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Elegans - Garden Gym - Balham

Client Name:

Geraud Charpin

Requirement

Maintaining our health and fitness is a priority for many of us but never easy to fit in around busy working lives. Our client wished to complement his stunning swimming pool with a garden gym, to give the full spectrum of facilities for fitness throughout the year even on those icy mornings. One key requirement for this bespoke gym, was that there was adequate head height to accommodate and comfortably use such pieces of equipment as running machine or cross trainer. Having studied our website, our client was very clear on his design requirements, wanting the highest specification we offer plus a number of bespoke features within.

Our Solution

Our Elegans Studio range offers best value, if high specification throughout is what is desired. Details of our different studios and their standard specifications can be found on our website. Noteworthy to the Elegans, as standard, are the following: • Western Red Cedar Cladding: This is sourced from sustainable forestry in Canada. The cooler climates of its origin elicit slower growth, a finer more even grain and incredible durability. This high quality kiln dried wood will not degrade for many decades and may be left to silver or treated annually with Danish oil to maintain the rich honey hues. • Aluminium Frames: Anthracite grey (RAL 7016) powder coated, with high security locks. • High Performance Glazing: Double the heat reflection of standard glass, greater thermal efficiency (a U-value of 1.0 w/m2k), high glare reduction and self-cleaning. The self-cleaning coating is fully integrated into the surface of the glass ensuring its effects are long-lasting. It uses UV rays from the sun to break down organic dirt which is rinsed away by the rain (or a hose). • Solid engineered wood flooring: In a variety of beautiful colours and finishes with a 30 year residential warranty! • Fixtures and fittings: Brushed metal and chrome finishes with up to 16 internal and 5 external down lighters. Often with our installations, the garden space available is limited and the studios have to lie within 2 metres of the boundary. This imposes an external height restriction of 2.5 metres, if it is to be built under 'permissible development'. If however, the studio can lie further than 2 metres from the boundary this height restrictions is raised to 3 meters (4 meters for apex roofs). Here, there was adequate space allow a 2 metre gap and so the studio could exceed 2.5 metres height,eliminating any internal head room issues. Additional optional features that were chosen for this spacious gym included aluminium blinds, a weatherproof external double power socket, a sedum roof (please see the fabulous benefits of this feature on our website), underfloor heating and a wall mounted convector heater.