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A stunning design feature – the living roof!

When it comes to finalising all of the design features and specifications of your garden room, there are a number of careful considerations to make. Arranging the space, the internal walls and the kitchenette or shower space; it all takes a lot of work and one area you may find that you don't give a lot of consideration is the roof above your head. Rather than defaulting to a standard roofing material, you could in fact enhance your garden building by choosing a sedum living roof.

Date: 12/11/2015 | Author: Roger Hedges

What you need to consider before you start building your garden room

Once you've decided to go ahead with installing a garden room for your family, the temptation is to run ahead with the fun things; to start looking up wallpaper patterns, floor coverings and soft furnishings. If you're including a kitchenette, you may be looking at cabinet colours, or any lamps and appliances that you're going to need.

Date: 29/10/2015 | Author: Roger Hedges

The Joy of an Outdoor Winter

Now that Autumn has announced its presence and intention to stay in no uncertain terms, there's a temptation to look at the garden wistfully, as if to say “Oh well, see you next year”. The fBritish summer has some amazing features and always brings up images of long days, barbecues and single white fluffy clouds in an otherwise brilliantly blue sky. It's why many of us choose to enjoy the garden throughout the 'good' weather and make the most of it.

Date: 11/10/2015 | Author: Roger Hedges

Sports and your garden room

Britain has always held a proud sporting heritage and recently there has been much talk of investment at the 'grass-roots' level, essentially getting people to take up their favourite activities just for the joy of the game.

Date: 27/09/2015 | Author: Roger Hedges

Colour may be the most important decision regarding your home office

While the most important decision of building your home office as a garden space may appear to be how large it should be, or where it should be located, there are a series of decision which are equally important but tend to get pushed further down the list.

Date: 14/09/2015 | Author: Roger Hedges

Grand Designs Live - Birmingham NEC 2015

Our stand this year is typical of our popular Elegans studio range and showcases our latest materials and finishes - Join us on stand G431 to find out more.

Date: 01/09/2015 | Author: Roger Hedges

Versatile, valuable and available all year

While the August weather has been variable at best this year, there's still a lot of time to get out and enjoy the garden and any good weather that's on its way. The garden gets a lot of love and attention during the summer months and this, typically, is the time when many people think about getting the most usage out of their garden room. From barbecues, family parties and relaxing evenings, the long summer days lend themselves to relaxing outside in the warm weather.

Date: 27/08/2015 | Author: Roger Hedges

Not all garden rooms are created equal

Every family knows how these things happen, as the family grows and gets older, they take on new hobbies and activities, they buy more equipment, such as bicycles and gym machines and, generally speaking, they grow to fill up the space in the house. Just about every family would say they'd like more space, but there comes a time when some families know that they need to take action. Moving house is an extreme solution, which is expensive, disruptive and is said to be the most stressful event that people do.

Date: 15/08/2015 | Author: Roger Hedges

Shed those ideas about tatty sheds

When it comes to defining 'Britishness' there are a great number of qualities that all jostle for attention. There's no single, overriding stipulation that shows “Great Britain” but it's often explored and investigated – even making it into one of Hugh Grant's film speeches, whereby “Shakespeare, Churchill, the Beatles... [and] David Beckham's right foot” are all listed as what Britishness has to offer.

Date: 28/07/2015 | Author: Roger Hedges

Investing in your garden, your home and your work life balance

When you tell people that you work from home, there's usually a fairly familiar run of comments and sentiments that follow. Firstly, the person working from home has to try and not sound too happy about being able to work at home; secondly the person receiving the information has to try and not sound too jealous. There's then the usual exchange regarding commuting and crowded motorways or even more crowded trains, the questions about whether you work in a dressing gown and finally about discipline and the distractions of home while you work.

Date: 12/07/2015 | Author: Roger Hedges

Man caves – the truth at last!

One of the ideas that seems to have originated in the United States and really taken hold over here is the 'Man Cave'. Although British men have had personal spaces for many generations before, they were referred to in terms such as 'Father's Study' and generally brought up images of wingback chairs and shelves of old leather-bound volumes.

Date: 28/06/2015 | Author: Roger Hedges

Britain has said how it likes to relax and we can't help but agree!

According to a recent poll, the British are generally a gentle, fairly easy to please bunch. When asked about our favourite pastimes, the most popular activities included long walks in the countryside, reading in the garden and the odd pint at the pub. Looking a little further down the list, it also included playing with children and pets in the garden, birdwatching and, surprisingly in the digital age, reading the paper.

Date: 14/06/2015 | Author: Roger Hedges

It's all in the craft – using your Garden Space as a craft business

The world of business and retail has changed beyond all recognition since the invention of the Internet; it's now possible to not only order a new television, buy car insurance or even pay the mortgage online, but you can also find any number of handmade treasures for your home.

Date: 19/05/2015 | Author: Roger Hedges

Health and wellbeing at home – or just outside it!

No matter how good anyone's intentions are when taking out a gym membership, it's entirely likely that there will be an extended period when work runs late, or the gym seems too far away or like too much effort and visits to the gym stop. For lots of people, it seems to make much more sense to bring the gym home – for the cost of a few months' gym subscription fees, it's possible to buy a range of exercise equipment to work out at home, from cardio vascular machines to weights to resistance machinery.

Date: 03/05/2015 | Author: Roger Hedges

Some Garden Rooms Are Hobby Rooms; Some Are So Much More!

There are many times when a garden room is so much more than a ‘nice to have’, it becomes a necessity. Garden spaces can be extremely valuable for the peace and quiet they offer the artistic painter, or the peace and quiet they offer the family of teenagers learning the drums!

Date: 13/04/2015 | Author: Roger Hedges

Stop the block! How Thermal Blocking Can Damage Your Heating System

One of the most luxurious renovations that people have been making over the last few years is the installation of underfloor heating. The principle of the system is exactly the same as that of conventional central heating radiators, to heat water and circulate it through the home, allowing it to dissipate heat throughout. The key difference is that with a conventional radiator, there's a danger that the heat may not spread particularly far and there are isolated warm spots in a room.

Date: 03/04/2015 | Author: Roger Hedges

Join Us at Grand Designs Live

Once again we will be exhibiting at Grand Designs Live at ExCeL London. find out more about what to expect from the show.

Date: 02/04/2015 | Author: Roger Hedges

Home Working on the Rise - Infographic

The trend for home and remote working continues to rise. Our infographic highlights some key points.

Date: 16/01/2015 | Author: Roger Hedges

Soundproofing Your Music Room

Garden buildings can make ideal music rooms; as a quiet space away from the rest of the house, it means you limit not only the number of distractions, but also the risk of disturbing others in your home.

Thanks to the method of construction and materials used, many garden rooms offer a natural level of soundproofing, meaning that whether you’re rehearsing as a group of delivering tuition, it can be a quiet area that lends itself to music.

Here we take a look at when, why and how you might like to upgrade to create a near silent retreat.

Date: 05/12/2014 | Author: Roger Hedges

How Your Creativity Can Be Boosted By A Garden Office 

The need for plenty of fresh air, exercise and interaction with nature has long been recognised in education as essential to children’s brain development, but what about adults? Isn’t is also true that grown ups can benefit from a little green space too?

Date: 30/11/2014 | Author: Roger Hedges