Man Caves and Studios with toilet and bathroom. Some interesting ideas to inspire your Man Cave bathroom



Garden Lodges specialises in creating bespoke garden buildings for our customers. Creating a man cave annexe is a great way to add a fun and functional building to your garden that is a place to relax and unwind. Maybe there could be space for a bar, pool table, darts or a widescreen t.v. Or maybe all of the above!

Every good man cave deserves it’s own toilet or bathroom, what is the point of having a relaxing getaway at the bottom of the garden if you have to nip back to the house every hour? These days it can be tricky to get the toilet space we might really crave for. But in the man cave, normal rules need not apply.

Choosing a design can be tricky. Luckily at Garden Lodges, we are here to help with an array of man cave toilet ideas that could look great in your cavernous toilet.

Garden studios with a bathroom or toilet are something that we at ‘Garden Lodges’ are happy to install, and not something that a lot of our competitors can provide. There are many advantages to have a toilet installed in your garden studio or man cave, adding extra value to your property and creating a space that is even more usable and versatile.


For those who have a mechanical mindset, there are plenty of ideas that can boost your cave’s credentials. From tool boxes to alloy wheels there is a host of auto objects that can be picked up from a junkyard and upcycled.



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This mechanics toolbox makes a surprisingly functional chest of draws and sink-unit, available second hand, quite cheap it would be a great addition to any man cave that has an automotive feel. These units are also very well made, just give it an oil from time to time and it will be good for years. Not content with just the draws and sink, this man cave owner has gone all in, with a white-walled tire for a mirror, a mechanics first aid box for a cupboard and chequered flag tiling.



In your own perfect man cave set up, watching a bit of football in the bath might be the icing on the cake for some. If you live in a busy household getting time for a relaxing soak, might seem like an unattainable ‘goal’. Now you won’t need to miss a match, while having a soak and a beer.



Perhaps having a bubble bath is not what you imagined when first conceiving ‘the cave’. Well, this next man caver has gone for a shower unit, with a beer theme. This old fermenter has been recycled as a large shower cubicle. Hopefully, they gave it a good clean before, but if you have space it could make a fine addition to your man cave shower facilities. Many of these parts could be upcycled from a junkyard or found online from freecycle, the only limitation in the man cave, is your imagination.



Sticking with an automotive theme this green pick up has added a questionable element of style to the bathroom of this lucky man cave owner. The bonnet has been crafted into a sink with plumbing, fully functional lights and indicators illuminate the toilet and the chrome bumper has been polished to a high sheen.



If you enjoy the whistle of a turbo, then this unique toilet paper dispenser could be just the ticket. Crafted from an old Garrett turbocharger this fine piece of automotive history is sure to brighten up any man cave toilet. Hopefully, it’s been thoroughly washed before!


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If novelty toilets are not your thing, a man cave bathroom doesn’t have to look like it crashed into your local scrap yard. Man caves are increasingly sophisticated places, often incorporating a gym, as seen in one of our recent builds above.


Man Cave with Shower Room


This clean, elegant shower room and toilet show the level of skill and expertise we employ when creating a bathroom for our customers. A large walk-in shower and white tiling give the bathroom a spacious feel and certainly would add a level of sophistication to a new generation of man caves.


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Garden Studio Inspiration. Which garden lodge would suit your garden?

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Garden Lodges have been building garden studios for our customers for over 10 years. We are extremely proud of the many different projects we have completed and know that our customers are just as happy with the end results.

What makes our garden studios special is the level of choice and bespoke options that are available. We can build a great range of garden buildings, including garden offices, gyms, art studios, music studios, garden annexes, pool houses and rentable accommodation for Airbnb, to name a few!

There are many companies on the market for building garden studios, but few with our level of experience, we have literally built hundreds of offices, studios and lodges for satisfied customers and are very happy to combine this level of expertise with our customer’s ideas and inspirations to build something that can truly transform your garden space.

Below are examples of some of the most popular lodges that we have built for our customers. They range in size and style and give a good demonstration of the sort of garden annexes we create. If there is a building that you feel would work well in your garden please let us know. We would be delighted to hear from you and discuss your new garden studio project.

Call us free on 0800 043 4821, or why not book a FREE SITE SURVEY (subject to location) to get started.


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This is one of our smaller garden offices we built for a customer who wanted a quiet space in the garden to work from. This stylish build uses a form or white cladding, combined with dark grey, floor to ceiling windows. It has created a very contemporary and clean look that enhances the look of the garden while providing a very useful extra space.

Smaller garden offices can be built from as little as £17,322 including VAT. Key features of our contemporary, flat roof Garden Office range include a choice of uPVC doors and windows, selected because of their great value for money.


small flat roof garden office

Another stylish smaller build, perfect for a garden office or studio. Although small the feeling of light and space is maximised through the use of glazing on two sides. An overhang provides shade in the summer so that the office remains naturally cool, while high performing SIP panel construction means that is it warm and inexpensive to heat in winter.


flat roof bifolding garden studio

Bi-folding doors are increasingly popular and are a perfect way to bring the garden into your studio space. In summer they can be folded back to create a fantastic feeling of space and light. This example shows how a garden office could transform your work environment. When the weather is good your office space becomes part of the garden!


flat roof white wall

When we build a garden studio we first provide a free site survey and discuss with you your requirements. This is one of the reasons why the garden studios we build look so at ease in their surroundings. This sizable cedar clad studio fits perfectly in its garden, with the white wall acting as a platform to allow the studio to enjoy a more elevated position, great for surveying the garden. This size of building is perfect for a number of functions, including use as a gym, home studio or office, or as extra sleeping accommodation.


oak clad vaulted

This timber framed garden lodge, shows how a traditional look can be combined with a contemporary feel. The oak frame and cladding creates a timeless design that is becoming increasingly popular. This style of studio is especially popular in conservation areas, where planning restrictions could apply. Terracotta tiles finish the building, creating a stunning garden studio. This design is also perfect for creating a light and spacious feel, with the combined effect of a vaulted roof and floor to ceiling windows.


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Our garden studios come in a range of shapes and sizes. This stunning build shows what can be achieved in a larger garden. Cedar cladding gives it a contemporary feel and a large sliding door brings in plenty of light while providing excellent insulation and visibility to the garden. This size of build we recommend for gyms or larger offices, where extra space might be needed. The flat roof allows it to usually be built within permitted development law as long as the building is situated less than 2.0m from the boundary of the property and is no more than 2.5 metres in height from the existing ground level.



Dark grey bi-folding doors give an elegant simplicity to this thoughtfully designed studio. The popular combination of dark grey window frames and cedar cladding look great in this garden setting, especially when the landscaping has been incorporated into the look of the new building. A beautiful decked area creates an easy to maintain outdoor space, that works perfectly with the more modern design.



If gravel and decking are not your thing, then a perfectly manicured lawn works just as well. The flowing stone path creates softer lines, contrasting nicely with the modern shape of this contemporary garden studio. With over 60m2 this garden building has transformed how the owners use their garden and is now set up for a number of uses, including a gym, home studio and spare sleeping accommodation.


Donhead Lodge Exterior

A similar look and feel is achieved with this garden lodge, nestled in the trees it looks perfect in its location, allowing the owners to work from home while enjoying their garden at the same time. All of our garden studios are made from highly insulated SIP panels. Structural insulated panels (or SIPs) are the number one choice for garden studios, as they provide excellent insulation in winter and are quick to erect. Meaning that we can build a garden office in your garden in between 4 – 5 weeks.


vaulted with view

Often a lodge is a brilliant way to take advantage of a spectacular view. This garden studio certainly makes the most of its surroundings, with floor to ceiling windows on all sides. Currently used as a garden gym, what better way to exercise and relax?


vaulted in garden

A vaulted ceiling can add a second dimension to a garden studio. With extra headroom, you really increase the feeling of space and light. Extra height can also increase the functionality of the building, with larger gyms or storage possible.

Spring and summer are the best times for building garden studios, it is possible for us to complete a build in 4-5 weeks, meaning you could be enjoying your new garden building much sooner than you might think.


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





10 great reasons to build a gym in your garden.

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Our garden lodges can be used for many functions, often we are asked to create a studio space, a spare room, a music studio and an increasingly popular option is a home gym. This gym we recently built in Dartford is one the largest garden lodges we have completed and offers the new user plenty of space to install a great range of gym equipment.

Building a gym in your garden can offer many advantages and the reasons our clients choose to build a gym differ from one to the other. Below are 10 great reasons to build a gym in your own garden.

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  • 1. Building a gym can save you money on gym fees

Gym fees can be quite expensive, on average people are paying anything between £30 – £200 per month for their gym membership, and that is without taking into account the sign up fees, personal trainers, and other expenses. These costs can soon add up and leave you out of pocket. Obviously, there is a large upfront cost when building a garden gym, but these costs can be offset by the increase in value the gym will give to your home.


  • 2. Increase a properties value

On average, an extension or garden lodge can add 20% to the value of your home. If you were to sell your home then this space can be used for a myriad of uses other than a gym, such as a garden office, granny annexe, or spare room. This creates a versatile living space that is very desirable in a competitive housing market.


  • 3. Creating more space

Gym equipment can be bulky and large, often it is difficult to fit in all the gym equipment you need in your house. By building a bespoke garden gym you can create a space that is perfect for gym gear. Our recent build shows just how much space it is possible to achieve with plenty of room for a professional treadmill, multi gyms with leg presses, kickboxing equipment and more. Extra high ceilings can also bring a benefit with some equipment needing the extra space. Moving all this clutter to a garden gym also frees up a room in the house which can be re-commissioned as a bedroom or office.


  • 4. Saving time travelling to your gym

Those who go to a gym regularly know how much time they waste travelling back and forwards to the gym. We have increasingly busy lifestyles, so imagine the advantages in saved time if you never needed to pack your gym bag, drive and find a parking space at the gym, or queue to use the equipment or showers. All of that time could be spent on other more useful activities, such as spending more time in your own gym. Having a gym in your garden means you can be a lot more flexible with when you exercise. It’s very easy to fit in a gym session, early morning before work, or in the evenings.


Garden lodge gym


  • 5. Creating a home business

More and more people are starting to work from home and a garden gym opens up some great opportunities for those wanting to go down this route. If you run a personal training business and want to extend your services then building your own space can give you the possibility to do this. One great advantage is that you can separate work from home, with your business operating from its own independent space.


  • 6. Designing a perfect space for unwinding

Going to a gym is a great way to unwind. However, most gyms are far from relaxing, with the annoying selection of tunes chosen by the staff, bright lights and sweating bodies. With your own garden gym, you can create your perfect zen space. Features such as large bi-folding doors can bring in some much-needed air and light, a well-designed sound system can allow you listen to the music that you want, and best of all, it’s all for yourself.


  • 7. Avoiding crowds at peak time

Usually, the best times to go to the gym, before and after work, are also the most crowded. It can be difficult to keep to a routine if you can’t guarantee which equipment will be free to use. Also during these peak times, the equipment can become very sweaty with the constant use of other people. The perfect scenario is a gym all to yourself in which you can choose exactly the time to do your work out and in which order. Especially if they are not covered in other people’s sweat!


  • 8. Play by your own rules

Commercial gyms have a lot of rules. Are any of these familiar?

“Don’t drop weights.”

“Chalk prohibited.”

“No curling in the squat rack.”

“No grunting or shouting.”

“T-Shirts or vests must be worn.”

In your own gym, you can make up your own rules, grunt as much as you want, strip down, throw your chalk about and get on with a bit of curling. You’re the boss! Some of these rules can have a negative impact on your work out and be an unnecessary distraction.


Pilates Gym Studio


  • 9. Creating your own gym is fun!

Setting up, designing and choosing all the equipment for your gym is fun. You can choose the equipment that works best for you and design a space that is perfect for your style of work out. The disadvantage of a commercial gym is that they are normally set up for general workouts and to provide the broadest range of options to gym users. With your own gym you can concentrate on the areas that will serve you best whether it is for powerlifting, CrossFit, Olympic lifting, etc.


  • 10. Concentration

Let’s face it, gyms are not the easiest places to focus. With all the widescreen T.Vs, mirrors, noises and products for sale it is difficult to concentrate. In contrast your own gym can be a pared down area of concentration with just you and the equipment for company. Of course, there will always be some distractions with mobile phones, the dog wanting to come in and children to contend with. But hey, you can’t have it all.


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







SIP’s! What are they?

SIP’s in the UK have only in recent decades become a noted method of construction, most commonly used in the construction of residential properties and small commercial projects, despite having existed since the 1930’s. The first instance of a SIP’s building was in Wisconsin, USA, 1937 and was even dedicated by the First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. The building survived the harsh Wisconsin climate and ultimately stood the test of time with its removal to make way for a larger building in 1998. Since 1937 like most things developments have been made and more modern materials used resulting in panels with better insulation and structural integrity.

Wisconsin, Forest Products Laboratory, stressed skin panel building.

A SIP’s panel, simply put, is a form of insulated foam core sandwiched between 2 pieces of OSB this provides a very strong building material which has insulation built in.

There are many benefits to using SIP panels when it comes to construction, a few of those are:

Reduced build time: Due to the format of using large panels wall sections can be erected very quickly, often once a foundation has been placed and the walls ready to be put in place, the shell of a SIP building can be completed in a matter of days. One of our Garden Lodges can be completed in a matter of weeks, depending on size usually between 4-6 weeks of construction time.

Better Insulation: The panels, as it says in the name, have the insulation at the core of the building and because they can be slotted together very precisely there are much less cold bridges and the buildings are very air tight allowing for a better control over temperature.

Less wastage: SIP’s are often prepared in a factory before they are then sent to site, this allows for less wastage on site and very minimal wastage during manufacturing.

Green: The insulation for SIP’s is built into the structure, removing the need to add insulation at a later date, providing a very well insulated home reducing heating bills etc. The OSB used to construct the SIP’s is also sourced from young fast growing trees, which makes for a very renewable source and young trees can process carbon dioxide better than older trees therefore, reducing the overall CO2 emissions created.

We have now worked with SIP’s for a considerable time, and we are always comforted when visiting customers and they tell us how warm and cosy their new garden rooms feel, because of the insulation very minimal levels of heating are required to maintain a comfortable temperature in the lodges. They are also often taken aback at how quick the process is, from when the materials turn up on site to when they are able to move into the annexe. If you want to build at a specific time of year through us, then the best thing to do is book a site survey a month or 2 before you would like to build.

It may surprise you that even with these huge beneficial factors of using SIP’s, brick and mortar is still a more commonly used format of which to build and one of the simple answers to this is because it is still functional and it is the most widely known format for building a home. For large homebuilding companies to retrain would provide a fairly substantial cost and ultimately why fix something that isn’t broken? but we ask why not have something a bit better?

Smart Homes? Is it the way forward?

Smart homes! Should you be installing a smart home system into your home?


Let’s start with understanding exactly what having a smart home means. A smart home allows you to turn your ordinary bricks and mortar home into something that resembles the Jetsons, although sadly without the flying car! Automation is the key word when it comes to smart homes, allowing you to take control of many aspects of your home via an app on your smartphone, smart device (Amazon Alexa or Google home) or a smart thermostat like the ones offered by companies like Hive and Nest.


This is the ultimate upgrade from the old fashioned clapping lights situation, now you can press a few buttons or even just speak from the comfort of your armchair to change the temperature across your home, turn lights on and off, control security systems, close and open blinds and more. Along with this unparalleled convenience there are many benefits that can come from having an automated home, energy efficiency is one of the key selling points for smart homes, from your phone you can adjust the temperature of your heating, your lighting and electronics allowing you to remotely control these aspects of your home, so if your out and your heating is going to come on at 7 but you miscalculated and are actually going to be a few hours late, then you can simply adjust your heating to come on 15 minutes before you get home, that way it will be nice and cosy for your return and you’ll be saving energy as you won’t be heating an empty house!


Not only does that make you happy because you can save on your bills but it’s also beneficial for the planet and that is a win-win situation if you ask us!
To get an understanding of a few of the possibilities with smart home functionlity, take a look at this video by youtube Danny Winget, where he gives you a little guidance to some of the products that you can use to smarten up your home.

There are a couple of concerns about smart homes and their security, as you are connecting a lot of your home appliances and systems to the internet, this can open you up to the possibility of having your home hacked and that is quite a scary thought! You have to consider a few things though, with a good security system for your wi-fi you will curtail most attempts at someone trying to hack your home but the biggest thing to consider is that its not common it would be fairly unlucky for it to happen to you. Think of having a good wi-fi security setup like locking your car, a thief is much less likely to steal something from a locked car then an open one.

To conclude our little article, we are pretty sure that we would all welcome smart home integration into our own homes. The convenience that a smart home system allows is quite amazing in most cases, it really seems like we are making steps into the future much like those retro visions of the future!

Grand Designs Live Review

Grand Designs Live!


So on Tuesday the 2nd our marketing man popped out to the ExCel in London for the Grand Designs Live show. Upon entering the grand designs corridor which is a bit like walking into some kind of Willy Wonka type world for construction, interiors, home technologies and everything Grand Designsy!

The tunnel of grand design dreams! #granddesigns #tv #themetune #london

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Once through the Willy Wonka tunnel, you are confronted with a small communal area with walkways through to the different sections of the show those being; build, interiors, kitchens, bathrooms, gardens and technology. All of these sections include lots of interesting and state of the art products including smart home technologies, garden/home sculpture, water features, grand designs interiors, jukeboxes, lighting, art, even an infrared sauna which sounds a bit scary but they provide a unique solution for a home sauna.

A great feature at the Grand Designs Live, is the ask an expert in this area you can pop along make a quick appointment and have a free discussion with an industry expert regarding your plans for home improvements, home building and more. The ability to have a free discussion is great as often these kind of consultations might cost a few quid.

One thing that caught our eye were these large hot tubs that double up as a swim spa! They are designed in such a way that they will create a current that you can swim against providing a basically endless swimming pool which we thought was pretty cool! albeit a bit pricey sometimes more than our entry level lodges! .

An item that we took a good interest in was smart home products, we are interested in using a smart home product with our garden buildings and will hopefully see the incorporation of smart home products with our future projects. We like the smart home products as they allow you to control many different functions in your home by using a simple app! Security, lighting, heating and many other things can be controlled by a smart home system.

A highlight of the show was at the Grand Theatre where there were multiple talks taking place. The face of Grand Designs Kevin McCloud had some time on stage discussing the TV show and buildings with some of the homeowners that had featured on the show in the past. They went through their favourite parts of the build and the process, so if you have an interest in self build projects its definitely a show to visit.

Overall we had a pretty good time at the Grand Designs Live event, with lots of potential products that we could see included in our Garden Lodges in the future. The only downside to it is that we think they should put conveyer belts in somewhere, the show takes place in such a large space, during our day there our marketing man clocked up around 19,000 steps! We have added a set of photos from our visit so click below to take a peek. 

Get Your Gains in Your Own Personal Gym!

We have built many Garden Lodges for our customers for many different reasons. One of the more popular uses for the extra space provided by a garden room is a gym. We have helped our customers build functional and beautiful garden rooms so they can reach their workout goals by only taking a few steps from the house to their own personal gym! One of the biggest benefits is that you won’t ever have to wait around to use a machine that the person before you didn’t wipe down!

We wanted to collate a few inspiring images and items from some home gyms that really excel in style, design, functionality and might inspire you to wipe the dust from those dumbells.

Our Garden Lodges can make perfect and stylish home gyms, pitched roof options allow for plenty of headroom needed for weight lifting or running on a treadmill, on top of the functional aspect, installing gable end glazing will give a beautifully bright space that feels open and connected to your garden and outside space.

Now when it comes to owning your own home gym you are obviously going to need to kit it out so we wanted to direct you to some products, some of which are on the budget side (with good reviews) and to some luxury or state of the art items you can use to fill your home gym.





An exercise bike is a great way to get your heart pumping it is also a lower impact sport in comparison to running so a little better for the joints. We would suggest looking into one that uses a magnetic resistance system due to it being quieter, less maintenance and it uses set levels for resistance compared to a friction resistant exercise bike, if you are looking for a harder workout though friction resistance is the way to go. Another great thing to look out for is a bike with a good display and computer, as the better ones will accurately track your work outs, your heart rate and many other stats that should motivate your session.

JTX Cyclo 5


At £599.00 it is not particularly cheap, but what you get for that is a state of the art machine. The JTX Cyclo 5 has a myriad of functions and a high quality specification list, including 16 levels of resistance, advanced computer with bluetooth compatability so you can play your tunes through the speakers, heart rate sensor and more, click through here to visit the website. 


Brand-X RT-01 Roller Trainer

Cycle Roller

Currently on sale at £89.99 the roller trainer fits a tight budget and is the more compact (sort of) way to train at home, this may be the better option for those of you who look to cycle on the roads, as with this product you have to use your own bike. Much like a rolling road that you might see at your local garage, you stick your bike on top and start peddling the only thing to note is that you have to keep your balance otherwise you might find yourself and your bike horizontal and on the floor. Click here to visit their website.




Treadmills are the og gym equipment, a home gym without one would seem a little empty to be honest. The great thing about  treadmills is that they allow your body to move the way it’s supposed to and the ease of use is fairly unparralleled in comparison to other machines.



So this treadmill seemingly from the future is a beast of a machine it also comes at a bit of a beastly price too, it starts with an 9 and has 3 figures after that before the decimal, it is very close to being a 5 figure sum. If you were to bite the bullet and have one of these placed in your home gym, you might get some local fitness freaks drooling at it through the windows, we would also suggest beefing up your home security, although, it would be a rather cumbersome thing to try and steal. This machine allows for multiple types of exercise including the standard treadmill running so it is a bit of a multi-functional item possibly reducing the need for other equipment. Click here to view the product on the Technogym website.


Reebok One Series GT30


The budget option! At a remarkable 3% (£319.00) of the cost of the SKILLMILL Connect this treadmill may not provide the same amount of functions as the other but it is a great treadmill, have a look at this review linked here with a critical review and user ratings. Whilst still retaining a good level of design and style this treadmill has a good computer system with heart rate moniters aswell for tracking your workouts with a good degree of accuracy. Listening to your personal tracks is also made easy with inbuilt speakers so you can connect it to your phone or mp3 player! The only cons of this machine are that there is no bottle holder and the top speed is a little lower than other treadmills. Click here to view the treadmill.

Conditioning and Weight Training

Now that we have partially covered the cardio side of things, let’s have a look at an all in one machine, as it will take up less space and its multi-functionality will serve all of your muscles in one convenient product. If a all in one machine is not for your then do not fret there are many different options you can go for, simple barbells and dumbells can be pretty suitable, as you can use them in many different ways and a simple sophisticated bench press is fairly inexpensive.

BH Fitness G152X Global Multi Gym with Leg Press


Have a look here to see all the functions that this multi gym equipment can do, it is advertised at £1,299, although there is another offer on the site there at £799 it might be a bit of a steal at that price. Ultimately though if you want to get all of your workout goals completed in one this maching should provide all you need, it even has a leg press so you wont just be focusing on the mirror muscles unless thats what you want!

Bodymax CF666 Lever Bench Press


The safer way to lift! because this benchpress uses a lever system you shouldn’t find yourself dropping a barbell on your chest after you have pushed yourself to the limit and you can’t lift no more. A sturdy machine that comes with storage for both normal and olympic style weights. The weights might be an added extra, but again you can use them in other areas like sit ups, squats and other workouts. Click here to find out more.

Now that you have an idea of what you might want to put in your home gym we can look at where. Annoyingly the equipment for a home gym is quite bulky if you have a spare room big enough then you could place it all in there but we would suggest a ground floor room due to weights but if you don’t have that space a garden room is a great solution to creating a dedicated space for your workout goals. We have built a fair few garden rooms for our customers designed for gyms and we would usually suggest a pitched roof building as when you are lifting barbells and such weights above the head the extra room can facilitate that. Not only are the pitched roof buildings rather attractive if they are installed with gable end glazing they let in a wonderful amount of light allowing you to workout with nature around you. Here are a few examples below.






The Home Game, ITV

Yesterday our partners over at Granny Annexe had a building featured on the ITV show The Home Game, If you are considering accommodation in your garden you can have a great look at our building that is featured in the last quarter of The Home Game, aired 02/03/2017. Here is a link to the ITV hub where you should be able to view the episode.

Alternatively our marketer has put together a lovely walkthrough video featuring the annexe.

If you are interested in family accommodation for the garden, please click through to our partners website.

Planning or Permitted Development?!


When it comes to this subject of planning it can be a bit of a head scratcher, we would like to attempt to add a little clarity to this murky lake of confusion.


So you would like a Garden building but you are unsure as to whether you will need planning permission or not. Well you’ll be glad to hear that most of our buildings can be built under permitted development rights.  The exceptions come when you are looking to build above the 2.5 metre high restriction in a designated area and these items cause confusion!


Our buildings that exceed  2.5 metre are usually pitched roof Garden Lodges, this includes both dual and mono pitched designs. These buildings are ideal for use as gyms or artist studios as they have ample head room and allow in plenty of natural light. Now, they can be built under permitted development rights if they meet the following requirements: Their eaves height (eaves height: where the lowest part of the roof meets the outside wall) are under 2.5 metres and a dual pitch is no more than 4 metres and a mono pitched 3 metres, however here is the important detail! These buildings must be located 2 or more metres away from any boundary, if they are located within the 2 metres they will need planning approval. 


If the garden room lies within 2 metres of the boundary, the whole building should not exceed 2.5 metres in height.


The area of the proposed garden building and any other existing buildings within the garden (other than the original house) must not exceed 50% of the total area of the garden (excluding the footprint of the original house). This is typically called ‘curtilage’. In other words, only 50% of your garden can be given to additional buildings (including sheds, extensions and decking over 300mm in height).


The new garden studio or office cannot be a dwelling or be used  as self-contained living accommodation. It cannot be a residential space used for sleeping.


Flats and maisonettes do not have permitted development rights.


Planning would also be required if you live in a listed building, or in a designated area, i.e AONB, conservation area, etc. by doing a quick google of “do i live in a designated area” you should be able to confirm whether or not your property is in a designated area.


There are great resources that you can use to decipher whether or not you will need planning, the planning portal website provides a myriad of information that will aid your research. Click on the link here to go to the planning portals interactive page about Permitted Development. We also have a useful FAQ on our website relating to planning permission and permitted development, which you can find here.

Oxfordshire Case Study

This Oxfordshire lodge is situated just on the edge of the Thames. Large glass sliding doors allow the lodge to open up giving the owners a place to sit and relax while they look out onto the Oxfordshire countryside. This lodge has been beautifully finished internally, greys and whites give a minimalistic finish and the choice of lighting creates a welcoming feel. Casement windows to the lounge area not only let in light but really become a distinctive feature to this build. The same wall is also a feature wall with the jar light fittings and a simple but effective wallpaper. It almost seems like the greenery from outside is creeping through, it is a beautiful effect. The lodge is a large size, measuring 8.0m x 7.0m the lounge/kitchen area has an internal size of 20.94m2 giving plenty of room for movement, as you can see in the images, there is a lot of open space, the owner will be adding a coffee table to the living room which will fit nicely in front of the larger sofa.

Our Garden Lodges take just a few weeks to construct, weather permitting a build can be finished within a month from the start date, this is capable due to our construction method using SIPs panels. SIPs are a recognised building material used around the world, due to their construction they have great insulation and offer excellent airtightness values keeping the lodge cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Most lodges do not require planning permission as they can be constructed under permitted development, in certain circumstance planning may be required.

Garden Lodges finish the building i.e. finished in matt white emulsion, kitchen and shower fitted, downlighters. Garden Lodges also makes sure that the building is cleaned and the site is tidy, so it seems like the building has always been there. For our customers here it was the perfect template to put their own spin on the lodge and make it their own.