He shed… She shed… Naming your garden room

‘She Shed’ was coined in April 2015 to describe a wooden structure used as a retreat for its female owner. The term was first used in the fun article on “The Lighter Side of Real Estate” called “Introducing “She Sheds”: Women’s Answer To The Man Cave”.

The term ‘Man Cave’ has come to be known as a place where the male owner can go to enjoy his favourite activities away from day to day life. ‘She Shed’ has come to be the term used for the equivalent for women, and ladies looking for somewhere special we have been busy sharing lovely examples of ‘She Sheds’ online.

‘She Shed’ isn’t one of our favourite names, garden rooms are so much more than sheds. Whilst reading through some of the commentary on the latest ‘She Shed’ trend we have come across some great names, which could be considered instead of ‘She Shed’.

‘Shedquearters’ – for a garden office, we love this! Also someone suggested ‘Snuggery’, commenting on the Houzz article on ‘She Sheds’. The Houzz user explains why they like this gender neutral suggestion, conveying a warm and cosy place for relaxation. Another reader comments “I might call mine an ‘Imaginarium’” we loved this too!

For our customers, ‘garden buildings’ is popular name, ‘garden studios’ and ‘garden office’ are also frequently used. Many of our customers call their building an ‘annexe’, other names reflect the usage of the space, gym, dance studio, yoga studio, play room, etc.

Whatever your preferred name for your garden room, we thought this was a great opportunity to scan our archives to find some of our favourite buildings a.k.a. ‘She Sheds’ constructed for female clients. We have designed some wonderful rooms for female owners, the majority have been designed to enable the owner of the ‘She Shed’ to work from home. Another popular choice for our female clients has been for a studio for practical work, such as painting, sculpture, upcycling and much more.

She Shed from Garden Lodges
“She Shed” has been recently coined as a name for a garden building for female customers
She Shed from Garden Lodges
A stunning and practical art studio commissioned by one our female clients

We have a range of standard garden buildings, and we can also design a bespoke “She Shed” to meet your requirements. Or how about this month’s special offer, a perfect contemporary summer house! If you would like a site survey, please contact us and we would be happy to help.

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Garden Studio with Sedum Roof Completed in Winchester

Garden Studio Winchester
Garden Studio with Sedum Roof completed in Winchester

We’ve just finished a stunning new Garden Studio in Winchester for a customer who wanted a flexible garden room, where they could use it as an arts and crafts room, reading room, garden office and even an extra guest room, if needed.

We worked alongside the customer’s garden landscaper so that the setting of the Garden Studio was also beautiful. Choosing a Western Red Cedar timber clad exterior was the best choice for the Garden Room to fit in with its natural surroundings.

Our customer chose to upgrade their glazing to aluminium and lighting to a wireless control. For extra insulation and an eye-catching, ecological design feature, we also fitted a Sedum roof which has many positive benefits.

Powder coated aluminium floor to ceiling and casement windows and bi-folding doors were installed to give a premium look and feel to the Garden Studio. Benefits of choosing aluminium door and window frames are that the joinery is extra strong and weather resistant compared to UPVC, as well as being more aesthetically pleasing.

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Included in our price and service:

To book a site survey, call us on 01767 680661 or fill out our online form.

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£29,999 the perfect contemporary summer house… for 2015

At £29,999 this 30m2 building offers unbeatable value, and if you order by the end of April, it could be completed in time for the late May bank holiday!*

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You will get not 1 but 2 internal rooms… and a canopy! It is divided perfectly so you can have a summer house as well as an office. You will even benefit from a 4.4m2 storage cupboard.

This contemporary summer house design does not require planning permission, in the majority of cases, making it a stress free way to make the most of your garden.

The building benefits from SIP panel construction so will stay warm and cosy in the winter, and during the summer you can open wide the large 3.2m bifold doors, perfect for summertime parties.
The smaller 7.44m2 room with French doors and a separate entrance, will make a secure, light and airy office space.

We are still waiting for the good weather here in the UK, but make sure you are ready to make the most of it when the summer arrives. To secure this building, call us on 0800 043 4821 today and place a 25% deposit of £7500. If you have any questions about this or any of our other buildings, please contact us and we will be happy to help.

*terms and conditions apply

Terms and Conditions
We do not offer any amendments to this building. Changes will result in a bespoke design and the quote will be priced accordingly. Limited number of May build slots available, allocated on a first come, first served basis. This price is based on the ground conditions being suitable for us to start work and 9.00m x 6.00m of garden space being available, and that it does not take up more than 50% of your garden. House must have permitted development rights and not be in a conservation area or planning permission. The building offered has grey on white joinery, not grey on grey as per the picture. Garden Lodges decision in all matters is final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into, and reserves the right to cancel or amend the special offer and the terms and conditions without notice.

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Commercial Garden Office with kitchen and toilet

Commercial Office workplace built in Horsham
Commercial Office workplace built in Horsham

We’ve built numerous commercial offices for companies including Bloor Homes, Compton Verney ticket office and even a security office for the 2012 Olympics games in London. So our latest commercial Garden Office for a customer on the Horsham industrial estate is a wonderful addition to our extensive list of completed commercial workplaces.

This 8m x 5m Garden Office features a small yet modern kitchenette and a toilet with a sink, plus a large open plan space which would fit in many desks. The Garden Office was built in just 4 weeks from start to finish, where we looked after everything from the initial ground works, concrete slab foundations and plumbing, right through to the plastering and internal decoration.

Western Red Cedar timber exterior, grey aluminium-style UPVC window and door frames, a flat EPDM roof with an aluminium roof trim all add to the modern appearance. Inside the Garden Office, 12 chrome down lights line the ceiling, bringing lots of light inside the 2.49m high building.

To get a quotation for your commercial workplace, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 01767  682542 to book a site survey, alternatively fill out our online request form.

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Garden Studio for just £13,495 fully installed in 2-3 weeks

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Just £13,495 for this exact Garden Studio

We are delighted to launch a special offer on our most popular bespoke Garden Studio design, which is the perfect space for a gym, garden office or even a space for the kids to enjoy. Measuring 3.80m width, 3.00m in depth and 2.49m in height, the Garden Studio, in most cases, doesn’t require planning permission.

Costing £13,495 fully installed and ready for you to move in, you can have this superb Garden Studio built in just 2-3 weeks. Clad in natural Western Red Cedar timber and lots of glazing to let in natural light, this Garden Studio would make a welcome, modern feature to any garden. Contact us today to book a site survey and to place your order.

What’s included in the price:
• Pressure treated timber bearers on concrete pad foundations.
• Made using structurally insulated panels (SIPs).
• EPDM rubber flat roof.
• Aluminium roof trim.
• Black rainwater guttering to the rear.
• Grey exterior UPVC set of French doors 1.56m x 2.03m (with white interior frames).
• 2 x 0.5m x 2.03m tall fixed panel framed windows (all with white interior frames).
• Western Red Cedar exterior cladding.
• Fully plastered and decorated with matt white emulsion.
• White gloss skirting boards.
Laminate flooring.
• Installation of internal electrics, which include 6 x chrome internal downlights.
• 2 x chrome double power sockets.
• 1 x external standard light.

£13,495 including VAT. Price includes site survey, construction, material costs and internal decoration – just get your key and move in!

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Excluding electric armoured cable installation to the Garden Studio. Add approx £10.15 per metre + £205 connection fee and installation (example price of pinned electric cabling to Garden Studio).

Contact us today to book a site survey and to place your order. (wall mounted television not included, terms and conditions apply please ask us for more details).

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Organise Your Home Office Day

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Today is organise your home office day, as experts in the construction of garden home offices, we have found some inspiration to help you make the most of this day, so you can achieve a home office space that works for you.

Our customers have found their ideal home offices, and we hope to give you some ideas on how to organise your office space, by taking inspiration from photos of our client’s organised offices.

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We love this photo where one of our clients uses lots shelving. The shelving unit is used to house sources of inspiration, such as artwork and books whilst simultaneously providing space for storing documents.

If you prefer the minimal approach you could look to technology, for online document management solutions. These are becoming increasingly popular as more and more companies commit to store your documents online, safely and securely.

Below is a picture of a more minimal usage of one of our small home offices.

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However you choose to organise your home office you home office, ensure that is is a space that works for you and your goals, find a balance for inspiration, but avoiding clutter.

Is your home office disorganised, cluttered and untidy? Maybe it is because you have too many purposes for the space. Offices can quickly turn into storage space or a room for other peoples hobbies. Maybe this organise home day consider a new office, a dedicated space to help you achieve your goals.

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Non-Planning ‘Oslo’ Garden Studio built in North London in 7 days

Garden Studio used as an office
Garden Studio used as an office

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Width: 3.68m Depth: 3.68m
Height: 2.49m
External Area: 13.54m2 including recess
Total Price: £11,623.40

We’ve just finished building an ‘Oslo’ Garden Studio for a creative customer in North London, who works from home as a Set and Costume Designer for the theatre. Our customer wanted a peaceful office to work in, with lots of natural light to inspire the mind.

Our customer wanted a Garden Studio which didn’t require planning permission, so chose a 3.68m x 3.68m size Oslo which was 2.49m in height. The space allows for a large desk and a chair, plus a storage cabinet, a large shelving unit and a cosy designer chair in the corner for visitors.

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Our Standard Non-Planning Models come in a range of standard sizes and set prices, however all prices include:

  • Concrete pad foundations
  • External painted cladding in carious colours
  • 175mm structurally insulated panel (SIPs) walls
  • Interior decoration with matt white emulsion
  • White gloss skirting boards
  • Laminate flooring
  • Internal lighting
  • Doors
  • Light switch
  • Power points
  • RCD Breaker
  • Construction and fitting of electrics

Our customer chose a pastel blue external paint called ‘Speculum’, which looks amazing contrasted with the grey UPVC door frames. To heat the Garden Studio, the customer wanted us to fit an electric wall heater for an additional cost. He was surprised that it only took around 10 minutes for the Garden Studio to heat up on a cold and frosty morning.

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Pilates Studio built for commercial use in Watford

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Commercial Traditional pitched Garden Lodge

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Width: 7.30m
Depth: 5.25m
Height: 3.71m
External Area: 38.32m2

A customer we had previously built for a few years ago came back to us, because they wanted a larger Garden Building as their home Sports Therapy and Clinical Pilates business needed to expand into larger premises.

A 38.32m2 Traditional Garden Lodge was designed to incorporate around four large reformer Pilates machines and Pilates chairs. The new Garden Lodge Pilates studio means the customer can teach larger classes, whilst the high pitched roof and ceiling can accommodate the large exercise machines.

The Garden Lodge was built in around 4 weeks, which included the initial ground works and extending the concrete slab foundations, removal of the old Garden Studio, as well as the construction, installation of the electrics and full plastering, internal decoration and Western Red Cedar timber exterior.

Due to the size of the Garden Lodge, it required a Building Regulations Approval where a Building Control certificate is issued after the final inspection. However this extra cost isn’t always required if the building is less than 30m2 in size. As we had previously built for the customer, in order to keep costs down, they decided to keep their original windows and doors.

Overall, the new Garden Lodge is a fantastically large space, giving the customer a professional, commercial space for them and their clients to enjoy and exercise in comfortably. The floor to ceiling glazing means lots of natural light can filter in, giving a peaceful atmosphere to the Pilates studio.

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Garden Studio built in South London

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Width: 6.20m max
Depth: 4.20m max
Height: 2.49m
External Area: 23.04m2

Mr and Mrs Baker from South London first came to see us at Grand Designs Live 2014, where we spoke to them about our bespoke Garden Studios and service. Five months later their dream Garden Studio had been built and finished, ready for Mr Baker to use as a Garden Office.

The custom-designed Garden Studio measured 6.20m x 4.20m and was 2.49m in height, which meant planning permission wasn’t required. Mr Baker also chose to have an en-suite toilet and 2 separate storage units attached to the Garden Studio, so that he can store garden items such as a lawn mower.

The flat roof Garden Studio was clad in Western Red cedar timber panels and features a set of French grey UPVC doors and a fixed frame, floor to ceiling window, plus a small decked area outside. The Garden Studio was then fully plastered and decorated in matt white emulsion, with white gloss skirting boards. Mr Baker also chose to upgrade to hard-wearing, engineered oak flooring. In total the Garden Studio took around 3 weeks to complete, ready for the customer to start moving in.

Garden Studio floor plan
Garden Studio floor plan
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Find more space in your home on “Organise your home day”

5 tips for finding more space in your home on organise your home day

The 14th of January is “Organise Your Home Day”. Will you be considering new storage solutions and reorganising your home on “Organise your home day”? Here are our top 5 tips for making your house seem more spacious without throwing out your beloved possessions.

The UK has some of the smallest homes in Europe,i an average on 85m2 even with considerable de-cluttering and organising, we can still feel that space is at a premium. “Have a place for everything and everything in its place!” Can be easier said than done.

Lack of space is the most common cause of dissatisfaction people cite in relation to their homes. With many people in the UK struggling to find space for their work or interests.

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