Seven new garden buildings for 2015
There’s already a huge range of real-timber summer houses, garden rooms and offices, workshops and garages on the GardenLife website, but each year we add a few more models to extend the richness of choice. Some reflect emerging lifestyle trends (for example, more people starting to work in timber garden offices); others reflect changing tastes (for example, a growing interest in contemporary garden building styles).
This year is no different – we’ve added several new garages, weekend houses, and garden summer rooms that you could use as anything from an office to a playroom. Below we’ve rounded up a few of our favourites, and what we think our buildings are best used for. And if you don’t see any ideas here that immediately grab you, there are other new 2015 styles elsewhere on the site.
Best garden room for people who want it all: Carla
Not sure whether you want a great summer house or a great storage space? The new L-shaped Carla garden room gives you both. There’s an airy, light room for entertaining, working or chilling out, plus a 146 x 461 cm space for storing bikes, work materials, lawnmowers or toys – with its own separate entrance. 44mm log walls mean Carla is warm enough to use all year around, and not just as a dumping ground.
Best modern summer room for contemporary gardens: Simone
Simone is a modernist’s (or postmodernist’s) dream, brilliant for a city garden. It’s also great for those who like things done fast, since its Quick Fit ready-made wall elements are designed for fast and easy assembly.
The wall elements are covered with wind-protection plastic and fine-sawn timber cladding. The room is delivered unfinished, giving you complete freedom over colour schemes and styling.
Best timber building for weekending or working: Amber
The Nordic tradition of building timber weekend houses – in the woods or near the beach – is catching on in the UK, and it’s a habit worth acquiring. More people are choosing to work from home too, and the spare bedroom may not be adequate as an office or work room. Amber is the perfect place to escape the city or the suburbs, with a large living area and a double bedroom, or if you need space to work, it would also make a perfect office, with room for storage and even a private meeting room. Deep windows let light and views pour in, helping you enjoy your surroundings. When the sun goes down or colder days set in, Amber retains its attractions. With 70mm log walls and double-glazed windows, it offers high levels of insulation and draught protection – this is a top-quality design built for many years of four-season use.
Best garden office for empire-building: Violet
If 2015 is the year you set up a home business empire, then we have various buildings that you can use as your garden office. As we said above, Amber is an idyllic weekend house, but its sturdy build and two spacious rooms make it an impressive timber garden office too. And another new model, Violet with its long, sleek design and windowed frontage, would suit many types of home business – it would make a great showroom, design studio, or alternative therapies studio. The smaller 193 x 286 cm space is ideal for storing materials or finished goods.
Best low cost gazebo for barbecues, hot tubs and no-frills weather protection: Bella
If you’re not quite ready for a timber garden office or two-room weekend house, how about keeping it simple with the Bella gazebo? There are no superfluous design details, just elegant proportions, a robust construction, and shelter from too much sun or too much rain. Bella is available with or without flooring, ensuring extra flexibility in terms of budgeting and garden planning.
Best timber garage for car owners (or obsessives): Garage 5
It’s a hard choice here to nominate our favourite garage. There’s Garage 5 – our first-ever all-in-one garage and carport. The garage measures 328 x 510 cm, with a choice of up-and-over door, front-opening wooden doors, or no door. And the smaller carport is ideal for a small car, or even a wood store.
On the other hand, there’s the smaller, simpler Garage 1, a more compact but equally attractive affair, with the same three door choices. Both are built from sturdy Nordic timber that will protect your car from the elements in all weathers and seasons.
Best summer house for those seeking quality on a budget: Melinda
We’ve introduced a choice of models this year. There are two simple summer houses – the Michelle and the Melinda – and then we’ve added two choices of extended storage areas. All models measure under 2.5m in height, so in many parts of the UK you won’t need planning permission. There are flat roofs to aid drainage, laminated doorframes to boost weatherproofing, and real timber logs to make both models look brilliant.
We could go on for several more pages about our new garden buildings for 2015, mentioning free delivery as standard, a quality five year guarantee, and the best price online. But far better that we stop now, and let you choose your own favourites from the range. Go ahead, and enjoy the choice.
It’s great to dream. Stuck in traffic or unable to get a seat on train, your thoughts turn to different lifestyles. An office in your back garden. Setting up your own cafe or online business. A log cabin in the countryside.
But really these thoughts don’t have to be dreams. Thanks to technology, the internet and wifi, you can work from pretty much anywhere. You can also find brilliant ideas and inspiration online for starting your own business, building an online empire from your back garden, changing to a job that would let you move out of the city, or simply transforming your home and garden.
Many of GardenLife’s customers have used our timber garden buildings to turn their daydreams into reality – from setting up a stunning home office, to gaining an art studio or a dining space for 16. And the different designs on our website cater for all tastes and all purposes. Occasionally a customer comes along who wants something a bit different however – maybe bigger than even our largest log cabin. Or with thicker timber. Or that blends different designs and uses together – a garage and office combined, or a two-roomed teenage hangout.
The good news is that we are happy to help. In addition to all the various timber garden buildings on our website, GardenLife offer a bespoke timber building service that really does bring daydreams to reality.
Our custom-built projects have included timber shops and cafes; lodges with several bedrooms or features such as balconies; eco-friendly timber offices; large log cabins and wonderful garden rooms. The versatility, durability and beauty of timber is so great that it’s possible to do some inspirational cabin projects without having to sign away months or years of your life and earnings.
As an alternative to going completely bespoke, it may also be possible to adapt one of our standard timber building designs by purchasing extra doors, windows or internal walls.
Designing a bespoke timber building
To design and manufacture a bespoke timber garden building, GardenLife first need a rough floor plan showing the size, number of rooms, and approximate position of doors and windows.
Other information is useful too – say, you like two different designs on our website and want to blend them together. Or love a specific design but want to add another room or change the specifications – for example, we recently manufactured a version of our Laggan garden room with 88mm timber. All those details will help us work out an initial price estimate.
We also have a few basic requirements for our bespoke designs:
- The floor area must be at least 12m square
- We can only do square or rectangular bespoke designs. Unfortunately, we cannot do bespoke versions of octagonal or corner designs (though if you look around the GardenLife website, you’ll find these do come in several sizes and dimensions, so there is already plenty of choice)
- Log thicknesses can be: 44mm, 70mm, 88mm, 114mm or, an amazing, 134mm
- Doors and windows must be double-glazed (though there is a choice of glass thicknesses)
So, with those few minimum requirements in mind, it’s time to start dreaming. Look at magazines, websites, TV programmes other people’s back gardens, and all around you, to start planning and thinking. The home office that you spot on Pinterest or the log cabin holiday home that you see on your travels could easily feature in your life too! All you need do is get in touch with us and tell us your requirements.
New more relaxed planning regulations are set to make making improvements to your home simpler and less hassle. Those looking to expand living spaces by building conservatories , loft conversions and extensions should be abloe to do so more easily when new much talked about planning regulations come in to force. What is not talked about so much however is the average cost of undertaking such projects and the difficulty in raising finances to complete them. The average cost of adding a conservatory to your property is £22,000.00 (Ref Your Money – Daily Telegraph 15/09/12)and a loft conversion even greater at £33,800.00. New concrete garages come in at an average of £14000.00. Should homeowners not have these kind of funds readily available they may struggle with extra lending from their mortgage providers and or other banks. New banking guidelines have made new applications for borrowing open to much greater scrutiny and some homeowners may find they might not even qualify for their existing mortgages should they apply for them today. New planning policies may therefore be set to come in to place but with financing options becoming so much more difficult we question whether they will have much effect in stimulating smaller building and construction projects that they have been designed to do.
Here at GardenLife we have found an increasing trend towards creating this space with log cabins and other garden buildings – a much cheaper and hassle free option to adding some space to your property. Certainly with the costs of moving increasing so much over the past few years there is more emphasis on improving rather than moving ! Please have a look at our extensive range if thinking of going down this route but dont have large funds to take on the more expensive options.
We were amused to read of a story in the Norwegian press involving a family of bears and a log cabin. Apparently they broke in to an unoccupied log cabin during the summer holidays and helped themselves to the contents of the kitchin. Apparently 100 cans of beer were also missing prompting the owner to comment — “they had a hell of a time in there!”. They dont seem to have been great at clearing up either “the entire log cabin was destroyed. The beds and all kitchin appliances, cupboards and shelves were all smashed to pieces”.
We’ve always maintained log cabins are great for parties and can gaurantee ours dont come with bears ! Please visit our site if you are interested in great value log cabins.
A renovation of some old log cabins in the United States has uncovered some interesting items of local historical interest. When stripping back drywalling and plaster builders found some sides of old wooden crates being used to block drafts between the logs. The sides of the crates bear the names of many local companies long since gone with some dating back to the 1850’s. Builders were also surprised to find no insect infestations on the original logs or any sign of fungal decay. Great testamount to the longevity of these type of buildings! If you are intererested in a garden building or holiday cabin that will last please look at our great range Garden Life log cabins on sale!
We were sad to hear that the world’s tallest recorded log cabin burnt down over the weekend. The thirteen story building stood at an amazing 144ft high and was the creation of Nikolai Sutyagin. Just to put it in to context the structure was half the size of Big Ben. It seems Nikolai built the log cabin mainly to annoy his local planning department and having started with a two story chalet he ended up with a 13 storey timber structure! We don’t sell anything quite so tall but if you are looking for garden buildings, games rooms, garden offices or any other type of log cabin please do give us a call!