Garden Building Trends 2016
Written by Richard Grace – Project Director - specialist Garden Structures designer and builder. (we are now entering our 14th year)– not much new but all remains the same! Here is a picture of my best mate Ian who has just bought this "Brand New Morgan - I cut off his head to make sure none of the other guys can recognize him! The car has to live in a garage, not many cars do these days. We convert garages to living space now.
HIGHLIGHTS and some low-lights of the year 2015
We have been in the Garden Buildings business now for (I think about 14 years). In recent years I have been writing a year-end review. This one nearly gone was an interesting year so – here goes - my review for 2015! Featuring 12 of our most interesting and demanding projects. (with my candid comments!)
The year held some great successes and some difficulties - like no other – both good and bad!!! This blog post is (a sort of notepad straight out of my head) unlike some of my other stuff, some of this is “risk A” but so what!. I do hope people accept it but as usual I am me.
Plus of course the Internet and the ability to do this and change it quickly has modified the planet forever. Here's a word for non-futurists. Watch out as the pace of change is increasing.
SO HERE IT IS - At the turn of the year (last year) we were a bit behind schedule (5 weeks) Oh shit! But still pushing the boundaries of design. Creating new stuff, using new techniques, employing Romanians, Bulgarians and Poles. Javi – Our Spanish project manager had left for all the right reasons in the middle of last year (but rumor has it he might be back soon) life here had to go on without him.
The client brief was simple - “mum and dad want to stay over, it needs to fit in with what we have and who knows what it will end up being used for" (keep this quiet Richard but our daughter wants her boyfriend to stay over as well). We need shower room with toilet + kitchenette.
On site survey I could see the land was damp-ish but the outlook, access and space was ripe for a new creation, maybe traditional in design. Everything possible within permitted development planning rules and current building legislation was packed in. We were commissioned to handle the WHOLE JOB. from dig to handing over the keys and a few paint brushes.
2. Home Studio with a difference – Kingston on Thames (round the corner from our beautiful Richmond Park.A treatment studio for a Pillates specialist who had built and grown her business in Kingston but needed her house back. There was good space needing developing at the bottom of the garden.
3. A Garden Office with a big / big differenceA MASSIVE Garden Office for “one guy” renting a space on the fabulous estate of one of the UK’s richest individuals. His job is to buy the best “horse blood” to fulfill the Lord's 3rd wife’s dream. The spec was for a 40m sq DE-mountable building i.e. possible to move easily - fully insulated- underfloor heating etc etc etc - build in 10 mins -no mess allowed and so on and so on.
4. A good looking building for admiring and sitting in.
|The whole thing is on here|
|It is so beautiful I just stood looking at it myself the lights have a flipflop switch at the house so client can see it anytime!|
5. Outdoor activity centre caretakers office - We were called in to replace this!
with this ---------- starting like this:
6. A therapy studio built for a chiropractor fairly close to home – gave us a bit of a travel break.
7. An outdoor kitchen beyond all comprehension. Maybe the client was a lottery winner?
8. A Garden Studio in North London for the most demanding client one could imagine.
Basically this is a cedar clad box like all my competitors build but maybe of higher spec - I am not sure!
9. JUST A SEATING AREA – BUT WHO KNOWS? “ what will be talked about here?”
|Glade seating area|