GARDEN ROOM DESIGN & BUILD /

 

There are many things to consider when planning and designing your dream garden office, and our experienced project managers are happy to help guide you through the whole process.  Below is some information, guidance and help to get you started.

EXTERIOR CLADDING /

Choosing the right cladding for your garden room is an important decision - it is probably has the biggest impact on the appearance and longevity of your outdoor building. The finish and natural durability of the wood are both factors to consider along with cost. You also need to think carefully about whether you'd prefer a maintenance-free option.

 

We offer a number of alternatives to suit every taste and budget. All our timber cladding is pressure-treated FSC sustainable Scandinavian redwood, western red cedar or larch.  

 

If you need any further advice or a recommendation on which option to go for then we are only too happy to help. Give our team a call on 01223 871360 or e-mail us on hello@AMCgardenrooms.co.uk

 

PINE

 

Pine is a particularly light colour ranging from creamy-whites through to yellow-browns.

 

Being a softwood, it isn't as durable as other woods and will need treating to prolong it's appearance.

Pine is the most affordable cladding we offer, but still remains a quality option.

LARCH

 

Larch - like pine - is a softwood but its high resin content makes it naturally more durable - meaning it doesn't need to be treated.

It's richer and warmer in colour and character due to knot and grain definition, and can be left to weather naturally

or be stained to add a flash of colour.

 

CEDAR

 

Cedar has a natural beauty and warmth, complemented by a uniform fine grain.  It is naturally durable and so doesn't need treating.

 

The Canadian variety has a deep, varied colour, while English cedar is paler, knottier and more affordable.

If left untreated, over time the colour fades to a silvery-grey colour which adds to its character.

COMPOSITE

 

Composite panels have a lot of benefits over wood whilst still retaining the aesthetic.

 

Made from recycled materials they support sustainable living and are also very low maintenance - requiring no treating or staining.

 

Composite cladding comes in a variety of colours including oak, walnut, stone and granite.

DOORS & WINDOWS /

 

There is a huge variety of doors and windows that can be incorporated in to your garden office.  Our standard package includes a set of sliding or french doors, plus an additional full height window, with additional options available as an upgrade.  Bifold doors can be particularly effective in adding to the 'outside in' feeling that your garden room naturally evokes.

Each of our doors includes a galvanised steel reinforced Eurocell 70mm uPVC profile, high security multi-point locking system and double glazed 28mm toughened Low-E safety glass.

 

All our garden room designs allow flexibility as to positioning of the windows and doors to best suit the space and surrounding landscape.

 
 

INSULATION /

 

Our garden offices are designed for year-round use, and will be just as cosy as the rest of your home. The insulation is integrated in to the walls, floor and ceiling. 

PIR panels

For our walls we use 50mm PIR insulating panels. This is a closed-cell, rigid foam board insulation faced with high performance aluminium that maximises the thermal properties of the polyurethane foam. Each wall panel also incorporates a water proof membrane on the exterior face to avoid any moisture ingress to the structure.

Floor and wall insulation

Our floors and ceilings are filled with polystyrene insulation. This type of insulation has uniformly small closed cells which make it suitable for a wide range of demanding insulating applications.

Window and door insulation

The doors and windows are fully double glazed.

 

FOUNDATIONS /

 

The structure of the garden room needs a solid and level base to be supported from, and this can be provided in a number of different ways:

Concrete slab

A concrete slab is a very tried and tested method of providing a base as it is cost-effective in terms of the whole installation. We can often utilise an existing base from a previous structure in a garden, saving time and money. Generally a concrete slab needs to be 100mm in depth with the top surface at the level of the rest of the garden, plus 100mm larger around all sides of the structure.

Ground screws
These are a quick and cost efficient method of providing foundation support. They add some height and cost to the overall structure compared with a concrete slab as a secondary beam structure is needed for the floor but this can be adjusted from the internal height to keep the structure compliant with planning permission. 

Concrete ring
Similar to a concrete slab, but constructed only around the perimeter of the garden room.  While this is less expensive than than a full concrete slab, as with the ground screws a secondary structural timber beam floor would need to be installed over the area of the garden room which adds some additional cost and external height.
Groundworks and installation of the base are not included in our standard package, but can be quoted as an optional extra. We are happy to provide you with precise details of what pre-installation work will be required if you choose to carry this aspect out separately.

ELECTRICS & INTERNET /

 

Electrics

Your garden room should be connected to the main fuse box in your house using an armoured cable. We offer this service as an additional cost when installing the garden room or you are more than welcome to use your own electrical contractor. When you choose our full installation service, a comprehensive package of lights and wall sockets is included in the price, and you can discuss with our team exactly where you would like them positioned.  If you choose a self-build garden office kit, the integral electrics and lighting is an optional extra. 

Internet

Often a Wi-Fi signal won't be strong enough to reach from your house to the garden room, so alternative provision needs to be considered. We offer two solutions to connect your garden room to the internet:

Wi-Fi range extender.

A Wi-FI power line extender kit provides stable and high-speed data transfer rate via your home's existing electrical wiring. Simply plug and play, no configuration required. 

Direct cable.

If you are having an electrical feed installed to your garden room then it is worth installing a Cat5 armoured cable at the same time to provide high performance internet access.

Provision for internet is supplied as an optional extra for all our garden rooms.

 
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