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Insulated garden room uk

5m x 3m Canopy Room Essex

Insulated Garden Room uk

Specification:

Insulated garden room uk 5m x 3m, this is one of our most popular sized Canopy Garden Rooms. It is clad in red western cedar with a 1m canopy that comes as standard with down lights. This insulated garden room uk consists of the following package;

  • 2500mm Upvc french doors including 500mm sidelights either side of the doors (standard)
  • 400mm x 1600mm Upvc Top opener (standard)
  • 1800mm x 450mm upvc double top opener (additional)

The inside of this room has a laminate flooring and freshly painted walls ready for decoration once dry. We also use two types of insulation in a multi layer system to ensure that this room can be enjoyed year round. This is what sets our rooms apart from cheaper alternatives such as log cabins which can be cold during the winter months even with a heater inside. Our rooms are so well insulated that the thermostatic heater is only used occasionally to top the room up with heat. It is estimated that one of our garden rooms cost as little as £30 per year to heat.

Client Name:

Russell from Manningtree, Essex

Requirement:

Russell contacted modern garden rooms as he was wanting to take advantage of all the benefits of working from home. With a large garden there was no shortage of possible options of where the room could be positioned. Therefore it was decided that a 5m wide by 3m deep room would be the perfect size for Russell to work from home in. This also gave us the benefit of being able to position the room right up to the boundary as the room is less than 15 square metres finished floor space it would not require a building control application .

Our Solution:

We designed Russell a 5m x 3m sized room from our canopy garden room range. This is the perfect size for a home office. As a result it could be positioned in such a way that it had a minimal impact on the garden.

“Lewis and Mike worked extremely hard to complete the build on schedule despite the bad weather. Please can you pass on my thanks to them”

Insulated garden room uk Finishing touches to insulated garden room uk Chicken in front of a garden room

Large garden room with storage

Large garden room

Specification:

large garden room 8m x 5m.

Client Name:

Paul, from Upminster, Essex (September 2018)

Requirement:

Paul had been looking for a building to use as a games room for his teenage children. This garden room therefore needed to be large enough to have a games room, however it also needed an integrated shed accessible from the outside, and a small room for a toilet which could be installed at a later date. With such a large garden we put together several designs from our range of garden rooms.

Our Solution

As a result, our solution was to create a large garden room in our concave style. Firstly, bringing the shed/storage section right to the front of the building – this maximised the area for storage. Secondly, gave important space for the toilet room to be positioned at the rear, accessed via a modern style doorset. Thirdly, this gave Paul the perfect balance of games room/shed/toilet.

In conclusion we received the following feedback from Paul:

Mike, Rob and the team are doing a great job and they will be finished on Thursday. Mike also sprayed/painted the internal walls/ceilings/doors (I supplied the paint).”

Large gardenrooModern internal door and electric wall mounted heater from laptronicInterior of garden room with dart board

Cedar cladded secret door Storage room

Cedar clad games room, built in Bristol. With large decking that wraps around a large tree

Canopy Games Room 4.5mx3m

Specification:

4.5m x 3m canopy games room, with a 4.5m x 4m decking

Client Name:

Tony Davis, from Bristol (November 2018)

Requirement:

Tony was researching solutions for a useable room in his garden. It’s primary use is to be as a games and movies room for the children, with his garden been sloped he also wanted to create a usable area to the front of the room, this could be use as a seating space in addition to a possible BBQ space. Following a site visit and chat with Tony Modern garden rooms came up with the following solution:

Our Solution

We provided Tony with this beautiful canopy room, with extra large decking area. We incorporated a horizontal window into the left side of the room to maximise the natural light without compensating on privacy

Cedar clad games room, built in Bristol. With large decking that wraps around a large tree

 

3.5m x 3.5m Border Room

3.5m x 3.5m Border room

 

Shaun from Windlesham (April 2018)

5m x 3m canopy room

“I just wanted to add that the construction process was seamless and thoroughly professional. Rob and Lewis were an absolute delight to have around, put workers everywhere to shame and did it all with a sense of humour and kind consideration for us. I can’t praise them highly enough. The building itself will be linked up to the electricity supply today….but it seems to me that so far the quality of the materials and the finished product matches the lads who built it – excellent.”

 

 

Andy from St Albans (July 2018)

5m x 5m border room

“All paid thanks – the room is awesome.”

 

Mark from Dursley (June 2018)

5m x 4m canopy room

The garden room is complete and we are very pleased with it. Lewis & Sam have carried out a first class build and it was a pleasure having them around and watching proper tradesman work – top job!”

 

Sara from Brentwood (May 2018)

“The garden room is great, and Lewis and Matt were brilliant. They worked extremely hard, were neat, tidy and polite – we would highly recommend you and the team going forward.”

 

Harry from Warwick (August 2018)

“The room looks great and the guys were awesome – very polite and considerate. I’ve never seen builders work so hard and produce a product of that quality – they are a credit to the company.”

 

Paul from Rochester (April 2017)

“Mike, Jonny just a quick email to say how pleased we are with the garden room. The whole process from initial contact to completion was first class. Please pass on our thanks to Rob and his team – their workmanship was excellent and nothing was too much trouble.
A job very well done thank you.”

Lizzie from Chiswick (June 2017)

“From start to finish it was a pleasure to work with you guys. You have a straightforward, good product which you sell well (loved all the diagrams you sent at the start) and then when it goes up it looks fab. The boys had great attention to detail and the finish is top notch. Rob and Harry were brilliant and it was a pleasure to have them working hard in my garden over 3 weeks. They were super tidy, were polite about my tea and coffee, worked really hard and always came up with a good solution to any problems that arose. A can do attitude is always so much appreciated by us customers and they had that in spades!”

Simon from Epsom (April 2018)

5m x 4m concave room

Hello guys,

We are really pleased with the room you did for us this time last year, the room is bedding into the garden well.

 

Sara from Brentwood

The garden room is great, and Lewis and Matt were brilliant. They worked extremely hard, were neat, tidy and polite – we would highly recommend you and the team going forward.

Hamza from Wraybury (June 2018)

8m x 11.5m border room

Hi Rob,

I just wanted to say a massive thank you for all your hard work on the
project!

It was a real pleasure working with and knowing you.

You were extremely professional from day one and very accommodating – a
true gentleman.

The quality of work was impressive and if you yourself ever needed a
personal recommendation for any potential clients please feel free to
let me know – I will be happy to take the time to speak with them.

I wish you the very best of luck for the future.

Please make sure to keep safe when you go riding.

You have been a good man to have work on the building and I cant thank
you enough.

 

 

Julia from Beckenham (June 2018)

Lewis and Matt were great and did a very professional job.

Veronica Butler

Hi Michael, I just wanted to thank you and your team for doing such an excellent job and for being a real pleasure to deal with.  Your flexibility and personal touch goes a long way and I will recommend your company highly to anyone you wish to send my way.  The room is being painted today so once it is all done I will send some pictures across, both day and night time as the lights look so nice in the dark.  Have a very merry Christmas and thanks once again.

Veronica Butler Woking

Andy and Vicky Phillips

We are extremely happy with the build and wanted to say what a fantastic job Martin and Lewis have done.

Once we have finished inside we will send you some pictures.

We would certainly be happy to recommend your company as it has been a really swift easy process and the building has been done to the highest quality.

Kind Regards

Andy and Vicky Phillips Hemel Hemstead

Jonny

Dear Modern Garden rooms team  Jonny, thanks for getting us into this whole room in the garden thing – a casual chat over a non alcoholic beer and the deal was done. Rob and Harry were brilliant and it was a pleasure to have them working hard in my garden over 3 weeks.  They were super tidy, were polite about my tea and coffee, worked really hard and always came up with a good solution to any problems that arose.  A can do attitude is alway so much appreciated by us customers and they had that in spades! WE LOVE our Cuz bar.  Just choosing paint colours and awaiting the pool table and final fittings for all the bar area but the cuz bar sign is up and we are nearly open for business.  From start to finish it was a pleasure to work with you guys.  You have a straightforward, good product which you sell well (loved all the diagrams you sent at the start) and then when it goes up it looks fab.  The boys had great attention to detail and the finish is top notch.  FYI i LOVE the dark composite decking and think it finished off the look way better than the wood option.  Each to there own but very happy with that choice.  Rather miss the smell of bacon and the sound of the saw mill and nail gun in my garden  regards  Jonny

The Most Awesome Things About Working From Home

Many of us around the world are becoming more attracted to the idea of working from home, and rightfully so when you consider the plethora of benefits – Just ask the 5% who are actually willing to break up with their spouse just to be able to work from home!

82% of telecommuters reported lower stress levels when working from home, which in turn has correlated to a 69% decrease in absenteeism – just one example of how a better working lifestyle can benefit both employee and employer by decreasing health expenses, the spread of colds and flu and contributes to a happier lifestyle.

By working from home you eliminate the need to travel to get to work, which is also a contributing factor to decreased stress, but also to productivity. The added time that would have been spent commuting is contributed to the completion of work-related tasks.

If you want to skip ahead – Read and share our infographic below.

Working from home

If there are clearly enough benefits to prove working from home is better for everyone involved, then why do people work in the office still? One of the main reasons some employers are still against the idea of working from home is down to the lack of trust in their workforce. As quoted by Cary Cooper – Professor of organisational psychology and health at Lancaster University Management School “Managers want people in the office because they want to see their little empires in front of them…and the incompetence of managers who don’t know how to manage people remotely”.

Smaller companies are unfortunately one of the worst at trusting their employees to work from home in comparison to larger corporations. Despite a friendlier and more intimate office environment, there’s a sense of bosses needing to know their employees every move, which is highly influenced by autocratic management.

Some of the reasons why companies shy away from allowing employees to telecommute:

  • Lack of trust in employees
  • Not all jobs can be done from home
  • Working in the office isn’t seen as “that bad”
  • The law
  • Technology (or lack of)

Benefits of working from home

Nicholas Blooms’ TEDxStanford talk: “Go head, tell your boss you’re working from home” sparked much controversy, but was backed up with very compelling research as to why the benefits of telecommuting can sway your employer to consider how their employees like to work.

Some of the many benefits of working from home include:

IT’S ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY

  • Working from home eliminates the need for travel in a vehicle.
    • If employers allowed telecommuting – almost 9.6 million cars every year would be off the road – reducing greenhouse gas emissions by almost 53 metric tons!
  • By letting most, if not all employees work from home you eliminate the need for big, commercial office space (or even none at all!). For each person who works from home there is an office space that does not need to be constructed, heated, or cooled – which speaks for itself when it comes to preserving the environment.

POSITIVE EFFECTS ON MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH

  • Working from home has shown to make it easier to eat healthy, as well as have a more manageable work-life balance.
    • Eating the right foods and a better work-life balanced has been correlated to reducing stress levels by 73% and 80% respectively.
  • Long commutes have also been linked to increased stress and even depression as found ina study of 34,000 UK adults who commute for more than 30 minutes daily. The elimination allows employees flexibility to work wherever they wish – be that at home or their local coffee shop.

INCREASED PRODUCTIVITY

  • Productivity is a common theme and an issue amongst employers who are sceptical about letting their employees work from home.
    • There’s a common misconception of home workers getting easily distracted – but an interesting study found that 1 in 3 office-based workers admitted to experiencing an average of 10 distractions per day!
      • 44% of home workers actually reported fewer distractions, and 45% reported increased productivity.

Tips on productively working from home

Are remote workers more productive than in-office workers? In short – yes. But many people can lack the discipline needed to stay motivated. We think working from home doesn’t come down to willpower, but rather a set of guidelines that can help you maximise your working day:

GET DRESSED FOR WORK

  • Actually getting dressed for the day than sitting in your pyjamas can give you a sense of determination and urgency to get your work tasks complete.
    • A professional outfit can help you feel more productive and change your outlook on how you view your working day.

PUT YOUR PHONE AWAY OR ON SILENT

  • Multitasking is actually bad for the brain. Texting, sending a funny selfie on snapchat or that hilarious cat video might do wonders for a dopamine hit, but not so much for your productivity. Research from the University of Sussex found that avid multi-taskers had less brain density in the brain region responsible for cognitive and emotional control (known as the anterior cingulated cortex).

CREATE THE PERFECT WORKSPACE

  • How you create your workspace really is down to your preferences. You have the ability to run wild by designing your perfect space – one that inspires you to work.
  • The perfect place to work in your home is one of the most important things in order for you to feel both comfortable and productive during working hours.
    • Whilst working from your bed might seem like the most comfortable option – it actually confuses the brain by lowering sleep quality and encouraging lethargy, two things you definitely don’t want to be experiencing in a place associated with sleep and rejuvenation.
  • Have a desk that’s faced against lots of sunlight in a quiet room, is well ventilated and free of clutter.

KEEP A SCHEDULE GOING

  • It’s important to keep a schedule of when your team is online the most, and windows where you’re most productive.
    • Be as active as you possible can during group chats (that are actually work-related), then schedule your deep-rooted work for when you’re feeling most productive in order to maximise your time whilst working from home.

SET TIME LIMITS

  • We’re generally able to fully focus on a task from anywhere between an hour to two hours straight at a time. But after that you need a good 15-20minute break to recuperate before focusing on the next task.
    • Powering straight through can actually be unproductive as you simply cannot finish tasks efficiently t the same standard. Split your day into hourly windows (or a stretch of time that works best for you) and set breaks in order to get work done more efficiently.

HAVE A ‘DE-CLUTTER DAY’ ONCE A WEEK

  • Your workspace needs to look productive in order for you to be Purge out what doesn’t need to be in your home office and remember to keep on top of it before it gets out of control.

Designing the ideal work from home office space

Whilst the prospect of working from home is incredibly exciting, it can pose a productivity risk if your office space appears ‘too’ casual or isn’t completely separated from the rest of your home. When working from home you have to be strict in the physical boundaries of your working space and your home.

Before you begin – ask yourself the following about your home working space – by answering these questions you’ll be able to devise a plan for your home office that best suits you:

  • What kind of work will you be doing?
  • Will clients be visiting you?
  • Will colleagues come over for meetings?
  • Do you require specialist equipment?
  • Where will the bulk of your work mainly be carried out?
  • Are you going to be video conferencing?

Common mistakes when setting up a home office

  • Not creating enough space for work resources
    • Or filling empty space with irrelevant items that could be used more efficiently
  • Thinking you can tune out loud noises (such as a TV or outdoor traffic)
  • Compromising on equipment quality which could make difficult jobs harder to complete
  • Lots of wires everywhere

Things to consider when setting up your home office

Working from home as we’ve discovered has a variety of benefits. An optimal work-life balance, no need to commute and the freedom to design your own office that’s solely dictated by you – but what do you need to consider before setting up shop in your home office?

EQUIPMENT

Any technology such as your laptop, desktop or tablet has to be of reasonable speed and efficiency. You won’t have IT support if things are running slow, so ensure you know the basics to solving common connection issues or a number handy in case the worst happens.

Ensure you have a phone line separate to your personal one so that your colleagues and clients are not left with a busy tone. Also be advised to get insurance on all of your equipment should there be a case of loss or disaster.

PRIVACY

Noises and interruptions can make all the difference, but not in a good way. You won’t be able to work to your full potential if your office area is constantly disrupted.

If getting a door for your office isn’t an option, a privacy screen and fan on a low setting are just some simple solutions to muffling out noise. Should your window face a pavement or a busy road, a privacy film screen on your windows can also work wonders for that extra bit of privacy and security.

COMFORT AND PRACTICALITY

The top of your work screen should ideally be at eye level. As you scan down your computer screen screen, your eye lids will naturally close a little, giving it a chance to moisten, which in turn reduces eye fatigue.

Whilst your desk is mainly for active and productive work, you also need a place to relax and read too. A great home office should be equipped with a comfortable chair you can recline in, preferably with an ottoman to put your feet up. A luxury cushion and throw can also be just what you need during breaks between tasks for a quick unwind – certainly something you can’t get away with in the office!

LIGHTING

It’s natural for people to put their desk in the corner of the room – which in turn actually recreates a typical office, which probably isn’t the vibe you’re going for. Try facing your desk against a window so you have plenty of natural light shining through.

Should there be no ample daylight available, a combo of desk or floor lights can create a nice soft glow – try going for ergonomic task lighting that you can dim during the brighter hours of the day to save on electricity.

Low lighting can bring about negative effects to the mind such as depression and even Vitamin D deficiency. Ensure any artificial lighting is yellow-cast to mimic the illumination of natural light if it’s scarce.

LAYOUT

Consider how you’re going to layout your office – will your desk be able to fit your desktop/laptop and printer? Do you have ample storage space for all your resources?

Whilst filing cabinets aren’t the most attractive looking pieces of furniture in the world, you do need to consider where you can store loose paper in an efficient fashion.  Try wall storage solutions or magazine/newspaper racks if this seems more appealing.

If your home office is an ex guest room – convert the wardrobe into a fully functioning shelf to save you on some pennies and add a domesticated touch to your working area.

Top tip: Run power strips behind your desk to keep loose wires from going haywire.

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What Your Interior Design Taste Says About You

Just like the clothes we wear, home decor and interior design trends come and go, but instead of choosing a style based on such trends, you might find that styling your home based on your personality can make it feel more “you”.
The way you decorate your home says a lot about who you are and your personality. It can help you understand your preferences, personal style and also help identify how you can make changes to your current decor.

Is your ideal home a minimalist paradise or a traditional haven? Take our quiz to find out what interior style says about you!

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Scandinavian

You prefer a minimalist lifestyle. Function and affordability matter most to you over luxurious items. You’re generally very relaxed and like to add your own unique twist to your surroundings. Your life is all about being comfortable, having lots of space around and not losing sight of your sense of style.

Bold and Loud

You like to make a statement by injecting your colourful personality into your home. You may have an abundance of colour schemes that communicate many aspects of your lifestyle. You’re naturally outgoing, creative and like to feel inspired by your surroundings.

Moody

You’re a deep thinker and like to show your boldness by setting a relaxing, decadent and sophisticated atmosphere in your home that exudes confidence and a sense of calm and cosiness all at once.

Nature-loving

You like to blur the lines between the indoors and outdoors to fully immerse yourself in the wonders of nature. You’re an advocate of eco-friendly living and incorporate a sustainable lifestyle in your day-to-day activities. The various shades of green in your home create feelings of ambition and reduce stress, giving you a calmer outlook on life.

timeless

You’re an advocate of ever-lasting style. You’re careful about your purchases and like to display things in your home that tell a story. You’re inspired by history and have a naturally curious flair with a penchant for intertwining styles from different eras to produce your own unique home.

Wabi-Sabi

You possess a natural ability to feel content with the things you have as opposed to constantly wishing for more. You accept the imperfections that come with the nature of life and find beauty in everything that would otherwise be deemed incomplete.

Shaun from Windlesham (April 2018)

5m x 3m canopy room “I just wanted to add that the construction process was seamless and thoroughly professional. Rob and Lewis were an absolute delight to have around, put workers everywhere to shame and did it all with a sense of humour and kind consideration for us. I can’t praise them highly enough. The building itself will be linked up to the electricity supply today….but it seems to me that so far the quality of the materials and the finished product matches the lads who built it - excellent.”    
Shaun from Windlesham (April 2018)

Andy from St Albans (July 2018)

5m x 5m border room “All paid thanks – the room is awesome.”  
Andy from St Albans (July 2018)

Mark from Dursley (June 2018)

5m x 4m canopy room The garden room is complete and we are very pleased with it. Lewis & Sam have carried out a first class build and it was a pleasure having them around and watching proper tradesman work - top job!”  
Mark from Dursley (June 2018)

Sara from Brentwood (May 2018)

"The garden room is great, and Lewis and Matt were brilliant. They worked extremely hard, were neat, tidy and polite – we would highly recommend you and the team going forward.”  
Sara from Brentwood (May 2018)

Harry from Warwick (August 2018)

"The room looks great and the guys were awesome – very polite and considerate. I’ve never seen builders work so hard and produce a product of that quality – they are a credit to the company.”  
Harry from Warwick (August 2018)

Paul from Rochester (April 2017)

“Mike, Jonny just a quick email to say how pleased we are with the garden room. The whole process from initial contact to completion was first class. Please pass on our thanks to Rob and his team - their workmanship was excellent and nothing was too much trouble. A job very well done thank you.”
Paul from Rochester (April 2017)

Lizzie from Chiswick (June 2017)

“From start to finish it was a pleasure to work with you guys. You have a straightforward, good product which you sell well (loved all the diagrams you sent at the start) and then when it goes up it looks fab. The boys had great attention to detail and the finish is top notch. Rob and Harry were brilliant and it was a pleasure to have them working hard in my garden over 3 weeks. They were super tidy, were polite about my tea and coffee, worked really hard and always came up with a good solution to any problems that arose. A can do attitude is always so much appreciated by us customers and they had that in spades!”
Lizzie from Chiswick (June 2017)

Simon from Epsom (April 2018)

5m x 4m concave room Hello guys, We are really pleased with the room you did for us this time last year, the room is bedding into the garden well.  
Simon from Epsom (April 2018)

Sara from Brentwood

The garden room is great, and Lewis and Matt were brilliant. They worked extremely hard, were neat, tidy and polite – we would highly recommend you and the team going forward.
Sara from Brentwood

Hamza from Wraybury (June 2018)

8m x 11.5m border room Hi Rob, I just wanted to say a massive thank you for all your hard work on the project! It was a real pleasure working with and knowing you. You were extremely professional from day one and very accommodating - a true gentleman. The quality of work was impressive and if you yourself ever needed a personal recommendation for any potential clients please feel free to let me know - I will be happy to take the time to speak with them. I wish you the very best of luck for the future. Please make sure to keep safe when you go riding. You have been a good man to have work on the building and I cant thank you enough.    
Hamza from Wraybury (June 2018)
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