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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

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