A garden office blog from Extra Rooms

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Garden Office June Update


Hello all Extrarooms readers! Once again we are back with a garden office update and what a few weeks it has been since we last spoke.


In our last post we showed you a sneaky peak of the large garden building that was destined for a lovely corner in a holiday home in Anglesey and we can now report that it is settled in its new home. Unlike most installations this one took a little longer at 2.5 days. The primary reason for this being that the owners had limited knowledge of local builders because it was to be installed in their holiday home garden. Consequently, the Extrarooms team had to travel up a day ahead to level the pitch ground and lay foundations. Nevertheless, the garden building installation went very well and the owners are extremely happy with the finished product. Watch this space for some photos of the finished product!


Also, talking of testimonials... we received this glowing feedback from a very happy client last week! Here’s what he said (and some photos to go along with it):

"Just a short note to say how pleased I am with my garden office.  At last I have been able to complete the finishing touches having managed to find a good electrician.  As the office is now fully wired up I thought you might like to see what it looks like illuminated at night.  If you want to use any of the enclosed photos for promotion/publicity purposes please feel free to do so. I'm also happy to provide a written testimonial if ever one is required for a prospective client in this neck of the woods.

Once again, many thanks for a job well done.

R. Arber"

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The next big project that we have been commissioned for is a large double-pitched soundproofed music room. Whenever a soundproofed room is commissioned at Extratrooms we all get pretty excited – even if that is a bit sad. We haven’t got an official trophy but as soundproofing goes, we are the experts (even if we do say so ourselves). From musicians and composers to sound technicians and sound engineers, we have built great quality soundproofed rooms with a 100% customer satisfaction.

As well as our success rate, we base this self-proclaimed title on the fact that we are the only garden office company who can block out decibel levels up to 60 and we’re so confident of this claim that we are also the only company who have a money back guarantee if we cannot achieve the level of soundproofing assured.

In fact, our commitment to soundproofing has led us to build a testing room at the Extrarooms workshop. Here you can bring in a recording of the music/noise you plan on making in your soundproofed room and test any one of our 3 levels of soundproofing specification to see which you need:

  1. Single skin specification – soundproofed up to 30 decibels
  2. Enhanced single skin specification – soundproofed up to 40 decibels
  3. Double skin specification – soundproofed up to 60 decibels


Anyway, enough of us blowing our own trumpet (not that anyone would hear it if we were blowing it in one of our soundproofed music rooms – eesh!?). Have a look at some pictures of this new soundproofed room in the workshop…

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Unfortunately, most of the soundproofing qualities come into play as we are installing a room like this so you will have to look out for the next Extrarooms blog post for how we got on!

If you would like to discuss garden rooms in more detail or the types of garden rooms we have designed and installed then please send us an email or give us a ring on 01159 899 555 in the day and 01949 813 813 in the evening! Alternatively check out our garden room case studies page.

Written by David Fowler at 17:47

Garden Office Weekly Update – 6th – 20th May

Once again, apologies are in order for the lack of blog posting over the past couple of weeks – for another month we have been super busy and our humble garden office blog has had to take a back seat! Nevertheless, we’re back now and we’ve made some serious waves since we last spoke…

For the most part we have been working hard the past couple of weeks to build up our collection of stock buildings. Year-on-year we try to increase the amount of stock buildings we keep so we can meet demand quickly when customers come to us wanting an excellent value garden building. As well as this, another great advantage of constructing stock buildings is that we can now present many more special offer garden offices!

So, during our stock building mission this year we have also developed a new way of manufacturing our stock garden buildings and a new colour scheme!

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For single-pitched stock buildings we used to build the front wall tallest and the back wall shortest, allowing for the sloped roof. However, we have now started to build all walls at the same height, creating the fall of the roof within the roof itself. Now, I can appreciate that for anyone outside the Extrarooms workshop this information could be seen as mind-numbingly dull! However, where this gets interesting is how this can benefit the client – the advantage is that if someone wants to buy a stock building but wants to modify it in some way (i.e. have a wall with a window that doesn’t already exist) then they can just swap one wall with another in stock because they are all the same height! More choice for you the customer - great hey!

Colour scheme

We’ve been noticing more and more that lots of people are now opting for powder coated aluminium doors with black frames – and we can see why, it looks very smart! Considering this, we thought about how we could practically incorporate this new trend into our stock building collection and concluded that we would use OSMO (oil with sun-blocker) alongside a black stain ('Black ash" from the Cuprinol garden shades range) to extenuate this new colour scheme whilst adding discolouring protection. On all garden buildings the fascia boards (edges of the roof) suffer the most from bleaching. Therefore we thought that we could start to paint the fascia boards black using a stain and then paint the OSMO on top which not only compliments the powdered doors and black frames nicely but incorporates a sun-blocking element. Have a look and see what you think:

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Finally, this week we have been working on a large garden building for a client in Anglesey. Rather than explaining the ins and outs of the build how about you have a look for yourself…

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More to come on the progress of this build next week!


If you would like to discuss garden rooms in more detail or the types of garden rooms we have designed and installed then please send us an email or give us a ring on 01159 899 555 in the day and 01949 813 813 in the evening! Alternatively check out our garden room case studies page.

Written by David Fowler at 17:41

New Special Offer Garden Building!


Good morning everyone. 

We have been very busy the past couple of weeks constructing a number of stock buildings so we can bring you some more of our special offers!

Our latest special offer garden office is one of our most popular designs with a new colour twist. 

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Have a look at the full specification here on our garden office special offers page.

If you would like to discuss garden rooms in more detail or the types of garden rooms we have designed and installed then please send us an email or give us a ring on 01159 899 555 in the day and 01949 813 813 in the evening! Alternatively check out our garden room case studies page.

Written by David Fowler at 11:31

Garden Office Weekly Update: 22nd - 28th April


Hello all, sorry we’ve been out of contact for a while – it’s been a busy few months for us at Extra Rooms and as a result we have neglected our poor garden office blog!


Considering this recent blogging hiatus, we thought the best thing to do would be to post a weekly garden office update keeping you informed with all our latest projects, garden office musings, special offers and general goings on!

Anyway, enough talking! Check out what we got up to last week…

We kicked off the beginning of last week replenishing our garden building stock supplies. It’s always useful to have a number of garden buildings in stock – primarily so we can give potential customers the opportunity to experience our buildings for themselves and also so we can bring you our garden office special offers listings!

Bearing this in mind – a customer phoned us on Monday enquiring about one of our special offer garden offices. As we were building new stock anyway, we suggested that he gave us his specifications (without a commitment to buy) and we would build a small office to match his preferences.



Here is the building being finished off in our workshop:

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Fortunately this coincidence turned out to be beneficial all round as within the week this small garden office had been built (to specification) and installed in the client’s back garden in Maidstone, Kent. Have a look at the pictures below to see how much better it looks sat in the customer's sunny back garden:

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Following the installation of the beautiful little garden office in Kent we got a call from an existing customer who we built a large garden room for about four years ago. He called to get some advice on one of his doors that was occasionally sticking (a problem occasionally experienced if not maintained properly). Considering he was in Darby – a stone throw away from the workshop – we decided to pop down for a quick look at the door and a catch up!

Turns out it was lucky we did because the customer had let all his cedar cladding becoming discoloured. For a small sum we eased the door and applied a reflective solar coat to protect the building from UV damage and any more discolouring. Like a car - a garden office needs some TLC to keep it looking great. If treated well your garden office will last you for an indefinite amount of time - you just have to look after it!


Unfortunately we were unable to get a picture of the office before we treated it but check out the after shot – good as new!

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So overall a very positive few days at Extra Rooms with lots of happy customers. Fingers crossed the weather holds out for us in this coming week so we can come back to you with some more sun-filled garden office activity.

If you would like to discuss garden rooms in more detail or the types of garden rooms we have designed and installed then please send us an email or give us a ring on 01159 899 555 in the day and 01949 813 813 in the evening! Alternatively check out our garden room case studies page.

Written by David Fowler at 12:19

Garden Room Plumbing


Most garden room manufacturers and installers make the majority of their garden buildings off-site and assemble and complete on-site. Staff utilised to do these installations usually come from outside the delivery areas and therefore struggle to provide staff to plumb these buildings economically.


Of course, it can all be done, but normally at a greater cost than a local tradesman or contractor, due to accommodation expenses and increased working away rates. Similarly, it is for this reason why we at Extra Rooms normally suggest that groundwork, laying of services and drains are performed by local tradesmen. However here is some advice you should always keep in mind when planning your garden room plumbing:

  1. When people find the drains for their garden rooms are at the wrong level to be discharged (against gravity) it will not be possible to have a toilet and sink as they wished. However, it is virtually always is possible and a good plumber should be able to take care of it all for an affordable price.
  2. Most garden rooms generally do not need planning permission as long as they fall within the parameters of the permitted development rights. This is on the basis that they are not being used overnight for domestic habitation. However, local councils are often wary that requiring a toilet generally means that the garden building may function for overnight use. It is therefore very important that you make it abundantly clear that this is not the case as some council may insist on planning permission and full building regulations compliance.
  3. It is often an advantage to use the "Saniflo" system for connecting drains from studios to the mains drainage. Some benefits of the Saniflo System:


- Uses a smaller pipe which does not have to be laid to a fall (as normal)
- Can be used as a life saver when the drains are falling in the wrong direction
- Uses a macerator and pump that is situated behind the toilet which pumps waste to  wherever it is required (even uphill etc.)
- For more information of Saniflo systems check out their website or ask your local plumber.


As I said previously, quality garden room suppliers should be capable of preparing your garden building for plumbing as well doing the garden room plumbing itself – we are anyway! However, if you are looking to save a little bit of money, it is my advice that you employ a plumber that will not charge additional fees and works close to the building site.

Written by David Fowler at 15:54
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David Fowler, Founder of Extra Rooms