Why spring is the best time to build a Garden Lodge.

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With spring in full swing, there has never been a better time to consider building a garden lodge. Garden lodges can help you to make the most of your garden, creating a versatile and stunning building, from which to relax, work or enjoy a hobby. Garden buildings built by us come in a great range of designs, sizes, layouts and cladding material, meaning you can create a building that suits your own unique requirements.

What could be more exciting than to design your own Grand Design project in your garden? Our buildings are not ‘off the shelf’ buildings, instead, each garden lodge is designed with you, and built around your own needs.

How the process works

 

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The first stage is to organise a free site survey. During this time, we will come out and visit your property, sit down with you and chat about the sort of building that you would like to construct. We build garden lodges for a huge variety of uses, from gyms, offices, art studios and children’s play spaces –  we have built them all! The site survey is a great chance to get to know us and get a feel for the sort of buildings we would recommend for your site. The choice of design might depend on a number of factors including the size of your garden, proximity to neighbours, local architecture and how the building is to be used. Generally, a garden building can be built without planning permission. In order for this to be possible a few criteria need to be met.

 

  • The building must only be used for domestic use.
  • The footprint of the garden building must not exceed 50% of the total area of the property.
  • No part of the garden building is in front of the existing house that faces the road.
  • Height of the garden building is no more than 4 metres.
  • The overall height of the garden building does not exceed 2.5 metres if it is within 2 metres of the boundary of the property.
  • The overall height of the garden building does not exceed 4 metres and the eaves 2.5 metres if it more than 2 metres of the boundary of the property.
  • If your property is in a world heritage site or in an area of outstanding natural beauty then any buildings positioned more than 20 metres from the wall of the house must not exceed 10 square metres.
  • The building is not used for the keeping of pigeons!

 

During the site survey, you will get the chance to look at some examples of previous projects we have built for people. This could give you inspiration for how you would like your garden building to look and of the sort of buildings we often build.

Design and development

Once we have visited your garden and conducted your free site survey, we then hand the project over to our team of professional in house designers. With years of experience designing garden lodges, annexes and offices your project is in safe hands. After a week or so you will receive your designs in both print and pdf format. We allow up to 3 changes to your quotation and drawings free of charge.

 

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Building stage

Once we have finalised your design and you are happy with the quote, the building process can start. All our buildings are made from thermally superior SIP panels that are made in our workshops in Bedfordshire. Due to part of the building being constructed offsite the build time is reduced, meaning you can expect a typical garden lodge to be constructed in just 3 – 4 weeks. This means that if you start building in spring then your building will be ready in plenty of time for summer.

 

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Why is Spring the perfect time to build?

As mentioned above, our lodges are constructed in a short space of time. Starting in spring means that your lodge will be built in plenty of time for summer. Ground conditions tend to be perfect, with soil suitable for digging and the temperatures are just right for rendering and plastering. Our lodges are designed to be used all year round, constructed from SIP panels the buildings are cheap to heat in winter and remain relatively cool in the summer. We can also add heating, and air conditioning at an extra cost.

 

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How to maximise the use of your garden in spring

Our garden buildings are the perfect place from where to enjoy your garden in spring and summer. Some of the features that make a garden lodge so suitable are the wide opening bi-fold or French doors, decked areas that connect the outside with your lodge and the great view that can be enjoyed from inside. Bi-fold doors mean that even in winter you can enjoy wide open views of your garden and in spring and summer they come into their own, allowing you to throw open the doors and enjoy being connected with your outdoor space. Decking is an optional extra that can help to further enhance your outdoor space and improve connectivity. We can install decking made of either hard wearing composite material or treated hardwood. Both are long lasting and low maintenance.

 

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It is also possible to include outdoor accessible storage space to a garden lodge for use as a garden shed. This can be a perfect solution if you are knocking down your existing shed to make room for a lodge, or just need extra storage space.

 

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The example above shows a garden lodge with a ‘hidden’ storage space door to the right. This neat solution allows for lots of extra storage, but with very little impact on the design of the building allowing to retain a clean and elegant design. Another great feature of the lodge illustrated is the bespoke decking that incorporates a mature silver birch tree. Utilising existing features of a garden in this way can add character and interest to a project, and provide a natural bit of shade in the summer.

 

Whatever idea you might have for your new garden lodge project we are here to help and advise you.

 

While it’s fresh in your mind why not book a free site survey today and start your own spring ‘grand design’!

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