Our garden buildings are not only designed to be useful spaces but we want them to look beautiful and sit comfortably in your garden landscape. That’s why we offer a choice of cladding and decking materials to suit your taste and your budget for garden rooms.
All of the timber we supply is kiln dried and from sustainable sources. We utilise stainless steel secret fixing solutions so the visual effect of your cladding is not interrupted, and you can rest assured it will look every bit as good in 20 year’s time as it does on the day we complete your building.
This could be an ideal solution if you want to achieve a beautiful building on a smaller budget. This cladding uses a Finnish grown pine which is treated to temperatures in excess of 2000C. During the heat treatment, chemical and structural changes occur within the timber that alter and enhance some of its basic properties. The resulting product is an altogether more durable and stable timber, an ideal material for use in exposed areas such as external wall claddings in garden buildings.
WESTERN RED CEDAR
Four our top specification cladding we use clear (knot free) Western Red Cedar. It has a very low shrinkage factor and is superior to all other coniferous woods in its resistance to warping, twisting and checking.
The conduction of heat in wood is directly related to its density. Woods with low density have the highest thermal insulating value because such woods contain a high proportion of cell cavities. In dry wood, these cavities are filled with air which is one of the best known thermal insulators.
With its low density and high proportion of air spaces, Western Red Cedar is the best thermal insulator among the commonly available softwood species and is far superior to brick, concrete and steel.
NATURAL ACOUSTIC PROPERTIES
An important acoustic property of wood is its ability to dampen vibrations. Wood has a cellular network of minute interlocking pores which converts sound energy into heat by frictional and viscoelastic resistance. Because of the high internal friction created by the cellular pore network, wood has more sound damping capacity than most structural materials. Floor, ceiling and wall assemblies of wood can provide effective, economical sound insulation and absorption when properly utilised. Western Red Cedar is particularly effective in this regard and can be used to help reduce noise or to confine it to certain areas.
Although the cladding on your garden building does not need treatment and will silver down in time, we do offer a choice of specialised exterior wood oils (with UV protection) and also stains to lift and maintain the colour and grain of the wood. It will be necessary to re-treat the cladding on an annual basis to maintain the look but this can be performed very quickly once strong base coats are applied when your building is first installed.
ROVIDING YOU WITH AN EFFICIENT ALL-WEATHER SOLUTION
It’s important that your garden building can be used all year round and therefore it needs to be as thermally efficient as a modern house. You don’t want it to get too hot or too cold, but you need it to maintain a constant, comfortable temperature.
We build very high quality, energy efficient garden rooms, offices, studios, lodges and buildings which utilise state-of-the-art thermally efficient materials, creating structures which do not need large amounts of energy to heat or cool. Your building is ready to use at all times – even in extreme weather – and it won’t burn a hole in your pocket.
Structured insulated panels (SIPs) are a modern composite building material. Our SIP panels are made from two layers of the best quality 11mm OSB (oriented strand board), or flake board as it is commonly known.
Between them is an insulating layer of highly thermally efficient, expanded polyurethane foam. We screw our panels together with long high tensile, self-tapping screws and also use expanding adhesive foam to ensure 100% air tightness.
SIPs combine several components of conventional building, such as studs and joists, insulation, vapour barrier and air barrier. They can be used for many different applications such as exterior wall, roof, floor, and foundation systems.
WHY DO WE USE SIPS?
A well-built structure using SIPs will have a tighter building envelope and the walls will have higher insulating properties. This means fewer drafts and reduced operating costs.
Construction time can be reduced compared to a traditional timber frame building because SIPs work as framing, insulation and exterior sheathing, and come pre-cut from the factory to meet the needs of each individual building project. This also means fewer tradesmen are required on site.
The panels can be used as roof, walls and floor – the latter being particularly beneficial when used above an un-insulated space.
The total life-cycle cost of a building constructed from SIPs will usually be cheaper than a conventional framed one and some even achieve 40% life-time savings.
In many cases SIPs are structurally more robust than timber framed buildings but have a similar versatility for creating custom-built designs.
BUILDING REGULATIONS AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Under the latest revisions to the new Part L (England & Wales) Building Regulations, a minimum standard U-value is required for the thermal efficiency of a newly constructed building.
All Garden Spaces garden rooms, garden offices, lodges and buildings are designed and manufactured to exceed the U-values required under these new regulations.
WHAT IS A U-VALUE?
A U-value is ‘a measure of air-to-air heat transmission (loss or gain) due to thermal conductance and the difference in indoor and outdoor temperatures, in relation to an area of material, expressed as w/m2k (Watts Per Square Metre Kelvin)’
As the U-value decreases so does the amount of heat transferred through the material, i.e. the lower the U-value, the better the level of insulation.
To comply with the new Part L (England & Wales) Building Regulations building components must have U-values that are at least equivalent to the following:
Building Regulations Walls Minimum = 0.35 Wm2k
Building Regulations Floor Minimum = 0.25 Wm2k
Building Regulations Roof Minimum = 0.20 Wm2k
All of our garden buildings exceed these U-value requirements and therefore offer outstanding thermal efficiency.
WHAT KIND OF FINISH CAN YOU EXPECT?
We understand that when you order a garden building from us, you want it to be ready for use as soon as it’s completed and our tradesmen leave the site.
So, no matter what their purpose, all our buildings are supplied internally plaster- boarded, skim plastered and painted white – as standard. We will also install the flooring of your choice and then add the square edges skirting boards to create a contemporary look.
As with all aspects of your garden space, we can tailor the finish to suit your particular requirements. This may include added extras such as acoustic enhancements in the walls, floor and ceiling, special lighting, window blinds or even applying your own choice of paint colour.