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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

Could You Turn Your Garden Space Into A Holiday Lodge?

The trend for quirky holiday rentals is on the rise, with off-the-beaten-track rental sites making it easier than ever to let out your spare space. Is it possible to turn that last 20 feet of your garden into profitable space by installing a holiday lodge and renting it out?

Date: 25/11/2014 | Author: Roger Hedges

Convert Your Cabin Into A Cosy Winter Retreat

Winter is a beautiful, picturesque and magical time, perfect for chocolate box pictures and Christmas Cards, but imagine one morning you open your curtains to a scene straight out of The Snowman. You hesitate before opening the back door, fearing the icy blasts as you run across the garden to your office. What thoughts do you use to motivate yourself?

As the cold weather draws in, we share with you are top tips for converting your garden office into a luxurious winter-retreat.

Date: 25/11/2014 | Author: Roger Hedges

Creating a Garden Space in a Compact Garden

The most common view is that unless you have a sizeable garden with entire areas going to waste, you won’t have the space needed to make use of a garden room. Regardless of the dimensions you have to work with, you’ll more than likely be able have a useful and versatile room.

Date: 14/11/2014 | Author: Roger Hedges

Creating a Child Friendly Garden Space

Your garden is a valuable asset to your home, providing you children with the opportunity to get plenty of fresh air and exercise. Tempt them away from the TV and into the daylight with these top tips for creating a safe, child-friendly zone.

Date: 05/11/2014 | Author: Roger Hedges

Achieving Your Start-Up Dreams from Your Garden

"Start-up business" is one of the most commonly heard phrases these days - and people around the world are turning their bright ideas into successful business opportunities. What better place to start than from your own creative space in your garden?

Date: 16/10/2014 | Author: Roger Hedges

How to Make the Ultimate Entertainment Space

Typically, garden rooms tend to be constructed out of necessity, for use as home offices, hobby spaces or studios for creating music or art. These spaces are to allow activities that would otherwise encroach on the main body of the home and so need their own space. Sometimes, however, they’re an indulgence for a home cinema, pool room or hangout space. To pack the biggest amount of relaxation and fun into your small space, follow these top tips.

Date: 01/10/2014 | Author: Roger Hedges

Do You Need Planning Consent for a Garden Room?

Once you’ve decided to go ahead with your garden room, you’re likely to want to get it started as soon as possible so you can begin to enjoy your new space. Before starting building, you’ll need to understand the rules around planning permission to avoid wasting both time and money.

Date: 18/09/2014 | Author: Roger Hedges

The Best Climbers to Disguise an Outdoor Space

Your garden room can be an attractive outdoor feature all of its own. However, if you're trying to create a nature-themed garden that is full of life, you might want to consider using natural camouflage to help your garden room become a part of the garden. Here's a look at some of the best climber plants to help you achieve this ‘secret garden' effect.

Date: 05/09/2014 | Author: Roger Hedges