Garden Lodges recently completed build – Garden Office

We have recently completed a 4.5m x 4m garden office. The finished office cost £14,378 representing outstanding value for money for an 18m2, high quality, structurally insulated building. This bespoke room is part of our Garden Office range, features high quality UPVC windows, which ensures a garden room is surprisingly affordable. If you are interested in a similar building, please contact us to book a site survey.

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Garden Lodges completed build – Monopitch Office

We have recently completed a monopitch garden studio. This is becoming an increasingly popular style because often this type of building does not require planning permission. This monopitch office has a roof height of 2.49 to the front and 2.86 to the rear. The customer liked our “good quality product, good price, nicely designed product and good finishes”. This garden office is 3.6m x 3.6m and cost £13,500. If you are interested in a similar building, please contact us to book a site survey.

 

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Enter our Garden Lodges Photography Competition & Win an iPad Mini!

Be part of our garden lodges photography competition and win an iPad Mini! Entries must be e-mailed to: staceys@gardenlodges.co.uk before the 11th December 2013. *Terms & Conditions apply, see below for details.

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These standard terms and conditions are subject to any other terms and conditions provided to you or to which you are referred at the time of entering the competition. Competition details form part of these terms and conditions.By submitting your photographs, you comply with the terms and conditions of the competition. Entry is open to residents of the UK except employees (and their families) of Sip TEK Garden Lodges, its printers and agents, the suppliers of the prizes and any other companies associated with the competitions. Use of a false name or address will result in disqualification. Entries that are incomplete, illegible, false or indecipherable will not be valid and deemed void. No responsibility can be accepted for entries lost, damaged or delayed in the post, or due to computer error in transit. The prizes are as stated, are not transferable to another individual and no cash or other alternatives will be offered.
The winner(s) is (are) responsible for expenses and arrangements not specifically included in the prizes. Prizes are subject to availability and the prize suppliers’ terms and conditions. The promoters reserve the right to amend or alter the terms of competitions at any time and reject entries from entrants not entering into the spirit of the competition. In the event of a prize being unavailable, the promoter reserves the right to offer an alternative prize of equal or greater value. The winner(s) agree(s) to the use of their name, photograph and disclosure of county of residence and will co-operate with any other reasonable requests by Sip TEK Garden Lodges, Granny Annexe, Home Extension Company, Hilton Garden Studios and School Buildings Ltd relating to any post-winning publicity.
Reasonable efforts will be made to contact the winner(s). If the winner(s) cannot be contacted, or are unable to comply with these terms and conditions, the Promoter reserves the right to offer the prize to the next eligible entrant drawn at random, or in the event that the promotion is being judged the Promoter reserves the right to offer the prize to the runner(s)-up selected by the same judges. Confirmation of the prize will be made in writing via e-mail to the winner(s). Failure to respond and/or provide an address for delivery, or failure to meet the eligibility requirements may result in forfeiture of the prize. Photography images supplied by existing Sip Tek, Garden Lodges, Granny Annexe, Home Extension Company, Hilton Garden Studios and School Buildings Ltd will be used for marketing purposes online, print, at trade shows and any other business materials. Where applicable, the decision of the judges is final based on the criteria set out in the promotion and no correspondence will be entered into over this decision. Competitions may be modified or withdrawn at any time.
The provider of the prize is specified within the promotional material. The Promoter is Unit C12 Sandy Business Park, Gosforth Close, Sandy, Bedfordshire SG19 1RB. In the event of a discrepancy between these standard terms and conditions and the details in the promotional material (or any other terms and conditions provided/referred to at the time of entry), the details of the promotional material (and any other terms and conditions provided/referred to at the time of entry) shall prevail. Competition deadline: 11th December 2013.
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The Benefits of Fitting Skylights in Your Garden Lodge or Home

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Skylights have been a feature in many modern houses for some time, and can add natural warmth and brightness to a home or extension, as well as ventilation if it can be opened. Whether it’s a starry night or bright blue skies, skylights offer a beautiful and natural view to the outdoors.

With any windows on a building, precious heat can be lost during the winter months. The Consumer Energy Centre reported that up to 35-45% of heat can be lost through convection with a skylight. However electricity could be saved during the daytime instead, due to natural light coming through the window – so no need for artificial lights.

Instead, look for ‘Energy Star’ or ‘Energy Efficiency’ rated skylights, these are companies backed by both UK and US governments, and are there to help consumers identify products that can help them save the environment whilst saving money.  Consumers who purchase these approved products can look to lower their household outgoings by 7-15% and shrink your carbon footprint, according to Energy Star.

Heat loss through skylights can be prevented by considering the position of the window. For example, a south-facing skylight can help with warming up your home in the winter, otherwise known as passive solar-heating.

Fitting roller or Venetian blinds can help to further insulate or protect the room from sunlight. A west facing skylight won’t have passive solar-heating capabilities, so it will serve to keep you cooler in the summer months because it’s not generally in direct sunlight. 

There have been various studies into the other benefits of fitting skylights in your home, which include improved productivity and enhanced psychological well-being, due to increased natural light in your home.  Why not consider fitting a skylight in your study or home office to take advantage of these positives?

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Top 5 Small Garden Ideas

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Large gardens needn’t have all the fun, smaller gardens can be multi-tasking too – it’s all about planning. Here is our top five ways to add interest to small urban gardens:

Pick a theme
A small garden with a mixture of themes can look disjointed and make it appear much smaller. Pick the same colour and material scheme, then stick to it throughout – this also applies to gardens built on many different levels – it’ll keep the look harmonious.

Simplicity is key
Minimalism as a garden trend has been around for years for a reason, because it can fit effortlessly into many spaces without being overbearing – plus it needn’t look boring. Choose urban materials such as granite and chrome, and then mix it with warmer wood decking and soft flowing grasses and other greenery.

Beauty is in the details
A garden is a commitment and will require some work, no matter how low maintenance you require it to be – so the details are very important. Small gardens benefit from a linear design, which serves to extend the space to the human eye. Consider neat borders and hedging, as well as installing a minimalist water feature on the wall. Planting interesting and exotic blooms and plants will also add interest, as well as fruit trees and herbs for a subtle scent.

Outside Flexibility
Small gardens need to be flexible, as space for entertaining can be limited. To combat this problem, consider folding garden furniture or stackable stools to save valuable space. Remember furniture that can work inside and outside your home is also a great space saver, as well as using throws and large cushions outside on a summers evening will also add to the cosiness.

Go Vertical
Why not build and grow yourself a vertical garden? Not only will you save your back from bending over to tend to it, or controlling pests more carefully, it’ll save space and you can have more plants in your garden. Fix trays or plastic pots to walls or trellises, or search online for ready to install ‘vertical wall’ garden kits.

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Entertaining Alfresco | summer trends for outdoor entertaining

Here are our top tips for entertaining alfresco in your garden this summer:

Cooking
The humble BBQ tends to be high on the agenda for many people wanting to entertain during the balmy summer months; however Brits are now discovering other outdoor eating habits favoured by Europeans and other exotic Continents. Believe it or not, pizza ovens aren’t just for cooking your favourite doughy treat; they’re also a surprisingly diverse cooking tool. Baking crusty bread or pasta dishes, to roasting tender meat and vegetables are just a few ways to get the most out of your pizza oven. If you haven’t got the space or the budget for an outdoor wood burning pizza oven, there is always the rustic Chiminea. Originating in Mexico and used to keep tribes warm centuries ago, this cost-friendly outdoor heating source will beat the chill on cooler summer evenings, plus you can purchase removable grills or iron pans to fit inside, so you can cook al fresco to your heart’s content.

Garden Rooms
Where to go when the weather takes a turn for the worse? A separate garden room with a decking area and an all-weather canopy is the perfect solution to your entertaining needs. Look through our range of garden lodges or contact us to get a design and site survey.

Flooring
Board of your decking or want to bring your ‘crazy-paving’ up to date? Think wooden floorboards only look great in your home? Outdoor wooden flooring is soon to be a top trend for gardens. Consider a decked, golden teak patio to bring your garden up-to-date, just make sure to protect and treat the wood impeccably to resist rot and weather damage. If you have problems with water staying on your patio after it rains, invest in permeable paving which allows water to seep in through their surface to reduce run off.

Lighting
From small solar path lights, floodlights to wall lights, lighting is a simple way to transform and update your garden easily. This season sees the traditional table-top lantern as the light du jour to add ambiance to late evening BBQ’s; whether it’s a classic chrome style or fun pineapple-shaped, there’s a lantern to suit all tastes.

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Choosing The Right Type Of Wooden Flooring For Your Garden Lodge

Updating the flooring in your home to wooden flooring is a great idea. It can increase the value, is easier to look after and looks great. Any home can benefit from upgrading to wooden flooring, but how do you decide which type is right for the style of your house? Although upgrading flooring isn’t ridiculously expensive, it is something you want to get right so it will last for years to come. Here is a guide to help you decide the right type of wooden flooring for your home-

Laminate Flooring
Laminate flooring is usually the cheapest option when it comes to upgrading to wooden flooring. Laminate flooring is compressed fibreboard with a photographic image of wooden flooring laid on top to look like real wood flooring. You can expect to pay anything from £3 per square metre to £17. Laminate flooring can be laid almost anywhere but it is not always recommended for bathrooms. It is easy to install due to the ‘click lock’ design where it slots easily into place. It’s a great alternative to solid wood if you have a tight budget but be wary it may not look quite as good as solid flooring and is will swell easily when it comes into contact with moisture.

Engineered Wood Flooring
Engineered Wood Flooring consists of four layers of real wood that have been glued together to create a plank. The surface is made of real wood veneer, this means it can be shaped and treated. Engineered wood flooring prices range from £12 per square meter to £70; it can be significantly more expensive than laminate flooring. It can be laid almost anywhere but again it’s not always advised in places that get damp or humid. It can be fiddly to install around things like toilets and sinks too. Engineered wood flooring is a great in between option, it’s cheaper than solid wood flooring but longer wearing and more realistic than laminate. A great option for engineered flooring is kahrs oak flooring.
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Solid Wood Flooring

Solid wood flooring is as the name describes, made from one solid piece of wood. Rather helpfully, each type of flooring has a ‘hardness score’ which determines how strong they are and how easily they can be damaged. The price varies from £14 pre square meter to £80. It can be laid almost anywhere and is great for adding value and as a selling point when it comes to selling your home. It is the trickiest of the three to install so it’s best to get a professional to do it as it’s not something you want to get wrong.

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look at some of the novel ways people have used their garden rooms.

Garden rooms have become increasingly popular in recent times. This increased popularity has been attributed to many different things, such as the current economic climate, people wanting to improve the value of their house and the growing trend of working from home. Garden rooms can provide the ideal small office environment, and this is a common use for the buildings. Leaving your house and walking across the garden to begin work is a great feeling; the geographical division of space creates the illusion of a definite journey and can have a direct impact on productivity in the work environment. However, some people decide to use their extra space in more novel ways, and in this article we will take a look at some of the more creative and inventive uses.

London-based opera singer Jacques uses his soundproofed garden studio to practice his singing. The room is ideal as it provides space away from the house so that his family are not disturbed by his practising; the building is also insulated and provided with electricity, meaning that it is great to use all year round.

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Garden rooms provide the ideal practising space for all musicians – parents are now safe to buy their children that drum kit and be free from the noise problem that comes with learning instruments.

Some owners of garden rooms have converted their new-found space into the perfect home cinema. With acoustic insulation available, that surround sound system you bought but never dared to turn up over half-way can be put to excellent use. With under-floor heating (among other features), there is no more comfortable place to watch your favourite films.

There are some owners that have chosen to use their garden houses as dedicated yoga rooms. Practising in the comfort of a dedicated yoga space is undoubtedly a fantastic thing, offering solitude and tranquillity in a beautiful constructed space. Regardless of the nature of your hobby, however, an extra, dedicated area can allow you to indulge your passion fully.

Often a garden room makes a perfect office space and a tranquil place to work from home. These days there are a host of jobs that allow you to work from home, such as providing English lessons online, being a freelance consultant, or providing physio or massages.

kitchenettes in a garden room, the building could be used as a guest room for visitors. The building is sure to impress – guests would so enjoy staying that they may not want to leave! And on this note, there are always the long-term guests to consider by using your garden room as a Granny Annexe.

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Using cutting-edge technology in your garden studio.

If you are considering purchasing a new garden studio, or even modifying an existing one, there are some fantastic (and easy) steps that you can take to enhance your experience.

Firstly, any garden studio owner should consider upgrading their lighting and electrical appliances. From a practical perspective, a simple step is to add external sockets – an ideal way to supply power to any outdoor events that you plan to host in the future. As well as ever useful external sockets, your studio could perhaps benefit from heating, in the form of either a branded air conditioner or even under-floor heating. Once you’ve made it toasty-warm, a wireless light switch would be the ideal way to continue to upgrade your studio into a comfort rich paradise. These features all help to contribute to a more useful and functional garden studio.

Moving from electricity to water – many studios can be upgraded to incorporate plumbing. This means that your super-slick studio could house a kitchenette to allow you a quick snack, small meal, hot drink or cocktail! Add an en-suite shower room and your studio has the potential to serve many purposes. A toilet & wash basin would build upon these features and transform your studio into a small home which would be more than capable of housing guests.

There are also wide selections of upgrades available for doors and windows. For added privacy, owners of garden rooms have the option to install laminated glass. More commonly referred to as ‘tinted’, laminated glass and will render your studio an entirely independent building to your main home.

With these added features, the potential uses for your studio are limited only by your
imagination. Children could easily relax and play together in there for hours on end, or the cosy studio could be used as a luxurious vantage point from which you and guests can look out upon your garden.

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Our Olympic building still going strong!

Here at Garden Lodges we are pleased to report that the lodge we built for the Olympic site in London is still going strong! Caroline, who deals with all our marketing here, was fortunate enough to have tickets for the Paralympic Athletics on Saturday and made a special effort to seek out the ‘garden room’ we created for the Olympic authorities for use as a security base, after another company could not
complete the contract in time.

It may be small compared to some of the giant stadiums and arenas nearby, but it is serving a great purpose and still looks as good as new. It also has a rather impressive position on the Olympic site – directly opposite the main entrance to the Olympic Park, just in front of the awe inspiring bridge which leads up to the imposing
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Caroline had a chat with the security guards who are currently using the lodge as their base, and was pleased to hear they have been delighted with the building and it has been perfect for purpose. It may be rather different to the garden studios and garden rooms that we usually build, but the process was exactly the same and it proved that our buildings are suitable for a multitude of purposes.

Security was a big concern prior to the Olympic and Paralympic Games, but it appears that not only has safety been top-notch, but worries about large queues and over-zealous restrictions have proved unfounded too. The unrelenting cheerfulness of all the volunteers and army personnel involved in making sure the Games went smoothly has been highly praised and has made sure that everyone’s experience has been trouble-free and very enjoyable.

Garden Lodges is proud to have a little example of their work on the Olympic site, and to have been part of an historic and hugely successful event in the UK.

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