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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3 reason January is right time to make big changes to your garden

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Is it your new year’s resolution to make big changes to your garden in 2015? Whether you want to spend more time enjoying the garden with friends or family, or hoping to “grow your own” this year, planning your 2015 garden in January is a great idea. It may be a bit cold to get outside, but this early planning will pay off, especially if you want to include new structural features such as a garden room.

 

1. Your garden will recover from the big change ready for a perfect lawn in 2015

If you’re choosing major changes you likely you will have some lawn to repair. The end of March is the ideal time to plant grass seed, The soil temperature has risen back above 7-8 degrees Celsius, and the grass seed can germinate is as little as 3-4 days. By getting your major changes completed before then you are ready to make the most of this growth spurt.

If you’re thinking about a garden room, structurally insulated panels are one of the least disruptive of build methods, and lawns are easily patched up, but by timing your building, before the start of spring you will guarantee to be BBQ ready for the summer. Mention this blog post and we will send you a box of grass seed* with your garden room purchase to help get your garden ready for 2015.

 

 

2. You will not disrupt your hard work sowing seeds for the summer.

Vegetables to sow in January are also ready to plant out on March to May, these include cauliflowers, onions, strawberries, rhubarb and leeks. But it is not just fruit and vegetables that you can start planning now. You can start planting Lobelia, sweet peas and pansies for hanging baskets, so they are also ready for planting out in spring. By making the big changes early, the structure of your garden ready for planting out, without disruption to your plants.

 

 

3. By making big changes before March 1st you will cause minimal disruption to wildlife.

Big changes in the garden can disrupt wildlife, but by timing this before spring you can minimise this disruption. Bird lovers can tell you that by getting started before March include the lower risk of disrupting birds’ nests. Bird nesting season is between 1st March to 31st July, so if you need to remove trees to place your garden building, it is good to arrange this before the 1st March. We offer a tree clearing service, please speak your surveyor for more information.

 

We would love to help you make big changes to your garden in 2015. Please contact us to book in no obligation, site survey for a garden room, so you can make the most of your garden this year.

What are you planning in your garden this year? Join the conversation on social media with the hashtag #2015garden
*Valid until 31st March 2015, terms and conditions apply.

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Advance notice of Christmas Closure

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We’d like to take this opportunity to wish all our valued clients, suppliers and friends a very happy Christmas and New Year.

We’ve had an amazing year working with great people on very inspiring projects and would like to say a huge thank you to everyone for making 2014 such a special year. We look forward to working with you all throughout 2015 and beyond.

We’ll be closed for the Christmas Holidays from 3pm on Wednesday 24st December, and will be back in the office on Monday 5th January 2015

If you have a technical emergency during the Christmas period that you need our help with please email info@gardenlodges.co.uk and we’ll be happy to help where we can.

We hope that the Garden Lodges website might be able to answer your immediate questions. All services will resume on January 5th 2015, and you can expect a prompt reply to your emails, brochure requests and answer phone messages after this date.

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5% Christmas Discount Offer

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Garden Lodges would like to wish you a happy Christmas by offering 5% off for customers who place their deposit before the 5th January. If you would like to learn more about this special offer please call 0800 043 4821 and speak to our Sales Co-Ordinator Ryan Dawkins.

Terms and Conditions
Voucher not valid with any other promotional offer or discount. Only one voucher per purchase. This voucher is not exchangeable for cash. No photocopies will be accepted. Only one voucher per customer, please present this voucher before you have your quote or approve your order.

Always check with Garden Lodges prior to using the voucher. 25% deposit required and planning fee (if required) to be paid upfront to confirm your order before 5th January 2015. Voucher valid for orders confirmed between 15th December 2014 and the 5th January 2015. Garden Lodges reserves the right to amend or change these terms & conditions at any time.

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Choose a SIPs Garden Room from Garden Lodges

We encourage all customers to carefully consider the construction method of their garden room, as we know that when choosing a garden room, all customers can benefit from a garden building which is constructed from Structurally Insulated Panels.

The Structurally Insulated Panel (SIPs) System, is one of the highest calibre of construction methods available, and certainly the best choice for garden rooms. The build method has distinct advantages over timber frame building systems, and all other log cabin/garden shed construction methods. In order to keep our customers informed, we have updated our webpage detailing our Structurally Insulated Panels, to ensure we are best explaining these benefits.

Visit: http://www.gardenlodges.co.uk/garden-room-features-and-options/garden-room-features/structurally-insulated-panels/ to see our recent updates to the website.

Cross Section of a Garden Lodges Structurally Insulated Panel (SIPs) Garden Room
Cross Section of a Garden Lodges Structurally Insulated Panel (SIPs) Garden Room

We think visitors to gardenlodges.co.uk will also enjoy the recently added cross section of a wall and floor section of our building. If you would like more information about our build methods please call us on 0800 043 4821 and we would be happy to discuss this cross section in more details.

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Garden Music Room built in Central London

As part of our after care service, we complete a handover appointment with every customer to ensure their Garden Studio is perfect once the construction is finished. We visited the Marina family in Central London this week, who were just moving in to their brand new Garden Room.

The Marina family wanted a Music Room in the garden to fit in their electric drum kit, amplifiers, piano and guitars, but also wanted storage space to store gardening items too. As we manufacture and use our own 150mm thick structurally insulated panels (SIPs) for the structure of our Garden Rooms, the sound proofing properties are excellent, just right for home music rooms and recording studios.

The customer also took advantage of our special major technology upgrade offer, where we supplied and fitted the cables for the internet connection to the Garden Room, as well as a 32″ LCD television, sound bar and speaker system. Although we didn’t supply the beer fridge in the corner of the Garden Room, but we do agree, it does make a brilliant addition!

Mr Marina chose Garden Lodges over our competitors because we offer a bespoke and high quality service and product. He also liked the personal touches, such as the site survey appointment, where we spent time discussing his project design. Most of all, Mr Marina was really impressed with the quick installation, where he found it to be completely unobtrusive and stress free.

On completion, Mr Marina decided he wanted a decked area added to the outside of his new Garden Music Room, which we will be fitting for him at a later date. Keep your eyes peeled for more photos!

Garden Music Room:
Width: 5.00m
Depth: 3.00m
Height: 2.49m
External Area: 15m2

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Christmas Garden Feature Ideas

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It’s the 1st December and we’re sure you’re considering when to buy the Christmas tree and when is the right time to put up the decorations. As there’s nothing quite like getting into the festive spirit, stock piling mince pies, presents and mulled wine, there’s sometimes a space in the home which we all tend to neglect – the garden.

Even though we’re less likely to venture out into our garden during the winter months, giving your green space a festive face lift is the ideal way to make a great impression to guests, children and neighbours. So why not take inspiration from our Pinterest board called ‘Christmas Garden Decorations‘ to spruce up your garden this December.

Our favourite thrifty garden decoration tips include, putting old Christmas ornaments on a green painted dowel and pop these into a flower bed, or use an old garden rake and fashion it into a Christmas Tree wall decoration. Make sure to follow us on Pinterest to see all our latest Garden Studios, Lodges and Office that we have built, on our ‘Garden Lodges Recently Completed‘ board.

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Garden Studio used as a snooker room in London

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We’ve just finished construction for a flat roof Garden Studio built in South London for the fantastic Parker family, where Mr Parker is using it as his ‘Man Cave’. The brand new Garden Room was designed to fit Mr Parkers snooker table and dart board, plus a fridge for refreshments and an en-suite toilet.

As the Garden Room is predominately used as a snooker room, to be able to take the weight of the snooker table, the floor was reinforced. We always suggest letting your Surveyor know about the use of your Garden Room during your site survey, so that we can take in factors such as reinforced flooring, if required.

Inside, the Garden Studio is fully plastered and painted with matt white emulsion. Down lights line the ceiling, with the lighting over the snooker table and dart board on a dimmer. The en-suite toilet features an eco-friendly compost toilet too, so no need for plumbing. Instead of electric wall heaters, we fitted an air conditioning/heater.

Externally, the Garden Studio has green aluminium doors and windows, which match the frames of the main home. The Studio is then cladded in natural Western Red Cedar, horizontal timber panels. The flat roof is covered with rubber EPDM, which has a life guarantee of around 50 years. The roof is then trimmed with a sleek aluminium roof trim.

 

Garden Studio
Width: 6.00m
Depth: 5.00m
Height: 2.49m
External Area: 30m2

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How to control condensation this winter

 

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It can be the bane of our lives during the colder winter months, but trying to stop condensation in its tracks can be easy with just a few adjustments to your home or Garden Room. The main culprits are humidity and temperature, if you get this under control, you will find your living environment will be even more comfortable.

Whether we like it or not, condensation on glass is a natural occurrence in homes and Garden Rooms around the world, and cannot be completely avoided, no matter how incredibly insulated your space is. Follow these tips and tricks to getting your condensation under control:

Ventilation is key: Open your doors and windows and air your Garden Room evenly and regularly throughout the year. If you leave a Garden Room unattended for long periods of time, you may find condensation starts to appear in the colder months due to the lack of ventilation.

Open the trickle vents: A good manufacturer of windows and doors should include trickle ventilators on the frames. We use suppliers who include these vents, so just make sure to keep these open all year round for good ventilation in your Garden Studio, Office or Lodge.

Watch what you put into it: Whether it’s condensation in your home or Garden Room, always be careful what you put into it. Ie. Objects, pets and plants. Adding lots of plants or objects/and people, means you’ll create more humidity, which can add to your condensation worries.

Stabilise the internal temperature: A continual, low form of heat can provide the most cost-effective way of heating a room and reduces the risk of condensation.

Try a Dehumidifier: Remove moisture in a room with a Dehumidifier, and place it as near as you can to the offending windows.

Beware of cold winters: A sudden drop in temperature can be tricky to manage. So if the mercury is looking to hit a low, try keeping the heating on so that it can help deposit moisture more effectively. Laying condensation strips on the bottom of your windows and doors can also help collect moisture, without ruining paintwork or creating mould.

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