How to create a perfect playroom in your Garden Lodge

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Our Garden Lodges are not just a relaxing place for adult members of the family, increasingly we are seeing garden lodges being built for the younger generation as well. A lodge in the garden can make a perfect playroom, they are well sound insulated, secure, and allow for all the mess to be in one, nicely controlled area.

For peace of mind, we can build a garden playroom, close to the main house so that your children can always be in plain view, or for older kids having a degree of separation can be a great thing. Noisy pursuits like drum practice, playing music and video games loudly or watching films on high volume need not disturb your peace and quiet any longer!

Below are some great tips for making a playroom that will function perfectly for your children.

 

1. Choose appropriate flooring

 

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When choosing the flooring for your garden lodge it is important to consider how the building will be used over the years. A great option for a playroom would be laminate flooring, Laminate is great for a playroom because it is very hard wearing. Also if there is an accidental spillage then it can simply be wiped clean. All of the garden lodges we build for our customers come complete with laminate floors as standard, with a range of colours available.

 

2. Create a colourful and fun environment

 

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Children love bright spaces and there are plenty of ways to add elements of colour to a room. One good way is to add a feature wall. This will lift the space and create a real focal point, try some colourful wallpaper, or if you are feeling creative why not get the kids involved and design something themselves. Painting a wall with your children’s favourite colours and adding some patterns, such as stripes or zig-zags is another way to add some sparkle.

 

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Decorating with wallpaper or paint can be easily changed to adapt to your children’s tastes as they get older. Or if you decide to change the playroom into a garden office for yourself then this would be easy as the decorating involved is not structural and all the decorating could be changed quickly.

 

3. Low maintenance furniture

 

it might seem obvious, but choosing the furniture for a playroom is something to think about carefully. Consider choosing a sofa that has detachable covers that can be thrown into the washing machine quickly, or perhaps a wipe clean option such as leather, or leather effect. A sofa in a playroom is going to get a lot of hard use, so don’t get too hung up on buying something that looks great and is expensive.

 

4. Cushions!

 

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Cushions are a great way of creating a soft area for your children to play in, they can add colour and vibrancy to a room and come in all different shapes and sizes. Oversized cushions are great for this, as they can also be used for sleeping on and sitting on, but can be piled up in the corner if extra room is needed. They are also a great way of injecting extra colour into the playroom, with a myriad of cushion covers to choose from.

 

5. Hideaway storage

 

Storage is always going to be a top priority in a playroom as it is essential for things to be tidied away from time to time. The best way to create storage in a playroom is to have fun de-clutter boxes that make it easy for kids to tidy up. Something like these boxes below works perfectly, as they are large enough for kids to just throw everything in.

It’s also a good idea to have big clear labels on boxes, this way your kids will know what goes where and hopefully improve their tidying up skills!

 

 

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Another great idea for storage is a simple shoe organiser. Cheap to buy in many stores, this versatile storage can be attached to the back of a door and used to tidy away lots of little things. It’s also a good idea to have big clear labels on boxes, this way your kids will know what goes where and hopefully improve their tidying up skills!

 

6. Children’s furniture

 

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Children’s furniture is essential for any playroom, and will really make a children’s room seem like their own. Also, it won’t be comfortable for young children to have to struggle with big chairs, possibly adding something that can cause an accident.  A great tip is to get some old wooden furniture and cut down the legs to make them much lower, the same can be achieved with a small table. It’s also possible to buy children’s furniture from many stores, try some of the big names like Ikea that will have some good options.

 

7. Create fun zones

 

Creating areas in the playroom that are designated fun zones will help to create an atmosphere. One idea could be to erect a small climbing wall, with a cushion below – all kids love climbing, so this could add a real element of fun. Or how about having a themed zone, try to create a corner that has a jungle feel, or a castle motif, something that will engage your child’s imagination and make the spaces great for play time.

 

8. Create an interactive wall

 

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Let’s face it, kids are going to draw on the wall at some point. Why not encourage their creative flair by creating a chalkboard wall. Chalkboard paint can be bought at almost any DIY store and will create a matt black wall that is perfect for drawing on. We can’t guarantee this will stop the other walls being drawn on, but hey, it’s a start!

 

9. Create a chill-out nap time area

 

A chill-out area is a must-have for any playroom, all that fun can be exhausting, so it’s a good idea to have an area that is a little darker with some soft cushions. A great idea for this can be a tepee or tent where kids can go and sleep it off if they get over excited or overtired.

 

10. Rugs and floor mats

 

Rugs can be a brilliant way to divide space and to create different ‘zones’. Even better if some of those rugs can be floor mats with a theme. ‘Roadmap’ floor mats can be great fun for children to play on with their toy cars and can keep them occupied for hours.

 

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11. Create a reading corner

 

Everybody appreciates that reading is essential for a child’s development and that starting children from an early stage is a no-brainer. Creating a reading corner will help to encourage children reading and give them easy access to a lot of reading material. Even if children start with just picture books it will create the foundations for an enjoyment of books that can last for the rest of their lives.

 

12. Art corner

 

As Picasso once said, ‘every child is an artist’. It’s a great idea to encourage your child’s artistic endeavours by creating a place in the playroom for displaying a selection of arts and crafts. There are a few different ways that pictures and paintings can be displayed. How about a clothesline, hanging on the wall, that will allow you to peg new works of art up as they are produced, to give a real sense of pride to the playroom.

 

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At Garden Lodges we are committed to building the perfect garden building for our customers. After talking to one of our site survey experts, we will be able to advise you on the best building to meet your exact requirements.

 

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Garden Lodges, the perfect solution for a pub in the garden.

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It is a regular desire of many people to build there own pub. Who doesn’t fancy the idea of popping down the garden and pouring a swift pint, or making a cocktail to enjoy outside?

When you have your own pub in the garden all this is possible. No last orders, a roaring log fire, some comfy pub chairs, a selection of pint glasses and tankards. You can let your imagination go wild. Invite your friends round and be the envy or your street.

A pub in the garden, built by Garden Lodges, could provide you with your perfect hangout. We are able to build a Garden Lodge in 3 – 4 weeks. Meaning that you could be up and running sooner than you think. Some of the key requirements for a pub in the garden might be running water, electricity, drainage and washing up facilities. All of these options are possible. Unlike many other Garden Lodge builders, we are able to create a bespoke solution to our customer’s needs that can incorporate all of these facilities.

Other options that might be a ‘must-have’ for your garden pub could be some classic pub carpets, Sky TV a pool table or a fridge.

 

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After you book a free site survey with one of our experienced surveyors we will be able to suggest a building that could work best for your pub in the garden. The building above is a great option. Our Garden Studio, with grey powder-coated aluminium door frames, is a built to a high specification. With 100mm insulated SIP panels, the building is very warm in winter, and cool in the summer, great when you want to chill out on a hot day. Our garden studios start from as little as £18,518, for a 3.91m x 2.71m, including all groundwork and building work.

 

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Another option might be from our Garden Lodge range. With a pitched roof and impressive floor to ceiling glazing, this garden building strikes an imposing figure in any garden. The extra height might be useful if you want to install large equipment, or if you just want to enjoy the greater feeling of space that a double height ceiling can provide.

A garden bar can also be a great idea if you plan to install a swimming pool in your grounds. Why not make the pool-house double-up as a functioning bar. That way you would not need to traipse through your house to get refreshments as everything would be within easy reach of your pool.

 

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Home Office Inspiration

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Many of our customers, when considering a garden lodge, are looking for a bespoke place to work from home. A garden lodge can offer the perfect solution, providing a quiet and comfortable office space, that is detached from the main house, yet not totally isolated. For many people, this provides the perfect balance between work life and home life.

 

Some of the major advantages of working from home in a garden lodge:

 

  • Keep work life and home life separate
  • Design your perfect office from scratch
  • Enjoy your garden while ‘at work’
  • Reduce energy bills with our super insulated SIPs construction
  • Create an addition to your home that will add value
  • Garden lodges can double as a garden gym, studio or storage space
  • Have a quiet and comfortable place to work from
  • Create a new office, even if there is no room in your house

 

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Keep work life and home life separate

Keeping work life and home life separate is a big concern for many of our customers, being able to ‘switch off’ at the end of the day is crucial for many people, which some might find hard to do if their office is located in the main home. With a garden office, it is possible to keep the 2 entirely separate and create the perfect environment to work from.

 

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Design your perfect office from scratch

One of the best things about building a garden office is that you can design your perfect space. A cramped spare room is rarely able to provide the versatility that many people require. You might require more light, or ample storage, or extra height, or 2 or more desks. All of these necessities can be built into the design of your garden office from the beginning.

 

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The first stage of any garden office construction is to book a free no obligation site survey with one of our experienced surveyors. During this visit, we will be able to discuss the requirements of your new garden office project and advise you on which type of building would work best.

 

Enjoy your garden while ‘at work’

Another great advantage of building a garden office is that you can enjoy your garden whilst at work. Many of our customers have told us how more relaxed they feel working in a ‘garden environment’. If you have a beautiful garden, why not make the most of it and enjoy it while you are in your office. In summer it is possible to throw open the doors and connect your office space to the outdoors. These days with busy workloads and long commutes we increasingly don’t have time to enjoy the garden, but this can become a thing of the past with a garden office built by our team of professional craftsmen.

 

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Reduce energy bills with our super insulated SIPs construction

An office can be expensive to run, with electricity, internet and heating costs all mounting up. With our super insulated thermal efficient building system, called SIPs, you can rest assured that you will not be wasting money, in fact, our buildings are so well insulated you might find you are spending next to nothing on heating, providing great savings over a draughty spare room. This also means that our buildings remain cool in summer, with large bi-folding doors providing plenty of light and fresh air. Our SIPs (Stuctural Insulated Panels) are constructed off-site, in our production facilities in Bedfordshire. This means minimum disruption for you and a very fast construction time of 3 – 4 weeks.

 

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Create an addition to your home that will add value

A garden office can add real value to your home. With more and more people working remotely, having a garden office in situ can be a real boost to your home’s saleability and increase the value of your home by around 10%. Garden Offices are very versatile buildings, so even if a buyer doesn’t work from home, then the building can be adapted to be used as a gym, art studio, children’s playroom, storage space, or a myriad of other uses.

 

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Have a quiet and comfortable place to work from

Having a quiet place to work is an essential requirement for many of our customers. Often this is not achievable in a home office, as interruptions from young children, road noise or general family life can be a distraction. Having an office at the end of your garden can negate all of these. Our thermally efficient buildings provide excellent sound insulation, being separate from the main house means you can be spared many of the distractions of day to day life.

 

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Create a new office, even if there is no room in your house

With the costs of housing soaring, creating new space in your existing home makes a lot of sense. If you do not have room for a home office, or your existing home office needs to become a bedroom, then building an office in the garden might be able to provide this extra space. With current building regulations, it is normally possible to have a garden office built under permitted development, as long as the building is to be placed less than 2.0m from the boundary of the property with a maximum overall height of no more than 2.5m from existing ground level. This means that building your garden office can be a straightforward and cost-effective solution.

Our garden lodges start from as little as £17,322 for a completed building. This includes all foundations, exterior and interior decorating, fittings and fixtures and connection to electricity and electrical points.

 

Main features include:

  • Built to last
  • Cladding or render
  • Foundations
  • High spec roof
  • Laminate flooring
  • Built with structurally insulated panels
  • Power points and light switches
  • Electrics and lighting

 

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Garden Studio Designs

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Garden Lodges is well known for its wide choice of designs and bespoke buildings we have built for our customers.

We offer 3 core garden studio designs, from which hundreds of options are possible to customise and modify your design. No two Garden Studios we have built are the same, but one thing they do have in common is the level of craftsmanship and quality that we ensure for every build.

Our first Garden Studio design option is the Garden Office range. This product range is very popular for those who are building a garden studio in order to work from home. The Garden Office range is affordable, low maintenance and secure. Key features include a contemporary flat roof and UPCVu doors and windows. A small overhang and non-recessed windows maximise the space available inside the office.

Red cedar timber cladding provides a waterproof hard wearing and stylish exterior that ages extremely well and looks great in a garden setting. Starting from just £17,322, our Garden Office range represents excellent value.

 

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Our second Garden Studio Design option is the Garden Studio range. This product range builds on the design of our offices but incorporates high spec aluminium door and window frames and premium quality glazing. The contemporary look and feel of our garden studios are enhanced through the use of slate grey frames and red cedar timber cladding, creating a modern, stylish and long-lasting building. Other external options are available including coloured render or painted timber. The shape of our Garden Studios is also customisable, meaning you can choose a square, rectangular or L-Shaped layout. Garden Studios are perfect for a great range of uses. We have built Garden Studios that function as gyms, music rooms, yoga studios, pool rooms, outdoor bars, workshops and much more. Prices for our aluminium framed studios, start from just £18,518, great value for this level of spec and quality of build.

 

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The third Garden Studio Design option is our Garden Lodge range. With a pitched roof and fantastic floor to ceiling UPVC glazing, there is a great feeling of light and space. Our Garden Lodges are very popular for a range of uses. The extra internal height afforded by the pitched roof means that they are perfect for gyms, that might have large equipment such as treadmills, multigyms, running machines etc. Also, the huge amount of light that floods into these buildings through the floor to ceiling glazing make it a popular option for use as an artist’s studio. Or maybe you just have a fantastic view that you would like to take advantage of as much as possible.

 

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All of our Garden Lodges are built from SIPs (Structurally Insulated Panels), these are built offsite in our production facilities in Bedfordshire. Your ‘flat-pack’ building is then transported to your site and constructed by us in a matter of weeks. Meaning minimum disruption and allowing you to enjoy your garden studio very quickly. Another advantage of using SIPs is that they are extremely well insulated, being constructed with 100mm Expanded Polystyrene Insulation, meaning your studio will be cool in summer and warm in winter.

 

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We offer our customers a free, no obligation, site survey so that we can discuss with you your Garden Studio Design and advise you on the best options to meet your design brief. After a site survey, we get to work producing detailed floor plans, a 3D rendering of your design so you can better visualise the final design and an itemised quotation. You can also make up to 3 sets of changes from receipt of your initial design and quotation, free of charge.

 

While its fresh in your mind why not book a free site survey today. CLICK HERE 

 

 

 

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10 of our favourite Garden Studios.

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Here at Garden Lodges, we are very proud of the range of Garden Studios we have built for our customers. All of our Garden Studios are bespoke buildings, built to the specification of our customers, so there is plenty of scope for a great range of styles and configurations.

 

Some of the most popular designs we build are cedar clad, flat-roofed garden studios with bi-folding doors, this is one of our most sought after designs and creates a very modern versatile studio space in the garden. We also build studios with vaulted ceilings that can create an even greater feeling of space and light.

 

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This vaulted ceiling garden studio built for a customer uses horizontal cedar cladding paired with floor to ceiling glazing and a vaulted tiled roof. One of our favourite garden studios, not just because of how stunning it looks from the outside, but also the commanding views it enjoys in its rural location.

 

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A vaulted roof with floor to ceiling glazing is the perfect choice for making the most of the fantastic views our customer is lucky enough to enjoy. Settled into the hillside we feel this is the ultimate building for retreating to and relaxing. Currently set up as a studio and gym, we can see why this owner is so happy with her garden studio.

 

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Another example of one our vaulted ceiling Garden Studios, this time built in a more urban garden setting. A popular and modern design choice is the inclusion of dark matt grey window frames, that really works well with the cedar cladding. An amazing feeling of light and space has been created through the use of large floor to ceiling windows and french doors, making this studio one of our favourites for the amount of space and light it provides the new owners.

 

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Some of the Garden Studios our customers have created with us exude class. This Garden Studio makes a fine office, with large bi-folding doors opening spectacularly allowing the studio space to be connected with the garden. This can be perfect in the summer months, instead of working in a stuffy office, this garden studio allows you to work in the relaxing surroundings of your garden.

 

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This landscaped park location allowed us to build a stunning garden studio that took advantage of its amazing location overlooking the River Thames. With black framed sliding glass doors and cedar cladding, this studio makes a strong impression on its elevated position. The square design provides a large, practical space that is multifunctional, being used as both a studio and garden gym.

 

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With echoes of Van der Rohe, this palatial studio is certainly one of the more striking Garden Studios we have created. Sitting in its garden position with a curved winding path leading to its entrance, we were able to fulfil the brief set to us by our clients to produce a garden lodge that would be a bold and striking feature of their garden. A more unusual feature of this Garden Studio is the use of a canopy area that provides a shaded area in which to relax, perfect for the heat wave we currently experiencing.

 

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Slightly smaller than some of our Garden Studios, this studio makes up for its smaller dimensions through its clean, crisp design ethic. White timber cladding contrasts with the mat grey window frames to create a modernist, contemporary feel, which works brilliantly in its urban garden. A versatile and peaceful place to work from, this Garden Studio is a great addition to the owner’s property.

 

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For some people, having a low maintenance garden is a great benefit. For those with busy lives or who are not green fingered creating a garden that requires minimal work can be perfect for their needs. This Garden Studio works very well in its surroundings, cedar cladding compliments the gravel and decking areas, while the matt grey window frames stand out against the lighter wood. 6 large floor to ceiling glass panes creates a Garden Studio that really connects to its surroundings and brings in plenty of light.

 

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This Garden Studio works great in its copse of trees, the space looks like it was designed with the Garden Studio in mind. This Studio was built with the intention of being a small classroom within the grounds of an educational facility. The Studio works especially well as its cedar cladding allows it to sympathetically blend into its surroundings, as the cedar weathers it will only look better with age.

 

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A key concern when we are building our customers Garden Studios is how it is going to work with the environment it is set in. Decking areas and bi-folding doors help to blur the boundaries or outdoors and indoors. What makes this Garden Studio unique is the extra detailing gone into the decking areas, which incorporates trees and shrubs into the indoor/outdoor area.

 

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5 technologies to make your Garden Lodge a ‘smart lodge’.

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Modern technologies are turning our homes into much easier places to live. Tech for our homes is now becoming genuinely useful, with the latest devices saving us time, stress and money. Here is a look at some of the must-have technologies that will help turn your garden lodge into a futuristic tech fest.

 

Smart Speakers

 

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These handy devices have really taken off in the last few years. Big names such as Amazon, Google and Apple all have their own version out there, and we are seeing them becoming incorporated into garden lodges and offices more and more. A smart speaker is a small piece of technology that lets you talk and interact with it, much like you can do with your smartphone. This means you can ask questions, ask it to play music, make calls, send or receive emails and even tell you jokes. They can also be used to control elements of your garden lodge, such as lighting, temperature and other technologies that you might have connected.

It is increasingly becoming part and parcel of many a home office as it can be a great way to save time in sending emails and requesting simple information that you would otherwise need to search for.

If you would like to connect your smart speaker with your lighting and heating then this might require some more specialised equipment, smart light bulbs will allow you to connect your lighting to your smart speaker straight away, or a smart hub can do the same job.

To connect your heating to your smart speaker, you will need a smart heating hub.

 

Smart Heating Hubs

 

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Smart heating hubs from companies such as Hive, Nest and Drayton have changed the way that we can operate heating in our homes. This means that you can control the heating in your garden office, even when you are not there. An advantage of this might be that you would like the heating turned on before you arrive at your garden office, therefore you could set the heating to come on from your bed, or on the way home from shopping so that when you arrive your garden office is nice and warm.

Also if you forget to turn off your heating when you leave, you can simply do it from your smartphone!

 

Light Dimmer

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Smart light bulbs give you some control over how you control your lighting from a smart speaker. But if you want ultimate control then you will need a smart dimmer kit. The Lutron Caseta Wireless Dimmer Kit pictured above gives you predetermined settings that allow you to set a mood with the flick of a switch or command, perfect for movies, dinner or bedtime. Also, there is the option to have all lights turned off using one command, or to have the lights turned on when you return home using geo-fencing technology. When this is also connected to Siri or a smart speaker then you can have great levels of control over your garden lodge lighting, without having to lift a finger.

 

Security Camera

 

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A garden office or lodge can contain a lot of expensive equipment. A typically garden office might contain computer equipment or furniture that has a high value. So it would make sense to have some security that will help you to keep all of this safe. The Nest Cam, pictured above, sends alerts to your phone or will email you if it detects unusual activity. It also has a built-in speaker, so you listen and talk through the device. This gives extra peace of mind when you are away, and might put off would be burglars.

 

Robot Lawn Mower

 

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Keeping your garden lodge or office looking good is not just about smart technology for inside. How your garden looks is also something to consider. With busy work schedules, we don’t always have time to mow the lawn, but smart technology is now making that easier than ever. The Worx robot mower takes all the strain out of lawn mowing. With a robotic mower you can set the exact times you would like to have your garden cut, this means that it doesn’t disturb you while you are working. Running off batteries ensures the mower is quiet and good for the environment but will need around 2 hours of charging between mows. Smart mowers use bump sensor technology, whenever it runs into an obstacle the mower turns off, rotates and then moves off in a new direction, so you have no fears of it harming yourself or a pet by accident. Smart mowers also use some smartphone technology, if someone tried to steal your smart mower an alarm will sound, you will also receive a notification to your phone of its impending disappearance.

 

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Whatever technologies you would like to incorporate into your garden office or lodge, we are always on hand to offer you our help and advice. All our lodges are built to our customer’s unique requirements and with technology becoming more and more important in our homes, it makes sense that these technologies will also become utilised within our other buildings.

 

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Best ways to create extra space in your home. Garden lodges vs conservatories or extensions.

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It’s a common fact that our houses are not always providing us with the space that we need. With the cost of moving house very expensive, now currently estimated at an average of £8900, it is no wonder that people are looking for alternative ways to increase the living space in their current homes. Now instead of moving to a larger house, building a garden lodge, conservatory or extension might be the most cost-efficient way to improve your habitable space.

In the past, an extension of conservatory might have been one of the only options available, but with the development of construction methods such as SIPs panels (Structurally Insulated Panels) building a bespoke garden office or lodge has certainly opened up more possibilities.

Garden Lodge Vs Extension

 

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If you just want to add extra room to your existing space then you might find an extension is the best bet for you. An extension will allow you to enhance the size of your kitchen or living area. The most popular extensions are usually those that increase the size of a kitchen to create a kitchen-diner or family room. These are certainly popular on people’s wish lists when searching for a new home.

Garden lodges can work better when the extra space you require would benefit from being away from the main house. Good examples of this might be a garden office, music room, gym or art studio. In these cases, it might well be an advantage to be away from the main house where concentration and quietness would be appreciated. Also, many people see a psychological advantage of having their garden office separate from the main house as it allows them to detach work from home and set a clear physical boundary between the two.

 

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Because a garden lodge can be constructed in its own space it is also less restricted than an extension that is obviously reliant on the positioning of the main house. This means that a garden lodge can be constructed anywhere where space allows giving more scope for its dimensions. Also, people might find that an extension is simply not viable, either there is not enough room to build or perhaps there are caveats put on the building such as it being grade 2 listed.

 

Garden Lodge Vs Conservatory

 

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Conservatories were very popular in the 80’s and 90’s and can be a great way to add extra space to the ground floor. However, they were not without their drawbacks. People have found they do not always use their conservatories as they are sometimes too hot in the summer or too cold in the winter.

Also, a conservatory is almost always attached to the main house, which would make them not suitable for a home office or gym, especially if the temperatures were hard to control. With the modern building materials we use in our garden lodges, temperature is very easy to control. SIPs panels are extremely good at insulating, meaning that our buildings are cheap to heat in winter and remain cool in the summer, perfect for a garden office.

These days traditional white conservatories look a little bit dated and it’s now a common home improvement to replace a conservatory with an extension or possibly a separate building in the form of a garden lodge.

 

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Another key consideration for a garden lodge Vs an extension might be planning permission. A garden lodge can often be built within permitted development, meaning that no planning permission would be required, whereas usually, an extension to the main building will require planning permission. If you are in hurry to have your new space available to use this could be a consideration or if you live in a conservation area then you might be wise to have different options available to you.

 

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At Garden Lodges we are also able to build our customers extensions connected to the main house, as opposed to a separate garden building. This has all the advantages of SIPs construction, but with the added benefit of extending your existing kitchen or living space. We would be very happy to discuss with you any plans you have for creating extra space in your home and go through the different options that we feel could best benefit you.

 

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World Cup fever. 7 ways to turn your Garden Lodge into the perfect sports venue.

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As we settle into another World Cup, Russia 2018 promises to be quite a journey. Already with one win under the belt England looks set for a promising few weeks of football, until – we crash out on penalties… While we are still enjoying the spectacle we have a number of suggestions on how to turn your garden lodge into the perfect sports venue. Our garden lodges are built to your unique specifications so It is possible to design a garden lodge that will truly meet all your sporting demands.

 

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We offer a complete turnkey solution, our services include all building and decorating, plumbing and electrics. Once we hand you the keys, your new Garden Lodge is ready to be used straight away. Our lodges are used in many different ways, a bespoke sports room is a great way to free up space in the house and have a room that offers all the comforts necessary to enjoy watching the World Cup and other major sports competitions.

 

Below are 7 ways that you can turn your Garden Lodge into the perfect sports venue that your friends will be jealous of.

1. Have a large widescreen television installed.

Having a large TV is a must for any great sports venue, but it is important to get the correct size of TV for the size of your Garden Lodge. A general rule of thumb is to divide the distance you sit from your TV by 3. So for example, if you sit 120 inches away (10ft) then the size of your TV should be 40 inches. This will mean that you do not hurt your eyes if it is too large, or have to squint if it is too small. Garden Lodges are able to help you install your TV in the perfect place by carefully discussing with you where the best locations for sockets, ariels, sky dishes and internet ports are located. Getting these correct in the beginning can be very important and we are always happy to help you design the perfect layout for your sports room.

 

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2.Installing a bar or kitchen

Unlike many of our competitors, Garden Lodges is able to fit and install a number of options to your new Garden Studio to make it even more versatile and comfortable. A kitchen or small bar area is a great way to give your Garden Lodge the facilities to turn it into a great sports venue for you and your friends and family. Having a small kitchen means that you can make snacks, create the perfect cocktail, or serve all your beers ice cold. Or, why not go the whole hog and have a minibar installed, turning your garden lodge into your own personal sports pub!

 

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3.Sky and internet connection

Gaining access to all the latest sports events takes a bit of forward-planning. Although we do not endorse any particular product, Sky can allow you to watch most major football games, as well as a host of other sporting contests. We can make sure your lodge is ready to accept a Sky connection. Another essential need for any sports venue is a to have a good internet connection. It is possible to share the connection of the main house either with a booster or a cable extender or its possible to have a separate connection for your Garden Lodge which could offer an improved download speed. With internet installed there is no limit to the number of major sports matches you can enjoy – although for major competitions these are not always free.

 

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4.Halftime entertainment

No sports venue would be complete without some halftime entertainment. If your lodge is large enough why not think about a pool table, darts board or table football. Make sure your friends and family are thoroughly entertained and you won’t be able to keep them away. We can make a Garden Lodge that is the perfect fit for a pool table, it is something we have provided for many of our customers and is always a popular option. A dart board is a cheap way to add some halftime fun and does not require too much space. We can even create a protective area so that any misjudged darts don’t ruin your new plasterwork!

 

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5.Seating options

For a big match, you are going to want to have plenty of seating options to accommodate everybody. Getting an L-Shaped sofa is one way you can maximize the seating capacity of your garden lodge. When we design your lodge layout we can discuss furniture and how you plan to use the space, this means that you can be assured everything fits when you move in, and nobody is left out in the cold! Other seating options that might add a touch of pub ‘chic’ could include pub stalls for your kitchen bar area or how about some reclaimed fold away cinema or football chairs for the ultimate stadium feel.

 

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6.Home cinema Surround sound

in order to create the best atmosphere possible, surround sound is a must. Surround sound systems do a great job of bringing a match alive and can fill your garden lodge with the sounds of the game. Also great for watching films if you are serious about cinema, surround sound systems do not need to cost a fortune. For around £200 – £600 you can get a high-quality system that will blow the socks off your normal TV’s sound capabilities.

 

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7.Decoration

Decoration is something that is down to personal taste. But there are some fun ideas that could make your sports venue a hit. How about some classic pub carpets, Wooden floors are all the rage, but for a touch of retro nostalgia a classic pub carpet could soak up any spilt beer.

If you want to go down a slightly classier route, framed photos of your favourite sports stars, football shirts or memorabilia could be the way to go.

If you had a sporty past then maybe a trophy cabinet could fill a corner, or why not start a new trophy cabinet, for all the winners of pool and darts for years to come.

 

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Whatever is your perfect idea of a sports venue, Garden Lodges can help you design and build the dream.

 

While its fresh in your mind why not book a free site survey today. CLICK HERE 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How to create a hobby room in your Garden Studio.

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Hobbies are a great way to relax and unwind, especially after a hard day in the office. However, once a hobby starts taking over the house things can get far from relaxing! Building a garden lodge can be a great way to design your own perfect space so your hobby can grow with your own creative development.

A garden lodge opens up many possibilities to take your hobby to the next level, whether you are interested in arts and crafts, yoga, model building, sowing, music production, fitness or photography, we have a garden building that can work for you.

This summer, why not treat yourself and your hobby to the space that you deserve by building a bespoke garden lodge. We are always happy to discuss with you your ideas and start to design your perfect new hobby space in your garden.

Benefits of a garden hobby room.

 

Building a bespoke hobby room in your garden means that everything can be stored in one place, you will no longer need to have everything spread all over your house, instead, your hobby equipment can be confined to one built for purpose space. This means no more packing up at the end of your session or tidying everything away, you can just leave everything in place and start again from where you left off.

Your own personal space means that you can truly concentrate on your hobby, with interruptions from family members, pets or the telephone a thing of the past, you can close yourself off to the outside world and immerse yourself in your hobby.

With all your hobby clutter safely stored in one place, more free space is created in your house. That spare room can once again become useful for guests or a brand new office space, or perhaps room for a new arrival.

 

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Sometimes creativity needs a helping hand. It is all too easy to become distracted by the internet, social media, pets and family. We have all started an evening or weekend with the best intention to crack on with reading a book, painting a picture or getting on with some other creative past time. But one thing leads to another and before you know it you have just spent the last 3 hours looking at cat videos on Youtube. However, replacing wasting time with a creative hobby has many health benefits.

You will find that you can concentrate easier, feel more relaxed, reduce negativity and relieve you of the addiction of scrolling through social media. All great ways to feel an improvement in your life.

 

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How to create your perfect hobby space

 

When designing your perfect hobby garden room it is important to consider some important factors. A hobby space for art will require plenty of light, enough room for a large desk or easel, plenty of storage options and perhaps areas to display your work.

A music room might require soundproofing, electrical sockets in the correct positioning and enough room for a variety of equipment.

Garden gyms tend to require a bit more space as equipment can be quite large and bulky and will not fit into a small space, also you might want to consider a shower or toilet in your gym, so that you can workout and then wash in the same building. A shower and toilet also makes a garden space more versatile and opens it up for other uses later on as well as adding more value to the property.

 

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All of our customers have their own unique story for building their own bespoke garden office and we are always happy to discuss with you your next grand design hobby space.

 

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When we build a new garden office for our customers, first we sit down and discuss how you will use your new garden space, we offer all our customers (subject to location) a free site survey.

During this process, we are able to see the exact location of where your garden lodge will be built and then advise you on what building would suit the location and the size and the proportions that would work.

After the site survey, we will create a 3D image of the proposed building so that you can truly visualise how it will look, create a floor plan so that you can see where everything will go, and provide a detailed quote so that you can see how much everything will cost.

We offer an entirely turnkey service meaning that we take care of everything from start to finish. This also includes all plumbing, electrical work, foundations and decorating. When we hand you the keys you will be able to enjoy a superbly finished and built garden lodge, perfect for you to take your hobby to the next level!

 

 

While its fresh in your mind why not book a free site survey today. CLICK HERE 

 

 

 

 

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Recent Garden Lodges built for our customers.

 

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At Garden Lodges we are very proud of the new projects we have worked on with our customers and love sharing them with you on our blog to demonstrate the type of garden studios you could have built in your garden.

This 5.5m x 4m garden lodge was built with a number of functions in mind, including a small gym and sauna! This lodge cost £26,000 to build including all groundwork, electrics and decorating. Cedarwood cladding has created a modern stylish exterior, with wide floor to ceiling windows and 2m French doors, providing plenty of light and connection to the garden.

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Our garden lodges are used in many different ways and provide a truly versatile building that will be enjoyed for years to come. One unusual addition, being a sauna, was included in this lodge in Brackley. What a great way to warm up on a cold winter evening! This garden studio is destined to be the ultimate bijou gym and sauna offering the new owner a relaxing retreat in his garden for his family.

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This lodge was designed with the view in mind, taking advantage of the owners wonderful garden and landscaping. A flat roof design meant that it was built within permitted development, so that no planning permission was required. We are always very happy to discuss with you the style and size of garden lodge we would recommend for your outdoor space. During our free site survey, we gain a good idea of your requirements and then our designers go to work to create a 3-D drawing to illustrate the design, a detailed floor plan so you can see where everything is going, and an itemised quotation so you know the exact price of your new garden lodge.

 

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This next fantastic build was undertaken in Minehead, destined to be the perfect office getaway, it provides a private and peaceful place to work, next to the main house. French doors provide ample light and a small toilet and shower were also installed for extra convenience.

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The interiors were fitted with oak laminate flooring in the office space and waterproof vinyl flooring in the shower area. When we build a new office space for our customers we always sit down and carefully discuss where you need your fittings and fixtures. The positioning of electrical sockets is quite important, and not something you want to get wrong in your new office space. We take great care to get all the little details perfect for you so that you are ready to move in as soon as building work is finished. Our quality of work is clearly on display in this photo and serves as a great testament to our team of craftsmen.

SALMON SHOWER

We can build your garden lodge with the possibility of having shower rooms and toilets installed, something that not many of our competitors offer. We have found that our customers like the added convenience of a showroom and toilet in their garden studio as it adds an extra dimension to how the space might be used. This also leaves it more versatile in the future and adds more value onto your home in general.

We offer a range of options for our bathrooms and use high-quality fitting and fixtures.

 

While its fresh in your mind why not book a free site survey today. CLICK HERE 

 

 

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