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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

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