Monthly Archives: December 2012

GemBuild speaks to another happy customer!

Patricia Davies is a retired teacher in Penarth. Roy Thomas of Gembuild built a room for Pat and her husband Graham in their large garden in June 2012. Pat was very happy to speak about her new garden building, an extended Rusper

Gembuild: How did you choose your garden room?

Patricia Davies: I had been thinking of having some kind of gardening room for some time as I lost both of my parents relatively recently. The house was cluttered with the extra furniture and I was getting desperate.

I wanted a place to work but I did not want it to be only an office so I went onto a garden room website and I looked at a couple of companies. I wanted a big garden room put down at the bottom of the garden.

There were lots of garden rooms out there and one gentleman came and measured up and give me a quote and it was very very expensive. So I approached other companies and then I clicked on the Gembuild site and I quite liked the design. Then a local interior designer and gardener designer had a look and they also liked Roy’s design.”

GB: What do you want to use the garden room for?

PD: “I am a retired teacher but photography is my hobby and I am also working on the family tree, so I needed somewhere where I could have a desk and a modern area.

It is going to be divided up, there is going to be work area and a bed settee and I have got an area where we can also sit around a table and eat, it is approximately 16′ x 12′

Once you get out the family tree papers you have to put them away again and I wanted somewhere where I could leave them and then go back. Roy’s room is very well insulated and obviously with windows and the blinds come in the price.

The whole look of it is lovely it is utterly what I wanted, exactly what I wanted.

We have got it at the bottom of the garden, looking out over the garden and towards the house.

When the Jubilee celebrations were on, we had the family party up there. There were about ten of us but it holds a lot more.

GB: Does being in a garden have a different atmosphere to a house?

PD: Oh yes, very much so. I think as soon as you go there you feel totally relaxed, just looking out at the greenery feels tranquil. Even when the heating has not been on, it is warm. I am going to be putting a radiator in there, but Roy’s rooms are ready to go into straight away.

I am getting Conran room dividers in there and I am going to have some nice objects. It is not going to look like an office but like a room in the house.

In fact with Gem Build you can have whatever you like. I could have had water plumbed in and a toilet but my husband and I chose to have a room that could be used as an area to enjoy. So if you wanted to you can sit and watch television, or work there, or just sit reading and looking out at the garden.

When Roy and his team were building it, the weather was atrocious and they worked so hard. I felt you could trust them from the start. Roy came all the way up from Sussex and gave none of the old hard sell, there was no nonsense, Roy just got on with it. There is good after sales service as well.

I found that I could ring Roy up with a choice of colours and asking about the windows and nothing was too much work.

The Davies’ extended Rusper is clad in feather edge treated boards painted black and it has French doors and two feature windows.

Introduction to Gembuild

Seven years ago, me, Roy Thomas, an NHBC registered builder with twenty-five years experience, began designing, manufacturing and installing garden offices. I installed the first at my home. The end product was a comfortable, airy space, having wooden beams across the apex and cream coloured walls.

The desire to find some exclusive space away from daily work congestion has never been stronger and having a garden office makes it possible.

Working from home is not as it used to be. No more stepping over the kid’s toys and pushing aside objects for a space at the dining room table, now you can be snug in a corner of your garden, reconnected to the plants and birds around you.

Well, perhaps it is not quite that idyllic, yet truth is, there’s a resurgence in being back in the natural habitat, where life seems far removed from driving hard down a duel carriageway commuting to and fro.

Garden offices are an affordable, attractive, concept and back then at the outset the possibilities were clear to me. By making modular designs, of variable size Gembuild can install everything that goes inside, from the bottom up, including a kitchenette or WC, high or low power sockets, down lights or long windows, all to make it individual, all in line with building regulations.

Gembuild are a team of experienced builders and specialise in timber frame construction with panels, the way that America and Canada and most of Scandinavia have been building for ever, you can build almost any building you want, as high as you want from timber.

Gembuild’s designs are often put on a concrete raft or use carefully treated ground timber.

The wooden framed rooms also meet people’s wishes to use renewable materials, and our walls are thicker than many, at a total of 170mm, as well as being well insulated with rock wool in the cavity, having the usual multiple layers all giving it a high U value. 

This December a small fan heater beside the chairs is enough to keep it warm.

The list of different functions these rooms has been put to is baffling, chocolate factory, respite room, sound studio, pottery studio, photography room, for example.

Timber frame, it’s an absolutely wonderful way to work, it’s clean, it’s dry, you’re done, just a lovely way to build, it’s got everything going for it,

The system we use to construct their garden rooms allows them to build at the highest quality at a fraction of the cost of its main competitors. This is a feature I want to make people aware of. Not all garden rooms offer the same quality and you should look at the specification carefully before choosing which company to use.