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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.

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.