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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

 

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A Garden Room Can Increase Your Property’s Value by up to 10%

*Image is Green Retreats TG04

Did you know that installing a garden room could increase the value of your property by as much as 10 per cent? Which, means that as well as making your living space more practical for you, you could also get a return on your investment, should you ever decide to sell up.

Garden rooms go down well with potential buyers because they are a blank canvas, a room to use for whatever you desire. A kitchen, is a kitchen, a bathroom is a bathroom but a garden room, with a little imagination, can be anything you wish; a gym, office, game room, entertaining room, outdoor dining room, a bar, yoga studio, playroom, sound studio or much, much more. Your only limitation is imagination.

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We have covered small business owners who have made their dreams come to life with a garden room or cabin, people have set up remote offices or even garden bars which have got them through Covid. Fitness instructors have taken to zoom from a garden room to keep their clients on track, bands can practice in garden rooms without disturbing the family and all while maintaining a healthy balance in their work/home life.

We take a look at 5 versatile garden rooms that could be your blank space below.

 

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POD Garden Room by Winslade Landscapes

This gorgeous garden pod design by Winslade landscapes is incredibly versatile, a spare room in the garden for use as you please. The large glass doors provide ample light and the design makes an attractive addition to any garden. The POD comes with a 10-year product guarantee and 5-year installation warranty. This building is available for delivery throughout Hampshire, Surrey, London, Berkshire and surrounding areas.

 

summerhouse roomSummerhouse Room by Bentley Garden Buildings

A bespoke summerhouse room by Bentley garden Buildings is designed to your requirements, meaning it can be suited to your own taste, style and sizing requirements. Whether you need a tapered building to make the most of a small space, a door ramp to help with access or a partition wall to keep your gardening tools separate from your summerhouse, Bentley garden Buildings can accommodate.

 

 

tranquil garden roomTranquil by Garden Rooms Cabins

This is a room with a difference, it can actually be moved with you should you decide to move home as it’s completely transportable! Included in the price are exterior cladding, an overhanging flat roof, full electrics package, plaster boarded and even come decorated and finished with a choice of flooring. Delivery can be arranged anywhere in the UK.

 

 

claremontThe Claremont from The CDR Range by Outdoor Modular Spaces

The CDR Range is a popular range of garden buildings by Outdoor Modular Spaces. Designed with a beautiful Western Red Cedar cladding, Aluminium flashing, and a finished design that gives it that WOW factor. Finished internally with a flat ceiling and a canopy roof with spotlights and even recessed spotlights on the composite decking. There are many internal finishing options available, along with your choice of a single door, bi-fold doors or sliding doors making it a customisable and versatile solution to your extra space needs. This is available for delivery within the Home Counties.

 

Aspen garden roomThe Aspen by Under The Living Sun

The Aspen is our no-expense-spared, zero-maintenance garden room, complete with large LED-lit composite decking area surrounded by a toughened-glass balustrade. It boasts heaps of potential, from a high-end holiday-let to a home fitness studio to a garden office. The decking area surrounded by stunning toughened-glass balustrade comes complete not only with LED downlights but also a double external power socket. Available throughout England a Wales this is a great dual-purpose solution which is definitely eye-catching.

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What to Consider When Getting a Garden Room

*Image is Bentleys Garden Room

Has spending more time at home has made you feel like there just isn’t enough space? Perhaps you’d like studio space, a spare bedroom or somewhere to evict the children when they’re driving you mad? Whatever the reason for the extra space, a garden room may well be the perfect solution! Here we explore some things you should know about erecting a garden room!

Will I Need Planning Permission When Getting a Garden Room?

Generally speaking, you will need to apply for Planning Permission if you intend to use the new space as accommodation and also if you want to exceed the 2.5m height limit allowed under Permitted Development. Every council is different but usually, you can expect this to take up to 10 weeks. Your local council will often provide pre-application guidance so that you can at least know what you are doing and what to expect along the way.

What is Permitted Development?

Permitted Development allows for the construction of garden rooms or “annexe’ buildings without planning permission. Considerations are taken as to the intended purpose of the garden room. In order for a garden room to be allowed under Permitted Development, there are some rules that have to be followed such as:

  • The garden room will not be used as accommodation.
  • The garden room cannot take up more than half of the area of land around your house.
  • The garden room cannot be erected at the front of the house or sticking out the side.
  • The garden room should have a maximum height of 2.5m.

Anything Else I Should Consider?

It’s important to consider how much actual space your new room will take up. You should try to have it be at least a metre away from your fences and boundaries. You should also consider surrounding trees and how much the roots of the tree will be damaged by your build. Foundations of garden rooms are generally fairly light and they can be put in using ground screw systems.

Of course, if you are considering selling your home in the future, a garden building can be an added perk and help you to get more money for your home; however, if the remaining garden space is unusable; this may be off-putting for a potential buyer.

Consider the roof; sloping or flat? The truth is they both have their benefits. With pitched roofs giving an illusion of internal space while flat roofs appear more contemporary and often blend into their surroundings more seamlessly.

If you are worried about overheating, as well as the importance of good insulation, consider an overhang to allow for shade, louvred screens to cast shade into the room, blinds and even air conditioning are some of the great options available to keep your room cool in those hotter months.

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Can I Make an Eco-Friendly Garden Room?

Of course, most people will wish their room to have some type of power, possibly even water supply/drainage and perhaps heating as well. If you’d like to try and reduce or even eliminate the carbon footprint of your garden room, why not consider photovoltaic solar panels and a storage battery? These items coupled with professional airtight construction, MVHR (mechanical ventilation with heat recovery) with super insulation will not only lower those utility bills for the garden room but also allow for the space to be “off the grid”.

 

There are of course more things to consider when getting a garden building, certainly a reputable construction company is not the least of these! You can look at our marketplace to browse all the different kinds of garden rooms available, contact multiple sellers with enquiries at once or even try our new wizard and get some suggestions of suitable solutions for your needs!

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5 Reasons To Get a Container Conversion

The need for extra space at home is a common one, of course, you could move to a bigger house, but if that’s too much hassle or money there is always the option of an extension. Again this is costly and may cause some inconveniences while the building works are ongoing. This is why garden rooms are increasing in popularity. Allowing an extra room, or two to be erected in the garden.

While log cabins and composite garden rooms are one way to achieve extra space, container conversions are becoming an increasingly popular option among people. We take a look at the benefits of a container conversion below.

Container Conversions are Environmentally Friendly

Using a converted container is kinder to the environment as it is recycling something and giving it a new lease of life. Containers have been used for storage and shipping for many years now, but when they are upgraded by the companies who use them, what becomes of them? By reusing a container you are recycling something that could be left to rust in a wasteful manner and giving it a new lease of life.

Cost-Effective

Converting a container can be cost-effective as the main structure is prebuilt and ready to use in the shape of a room. With a number of sizes available, containers can also be joined together to create larger and multi-room structures making them extremely versatile. By opting to repurpose a shipping container you can save time and money.

Weatherproof

Being made of metal these containers will protect your room from the elements. It can be painted in a range of interesting colours to suit your tastes to prevent erosion and insulated to provide a warm space year-round.

Extremely Versatile

As mentioned above, shipping containers are an extremely versatile solution. You only have to search Pinterest to view the opportunities. Some have managed to create amazing multi-story homes with these recycled containers by joining numerous containers together. With a little creativity, you can create something practical and truly unique by recycling one or more of these units.

Easily Moveable

Unlike other structures, should you wish to move the locations of a container conversion either within the same garden or to a new space altogether, it’s possible. Many people have to leave a garden room behind if they move, but a shipping container can leave the same way it came in in most cases.

How Can I Convert a Shipping Container?

Containers and more are one company that specialises in converting shipping containers for a multitude of uses. Whether you are looking for extra storage, a garden office, an annexe or somewhere to hang out then a container could be the right solution for you.  The container is just the starting base, which can be adapted with windows, doors and much more to get the ideal, perfect, bespoke building for you!

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5 Types of Garden Room

Pictured is the Buddha Lounge by Into The Garden Room

Garden Rooms have become a popular way to add some extra space at home, providing you have a garden, then it’s quick and simple to gain an extra room. With so many options on the market, there are solutions to most needs, from additional space to somewhere to work and even additional living accommodation.

In this blog, we take a look at 5 popular types of garden room; you can find out how to choose the perfect garden room for you here.

Garden Office

With the rise of home-working has come the need for a dedicated space to work. Garden Rooms are the ideal way to gain some extra space, purely dedicated to your working set up. Some people simply want a small ‘box’ in the garden with a desk, chair, internet connection and heating to work from year-round, while others prefer something larger that can be used as a multi-use room for both work and play.  Whatever your requirements, the clever creators of these rooms have something to fit your needs. Below we have picked three options to give you an idea what’s available, but you can start your own search for a garden office here.

Solis garden officeCube garden Officeufficio garden office
The Solis by Under The Living SunThe Cube by Aspen Garden RoomsThe Ufficio by Urbanpods

Sunroom

Sunrooms are the perfect place to relax and bask in the sunshine, when possible, year-round. From the height of summer to the chilly winter sun, you can relax and perhaps read a good book or have a coffee and catch up with friends. Traditionally thought of as conservatories, there are now multiple options to enjoy some covered dinner al fresco or catch up with friends and be sheltered from the unpredictable British weather. We have listed some below for you, but you can start your own search for sunrooms here.

The Burghley Sunroommelbourne sunroomSOLARDOME Retreat
The Burghley by Scotts of ThrapstonMelbourne 1200 by Nordic Garden BuildingsSOLARDOME® Retreat by Solardome Industries
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Annexe

For those looking to provide some extra living accommodation, be it for an elderly family member, a first time home for a young adult, or as a way to earn some extra income from renting it out, then a garden room could be the ideal solution. Annexes provide independence for both parties, are attractive, and come in many different shapes and sizes to suit all tastes and styles. Whether you only have a small bit of space or lots of land to build a pre-fabricated home on, then you can find the ideal solution on our marketplace. We have selected three to showcase below, but you can start your search for an annexe here.

Log Home Annexetiny house annexe
Bespoke Camping Pod by Garden Room DesignCresta 2 Bedroom Log Home by Norwegian LogBespoke Tiny House by Tiny Homes Ireland 

Workshop

Gardens have always been the ideal place to have a workshop, close to the main living accommodation but separate enough to keep things segregated such as mess and clutter.  Garden rooms provide the perfect versatility, allowing you to choose a solution that works for you. Whether you need a workshop to let your artistic talents flow, or perhaps somewhere to create or repair objects a garden room could be your ideal solution. We have chosen three options below, but you can start your own search for a workshop here.

Aldford Barn Workshopgarden workshopsstandard workshop
Aldford Barn by 1 Click Log CabinsThe Garden Workshop by Green RetreatsStandard Workshop by HG Spaces

Recreational Room

Finally, garden rooms are the ideal place to create recreational space. Whether its a mancave, gaming room, garden bar, gym or somewhere to host band practice, for example, there is a garden room to suit. There are many optional extras that can be installed such as soundproofing if needed, making them versatile and functional for a host of purposes. Once again we have selected three to share on this blog, but you can start your search for a recreational room here.

Sound Studio Roomgarden gymGames Room
Sound Studio by Garden 2 Office LtdComposite Garden Room 3W by Garden Rooms East AngliaSteel Framed Games Room by Option Garden Buildings Ltd
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