A garden office blog from Extra Rooms

Welcome to Extra Room’s garden office blog.

We love sharing all our garden building knowledge and stories with you!

How's it Overhanging?

We recently did a job near Bristol where the garden room was planned to face directly south.

This can cause problems if not taken into account, since even though this is what the customer wanted and insisted on, too much sun directly into a relatively small space can be a real issue. Luckily there are ways to compensate and there are quite a few choices.

The choices are blinds, tinting, solar glass, or an extended roof overhang/parapet roof, and each has its own pros and cons.

We are the suppliers of these buildings to the end user so we often have to bear in mind that when something fails, even something as minor as a blind, it could cause us grief, since even though our guarantee does not cover minor cosmetic issues it still reflects on us. So we plan to avoid these things happening as much as we possibly can.

We don't do blinds any more, tinting was ok most of the time, but it can get a bit dusty in our factory (any woodworking area has some dust!) and if we managed to get a bit of dust trapped behind a couple of window panes on a job at the far end of the country, we'd be going back to sort it out. So what is the most foolproof solution?

When directly facing the sun, the best, most permanent and least problematic approach, is a large roof overhang, a built-in 'canopy' if you will. Shade all the time when the sun is fierce and high up in the sky, but allowing that lovely early morning and late evening sun, at a sharp angle from the east in the morning and the west in the evening. 

That was our answer on this occasion, and exactly what was required for this particular building, oriented as it was.

Every customer is different and every building we do is different, so it's essential we give it some forethought to make sure that the customer's extra room, not only looks presentable, but works too!


Written by David Fowler at 00:00

The Artistry of Cladding - a tale of patience and passion

So we had a call from a lady in the Isle of Wight wanting a garden studio to use for her business dealing in stamps, collectables and artistic items.

We quoted and added a bit to help cover the costs of the extra travelling time and it was all duly accepted. Incidentally the customer mentioned later that in fact no other company she had contacted was willing to even consider installing in the Isle of Wight!

It is hardly an 'ocean crossing' but 'the competition' did not like it so we did it, no problem!

Anyway, the customer has an eye for patterns and also hates waste and likes to try to look after the environment, so with that in mind we got to tallking on the phone one day about the different tones of cedar.

I remembered as a child being told by my architect father that in some countries people were willing to pay more for reject bricks than ordinary ones of a consistent tone and colour. Reject bricks, if laid reasonably randomly in a wall, offer a mottled pattern which is far more interesting to the eye.

I suggested, if that was the case then would she like us to clad her garden room in cedar off-cut?

It was going to be a lot more time consuming so there would not be a cost advantage for her, indeed it was a bit of an unknown as we had never done that before, and in fact it really did take a lot longer as we ended up having to finger-joint each peace and glue them together in rows of three, it took ages, but I think she was right.


We think the resulting garden office looks excellent >

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Written by David Fowler at 00:00

Man cave! - Woman cave! ++update++


Hey Extra Room Bloggers!


Perhaps you remember this recent post from june showing the garden room being prepared in our workshop, prior to assembly on site?

Well take a look at these photos from the VERY happy customer!

Let the games commence :)






Written by David Fowler at 00:00

I need it bigger ++ UPDATE ++


You may remember this post from a while back - well just take a look at these beautiful photos of the garden room in SITU!!



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Written by David Fowler at 00:00

Made to comply with the regs. (Literally!)

Even though many people choose to have a garden room rather than a house extension because normally no planning permission is required, it often puts people off once they find that if they want to use it for overnight accommodation, then building regs come into force.

However, whilst normally we only have to make the glazing and wiring up to house building standards and regs by law in normal garden rooms, our standard construction methods almost reach the full building regs as they are.

In this case here the client wanted the building to be used officially for occasional overnight occupancy so we had an inspector come and visit our factory to see how our buildings are constructed.

When he examined some examples we have and the works in progress he said most of our buildings would comply "as is" but fire regs may require some extra fireproofing of some of the cladding that faced adjoining neighbours, dependant upon the distance of the buildings from the boundary and also what the boundary was made of.

If required the additional fireproofing would normally consist of a bromide solution to fireproof the cladding where required but this is decided on a case-by-case basis following a site visit, to ascertain distances from adjoining houses to common boundaries.

We had taken it as read that a proper mains operated smoke detector would be required but that was all as far as the occupants of the building were concerned, other considerations relevant to fire were to do with fire spread elsewhere rather than within the studio itself.

All our buildings, whatever the category are all plastered out properly so this helped a lot.

We do offer an upgrade to reach the house regs of 0.39W/degK so this was fitted and that was it.

Now if ever the client decides to sell up he or she has a garden studio building at the bottom of the garden that could be used as a 'granny flat' which is an added bonus and places extra value on the garden building and in fact the house too.

(Sheep not included!)



Written by David Fowler at 00:00
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David Fowler, Founder of Extra Rooms