Oliver's self build success

One of our customers, Oliver, has shared details of the multifunctional garden room he and his brother, designed and built in their London Garden. As part of his research, Oliver brought one of our guides to give him more insight into the process of building a garden room. Armed with information, Oliver designed an impressive 7m x…

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Antique Oak Millboard has the look of a tropical hardwood deck

Millboard decking is becoming popular with professional garden room designers. It is a composite product made from a mix of ground stone and polyurethane. This creates an incredibly hard-wearing product that won’t become slippery and is dimensionally stable. What makes Millboard standout from other composite decking products is the surface texture and colouring. The boards…

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Self Build Garden Room Guide - Fifth Edition

A few days ago, we launched the new versions of our Self Build Garden Room Guides. It is hard for us to believe that our flagship Self Build Garden Room Guide eBook is now in its Fifth Edition! First written in 2014, we have gone right through it for the new decade, produced new images…

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As well as updating our Self Build Garden Room Guide eBook to its Fifth Edition and launching our Garden Room Kits Guide – 2020, we have also been working on a new set of sample plans. 2m x 2.5m Office Pod Plans As part of our work on The Garden Room Guide, we are often…

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Richard Follett Garden room visualisation services-3

So, you have a pile of sketches and maybe some floorplans for your dream garden room building. Well, Richard Follett can take your drawings and produce a 3D visualisation of what it’s going to look like. Such CGI visualisations can be invaluable in honing the design, showing neighbours what you are planning or for use…

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Clear Edge doors are used by professional garden room designers

Your choice of doors and windows will have a significant impact on the style and usability of your garden room. You can buy them from a local supplier or online via sites such as eBay. These days, it is just as cost effective to have a made to measure size as buying a standard size…

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Deep eaves can cast shadow when the sun is at its highest and hottest in the summer. Yet, they don't block out light during the winter.

When designing their garden room, most self-builders we talk to are concerned that their room is going to be warm enough to use in winter. With forecasters suggesting that hot summers as we are experiencing this year, will become the norm. We also need to think about designing a room that will be cool space in…

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In the Self Build Garden Room Guide eBook we write about the trend for mixing more than one cladding materials on the exterior of a garden room. Last month, when we visited the Chelsea Flower Show we spotted an interesting way of joining the two finishes. Crown Pavilions were showcasing one of their Crown Clarence…

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Painted finishes are back in fashion in garden room design

Painted garden rooms are back in fashion, particularly black and dark grey ones. Painted finishes had gone out of favour with garden room buyers who were opting for more expensive Cedar and Larch designs that are low maintenance due to their natural durability. The thing is unless timber claddings like Cedar or Larch are oiled as…

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