Category Archives: Music Rooms

Recent Build Highlights

It’s been a while since we posted news of recent Gembuild garden office projects here so we thought we’d highlight just a few for you now.

Banbury, Oxfordshire, garden studio:

Extended Colgate garden office/studio in Banbury OxfordshireFirst up is one which is hot off the press (a February 2014 build) from the market town of Banbury, Oxfordshire. Here we built what we call an ‘extended Colgate’ (internal dimensions 3.6m x 4.8m) with a ‘Sussex Barn’ real slate roof and beautiful timber cladding in larch. This garden studio included extra windows and french doors with double-glazing throughout (thank goodness – it was windy and raining for most of the build!). These garden rooms also feature, as standard, power points, telephone point, lighting (various inside plus a security light outside), carpet tiles and Venetian blinds. Further details of our ‘Colgate’ range of garden offices, rooms and studios is available here and prices start, at time of writing, at £7535 + VAT (that’s for the non-extended 2.4m x 3.6m version).

Burgess Hill, West Sussex, garden office/studio:

Extended Colgate 25 garden office or studio building in Burgess Hill, West SussexSimilar to the above, we also recently completed an ‘extended Colgate 25′, this time being a garden room which has a lower (2.5m) roof height to fit in with planning regulations i.e. when sited within 2m of a boundary fence – see our Planning Permission Guide for more information regarding roof and eaves height and how it affects Planning Permission. We’ve also been busy building a similar garden office/studio in Tamworth, which included Continue reading

Planning Permission Flow-Chart for Garden Offices & Studios (infographic)

Planning Permission for garden buildings - flow chart/infographicWondering whether your new garden building will need Planning Permission? To find the answer, work your way through our simple flow chart or ‘infographic’ below.

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The highest specification garden offices

We are convinced that you will not find a higher specification and such flexibility being offered by any other UK garden office company – for such affordable prices. Just take a look at the incredible specification below, the high quality detail included as standard and the flexible options afforded by Gembuild’s garden studios and outdoor buildings. We challenge you to compare it to our competitors and are sure you will soon see the benefits of choosing Gembuild. Just take the thickness of our walls for starters — nearly 7 inches thick compared to a measly couple of inches if you’re lucky with some of our competitors. Also note the high level of insulation and that’s in floors, walls AND ceilings when you buy from Gembuild – whereas some of our competitors don’t include any! Take a look …

Amazing specification as standard:Included?
170mm thick cavity walls with 100mm of insulation?YES!
Walls include YBS breather foil & fire-resistant membrane?YES!
Weed matting supplied underneath if required?YES!
Bitumen finished / pressure treated ground plates supplied?YES!
Floors protected by DPM (damp-proof membrane)?YES!
Floors suspended with 100mm insulation included?YES!
Fully insulated roofs?YES!
Minimum 20 year guarantee to roof covering (flat roofs guaranteed for 25 years)?YES!
All soffits, downpipes & guttering included?YES!
Switched electrical sockets (sited to customer's preference), exterior lights & interior down-lighting (terminating to supplied consumer unit) included?YES!
Internal plumbing supplied where appropriate?YES!
Fully double-glazed UPVC windows (with either mahogany or light oak surround)?YES!
Window blinds supplied as standard?YES!
All internal carpentry (skirting etc.) supplied and fitted?YES!
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We built a music studio for Rob Eckland

rob-ecklandRob Eckland is an extraordinarily talented young musician whose credits include the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic games as a drum captain. Where does Rob record his music?  He has a studio in his parent’s garden near Watford.

In October/November 2011, Rob had received a call from The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) asking if he would be one of 20 professional drum captains for the Opening ceremony.

“My drumming hero, Ralph Salmins, got me involved,” Rob said.

“He was my professor when I was at Royal College of Music and he is the country’s leading Session Drummer, the absolute top of his field, so it was a huge, huge honour for me to even be considered.”

Yet since June 2012, Rob has been based in the studio at his parent’s home, David and Mary Eckland.

Rob had moved home intending on having a rough shelter for a studio in the garden. His dad, David, had decided on something more resilient.

“Our son was about to move back home. He said he would like to ‘put a garage’ in the garden to use as a studio.  We did not like the idea of a rather flimsy garage being constructed, and we instead looked at something more robust, that we could also use for our purposes,” David said.

David Eckland scoured the internet and found that the Gembuild garden studio designs were a good price.

“We undertook an extensive search on the internet, and came up with Gembuild. They have lots of flexibility around size and style, and we could also customise to a large extent. The buildings are robust, and the price is OK,” David said.

Having his own, local studio, means that Rob can now get things done quickly.

“I don’t have to travel to other studios in order to get things done” Rob said.

“I can do everything from home essentially.”

“I have been the arranger of two touring shows, The Twist and Only Yesterday, where I did all of this from my studio. I’ve also been able to record many singers and instrumentalists in there for varying projects.

“It is a good size and Gembuild incorporated a Vocal Booth in the corner”

“This means I can record the vocals properly in there, and I can also, if I want, record Brass/Wind instruments there. It has been fully padded out with foam in order to make it a very dry room so that I can record it completely dead and add special effects on later.

“There’s also a window there looking through to the control desk so I can see who I am working with.”

Currently touring as Musical director for Soul Sister, Rob’s abilities are bona fide.

Although outside his studio you won’t hear it, inside the sounds are varied.

“The main recording stuff I’ve done in there so far is Pop/Soul/Acoustic stuff. I’ve got backgrounds in Classical/Pop/Soul/Gospel/Latin/Big-Band/Rock/Motown/Acoustic so I imagine they will all play a part in there at some stage, “ Rob said.

Rob is actually a Pianist, a Musical Director and an Arranger.  He has been a pianist since three years old. Rob’s reach will be far.

Although the Gembuild office took a bit of planning and moving things around now Rob has his own studio as a base as well as a record of his work and a home for his recording equipment.