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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

Art and artists have certain needs

It’s long been known that getting the creative juices flowing can be challenging, a process that sometimes feels like getting a delicate flower to blossom. Sometimes, inspiration may simply strike, but it can’t be relied upon to always be there, especially if your mind is frequently distracted.

Date: 27/09/2017 | Author: Roger Hedges

Planning Permission, Building Regulations and Garden Rooms

A number of years ago, the rules around planning permission were relaxed to stop small projects requiring approval – allowing homeowners to improve their properties and prevent local authorities from being unnecessarily tied up with paperwork. For most people, this means that they have a lot more freedom in deciding on modest improvements to their home.

Date: 11/09/2017 | Author: Roger Hedges

Are You Thinking Of A Garden Room In The Wrong Way?

Although the British have always had a love of the garden and enjoying the great outdoors, it seems like making the most of your outside space has never been more popular! Everybody, no matter what the budget, wants to have a little space in the garden – no matter if it’s a man cave, she-shed, gym, hobby or craft space!

Date: 31/08/2017 | Author: Roger Hedges

Is the Garden Room A Cultural Revelation?

We may be a little biased in our love of having a garden oasis of calm, but we’re certainly not the only ones! There are thousands of people across the world who have a room at the end of their garden that does almost anything – including a home gym, an office, an art studio, a hair salon or home cinema!

Date: 07/08/2017 | Author: Roger Hedges

How to lessen the impact of extending your home

It’s an oft-quoted statistic that moving house is one of the most stressful things we experience, after bereavement. It’s easy to understand why people dislike it so much; not only does it involve leaving behind a home that’s been the location for thousands of life experiences and memories, it also involves finding somewhere new and lots of financial and legal paperwork – which is very rarely fun!

Date: 28/07/2017 | Author: Roger Hedges

Is Professionalism The Key To A Second Business?

The Internet gets a lot of credit (and blame!) for various things, but it’s become central to our everyday living in a short amount of time. The first ever product sold online was a Pizza Hut pizza in 1994, but if you’d told people then that we’d soon even be buying houses on the internet, they’d have thought you were crazy!

Date: 14/07/2017 | Author: Roger Hedges

Why the Garden Play Room Could Be Fun For All!

Many parents find that having children to be equally wonderful, exciting and overwhelming time – and one of the big surprises is how much space such tiny little people take up! Almost before they’re born, babies seem to have more things than their parents and it only gets worse as they get older!

Date: 30/06/2017 | Author: Roger Hedges

The Joy of Having a Proper Office at Home

No matter how much they love their job, everybody, if they’re honest, has thought to themselves “Wouldn’t it just be easier if I could work from home?” It might be said while climbing out of bed at 6am on a rainy November morning or while sitting stationary in a traffic jam for the third time this week; the simple fact is that there are a great number of benefits to working from home.

Date: 15/06/2017 | Author: Roger Hedges