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Helix - Print Studio - London

Client Name:

Stanley Jones

Client Comments:

For my purposes this simple design works very satisfactorily in the garden space available and is intended to accommodate some hand operated printing machines. The foundations have taken this into consideration, as well as the distribution of lighting both natural and artificial. Well insulated, it has the potential of being heated very economically by a electric oil radiator. The white painted walls help to radiate extra daylight and support the fluorescent ceiling lights surrounding the roof window giving a generous overall illumination of the room

Requirement

Our client, a talented print master, was working in his basement with limited natural light and space. He had however a modest area of garden covered by hedge and shrubs that is exactly the type of space we are experts at capitalising on. This was to be a working studio, housing an array of heavy lithographic printers and as such aesthetics was not the main driver. Creating a well insulated functional studio with maximum space and natural, was.

Our Solution

We surveyed the site and discussed at length our client’s requirements. Though access to the rear garden was narrow and a little awkward, it did not perturb our team of installers who are very used to such issues. A degree of ground clearance was necessary to level the site before installation. Some clients choose to prepare the ground themselves but on this occasion our team cleared the site immediately prior to installation. The studio itself was designed to ensure our client could work with plenty of natural light flooding in from all angles regardless of the time of day. As such, large floor to ceiling windows were incorporated on both walls, French doors on the other and a 1200 by 600mm ceiling light in the roof, made with solar efficient self-cleaning triple glazing. The cladding as seen in the photographs is our kiln dried thermowood. It is exceptionally robust and thermally efficient not to mention maintenance free. The frames are uPVC in our most popular RAL colour 7016 (anthracite grey) with argon filled A rated glazing. Internally, all walls were finished with fully skimmed plaster board and skirting painted white, additional light provided by two 5’ contemporary strip lights and power from 4 double power sockets (this being tapped from the mother board by means of 10mm 3 core armoured cabling). The floor was covered by our tough 10mm thick V groove laminate (guaranteed for 25 years), perfect for sitting heavy printers upon. We hope this light, spacious garden studio may enhance the enjoyment our eminent client clearly draws from his craft.