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Have we become a nation of barbecue enthusiasts?

The first week of June marks the beginning of barbecue season for many British households – so if you were looking for an excuse to gather some friends and food and enjoy a large, outdoor cooking session, then go right ahead!

Date: 27/05/2017 | Author: Roger Hedges

A Holiday At The End Of The Garden

There’s been an awful lot about “the Sharing Economy” in recent years; many people are using things they own but don’t use all the time to generate an income. Kitchen desking has been around for a while – the idea is that while you go out to work, you allow somebody who needs a desk or office space to use your kitchen table as a workspace for a small fee. You get money for something you’re not using, they get an affordable workspace with wi-fi and tea and coffee making facilities.

Date: 03/05/2017 | Author: Roger Hedges

Light - The Unsung Hero Of Your Garden Room!

We’ve written extensively about all the potential purposes for your garden room, whether you want a home office, a gym or even a child’s playroom – but your intended purpose is only part of the story. There’s also the location, the aspect and any number of other things to consider. One thing you may not have thought about is why light should play such an important part in your decision on getting a garden room.

Date: 27/04/2017 | Author: Roger Hedges

Is Your Garden Room A Home Away From Home?

As a nation, Britain is particularly house-proud – we love our homes and we spend an awful lot of time and effort on decorating, buying additions and making sure that they’re the perfect representation of us. Unfortunately, life has an awful habit of getting in the way, so soon our houses have to make compromises and we start to lose a bit of our carefully cultured look.

Date: 14/04/2017 | Author: Roger Hedges

The Greatest Gift for Your Hobbyist

There’s a common phrase that’s often used to describe people who have a second passion or hobby; “Boys and their toys”. Obviously it doesn’t just apply to men, but it’s almost inevitable that a strong interest can often make a hobby take on a life of its own.

Date: 01/04/2017 | Author: Roger Hedges

Could your Garden Room Be The Making of Your Garden?

The number of purposes a garden room can serve is almost infinite – anything and everything including home offices, playrooms, guest accommodation and even a home cinema can be built right at the end of your path. A garden room is often a solution to a specific need… but what if its chief purpose was to make your garden more usable and inviting?

Date: 28/03/2017 | Author: Roger Hedges

Why is ‘cosy’ such a huge deal?

Whether you follow the news avidly or just happen to catch morning radio bulletins while commuting, it seems apparent to all that the world is more stressful than it used to be. World events, politics and even extreme weather make headlines daily and between radio, television and even our phones, it can be hard to unplug.

Date: 23/03/2017 | Author: Roger Hedges

Is motivation the key to fitness?

There’s a situation in Britain that’s so common, it could be a rite of passage! It’s probably very familiar; a gym membership is purchased and a Direct Debit set up. After a few weeks, due to family or work, gym visits taper away and the Direct Debit payments are taken for a few more weeks before being cancelled and the membership ended.

Date: 07/03/2017 | Author: Roger Hedges

Making the most of your garden for your children

We all know how family life can sometimes get a little… hectic! Almost every night of the week will see a whirlwind of kids getting home from school, parents getting home from work, trying to cook a family meal and get everyone to sit and eat before various after school clubs, going to the gym, packing bags for the morning and organising bedtimes!

Date: 21/02/2017 | Author: Roger Hedges

It's your space, use it wisely!

The wonderful thing about garden rooms is that they’re as unique as the people who have them. No matter what problem they were built to solve, they quickly become a valuable and much loved part of the home, useful for everything from cinema rooms to guest accommodation. Every home with a garden room immediately benefits from the extra space for the family.

Date: 03/02/2017 | Author: Roger Hedges

The Pub at the End of the Garden!

It’s been a dream of a huge swathe of the population ever since the invention of the public house… ‘Wouldn’t it be great if I could have a pub at home? Good beer, a roaring fireplace and no last orders bell!’ While some people would like a quiet space to sit with their favourite tipple and others would like a space big enough to fit in all their friends and family, the good news is that you can finally get your wish!

Date: 10/01/2017 | Author: Roger Hedges

Strike while the ground is cold!

When the weather turns cold, there comes an inevitable change – nationwide – of behaviour, people stay home more, take part in fewer outdoor activities and generally stay closer to a nice warm hearth. While there are fewer daylight hours, fewer dry, sunny days and generally less amenable conditions to spend much time outside, it becomes a bit of a restriction on even simple pleasure, such as enjoying the garden.

Date: 01/01/2017 | Author: Roger Hedges

The Rock Garden and the Garden Room

As we approach the end of the year, the majority of the newspaper columns are filled with that perennial mixture of predictions regarding everything from spring fashion and next year’s big food trends, all the way down to which bands will get their big break and whether the knee-high sock is due to make a comeback.

Date: 02/12/2016 | Author: Roger Hedges

Making a success of working from home

Recent figures from the Trades Union Congress show that the UK has over 4.2 million people who are “remote workers” – or put simply, that work from home. For those tied to a desk, it’s long been a dream to work from home, but why do it and how do you go about making it a success?

Date: 19/11/2016 | Author: Roger Hedges

Clean air from your house and office plants

You may remember that a while ago, NASA – yes the National Aeronautics and Space Administration! – did a fairly in depth survey looking for the plants that are of most use in outer space to create oxygen and naturally cleanse the air. We reported on some of the most interesting findings in our blog here so that your garden office can remain a clean, airy space with good quality fresh air!

Date: 05/11/2016 | Author: Roger Hedges

When planning permission doesn’t apply

There are very few people who wouldn’t like to take on a little bit of home improvement or development for any number of reasons. Family life can often benefit from some extra room, whether it’s to indulge a hobby, start a from-home second business or even the dream of many families, the cinema or entertainment room!

Date: 22/10/2016 | Author: Roger Hedges

Rescuing Your House with Your Garden Room

For some reason, it’s completely and naturally expected that families will not only ‘grow’ but inevitably will ‘outgrow’ the home. We seem to accept this completely, but does it always have to be so?

Date: 11/10/2016 | Author: Roger Hedges

Using your Garden to make the most of your Garden room

If you are lucky enough to have a garden room, then you’re already familiar with the joy of seeing your garden from a unique perspective. Using the extra space and shelter in your garden not only means that you have a brilliant way to enjoy your garden, but a way to extend the usability of your garden all year round. In turn, many people find that once they have a garden room, they become a lot more green-fingered!

Date: 25/08/2016 | Author: Roger Hedges

Making the most of a small space

If you’re lucky enough to have a garden room, you’ll know how valuable an addition it can be to family life. Having a small space that can act as everything from a family cinema room to a home studio to guest accommodation can really give your family some valuable extra room. The question is what can you do to make the most of the space you have?

Date: 05/08/2016 | Author: Roger Hedges

We hate to mention Christmas this early, but…

It’s almost an annual event, but every November sees a large number of articles in the papers and online that have titles like “How to survive Christmas with the family” or “Destress the Festive Season”. There are many theories about why Christmas has become so stressful, including advertising and pressure from the media, but is it down to a significant change of lifestyle?

Date: 22/07/2016 | Author: Roger Hedges