Thinking of upsizing? Could a Garden Lodge be an alternative?

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Often a starter home is not the ideal package for a growing family and can soon become outgrown. However, with the costs of upsizing being substantial and house prices continuing to rise in some areas, is there a more cost-effective solution to limited space?

Often we find that a spare room in our house is taken over by a study, playroom, or guest room – this need for additional space or storage means that a smaller starter home could be seen as too small for a growing family and be lacking in bedrooms.

One solution, if you have space in your garden, could be to build a Garden Lodge that could be used as additional storage, or take up the duties of your existing home office or hobby room.

 

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A typical £165,000 starter home budget gets you vastly different types of property depending on what part of the country you live in. For example in parts of Scotland, Cumbria or the North East, you might be able to afford a detached property, whereas, in London, you might only afford a studio flat.

These discrepancies can mean those needing more space might only have the option of moving to a larger property or utilizing the extra space afforded in the garden.

Often when people buy their first home they might have a spare room, but this quickly becomes utilised as a nursery further down the line.

The obvious solution to such an accommodation crisis for many people might be to utilise previously unused space in the garden. For a fraction of the cost of moving home, you can have a bespoke garden building built and decorated at the bottom of your garden in a matter of 3 – 5 weeks.

 

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What are some of the main uses people have for a garden lodge?

 

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A garden lodge is an extremely versatile building that can be used and adapted to any number of uses. We find that a garden lodge is commonly applied for a number of functions, including a home office, art studio, playroom, music room, garden gym, or occasional spare room. Some of the garden buildings we construct are substantial enough in size to be used for multiple functions. For example, a garden office can quite easily be large enough to have a large sofa bed inside that can be used occasionally when guests stay over.

 

What makes our garden lodges have the edge on our competitors?

 

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Unlike many of our competitors, all of our garden lodges are constructed from thermally efficient SIP (Structurally Insulated Panels). This means that our garden lodges are not just a garden room but a well insulated indoor space, with a level of comfort and cosiness that would exceed most people’s homes. Because of this, it is possible to use our buildings all year round. This is an important consideration when you are building a garden lodge to be an occasional spare room that you would want to be usable all year round, or indeed for a garden office that needs to be comfortable whatever the weather.

Another key feature that allows us to stand out is the bespoke nature of our buildings. All of the garden lodges we build for our customers are unique, designed by our in-house team to your exact specifications. This means you can choose from a vast range of styles, shapes and sizes to create your perfect garden room space.

Having been building garden lodges since 2007, we have a vast level of experience and expertise in this type of construction. This way you can be sure that your garden lodge is built to last and will outperform many other similar products on the market.

 

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A Garden Lodge makes the perfect garden workshop getaway

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Sometimes in winter, it is hard to not feel a little bit trapped indoors, confined by cold days, rain and dark evenings, we often find ourselves spending large amounts of time in the house. Even if you have a hobby, these can sometimes further restrict you to a small spare room.

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What we often find is that our customers who build a garden lodge use their building all year round. Being made from SIP panel technology, using high-performance double glazing, the garden buildings we construct remain entirely usable all year round and are cheap to keep heated. Having a cosy and warm garden workshop means that you will be able to spend a lot more time out of the house. Unlike a pokey box room, a garden lodge is bright, light and airy, usually with stunning views onto your garden through large French or bi-fold doors.

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Being able to stroll across the garden to your heated workshop and escape the house for a couple of hours can help winter pass-by that little bit more quickly. Being in a separate building means that you can leave the distractions of your home behind and really focus on your hobby or work from home in your very own garden sanctuary.

 

  • Use all year round, with SIP panel construction and thermally efficient double glazing, our Garden Lodges are fantastically warm
  • Fast turn around, our buildings are usually constructed within just 3-4 weeks meaning minimum disruption to you
  • Price includes all fittings, fixtures and decorating
  • Groundworks and services included in the price
  • Adds value to any home and increase the versatility of your home

 

The variety of uses a Garden Lodge is suitable for is extremely varied and not just limited that of a workshop or office. Many people find different uses for their garden building throughout the year. A garden office in winter could be used as a garden room in the summer, or an art studio or any other number of uses. This versatility is one of the reasons that our buildings are such an asset to people’s gardens and homes and can help you to make the most of your home and garden, especially in the winter months.

 

How are our garden buildings unique?

We believe that we offer our customers a unique experience and quality of service. Unlike many of our competitors, we offer a truly bespoke product that is designed solely for our customer’s requirements. If you need a lodge with a unique outlook, shape or size then we are always happy to discuss your design ideas and needs with you. We can create each garden lodge to your exact measurements and requirements with all of our buildings designed in house by our team of expert designers and then pre-assembled, at our workshop in Bedfordshire. This level of detail means that we are able to be a lot more understanding of our customer’s needs and create a great range of buildings in a variety of shapes and styles.

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Quality buildings that are built to last

At Garden Lodges we believe that a garden building should be built to last. All of our buildings are constructed with proper foundations, either screw piles or concrete foundations, depending on the suitability of the ground. Groundworks also include the connection for electricity and the option of connecting to drainage, should you choose to also include a toilet, sink or shower room.

 

A perfect finish

We believe that a garden building should be decorated ‘properly’. For us, this means going that extra mile with the finishing touches, that is why all of our buildings are professionally plastered and decorated before we hand you the keys. This creates a room that has a quality of finish that exceeds many of our competitors creating a comfortable and attractive interior space from which to enjoy. All of our garden buildings come with professionally installed laminate wood flooring, with the option to upgrade to engineered Oak floorboards for an even warmer feel.

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Unparalleled construction

A lot of garden buildings on the market are constructed in different ways. Some companies prefer to use a modular construction technique, meaning that the size and shape of the buildings are restricted to the modular panels that can be used. Other companies have fixed sizes and shapes that are created with insulated timber frames. At Garden Lodges we believe in providing bespoke designs that meet our customer’s requirements, whilst also proving the highest level of insulation on the market. For this, we use a construction technique that utilises SIPs (Structurally Insulated Panels). These panels are made ‘in-house’ in our workshops in Bedfordshire. Made to order, they can be used to create almost any shape and size of lodge you prefer. The panels are made ‘off-site’, which helps to reduce the build time of your lodge and reduce disruption caused. SIPs are also extremely thermally efficient meaning that your lodge remains cool in summer and warm in winter, costing very little to heat.

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Garden offices with toilet and shower room

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Garden offices and lodges are built for a huge number of reasons, varying from a garden office, home gym, music studio, work-out room, pool room or a pub in your garden, to name a few. As people’s needs evolve and change then so do their requirements for what a garden lodge should include. A popular choice is to have a lodge built with a toilet and shower room, which can increase the functionality of your building tenfold and make the building future proof for a number of different uses.

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Many people are choosing to add a toilet and shower room to their garden lodge in order to increase its usability. If you are thinking about building a garden gym, then a shower is a great idea for making the space more usable. Unless your house is very close to your garden lodge, installing a toilet is usually going to make your garden building much more practical in a variety of situations, whether it is to be used as an office, a garden gym, a pool room or garden pub. Also, it opens up the possibility of using your garden lodge as a temporary guest room if you have people to stay. (If you plan to use the garden room as a permanent living accommodation then it would be necessary to apply for planning permission in this case).

 

What are the practical requirements for installing a toilet and shower?

In order to have a toilet and shower room installed then there will be an increase in costs due to the extra work that will be necessary. Usually, the plumbing for a toilet and shower would be connected to the utilities of the main house. Where possible – drains would be connected to your main drainage system, this might also require a pump depending on the distances involved. Water is also connected to that of your main house. This can involve quite a bit of extra groundwork and some disturbance to your garden, which is worth noting before you decide to go for this option.

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Shower room design

We install shower rooms using great quality fittings and fixtures from market leading bathroom suppliers. It is possible to have either a normal shower unit or wet-room shower fitted and to choose from a range of shower room tiles or LVT tiles, depending on your budget. Our shower rooms also include a combination vanity unit comprising of a toilet, drawers, and a worktop in either white or black.

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Wetrooms are an increasingly popular option for many customers as they provide a very easy to clean and practical shower facility. If your garden lodge it to be used for a number of functions then a wetroom can be a great option, especially if people are going to be coming in and out with muddy feet or wet feet from using a pool. With a wetroom, it is possible to just hose it down in order to keep it clean.

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We also offer a variety of tiles to create an elegant and practical shower room with ceramic or LVT tiles available in a range of colours and styles. LVT tiles (luxury vinyl tiles) are a relatively new product on the market that has become increasingly popular due to being hardwearing, waterproof and a bit warmer that regular tiles or laminated flooring.

A slightly more expensive option is the plain white tiles and ceramic tiles that can add a touch of class to any garden lodge and come in a number of colours and designs such as a plain pattern or wave embossed pattern.

Another optional upgrade is possible with the shower system itself. We can install an electric shower system, which is the easiest to install and would not require any additional boiler or unvented water cylinder. If you were planning to install a boiler or unvented water cylinder for a heating system, then it is also possible to have a chrome rainfall shower system installed.

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Towel rails are another great option for a garden lodge shower room. Towel rails will keep your shower room toasty warm and help to stop it from getting damp. Our towel rails are electric and do not require any additional heating systems.

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What are other popular upgrades for Garden Lodges?

 

Shower rooms and toilets are not the only upgrades that can be provided for the garden lodges that we build. It is also possible to add some extra elements to the outside of the building such as decking, outdoor lighting, handrails or ramps for easy access. Decking is possible in a choice of pressure treated hardwood, or composite decking, which is extremely low maintenance and will last a lifetime.

 

Inside your garden lodge, it is also possible to add some bespoke extras, such as air conditioning, heating, internet connection, extra roof lights and storage. As all of our buildings are bespoke and made to the exact specification of our customers there are few limits as to what is possible as long as it is permitted by building regulations.

 

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How can a Garden Lodge save you money?

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More and more people are considering building a Garden Lodge in the garden as a great way to add extra space and to help create a bespoke building that can be used for a number of purposes. Our Garden Lodges are built to a high standard with excellent thermal performance, using SIPs (Structurally Insulated Panels).

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SIPs are a fantastic building material which we believe will even save you money in the long term. SIPs are built using a polyurethane core sandwiched between 2 sheets of OSB (Oriented strand board). As these panels are built ‘in house’, time is saved during the actual on-site construction process as a lot of the process has already been taken care of. This ensures minimum disruption to those having a new Garden Lodge built. This saving in time means that you are paying less for the builders and craftsmen erecting the building and will be able to see very fast progress in the construction phase.

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Great ways to save money

SIPs construction means that all the Garden Lodges we build are very well insulated. In fact, they are so well insulated that in some circumstances people have found that they do not need to spend money on heating at all. If they do, only minimal heating is needed for the whole building. Underfloor heating is another optional extra that we can suggest if you prefer to heat your building this way.

 

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Garden Lodge – The eco-friendly solution

Working from home also enables a lot of other cost-saving benefits. On average people who work from home save around £1000 on petrol each year. This amount will only increase as the price of petrol increases. This saving is sometimes offset by your heating bills, but with an eco-friendly Garden Lodge, you can be sure that you are not spending these savings on heating instead.

It’s not just petrol that commuters have to spend money on though, there are also additional costs to take into account, such as car maintenance costs, tires and other factors.

You might not usually drive to work but instead, maybe you take a train or bus. If that is the case you might be able to save even more money. Season tickets range from £2000 – £5000 per year, a huge cost for a service that a lot of people feel doesn’t work particularly well.

As well as saving you large sums of money, working from home is also great for the environment, you won’t be adding to the congestion and pollution of those commuting – instead, you’ll be strolling to your beautifully constructed garden building and enjoying a relaxing coffee while others are stuck on the motorway.

 

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Save money and save time

Travel is not the only expense people incur when they travel to work. A lot of money gets spent on extras during the day. Cups of coffee, sandwiches, they all add up and over the space of a year can get quite expensive. When you work at home you can save a large amount of money, cooking your own lunches and brewing your own coffee and generally enjoying being in your own comfortable workspace. Of course, if you work from home you might also find yourself spending less money on smart clothes, make-up or other work requirements. We aren’t suggesting that you’ll lope around in your pyjamas all day, but neither will you have to think about smart suits and expensive attire that you might normally need.

 

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What are the costs to consider?

Of course, there are also some additional costs that working from home can create. You might need to consider extra spending on office supplies, such as paper, printer ink or you might need some new computer equipment that previously you used at work. However, a lot of these costs might be tax deductible. Another cost is the building itself. We can offer a Garden Lodge from £17,492. All of our buildings are bespoke and designed for each of our customer’s needs. If you have a special request or an unusual suggestion for a garden building, we are always happy to discuss your ideas with you.

To make your home office as comfortable and functional as possible we can also suggest a number of optional extras. You might want to consider a shower room, garden decking, extra storage, internet connection or underfloor heating. We have a great range of extras that can make your Garden Lodge truly bespoke.

 

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Example of Garden Office with decking

 

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How to make working from home work for you.

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These days more and more people are aspiring to work from home. It doesn’t matter how much you enjoy your actual job, there will always be times on your commute where you consider how having an extra hour or so would be a great benefit to your work life balance if you didn’t need to travel to work.

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With trains increasingly becoming crowded and often late, not to mention extremely expensive, people are no longer subscribing to the old norms of working 9-5, 5 days a week. It is more common now for jobs to offer their employees the option of flexitime and work from home flexibility. With this development in work-life balance, there is an increase in demand in people needing a place to work from home.

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Whilst there are certainly many advantages for those working from home, in some circumstances people can feel a little trapped or disconnected from society if they are at home all day, staring at the same four walls.

One way that can make working from home not turn become a drag is to design a working space that meets all your business needs and is also light and spacious. A garden lodge, built in the garden, can be a perfect solution to the needs of those working from home. One reason a garden building can work so well for a home office is that you can design a working space that is perfectly suited to the purpose. Unlike a pokey spare room, a garden building is light and spacious. Usually, people find these sort of buildings much more suitable for working from home from. With the use of large bi-fold doors, big casement windows and the option of Velux skylights, ample light is always a key feature. Psychologically, working from a building detached from the main house can have a positive effect on people who work from home as it allows you to leave your office behind at the end of the day and keep work and home separate. Also having a building separate from your house means there are a lot fewer distractions if you are the sort who easily gets preoccupied.

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Building a bespoke garden building means that you can create a space that works perfectly for your home office. Whether you prefer a sleek minimal Scandinavian design, or something more classical, or perhaps you prefer dark colours and a more cosy feel. With a new building, you can be in control of the look and feel of the office and choose something that you feel would help you concentrate and focus on your work.

 

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Garden Lodges and planning permission

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So what are the rules surrounding a Garden Lodge?

 

A common question we get asked by our customers is regarding planning permission. In some extreme cases if you are a victim of a planning ruling you could find that you need to remove a building, so it is important to use a company that knows what it is doing and understands the planning rules. Luckily, the rules are quite simple – most people can, in fact, build a garden lodge without planning permission within permitted development rights. Permitted development rights mean you can build a minor development without applying for planning permission, so long as the building is not going to be used for permanent living accommodation.

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Where can I build a Garden Lodge in my garden?

 

Firstly if you intend to build a Garden Lodge in front of your house, this will almost certainly require planning permission. Building on the side of your property is possible unless you live in an area of outstanding natural beauty, in an area such as this you must build within 20m of any part of the house. If you do build further than 20m from the house then the subsequent building must be no more than 10 m2

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Does a Garden Lodge have to be more than 1 metre from the boundary?

 

This is something we often get asked, as its common to think that all garden buildings need to be built at least 1 metre from the boundary. A garden lodge that does not meet building regulations must be built 1m from the boundary if the size of the building exceeds 15m2. This is due to non-building regulation buildings not always being constructed from non-combustible materials. For a building to be built less the 1m from the boundary the entire building would need to meet building regulations.

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Who has permitted development rights?

 

Not all properties have permitted development rights, people who live in flats, maisonettes and listed buildings may find that they have none. Sometimes an article 4 condition is also associated with a property, which can also restrict the permitted development rights available. Article 4’s are made by the local planning authority. The intention is to restrict the scope of the permitted development rights or a particular area or site. However, it is true that the majority of homes do in fact have permitted development rights.

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What are the permissible uses of a Garden Lodge that does not require planning permission?

 

Basically, it is possible to use your Garden Lodge for any use that is the same as in the main house, as long as it is not for permanent sleeping accommodation.

 

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How can Garden Lodges help if you do need planning permission?

 

There is no need to worry if your garden lodge does require planning permission. We can submit an application on the client’s behalf at an additional cost of £1672.00 inc VAT.  This includes creating the scaled drawings, planning statement and liaising with the case officer until the decision.  We use a company called Plainview to carry out all the planning submissions. With our breadth of experience with planning and building regulations, we will be able to advise you on the best course of action and suggest which design would work best, while also being acceptable to planning authorities.

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Can a garden lodge help you beat the winter blues?

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A bespoke garden building can have a variety of great impacts on family life and enhance the way that you use your home and garden dramatically. An extra building can provide a great asset to your garden during the summer, allowing you to be outdoors more, relaxing and BBQing and generally enjoying the garden. But how can a garden building enhance your garden during winter?

Often people feel that with long dark winter nights, they can get a case of cabin fever and feel a little bit trapped at home. One good way to try and elevate this problem is to be able to get out of the house. Even if it only means going down the garden, the change of environment can have a positive impact on your general well being.

 

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Another great way to beat the winter blues is to exercise. Sure, we have all eaten a lot of mince pies, perhaps several more roast dinners than is medically advisable, and overindulged with the booze during New Year’s Eve. At this time of year, a lot of people think about renewing their gym membership. A garden lodge can make a perfect and ultra convenient garden gym that will allow you to exercise all year round. Exercise is known to have a positive effect on your state of well being. If you are feeling a little tired after the craziness of the Christmas period, then a few hours a week in the gym can have a great re-vitalising effect. Also, you might want to shed a few pounds and make up for some overzealous snacking.

 

 

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Light and Airy

 

Another great feature of many of the garden lodges we build is the potential to have a very light and spacious building. With the incorporation of features such as bi-fold doors, french doors and glazed gable ends our buildings are often very light and airy, more so than many rooms in a standard house. Light is a great way to beat seasonal depression. If you find you are suffering from light deprivation then spending a few hours a day in a building that is flooded in natural light might be just the tonic you’re after. It is possible to further enhance the effectiveness of a naturally lit room through also purchasing a light box. These devices can increase exposure to light that can have a beneficial effect if you suffer from conditions such as SAD.

 

Hobbies and interests

 

With our garden buildings, it is possible to create a room in the garden that is usable all year round. Optional extras that make our buildings so versatile include central heating, patio heaters, double glazed bi-fold doors and underfloor heating. As standard, our buildings are constructed using highly insulated SIPs Structural insulated panels. This construction technique means that our buildings are extremely well insulated and allows them to be utilised all year round.

 

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Starting a new hobby

 

Maybe your new year’s resolution is to start a new hobby? Or maybe you want to see your children spending less time on their computers this year and more time on a pursuit that gets them out of the house? A garden lodge can be the perfect place to contain this hobby and provide the extra space necessary. Loud hobbies such as practising musical instruments, producing music or singing are perfectly suited to being in a building disconnected from the main house. Being very well-insulated means that they will contain any noise effectively and not annoy the neighbours too much, or disturb you in your house. Having a separate garden building has so many versatile uses that you will be spoilt for choice. A new hobby is a great way to distract you from winter, having something to concentrate on and look forward to, is essential for beating those winter blues.

 

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Games Room and entertainment

 

All the above, are great ways to beat winter blues. But for a truly entertaining way then why not build a bespoke games room! Fill your garden building with some of your favourite games and entertainment and winter will sail past while you are having fun. Some of the most popular options chosen by our customers are to have a pool table, darts room, or sports room for watching sports. Home entertainment can be installed by our professional electricians to create a bespoke room that caters to all your entertainment needs. This could provide you with a projector screen, a large TV, surround sound or whatever else might make your entertainment room perfect for your needs.

 

Meet with friends and family

 

One of the most important ways to get through the winter period is to spend time with family and friends. Having an outdoor building can be a great space for hosting an event. How about starting a book group, or a yoga class, or use it to facilitate a craft session. If you are the socialising type, then having a big open space separate to the house could work perfectly for you.

 

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5 great optional features and designs ideas we offer for your garden lodge

 

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A garden lodge can be used for such a great variety of uses that often the designs vary a great deal from customer to customer. This functionality can range from a garden office to a gym, playroom, or man/she caves. The possibilities are huge.

 

There are a number of ways, whatever the building’s function, that can help make your lodge more practical, free up wasted space, or add an extra element to your garden.

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Extra storage

An optional extra that can be incorporated into our garden buildings is a separate storage area. If you are anything like us, you can never have enough storage, and these ‘hidden door’ storage rooms create a discrete and functional extra space to keep garden tools, furniture, bikes or anything else you can think of. This might be especially useful for you if you have had to remove your garden shed to build your garden room, but still need the storage that you might have otherwise lost.

 

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Sedum roofing

Sedum roofs are also known as ‘living roof systems’. These can be a great way to add an extra aesthetic element to your garden room and can help a large building blend into its surroundings when looked at from above. Sedum roofs are made from small growing succulents from the sedum, or stonecrop family. They are low maintenance, not requiring mowing, watering or deadheading. All that is required is feeding once a year, a few weeds removed and for gutters to be kept clear.

When choosing a sedum roof you are making an eco-friendly decision, sedums roofs will become a microclimate for birds and insects, minimising the impact of a new building on the environment, they also happen to look great.

 

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Engineered Oak flooring

Our garden lodges come as standard with laminate flooring, that is hard wearing and looks fantastic. But for that extra touch of class, we can recommend installing optional engineered oak flooring. This hardwood looks stunning and will certainly last for many years. We can offer our customers a range of flooring options and are always available to discuss the options we have available.

 

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Remote lighting and smart technology

Smart technology has progressed leaps and bounds over the last 5 years, and now there are a host of options available for turning your garden lodge into a smart home. We can offer our customers the option of having remote control lighting that can be controlled from your smartphone or tablet. Also, we can install a smart thermostat that can allow you to control the heating for you lodge from a smartphone, meaning you can set the temperature when away and have great control over your lodge’s heating and hot water.

 

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Decking

If you want to add an extra dimension to your garden lodge, then decking can be a great way to connect the outdoor space with your garden building. Decking is an optional extra that can transform a garden space and increase its year-round usability. Our decking options are either hard wearing composite decking in grey or redwood colour, or Winchester style, pressure treated wood decking. We can also add outdoor lighting and patio heaters, to make sure your outdoor space is an option all year round.

 

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How well are our Garden Lodges insulated?

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At Garden Lodges we are proud of the very high standards our buildings are constructed to. A question we are often asked, especially during the winter months, is how well insulated are our buildings? Well, the answer to that is extremely well!

Unlike many of our competitors, who often use simple insulated timber frames, we believe SIPs (structurally insulated panels) provide better insulation and improved structural integrity for our garden buildings. SIPs are built from 100mm expanded polystyrene board, sandwiched between two sheets of orientated strand board (OSB). Built to exact measurements in our own factory in Sandy Bedfordshire, we can guarantee that the Garden Lodge we build for you is precisely constructed, meaning that its U values are extremely low, down to 0.11w/m2K.

Ultimately this means you will have a warm lodge that is very cheap to heat in winter, and a temperate garden lodge in the summer months.

 

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10 Benefits of using the SIP system

 

  1. SIPs are produced off-site in our own factory facilities, meaning a guaranteed standard.
  2. Off-site construction means less on-site construction. Typically this leads to a build time of between 3 -4 weeks, meaning our buildings are of excellent quality and fast to construct.
  3. The materials used are all recyclable.
  4. SIPs are environmentally friendly with a low carbon footprint.
  5. Low U values, down to 0.11w/m2K.
  6. Due to Panels being constructed in own premise we can offer our customers a bespoke design.
  7. The structural strength of SIPs means less framed structures are needed, creating a light, spacious building.
  8. Foundation requirements are lessened due to a stronger and lighter structure.
  9. 35% less raw materials used in the construction of SIP construction.
  10. Sealed SIPs reduce cold spots and are better insulated.

 

Garden Lodges in winter

 

Due to modern advancements in construction, Garden Lodges, such as the ones we build, are usable all year round. you will probably find your cosy new Garden Lodge even warmer than your house. We can also offer optional extras that can help to further increase your comfort, such as heating, underfloor heating and air conditioning.

 

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A Garden Lodge makes a perfect home office all year round. Not only will you find our garden buildings cheap to heat, but you could also save the cost of heating your main home during the day. If you work from home this could offer quite a large saving over the winter.

If you really want to make your Garden Lodge extra cosy then we can also offer bespoke options, such as a log burner. Not only will this fill your home office with a comforting warmth, but it will also provide a very cost-effective way to keep your garden room warm all winter.

 

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For around £80 you will be able to buy a ton bag of seasoned logs, which should last all winter. Modern log burners are constructed in order to maximise efficiency and you can expect each log to last for around 1 hour. We can fit and install a log burner for an optional extra cost, with the burner itself costing anything from between £300 – £1500.

If you want to create a similar effect, but without the mess and effort of storing logs, then maybe an electric stove would work for you. These days it is possible to buy a realistic looking stove with flame effect that simply plugs into a socket. This can be a cost-effective way to add some cosiness to your garden lodge in winter.

 

Windows and doors

As standard, all of our garden buildings come with either French doors of sliding doors. You can also upgrade to bi-folding doors for an extra cost. All of our doors and windows come with thermally efficient double glazing that provides excellent warmth and sound insulation. As standard, our Garden Office range comes with UPVC French doors and windows, while our Garden Studio comes equipped with Aluminium powder coated frames.

The combination of SIPs construction and double glazed doors and windows means that your building is thoroughly protected from the elements.

 

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

 

 

 

 


Reasons for booking a free site survey

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At Garden Lodges, we make sure that we provide the best possible service from conception to the finished build, keeping you informed and consulted throughout the whole process.

Our free site survey is intended to give us the chance to speak together and to get a good idea of the design you have in mind. We are then able to see the plot where your new garden lodge will be built and make all the necessary measurements and make notes regarding access, utility connections and the surrounding area.

The first step in any Garden Lodge build is usually for our customers to download or receive a free brochure by post. Our brochure will give you a good idea of the range of buildings we have built for our customers over the recent years. Why not download a free brochure while you are here.

Unlike many of our competitors, we offer our customers a 100% bespoke service. This means that our garden buildings are not prefabricated boxes that come in a range of sizes. All our garden buildings are unique to each individual customer.

 

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We feel that this bespoke service is something which makes us stand out from the crowd. A garden building is something that should work with your own particular set of requirements and suit the surroundings of your garden, we can offer a variety of styles that would suit a variety of settings. Some particular styles are better suited for particular uses. Vaulted ceilings can be a great idea if you need extra space in your garden lodge, for example, if you plan to build a gym with large equipment, or need to get extra light into the building through Velux windows or glazed gable ends.

 

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A particular reason for having a free site survey is to discuss with one of our expert surveyors which style and size of garden building would work best for you, we can also show you samples of cladding options, roofing materials and discuss any optional extras you might be interested in.

 

5 benefits of our site survey

 

1. It’s free! We believe that after talking to us you will have an informed and clear understanding of the type of building we can offer you that would be the best fit for your requirements. We do not believe in any hard-selling, we leave you with all the knowledge you need to make an informed decision.

 

2. Our site surveyors are professional dedicated members of staff with years of experience in garden building construction. This means you can be assured that you are receiving the best industry advice on materials, layout and design, we are here to help make sure your garden building is a success.

 

3. Times and dates that are convenient for you. Upon contacting us to book your free site survey, we will be able to organise when is the best time for our surveyor to come round and chat with you. A typical site survey takes approximately 1 hour.

 

4. Get to meet us in person. Building a garden room can be a big investment. By booking a site survey you can put a face to the company and get to know us. You will find us knowledgeable, friendly and happy to answer any questions you might have about the build process.

 

5. Free floor plan, garden lodge drawings and architectural drawings. After your site survey is conducted our dedicated design team get hard to work. Within 7 days you will receive ;

 

1. An itemised quotation
2. A 3D exterior CAD drawing of your Garden Lodge in situ
3. An interior floor plan
4. A garden aspect plan showing the services.

 

This will help you to make a clear and informed decision and to see a visual impression of how your new building will look in situ. Our CAD renderings are a great way to see how the building will work in the surroundings of your garden and our itemised quotation will tell you of the exact costs, with no surprises later down the line. We also offer all our customers up to 3 changes free of charge, so you can be sure that you are happy with the final designs.

 

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