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Garden Office Project Blog Written by Richard Grace our
Project Director: These are an analysis of what we think is best for
Two construction methods depending on site access and
Notes: supports for
timber bases (sub-floors) are concrete pillars / pads or jacks as
Consideration is always given to the skirt to ensure
the building fits into its site and surroundings i.e. does not stand above
ground like a caravan or leave the dpc showing.
Four wall construction specifications are used:
all timber is obtained from sustainable sources.
SIP,s and timber frame buildings are fitted to order
CLADDING for Granny Annexes, Garden Offices, Garden
Studios and Garden Accommodation Buildings.
hundreds of years people have looked upon traditional
brick as being a fantastic building material. It is
strong when well bonded with good cement mix, attractive
on the eye as it means "solid, strong, long lasting"
moves on and things change. What has changed most is the
economics of building in brick. Other construction
methods have become far more efficient and can provide a
better environment for us all. Brick is heavy, slow /
difficult (requires high skill) and possesses little or
no insulation capability. It is environmentally
unfriendly and worse still represents poor £ value when
compared with modern materials.
So - recognising the fact that many people love the look
of brick we are introducing to our range a product which
gives exactly the same visual effect, exactly the same
longevity (providing the timber ventilation as installed
by us is maintained), costs less, takes less building
time and allows for far better thermal efficiency of
buildings. The argument is a bit of a "no brainer" in
modern slang. Insulated Brick cladding systems are a
little more expensive than wood cladding but give an
effect people love and represent far better value for
our accommodation buildings we are offering from
1/1/2014 brick cladding options. In conjunction with
wbs-ltd (our supplier who are leaders in this field) we
are able to supply brick effect buildings to all our
designs with immediate effect.
Three specifications are used:
Notes: Pine floors are
sealed and left clean / dust free ready for finishing with
floors are fitted to order
Ceramic tiles are fitted to order
coverings are fitted to order
Skirting is designed to suit wall and electrical
joinery made windows and doors from GSL range supplied to us
to specification by Illingworth Ingham of Manchester (normally
fitted with 28mm dg units)
Velux brand roof lights
from approved sources agreed with our clients
Seven types of roof covering are used.
Electric heating is recommended and supplied if
required. Underfloor heating regularly specified (we like it).
Electrical systems are supplied and connected to meet or
exceed Building regulations Part P: (See Links Page)
Richard Grace our Project Director is a fully qualified
electrician and handles / certifies all our electrical installation work. He has experience
in the design and installation of hundreds of projects.
Our standard systems always include:
Circuit wiring is hidden between the sub-floor and floor
and where no cavity exists conduit is used taking into account any settlement of
log structure walls.
Final design is usually agreed with client on site when
shell of building is complete.
We are aware that to complete most projects some
landscaping is required. We usually agree this on site either by pre-sale visit
or at the time of build.
experience of using all types of paving and decking and
can advise on appropriate materials.
The installation of surrounds and steps is usually
agreed as an extra, which we install as part of the project.
systems are fitted as required.
On most of our buildings we fit a warm roof system This
system has been around for 30 years and is proven to be both efficient and
durable. We fit insulation between sub floor and floor.
Wall insulation is designed for purpose and agreed on each
The aim of insulation systems is to increase the comfort in
the building in both summer and winter and to reduce the cost of maintaining
See full detail on our blog with comments and
explanation of what is best.
For all of our plumbing systems we use plastic piping
with push fit joints. Electric heaters provide water heating; both instant
and thermal insulated tank types are used as appropriate.
We have developed innovative solutions for waste
disposal using macerators, tanks and waste pumps to avoid massive
disruption around your property and saving cost. See youtube video.
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