Specifications for The Contemporary Garden Studio.
Minimum preparation required
You don’t need the hassle or expense of having a concrete foundation built prior to our arrival. We use our own foundation system – an adjustable steel base frame designed by a structural engineer which sits on concrete pad stones on mini piles. This enables us to progress quickly with minimum disruption. All we ask is that the site is flat and level and that you remove vegetation from the site. As our studios are under 2.5m high, planning permission is not required in most circumstances but if you are unsure about your planning situation, do call us.
Our contemporary studios are clad in beautiful Western Red Cedar which is a highly durable timber and needs no treatment due to its naturally occurring oils. The roof is formed using a composite ‘sandwich’ panel with a life expectancy of over 40 years untreated. The doors and windows are top quality, vinyl wrapped UPVC units – no painting or staining is ever required.
All our contemporary studios have fully insulated walls, roof and floor. We use a ‘sandwich’ panel construction, applying various component layers during manufacture in our workshop. This results in a wall panel thickness of over 135mm, comprising of no less than five different materials incorporating breathable and waterproof membranes, structural elements, and insulation materials. We use aluminium foil faced PIR rigid insulation boards in both the floor and wall panels. This is widely used throughout the construction industry to help meet strict building regulations regarding energy conservation. This type of insulation also protects against heat gain in the summer months ensuring a comfortable temperature can be enjoyed year round. Another feature of the Western Red Cedar cladding is that it provides a further insulating layer and is regarded as one of the best thermally performing timbers available. All our doors and windows are double glazed and use low emissivity ‘K’ glass which reflects heat back into the room whilst allowing some solar gain.
Approx U Values
|0.25 – 0.3
High security doors
Our studios are fitted with top quality, grey vinyl wrapped, UPVC doors and windows with chrome fittings as standard. The doors utilise a British Standard, insurance approved multi-point locking system and are glazed in toughened low emissivity ‘K’ Glass. French, bi-folding and sliding doors are available as an optional extra, as are integrated window blinds. These are fitted between the two panes of glass during manufacture and really add a touch of class to the doors.
Included as standard are fully installed electrics including sockets and lighting (4 double sockets and 2 double spotlights). Sockets are flush fitted in the walls as they are in your house – no ugly trunking on show. These are connected to a consumer unit which is wired to an outside junction box for your electrician to connect. We can provide a specification to your electrician on request. Brushed steel sockets, switches and outside lights are available as optional extras.
Tried and tested timber frame technology
We share timber frame building techniques used by housebuilders worldwide. This tried and tested technology is proven to stand the test of time and allows the majority of construction to be carried out in a controlled environment off-site ensuring consistent high quality and rapid build times on site.
We use a modular building system meaning the vast majority of construction is carried out in our workshop. This enables us to minimise time on site, and therefore disruption to you. In practice this means smaller studios can be built in a day, with our largest taking up to 3 days. All you need to do is instruct a local electrician to connect the studio up to your house.