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Security and the garden room

Although most people religiously lock their doors and windows before setting the alarm and leaving the house, when it comes to the security in the garden, things tend to be thought of in less strict terms. This is understandable when you’re talking about a basic garden shed that houses a few half-empty tins of paint, compost and a couple of deck-chairs but a garden room is an investment that should be protected.

Date: 27/08/2018 | Author: Roger Hedges

The self-contained space for nature!

Garden rooms are now a new concept; they’re a part of the historic culture of Britain. They have served many purposes and had many different names, whether they’re summer houses or writing studios right up to the more modern man-cave or Shoffice, but they’ve always been a place to enjoy and provide sanctuary away from hectic modern life.

Date: 10/08/2018 | Author: Roger Hedges

The role of the garden in ensuring work-life balance

A few years ago, working from home was only for telemarketers or catalogue reps, but the internet has made working from home one of the main appeals of many job roles, with younger people more likely to list it as a ‘must have’.

Date: 29/07/2018 | Author: Roger Hedges

Summer is great for exercise, but what about when summer leaves?

It’s no coincidence that the number of magazine articles telling us “how to get the perfect summer body” all appear around March every year. Each spring when the clocks go back and we feel like we’re getting more daylight hours, we become more active and as the weather warms up, we eat lighter foods, such as salads. When the evenings are long, we’re more inclined to take the dog on a longer walk or go for a jog in the park because, well, it’s Summer, so why not? It all helps to making us leaner, fitter and stronger.

Date: 15/07/2018 | Author: Roger Hedges

From toddling to teenagers - how the garden room grows with your children!

It’s often a surprise to new parents how much room a baby needs; for a person so small, it’s genuinely fascinating and bemusing how many things they accumulate! It doesn’t necessarily improve when they begin to grow, as their things simply get bigger and more numerous.

Date: 25/06/2018 | Author: Roger Hedges

Is the solution to overcrowding in your garden?

For most people, one of the joys of owning your own place for the first time is being able to entertain and host in a place of your own. Being able to invite family down for the weekend or giving friends somewhere to stay over after you decide to open another bottle makes it feel like entertaining done properly! One thing that tends to happen is that as families grow, it becomes less easy – and in some cases downright inconvenient – to have friends and family to stay.

Date: 08/06/2018 | Author: Roger Hedges

Versatility built right in!

Garden rooms can be exceptionally valuable spaces, acting as anything from playrooms to guest accommodation to yoga studios to home cinemas. They can give each person in the family a place to retreat and have quiet time, whether that’s to do homework or enjoy a book with a glass of wine or they can be activity spaces that prevent hobbies such as table-top games or brewing beer from taking over the house! What do you do, however, when you know that you need more space but can’t predict how it will be used?

Date: 20/05/2018 | Author: Roger Hedges

Where does your extra living space come from?

It’s fair to say that the UK is currently in love with home improvements! Whereas a few years ago, outgrowing your home invariably meant upsizing by moving to a new house, many Britons are now taking the “Don’t move, improve!” philosophy.

Date: 05/05/2018 | Author: Roger Hedges

Think of the bees!

It’s safe to say that we’re all a lot more environmentally conscious than we used to be. We’ve seen a big uplift in the amount of recycling, efforts to reduce emissions from engines, lower the amount of energy used in our homes and offices and even a campaign against wasteful, single-use plastics. While all of these things are great in limiting the amount of damage done to the environment, is there something that we can do to take positive steps?

Date: 23/04/2018 | Author: Roger Hedges

A garden room for a chill out - or even a time out!

There was a time when the words ‘mobile’ and ‘phone’ were never seen together and The Net was something John Barnes would hit with alarming regularity. Although our lives have been radically improved by modern technology, the knock-on effects of higher levels of stress and anxiety over the ‘Fear Of Missing Out’ have been suggested.

Date: 14/04/2018 | Author: Roger Hedges

Undoing the uncool choices of the past

Fashions tend to react quickly to new ideas or technology, taking over for a while before disappearing, either never to be seen again or to wait just long enough to be ‘retro’. It’s not just chunky knit sweaters, kipper ties or ripped jeans that we buy only for them to embarrass us in future photos, but our homes are also susceptible.

Date: 30/03/2018 | Author: Roger Hedges

The Magic Room That’s Anything You Want It To Be

It’s now 21 years since the first edition of Harry Potter book was released and in that time we’ve seen another six sequels and eight movies, as well as a plethora of additional follow up books, plays and movies focussing on other aspects of the wizarding world not directly featuring Ron, Hermione and Harry.

Date: 14/03/2018 | Author: Roger Hedges

How To Decorate A Garden Room

One of the joys of the garden room is that it’s separate from the main body of the house – and therefore can be whatever you want it to be! Most family homes are very practical; you may love pale carpets, but they don’t work with a family dog that loves muddy puddles and they’re a magnet for any toddler’s jam sandwich!

Date: 23/02/2018 | Author: Roger Hedges

Is Multigenerational Living The Future Of The UK?

At one point in the UK, it was generally accepted that young people would leave their family home when it came time to get married and then, years later, once they’d had children of their own, they’d invite one or even both of their parents to live back with them in what was at one time called their dotage.

Date: 07/02/2018 | Author: Roger Hedges

How expensive is a garden room compared to a house with an extra room?

We’ve long been fans of using extra garden space to give families much needed living areas. Garden areas can be a blank canvas or as specific as you like; everything from a playroom to a home cinema - and it seems the UK agrees with “Improve, Don’t Move” becoming a mantra.

Date: 28/01/2018 | Author: Roger Hedges

A Billiard Room Always Sounds Impressive

It was once the sign of a luxurious and sumptuous home, usually a country manor or large estate, but a billiard room has long been thought of as the ultimate show of prestige. Billiard rooms were originally a way to bring outdoor lawn games inside and gained popularity with the wealthy classes in the 18th and 19th Centuries when they were often paired with libraries, studies or even smoking rooms as a place for relaxation.

Date: 04/01/2018 | Author: Roger Hedges

When the weather’s cold, your garden room won’t be!

Well, the dead of winter has struck, we’ve had the usual headlines of “Snowmageddon!” and it’s looking like January and February are going to be slightly more sleet-y and icy than we’ve been used to for the last few years and temperatures could be lucky to hit double digits! While you may think that the time for enjoying the garden is over, we’re going to pay some close attention to Garden Spaces rooms that allow you to enjoy your garden all year round!

Date: 03/12/2017 | Author: Roger Hedges

Is It Ever Acceptable To Have Wasted Space?

The trend in the UK is for our homes to be much smaller than those of our international neighbours. In 2016, the average size of a home sold in the UK was 90m2 which is around 10% smaller than the Spanish average and a whopping 155m2 smaller than the average home sold in the USA. Although new build homes are slowly increasing in size, the cost of buying one is growing even more rapidly. Given these figures, is it ever acceptable to think of parts of our home as ‘wasted space’?

Date: 15/11/2017 | Author: Roger Hedges

Is Your Garden Room The Place To Capture History?

It seems like since we all got internet access, everyone has (to some extent) become an amateur genealogist or local historian! There are hundreds of accounts and groups across social media, showing and recording how our towns and cities have changed, been remodelled and updated over the years. Historic photos that show parks, shops, and especially pubs that are no longer around can be shared without having to spend hours digging in the archives.

Date: 30/10/2017 | Author: Roger Hedges

The Home Tranquillity Space

Our ideas about peace and relaxation have come a long way over the last few years. Over the last fifty years or so, we’ve had any number of ways to relax and chill out – some have stayed with us, such as the long bath or the glass of wine, while others have fallen by the wayside.

Date: 15/10/2017 | Author: Roger Hedges