How to make the most of your garden room
PUBLISHED: 12:25 05 December 2014
A cosy escape outdoors, perhaps a gym, studio or office - there is so much choice when you make good use of garden space or existing outbuildings
Sometimes you need to think outside the box and one of the best examples of this a garden building. These have become increasingly popular in recent years, quickly and easily providing extra space for work or leisure, usually without requiring planning permission.
It makes sense to talk to experts when considering a project, such as Bathstone Ltd of Whitechurch Hill, Reading, who specialise in garden rooms and outbuildings. They not only design and build new buildings, but also refurbish and upgrade existing outbuildings, transforming them into useful extra spaces with stylish good looks and multiple uses.
Designs can be traditional or contemporary, oak, softwood or brick, and built to your requirements and budget, whether small, large, luxurious or purely functional. The result will be a building that is low on maintenance and with a lifespan to match any ‘new build’. And with high levels of insulation, double glazing and security, they are as cosy, safe and as well built as your home.
Bathstone have refurbished every type of outbuilding, wood, stone, brick or concrete, and re-invented old garages, too small for modern cars, but perfect for a home office or studio. Concrete panel walls can be re-clad with an attractive timber on the outside and insulated, dry lined and decorated inside to give a wonderful and valuable new space to work or play.
There’s no doubt that should you decide to move on in future years, a stylish garden room will attract potential buyers’ eyes.
Space for our little neighbours
Of course it’s not just people who will be delighted by a stylish living space in the garden. Nature sometimes needs a helping hand and with Christmas coming you might like to consider these purpose-built ‘garden rooms’ for friends and family.
At British company My Friendly Garden they have all manner of homes and hidey holes for the creatures living in our gardens.
Their Butterfly & Moth Condo, for instance, is just £26 and combines both a feeder and habitat for roosting and hibernating and includes a feeding tray which has an ultra-violet attractor paint to lure butterflies.
The Reggy-hedgehog Modern Hoglio House, £58, is ideal for hedgehogs as it’s manufactured from durable FSC timber and recycled plastic, with a wooden interior for ‘breathability’ and condensation prevention. The lid and sides are made from recycled agricultural waste and the lid swivels to expose large inspection and cleaning hatch. Try putting leaves and short grass around the hedgehog home and add a couple of handfuls inside the box to start the nest. Wear gloves to prevent the transfer of human scent.
A Busy, Busy ceramic nester, £39, can be installed for birds and bees on a tree with the bracket provided, or at ground level for bumble bees. Beautiful in its appearance, the nester is suitable for any modern garden and can help provide a safe and dry nesting site for small birds, as well as important pollinating bumble bees. And we haven’t forgotten the little warriors of our gardens. A Natural Silver Birch Robin Box at just £10.50 can help with the shortage of natural nesting sites.
House sparrows and redstarts are likely to appreciate a Rustic Nesting Box, £24, made to insulate the nest for a more consistent internal temperature than an ordinary wooden box.