As our family started to outgrow our house, something needed to be done, either move, extend upwards or outwards. After much contemplation between Heather (my wife) and I, we decided we certainly didn't want to move as we love it here and the reasons to stay put far outweighed the upevil of upping and moving somewhere else!
It's a three bedroom mid terrace and on the arrival of Harrison our youngest, it ended up he and I were sharing a room for his bedroom and my workspace. Apart from the fact my ever growing business started overpowering Harrisons space (It was basically Harrison sleeping in my office), he's at an age now where it's important he gets his own room. Something had to change.
Our options were aplenty, but big changes into roof space and a decent size extension to a good standard were budget busting and wouldn't really be a decent ROI on the value of the house itself (even though we don't intend on moving in the near future)
As Heather and I constantly brainstormed what to do we came across the idea of a garden room. We certainly had plenty of space for one, it would separate my work and home life to a certain degree, our budget would allow us to get it done to a decent standard and we could utilise all that unused space. So we went with it, made the decision and committed to the project of 'A Garden Office' or as my Dad calls it 'The Shed' haha!
Looking into starting the project we came across Fraser of SteelGrain Home and Garden, Fraser and I had many in depth emails on what it was we were after and how he could help us achieve our goal. This progressed to him coming to see the space and parle with us about our options, he seemed to know his stuff and was a decent, polite, well mannered lad looking to be successful in business. We agreed a start date there and then.
The whole project had its ups and downs but we are delight with the results, it's really opened up our lifestyle space wise, the kids are always in the back garden now (as opposed to then front all the time) up to no good and I'm so much more productive in the new office. Just being upstairs working lead to much more procrastination than having a quiet space at the bottom of the garden does! Although procrastination still happens :) Big thanks to Fraser & Josh of SteelGrain Home and Garden a credit to themselves, solid grafters and all round good guys!
I'll need a part two to this blog I think as there's so much more to tell! Here's a slideshow of beginning to end I hope you enjoy it.
N.B All the surrounding landscaping was done by my awesome Dad, railway sleeper pathway, painting fences, planting flowers, strawberries, rhubarb, tomatoes, chillies and goodness knows what else. A superb job and since these pictures it look 10 times better too!