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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

We’ve had man caves and she-sheds, but is it actually about quiet, personal space?

The man cave has - culturally speaking - been granted a special place in the male psyche. It’s a place where men can get together, drink beer or whiskey, watch sports and make off-colour jokes without risking being told off. Recent years, however, have seen a rise in what are termed she-sheds, which are - on the whole - much more refined places that are suited to arts and crafts and don’t smell like cigar smoke. We’re not saying, of course that there aren’t man caves full of appliqué or that she-sheds up and down the country don’t have live sports and a cooler of beer in them, but are these places to indulge ourselves and just ‘hang out’ actually more about having a personal retreat from the hectic modern world? In previous years, “Father’s study” was somewhere to spend time and read, but do these modern equivalents serve the same purpose?

Date: 08/07/2016 | Author: Roger Hedges

Is a Second Job Really The Way To Go?

Not many people would relish the idea of having a second job; getting up and doing a full day’s work, commuting, getting home and then heading right back out a few nights a week to do another job is more than most people could face. Having a full-time career leaves many of us looking for hobbies that exercise our bodies or minds in other ways, as a means of using our talents and finding a way to relax… but what if your hobby was your second job?

Date: 24/06/2016 | Author: Roger Hedges

The Importance of Being Comfortable

If you’re one of the lucky ones who is able to use their garden space as a home office, then there’s a list of things that must be done to ensure that you have a productive and efficient workspace.

Date: 15/06/2016 | Author: Roger Hedges

Family prayers for more space could be answered!

It’s almost a universal rule of every family moving into a new home; the new house is more than big enough and it will remain clean and tidy! Despite the best intentions of every new inhabitant that they’ll embrace Swedish Minimalism and have uncluttered spaces, it’s inevitable that families always grow to fill the space they have.

Date: 29/04/2016 | Author: Roger Hedges

What could a garden room do for your property value?

The last few years don’t necessarily feel like they’ve held a lot of good news for British families, but recently we’ve started to see a definite pick up in house prices, which is good for homeowners. Now that prices have started to rise and there’s less of a risk of being trapped in negative equity, more and more homeowners are tempted to put their property on the market.

Date: 16/04/2016 | Author: Roger Hedges

Can you make your garden room work for you?

The internet has been credited – and in some cases blamed – for a great number of things, but one of the greatest is in allowing huge numbers of services to be delivered faster, more efficiently and cheaper. It's also the basis of the rising work-from-home economy, allowing more and more of the British public to use their home spaces as office spaces.

Date: 12/03/2016 | Author: Roger Hedges

The Garden Room and The Garden Party

Although the mention of a garden party may bring forth images of Royal Invitations delivered on velvet cushions, with gentlemen wearing morning suits and medals adorning every lapel, they’re really not just for royalty!

Date: 05/03/2016 | Author: Roger Hedges

Having your home office as efficient as possible

Making the choice to pull away from the rat race and work from home can have a huge number of benefits, including lifestyle, work-life balance and even be financially better. Using the extra space from your own garden and having a garden room constructed to give you a dedicated workspace is a fantastic way to capitalise on the new way of working and maintain focus.

Date: 26/02/2016 | Author: Roger Hedges

Interior Design – for an external space!

Ever since a certain Mr Llewelyn-Bowen first graced our screens and took DIY away from the purely practical and towards the flamboyant, the UK has really fallen in love with interior design. There are huge numbers of websites, magazines and television programmes all dedicated to making your home an expression of you and your family, constantly updating to show the latest trends.

Date: 09/02/2016 | Author: Roger Hedges

2016 – when your garden becomes super-stylish

We Brits have always had a love affair with the garden, whether it's the rolling acres of a country manor or the humble garden lawn with attractive borders. Since the Victorians were able to import and cultivate more exotic species, we've had a steadily growing exchange with the rest of the world; ideas and styles are shared globally between green fingered friends and the Internet has allowed anyone to get inspired with their outdoor space.

Date: 17/01/2016 | Author: Roger Hedges

Spending the winter out of the house

A multi-purpose and versatile garden room can have an amazing effect on family life, providing the base for any number of family activities, such as summer barbecues, parties and guest accommodation. The extra space and extra facilities are a real boon for families looking to make the most of their home and give everybody a little bit of extra space.

Date: 04/01/2016 | Author: Roger Hedges

Does your garden room make you 'twitchy'?

Wildlife and nature has long been a fascination for the British and the love of the natural world really shows no sign of abating. With such a 'green and pleasant land' on our doorsteps, it's no surprise that our favourite pastimes and pursuits involve the great outdoors and we continue to love all manner of creatures that we see whenever we're out and about.

Date: 28/11/2015 | Author: Roger Hedges