaps between each plinth, as this will lead to subsidence.

If you’re not sure about the ground, make a trench and fill it with concrete before laying your plinths on top of this – that way, they’ll be supported all around! You can also add extra reinforcement if needed by adding steel rods or mesh in between each layer as well for added strength against any movement.

Traditional Foundations

The traditional foundation involves digging out a trench and building up the walls with brick, stone or concrete. This is not an easy task as it requires digging out at least two metres below ground level to provide enough depth for foundations that will be strong against any movement from underneath (which often happens).

The downside? If you don’t know what you’re doing, then it’s possible these could come loose over time. So, while they are much stronger than other options on our list, they are labour intensive.

Before choosing which option you would like to go for, it’s essential to do your research. Ask around, get the opinion of professionals and those that have had this work carried out before. Remember, everyone’s needs differ here, and there’s no one size fits all approach.

You can shop around and contact different builders or garden room installers to ask about the types of foundation they use or recommend and why to get an idea of price and reasoning.

Some garden room installers may have developed their own custom foundations. By doing your research, you know what your options are and what the costs involved will be, helping you to choose the right foundations for your garden room.

Advertise here

You Can Save Money With a Self-Build Garden Room

For those that are pretty handy, or perhaps a have-a-go-hero, the self-build garden room can save you a pretty penny. By removing installation costs, you can get the garden room of your dream for much less.

With demand outstripping companies’ ability to provide installation of the latest must-have home accessory, some canny creators have actually created garden room kits. These come with instructions, support and video tutorials explaining how to assemble the building.

All of this means that self-assembly doesn’t have to look like a garden shed. For the motivated among us, it could be a much larger, insulated garden room fit to be used as a home office, playroom, mancave, hideaway, garden bar, garden gym and more.

Whether you opt for a kit that can be adapted or choose to create a bespoke garden room from scratch, there’s plenty of help and advice out there from people who have tackled the task themselves.

I reached out to a community of garden room self-builders on Facebook; you can join here. They gave me some top tips to share with budding builders of garden rooms.

  • Decide what the space will be used for and what style, size you would like.
  • Find out whether planning permission is required or if the build falls under permitted development rights first.
  • Do your research before you begin. YouTube & Facebook Groups can be a great resource.
  • Ensure you have an excellent solid foundation/base for the room.
  • Write a list of needs and wants; there are many options of windows, doors, cladding and more that cost different amounts. This will help you budget.
  • Always plan your build first and budget. Leave some wiggle room in your budget, as rarely does any project come in on budget.
  • Measure thrice, cut once.
  • Drawing plans can help immensely.
  • Don’t set timescales; there will usually be delays, be it the weather, materials or your schedule.
  • Enjoy the process.

As with all garden buildings, there are different options out there, ranging from souped-up sheds to summerhouses and full garden rooms. Deciding which option you want to tackle in advance will help you find the right advice out there to complete the build.

There are some sellers on our marketplace that provide self-build garden room kits, which come with tutorial videos to help you complete them. We have listed some examples falling under the different categories below.

 

corner cabin Bradwell Corner 28mm Log Cabin by 1 Click Log Cabins from £2,399 

The Bradwell corner 28mm log cabin is a beautiful light cabin with an open space to relax. It fits neatly into a corner of any aspiring garden – Helping you make the best of the space available. The Bradwell corner also offers ample interior height, which helps to keep the cabin lit throughout those summer days. There’s also a bespoke option, which allows you to request different fittings such as windows and doors for the cabin.

 

 

 

 

 

solis self assembly garden roomThe Solis – Self-Assembly by Under the Sun Living from £4,995

Under the Sun Living’s self-build, studios are roughly half the price of their fully-assembled studios and are still built to the exact same high spec. If you are happy to put in a few days work or know a local contractor who will take care of the studio assembly, these are a great option. You simply need to let them know the exact dimensions you require along with any optional extras such as under-floor heating, double-doors, composite cladding, etc. A quote will be provided, along with an elevated mockup.

 

 

self assembly summer houseDominica by Vision Garden Rooms from £7,199

 

The Dominica is light and airy, with two sets of patio doors (front and left). It has plenty of space, making it ideal for an office, gym, playroom and more. It comes with double glazed windows and doors. Included is an easy-to-follow installation manual. It’s expected to take professionals two days to assemble and 5-6 days for novice DIY-ers. Installation needs to be performed by two people due to the weight and size of the components.

 

canopy serenity self build5m x 3m Canopy Garden Room (Self-Build) by Serenity Garden Rooms from £10,472

Save money with ‘Serenity Self-Build’. You can build your own stylish, fully insulated, all year round, Serenity Garden Room. There’s a full step by step tutorial, full support and detailed video guides to help ensure a high quality, professional finish for your new space at a really great price. Serenity uses timber only from a range of planed-all-round carcassing, providing a reliable and consistent high-quality supply of imported Swedish timber.

 

 

self build garden room Lugarde SystemLugarde Applebroog Summer House by Cotswold garden Spaces from £9,691

 

The Lugarde Applebroog summer house is a handsome, contemporary space that draws upon industrial elements through the glass panels and the vertical Siberian larch boards to provide a clean and relaxed room to relax and entertain. The enclosed space is accessed through a ‘secret door on the front and has long glass panels on the left and right-hand sidewalls to provide natural light. The Siberian larch can remain untreated for 15-20 years; however, it can be enhanced with oils, stains and solid finishes. The building comes in pre-made panels for quick and easy installation and low maintenance.

 

We all know the benefits of a garden room and the extra space it can provide, whether you opt for installation or decide to tackle the project yourself. You can take a look at the full list of self-build garden rooms on our marketplace here.

Advertise here

The Benefits of Composite Windows and Doors

When having a garden room constructed, the consideration of windows and doors may not have occurred to you. They are, however, definitely worth thinking about. The windows and doors you select will need to be secure and be energy-efficient.

The technology involved in glazing has come a long way in the last few decades. Continually evolving to improve energy efficiency and security. With double and triple glazing options available, there is also a selection of frame materials to choose from.

When installing windows and doors, you should be considering several things.

  • What is the average lifespan of the windows and doors?
  • How much will the windows and doors cost?
  • How energy efficient are they?
  • Are they secure?
  • Will they keep sound out?
  • Will they complement the design of the building?

For many year’s uPVC was the material of choice. Today, however, there’s a new, more sustainable kid on the block. Composite Windows, constructed of aluminium and timber provides greater energy efficiency, have a longer life span and are more sustainable than their uPVC counterparts.

We spoke to experts, Okohaus to find out more about sustainable composite windows and doors.

How Environmentally Friendly are Composite Windows and Doors?

We are all having to be more conscious about our individual carbon footprint; the products we buy should demonstrate responsibility. UPVC windows are derived from oil production; this means they are bad for the environment, requiring a significant emission of CO2 for their production. They are also difficult to recycle and once they reach the end of their lifespan, they are usually sent to landfill.

Composite windows are a far more sustainable product. This is because they use a combination of natural timber and long-lasting, robust aluminium external cladding. By utilising sustainable timber in the supply chain, manufacturers can achieve a much lower carbon footprint.  Okohaus ensure all of their products are FSC Chain of Custody certified. This means that the forests used for timber production are sustainably managed and for every tree cut down to produce a window or door, at least two more are planted.

These fresh, new trees grow quickly and therefore absorb more CO2 than older trees. CO2 is captured in the timber during the window’s lifespan, which is at least twice as long as the lifespan of a UPVC window, so they are actually carbon negative!

How Long Do Composite Windows and Doors Last

Composite windows and doors have a much longer life expectancy than uPVC frames. If maintained well uPVC windows and doors are usable for a maximum of 35 years, in most cases, they don’t reach this. Composite alternatives have a life expectancy of 56-83 years!

How Efficient are Composite Windows and Doors?

In terms of performance, composite windows also have the upper hand over both uPVC and aluminium alone. The U values (thermal performance) in Okohaus’ double glazed systems are comparable to triple glazing in aluminium or UPVC!

How Secure are Composite Windows and Doors?

When it comes to security, they tick all the boxes. Okohaus’ windows and doors are secured by design certified, meaning they are as standard, some of the most secure products on the market.  Usually, UPVC windows would have to have steel reinforcement added to achieve the same levels of security, which would also make them much poorer thermally.

Acoustically very high sound reduction levels are standard, even the busiest central London sites, for example, notice a difference.

When it comes to price, you may expect to pay more for this high-level product.  Composite windows and doors actually often work out cheaper than aluminium alternatives, especially when you compare like for like in terms of performance. They do come in a bit more expensive than uPVC. But the benefits far outweigh the price difference. Not to mention they last at least double the time of uPVC windows.

Windows and doors are as you see, an important consideration. It pays to do your research.

Advertise here

10 Great Gift Ideas For Garden Room Owners

With less than two weeks to the big day, are you struggling to think of gifts for everyone? Panic not, we have come up with ten great gift ideas for garden room owners to give you some ideas.

So, without further ado, let’s dive right in.

Portable Mini Air Conditioner

Being winter now is the time to bag a bargain on a portable air conditioning unit. This is the perfect addition to a garden room, keeping it cool on those hot summer days. This one is currently less than half price and comes in a choice of three colours. This particular unit has the added benefit of integrated lighting and has speed adjustment to suit the owner’s needs

Faux Fur Rug

To achieve that warm and cosy Hygge look, how about a faux fur sheepskin style rug? Available in a range of sizes and colours this rug has the benefit of being included under Amazon Prime, meaning you can get fast, free delivery for a last-minute gift. This rug can be placed on the floor or over a chair for that warm fuzzy feeling this winter.

Portable Heater

Unlike the air conditioner, which is a present for the forward thinker, a portable heater is a perfect present for the moment. Keep warm on those chilly winter days. This DFGOTOP heater is ideal for those using their garden room as a home office. It even has a remote control to change the heat or switch on and off from the comfort of your desk. It also features overheat protection for home offices.

[adsense]

Portable Radio

This cute little Bush Portable Mono DAB Radio is perfect for listening to your favourite radio station. This battery-powered unit can also be plugged into the mains if the garden room has electrical sockets. There are 60 pre-sets to save time scanning for stations and an alarm clock. There’s even a headphone socket if you need to keep the noise down.

Chunky Knit Blanket

 

These chunky knit blankets are the perfect addition to a garden room. They look great and are super cosy. You can also support small businesses by purchasing one from Etsy, so its an all-round winner. These blankets come in a range of colours and sizes, giving you plenty of choices.

Vacuum Cleaner

 

How about a compact hoover to keep the space clean? This 2-in1 stick vacuum is ideal. You don’t need to bend over and hurt your back when cleaning the main floor, but you can also use it as a handheld to clean computer keyboards etc. This one comes in at only £20, making it very reasonable indeed.

amazong echo Gift Ideas For Garden Room Owners

Amazon Echo Dot

 

Now in the 4th generation, the restyled Amazon Echo Dot is very attractive. This handy device can answer questions, play music from a selection of streaming services such as Amazon Music or Spotify, add things to your shopping list and more. It’s the perfect little companion and comes in a selection of colours. It’s also reduced at the moment, so bag a bargain quickly.

Wax Melts & Melter

 

Keep the garden room smelling divine with an electric warmer and wax melts. Check out some of the beautiful warmers available here and add a selection of wax melts with a vast array of scents to complement this gift. The recipient will just love sitting in their garden room with a gift from Devon Wick.

Desk Organiser

 

For those with a garden offer a desk organiser is a perfect gift. This one being timber blends nicely with most cabins. With a range of slots and cubby holes, a pen pot, tray and room for books, this is the complete organiser. It’s also available with Amazon Prime for free next day delivery.

Bar Optics

 

Why not create a bar in the back garden with this Reclaimed wooden drinks optics plaque. You’re doing your bit for the environment as it utilises reclaimed wood, helping a small business on Etsy and giving the gift of fun and socialising, which will be even better when all this social distancing ends.

We hope you got some good gift ideas for garden room owners from the list, if you have any of your own thoughts, be sure to share them with us on our Facebook page.

 

Advertise here

How to Create an Eco-Friendly Garden Room

The image above is The Yorvick Pod by Smart Eco Living 

If you’re thinking of having a garden room installed, you may also want to consider the environmental impact of the building. Both in terms of its impact on the surrounding area and how it can help you reduce your carbon footprint.

The good news is, that there are many ways your garden room can be more sustainable and environmentally friendly. We take a look at how to create an eco-friendly garden room below.

Solar Panels

One way of making your garden room more eco-friendly is to install solar panels which can be used to power the room in part, or full. Before installing solar panels it helps to understand your needs and requirements. This will enable you to find the right solar panel solution for your needs. How much power will you use, is it just lights, or plug sockets too? This can help you establish how much power you will need.

Modulog can offer solar power options with their buildings for the full off-grid experience.

Living Roofs

A living roof is a way to offset your emissions and keep the heat in. Installing a green roof onto your garden room has a number of benefits. They look beautiful, reduce maintenance costs, prevent airborne pollutants from entering your room, keep your room warm in winter and cool in summer and help you do your bit for the environment.

The Little Garden Office Co. can cater for Sedum living roofs so if you fancy seeing what this could look like, be sure to check them out.

[adsense]

 

Sustainable Materials

By utilising sustainable or reclaimed materials you can reduce the carbon footprint of your garden building. Sustainable timber some from managed forests. This means the forest is managed to ensure the eco-system is undamaged. Softwoods such as pine are more sustainable than hardwoods like Oak because they take less time to grow. This means they can be replaced faster. Reclaimed materials are another option, by repurposing wood or other materials you are recycling them and giving them a new lease of life.

GPod is one creator of garden rooms that always use FSC certified timber sourcing from sustainable forest programmes. They also send no waste to landfill, EVERYTHING is all recycled.

Insulation

Modern buildings are far more energy-efficient than their older counterparts. This is because insulation and the understanding of energy use have increased over time. There are plenty of schemes such as loft insulation and cavity wall insulation offered to owners of older buildings, but these are never going to be as efficient as a building constructed today. The same goes for garden buildings, you can retrofit insulation solutions, but it makes more sense to ensure the building you install has great insulation already. This means less air warm air escapes and less cold air gets in.

The Passivhaus standard was developed in Germany and is quickly becoming the go-to standard for energy efficiency. Rigorous design and construction combine to create a building with little need for heating or cooling.  Some sellers implement this standard in their garden rooms. It’s always worth investigating the insulation options.

Urbanpods are committed to reducing carbon footprints. By incorporating the best performing insulation and building materials their buildings have virtually no heat loss, thus reducing the amount of power used to heat your urbanpod.

LED Lighting

Energy-efficient lighting in the form of LED lights can reduce your lighting electricity consumption by around 90%. Not only is less power required, but LED bulbs can also often far outlast regular bulbs, which means they are much more economical. LED lighting technology is always advancing ensuring a nice lighting level.

Oakston Solutions are one seller who provides LED lighting options with their garden rooms such as The Marley Eternity Cedral Lap Cladded Garden Building.

Glazing

We are all aware of the benefits of good glazing in our doors and windows. Double glazing provides good insulation. Triple glazing increases energy efficiency, but it also makes your garden room more secure, reduces noise and can help to reduce condensation.

Nordic Garden Buildings double glazing units are 28mm thick, the panes (tongue and Groove OR plain) are also 28mm. Their PVCu panels offer higher thermal values compared to the double glazing units.

 

 

As you can see there are numerous ways to create a more eco-friendly garden room. By doing your researching you can find the right supplier for your needs. Remember if you intend to add weight to the roof with a living roof or solar panels, you should discuss it with the seller to ensure the building can withstand the additional weight. Other than that research and asking the right questions can help you create the perfect spare room.

Advertise here

Garden Rooms Make Ideal Visitor Pods for Care Homes

Garden rooms are known for their versatility, lending themselves to a number of uses. The ongoing pandemic has called for innovative solutions to the problems posed by social distancing including working from home solutions.  These extra outdoor rooms have also provided space for care homes to create visitor pods.

 

During the initial lockdown which began in March, many care home residents were unable to see their loved ones, creating further feelings of isolation. The impact of this virus has been felt across the world and has taken its toll on mental as well as physical health.

 

Forward-thinking care homes realised that garden rooms and cabins could provide a solution to their resident’s isolation. Even when the first lockdown eased, the risks to the elderly and vulnerable did not. Because of this Visitor Pods became a new option allowing friends and family to visit while maintaining social distance.

 

Families were reunited in a private space that could be thoroughly cleaned after each visit to ensure it was Covid-Secure. Many garden room sellers provide a bespoke service which means that the buildings can be created to order with ramps, wider doorways for disabled access, additional doors for visitors and residents to enter and exit separately, and even the installation of partition screens.

 

While visitor pods may not be required forever, with hopes of an effective vaccine on the horizon. These garden rooms can be repurposed into useful space for arts, crafts, cooking, relaxation or more. The possibilities are endless. Maintenance-free solutions are ideal for the care home setting, easy to clean, and extremely durable composite garden rooms offer a germ-free solution.

 

nordic garden buildings visitor pod

 

Nordic Garden Buildings are one such seller who stepped up to create a solution. They say:

“When partition screens are no longer required for face-to-face interaction, they can simply be removed, and the garden building will become a new environment where residents can enjoy the mental and physical health benefits of sitting in the sun and being in the presence of nature.”

As pictured above their garden rooms provide a beautiful solution with an expanse of glass to drink in the views of the garden during visits. They can easily be repurposed afterwards to provide a warm, dry place to sit and enjoy the garden positively impacting the mental health of care home residents.

[adsense]

Another seller who has undertaken the task of creating care home pods are Composite Garden Buildings. Pictured below is the Durham care Home Pod, a visitor pod with disabled ramp access, separate entrance and exits for visitors and residents and a partition. Composite Garden Buildings make each building to order. Meaning every room and the design possibilities are endless. Their solutions are zero maintenance and fully insulated and can once again easily be repurposed once the need for visitor pods diminishes.

Durham Care Home pod

Containers and More are another seller who has taken on the task of creating dedicated care home visitor pods. Their solutions are constructed off-site, in a short time frame meaning there is minimal disruption to staff and residents.

Of course, these are just a tiny selection of sellers who can step up and create a solution. If you are a care home manager looking for a solution to visitation, then our marketplace is the ideal place to start your search. You can easily contact multiple sellers to submit customer enquiries and get the perfect room for your needs.

Advertise here

Garden Room Cladding Explained

Garden rooms come in a range of styles, shapes and sizes, which is one of the reasons they are increasing in popularity. Their versatility allows them to be purposed for a multitude of uses while seamlessly blending with your garden and personal taste. With many garden room cladding options available, you may be confused. But don’t panic, we take a look at the options below.

 

Cedar Cladding

cedar garden room cladding

At present, Cedar cladding is probably the most popular choice for garden tooms. This is because it has a number of benefits and is attractive. Coming in a rich reddish-brown colour, Cedarwood has a long-life expectancy with its natural ability to fight off fungus. This gives it an average life-span of 25 years or more. It’s not entirely maintenance-free though unless you keep the wood oiled annually with a UV-oil, the colour will fade, losing the rich reddish tones. Pictured above is Cedar Garden Room by All Seasons Living.

 

Composite Wood Cladding

composite cladding

Composite wood is popular because it’s a low-maintenance option which comes in a range of colours and finishes. Made from a combination of wood fibre and resin, composite wood cladding can have a dye added during the manufacturing process. This means you can choose from a wide range of colour options. These boards don’t fade in the way wood does, which makes them popular as they don’t need painting, oiling or staining and come in a broader choice of colours such as popular greys, blacks or environment blending greens even! Pictured above is The Homestead by Aspen Garden Rooms, utilising coloured composite cladding.

 

Larch Cladding

The Onnen

Larch is a cheaper alternative to Cedar, which is helping it surge in popularity. Siberian Larch is one variant often used. It has a more golden colour than Cedar, but it will fade to a greyish tone if left untreated. Of course, you can opt to paint or stain the timber to suit your needs or taste. This timber is popular because it has a nice straight grain with fewer knots. Pictured above is The Onnen by MWD Makers which is made with Welsh Larch.

[adsense]

Thermowood Cladding

thermowood cladding

Thermowood has a long life-span of 30-years plus which is one reason for its popularity among garden room creators and owners. It’s a heat-treated pine, which is a softwood. When heated at over 200°c, the woods structure changes, which makes it more durable and stable. Of course, pine has a knottier grain than Siberian Larch which can be left on show, stained or even painted to suit the owner’s taste. Pictured above is a The Studio by RA Garden Rooms which utilises Thermowood cladding.

 

Combination Garden Room Cladding

garden room claddiing

Not all garden rooms are entirely constructed with one cladding option. Some creators use a mixture of cladding options to create a striking design. These can include a mix of wood and aluminium, timber and render, bricks, slate, high-pressure laminates and other metals. Pictured above is The California by Into The Garden Room which utilises a mix of construction materials.

There are some lesser-used options such as metal cladding and rendered garden rooms, so always look around and see which style best suits your tastes and requirements.

It’s important to understand the choices available to you when choosing your garden room so that you can find the right solution for you. Most garden rooms are relatively low maintenance, but some woods will require upkeep if you want to keep them looking like new.

 

Advertise here

Embrace Hygge in Your Garden This Autumn

The clocks went back merely two weeks ago, and with it came a sharp, crisp air to accompany those dark early evenings. This is the time of year that people spend more time indoors, which is apt considering we have been asked to stay home for a four-week lockdown to protect the NHS.

Autumn doesn’t have to be mean being stuck indoors though. If you’re lucky enough to have a garden, then it can quickly become the season of fireside conversations or cabin cuddles.

Hygge, a Danish ethos, pronounced hoo-ga is all about cosiness and intimacy, which is why autumn and winter are the perfect seasons to practice Hygge. Blankets, candles, bubble baths and a connection with nature are fitting, but it’s also about finder deeper meaning in life and connecting with the world again.

How to Hygge – 10 tips

  • Spend time with friends & family
  • Sit around a roaring fire
  • Sit in candlelight
  • Bring the outside in with natural accents in your interior
  • Enjoy nature
  • Drink warming hot drinks
  • Be cosy
  • Take care of your mental health
  • Reduce your screen time
  • Don’t go without – enjoy life

The garden is the perfect place to reconnect with nature, spend time with your family and enjoy the beauty of life beside a firepit to keep you warm. Should the weather take a turn for the worse a cabin or garden room can shelter you to continue enjoying some time away from the house.

[adsense]

Hygge Essentials

Of course, the essentials will depend on the things that make you feel good and your own personal preference, but here are some of our suggestions. Check out our How to Hygge Pinterest board here.

  • Hot chocolate
  • Marshmallows to roast on an open fire
  • Candles
  • Warm, fluffy blankets for all
  • Cosy jumpers
  • Your favourite music
  • Some games like cards or Jenga

Perfect Hygge Hideaways

We’ve taken a look through the listings on our site and come up with five perfect hygge hideaways for you to take a look at.

 

 

hygge treehouse

Large Bespoke Treehouse by Castles Carey

What could be more fun than a treehouse? Each treehouse is designed to suit your specific requirements. Castles Carey will give advice on planning applications if needed. Engaging accessories and strong and natural materials ensure long-lasting enjoyment of your treehouse.

Hygge BBQ hut

10 Seater BBQ Hut by Living Outside Ltd

Have a BBQ, whatever the weather, at any time of year with a BBQ Hut. Book those BBQ Hut party weeks, even months in advance and tell your guests they definitely won’t need a coat!

The benches in these BBQ huts also convert into generously sized beds, so the BBQ Hut can be used both during the day for entertainment and at night for guest accommodation or sleep-overs!

Garden Rooms

Bespoke Garden Room by Garden Room Cabins

This Garden Room & Bar is the perfect place to enjoy autumn evenings. Whatever your needs, Garden Room Cabins buildings can be designed to fit your requirements. All designs have a steel frame and base, which means they are fully portable if you decide to relocate.

 

Shepherds hut

Bespoke Shepherds Hut by Greendown Shepherd Huts

Greendown Shepherd Huts offer a bespoke service that allows you to design a luxury hut to your specific requirements with all of the features necessary to create your ideal home on wheels, without having to make any compromises on either design or quality. They’ll design, build and deliver a tailor-made hut that follows your exact specifications, all the while devoting ourselves to presenting you with a finished product that you’ll fall in love with.

Tripod octo garden room

Tripod Octo by Woodworks Designs

Each Tripod Octo is an original, bespoke design built to your personal aspirations. Tailor-made to fit exactly into the space you have chosen for your room, just tell designer Barry what you want and where it needs to fit. Great design requires attention to every little detail. Many of Barry’s designs are based upon geometric shapes to create fascinating whilst functional spaces with proportions that sit well in their natural surroundings. These are available within a 30-mile radius of Canterbury Kent, although you can contact them for deliveries further afield.

 

Advertise here