Garden Building Trends 2017
Written by Richard Grace – Project Director - Garden Structures - (project designer). Specialist in Planning Permission and Building Regulations.
(We are now entering our 15th year + I myself am entering my 65th year)…. So “things are changing for me”!
Things have changed here - this was built by us 12 years ago!
The client brief was simple - “mum and dad want to stay over, it needs to fit in with what we have, who knows what it will end up being used for". We need a shower room with toilet + kitchenette of course and it must be warm in winter and cool in summer.
A lot of this post content is new - but others remain the same!
This morning 2/01/17 all over the news there is a Government announcement about help with housing money here > http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-38486907 my comments on this below: If you make a quick calculation on these figures it is not enough!
If the new building is 30 sq m or less and if close to boundary has a maximum height of 2.5m or less then these do not apply. If the do then we can handle all the documentation and applications. You need to check if neighbour's are happy that's all.
The year held some great successes and some difficulties (as usual) - like every other – both good and bad!!! This blog post is (a sort of notepad straight out of my head), some of it is “risk A” but so what!. I do hope people accept it but as usual I am me. (again)..
The plot was lower than the house, so due to garden slope the waste from plumbing needed to run uphill (my tried and tested small-bore) economical solution was used. You can see this on my web link to you tube. On completion there were more wires and conduits in the trench than anything we have ever done – serving just about any communications known and not relying on “wifi”. Under floor heating, masses of insulation, sockets everywhere, A lighting scheme worthy of a theatre – inset down lights with dimmers, external lights on flip-flop to house etc, etc.
The Internet and the ability to do this sort of thing and change it quickly has modified our planet forever. Here's a word for non-futurists. Watch out - as the pace of change is still increasing.
The decision was made to both convert and extend the garage ending up with a building providing the accommodation which looked for all purposes like a complete new building. From the inside and outside the building achieves this. To do it, the old asbestos roof was stripped off and the garage levelled at the necessary height for a complete new roof to be continuous over the timber frame extension. Inside the brick garage was battened and insulated + plasterboard in the same way as the extension. It worked well. A somewhat unusual approach but OK and now fulfilling a very important purpose.
They arrive on a lorry and can be put in place by a crane if back garden access is difficult – They can stay or go and don’t require any permissions.
SO HERE IT IS - We are still pushing the boundaries of design. Creating new stuff, using new techniques.
- Site access
- Site preparation
- Services provision
- Manufacture of building components or kit
- Level of comfort heating and insulation
- Choice and quality of windows and doors
- Level of Finnish – (does this include)
- Floor covering
- Internal and external decoration
- Services connections
- Plumbing and electrical specification
Good garden office accommodation costs £1000 per sq metre and top notch living accommodation costs £1500 per sq metre. Sometimes very high spec adds to this. Sometimes site difficulty makes a difference as well!
Let me know if you need any advice.