Because when buying a garden office you work closely with your supplier on the layout and materials you have a lot of flexibility with the design of the building, and can really tailor it to your needs. This is particularly important if you have a disability. As a disabled garden office worker myself, I know that the extra thought we put in at the design stage has really paid off in the usability of the garden office.
A recent build by Swift Garden Rooms, although not a garden office really showcases how a garden office designer will work closely with every client to create a building that caters for their individual needs without compromising on the aesthetic style. While some of us need adaptations to make life easier, we don’t necessarily what them to be evident for others to see!
This building is actually designed as an artist’s studio, for a lady who wanted a dedicated space to indulge in her creative passions. Set in beautiful surroundings the building needed to have easy wheelchair access.
The Swift team worked closely with the client to tailor their normal design practices to the lady’s needs. For instance, a ramp was required to make access easy, but the Swift team have designed this in such as way that it looks like a deck area running along the front elevation. Having this decked ramp is not compromising on the design, as a decked veranda along the front of a garden office is a desired feature by many buyers.
The Swift team also chose sliding doors with a low threshold, so that their client could easily wheel into the room without having to negotiate a step. This is a simple design decision and choice of door, but one that will have a big impact in the usability stakes. A low threshold doorset is a clever design trick for all garden office buyers to think about, particularly if you have a decked area. A low threshold creates an uninterrupted line between inside and outside space. If your floor covering is a similar finish to the exterior deck, this uninterrupted visual line can create a feeling of more space – a clever trick if you have a small room.
At 6 meters x 4 meters, this is a good sized building. The large set of sliding doors offers a real connection with the garden and flood the room with light. Natural light has been maximised in this building thanks to the inclusion of a sun pipe at the enclosed end of the room.
Swift Garden Rooms use house quality SIP’s panels for their buildings. Coupled with double glazed doors and an air conditioning unit means that the owner will be able to comfortably use the room every day of the year.
The client is clearly delighted with the building:
Heaven has a new home for Juliet tonight. A lifetime’s ambition fulfilled with huge help and expertise from Swift Garden Rooms and Extensions: an art studio, of her own, in her back garden in Henley. The new decking, also, opens up our garden to her on a whole new level. I had to call her in for supper earlier! She was just sat out there on her own after we toasted it. The three builders were absolutely fantastic and more than worthy of a team photo at the end” – (GB Henley on Thames).
For more information about the work of Swift Garden Rooms take a look at their website or give the team a call on 01625 875 588