Guitar & music studio in the garden

Bespoke Garden Music Studios — an Instant Hit!

Bespoke garden music studio

We all love music of one form or another but if you’ve got someone in the house who is regularly playing, practising, singing or composing, a bespoke, stand-alone music space is the absolute ideal. After all, we all have different tastes and you don’t want to disturb other members of the family, or indeed those living next door or nearby, especially when it’s late. More to the point, it’s often more enjoyable as a musician if you can play at a reasonable volume! That’s where a made-to-measure garden music studio really fits the bill. Because it’s bespoke, it’s perfect for playing music on the inside but designed to shield out much of the sound to those outside. So when acoustics have been designed well, you can really rock out without needing to worry about waking the neighbourhood!

Acoustic Insulation Built In

It’s all done with careful acoustic design. Unlike the rooms within a standard domestic home, Gembuild’s garden music rooms feature double-glazed acoustic glass to windows and doors, acoustic sound boarding (very dense, sound-blocking plasterboard) to walls and an unusually generous filling of acoustic insulation within the ceilings and cavity walls. With all this acoustic protection, it’s much harder for sound to escape to the outside. So your family in the main dwelling and the neighbours nearby are less likely to hear children practising their scales repeatedly, teenagers rocking out with their friends or indeed the latest version of your next Top Ten single being played at full volume. A new, acoustically insulated garden music studio can be an oasis of calm from the outside, yet a musical haven on the inside. No longer will musicians or performers have to think twice about turning up the volume another notch.

Sound Booths & Rooms-within-a-Room (RWARs)

Sound booths & vocal booths built inFor those who like to record music without having to worry about picking up background noise, sound reflecting back off resonant surfaces and unwelcome white noise ‘hiss’, Gembuild can also incorporate a made-to-measure acoustic sound booth, a kind of acoustic room-within-a-room (RWAR), right there inside the garden music studio. Such a sound booth would usually, of course, also feature an internal communication window, once again featuring double-glazed acoustic glass.

Perfect for Singers, Musicians, DJs, Producers & Tutors

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A little creative inspiration to make the most of your garden office space.

Finding space for a garden office can be hard, especially if you live in a city or a town where outside space is limited. However, if you’re one of the lucky people who has managed to get an office in your garden and are now looking for the best ways to kit it out, we’ve compiled a few tips on how to make the most of that space in order to create and open and creative atmosphere for you to perform at the best of your abilities. Take a look at our suggestions below and hopefully we’ll give you a bit of creative inspiration!

  1. Do leave your windows bare – if you’re in a small room, lighting is super important. Rather than being a hermit and working in the dark, let the light in. Natural light helps create the illusion of space and freshness and automatically makes the room seem less miserable and dingy, plus you can spend hours daydreaming out the window (however, this is not recommended when trying to run a business…)

  1. Do get a load of mirrors – Well not necessarily a load, one or two will do. But make sure you get some. Mirrors, like windows can automatically make a room seem bigger and more airy if you place them strategically. Working in a small and confined space can sometimes feel claustrophobic – especially when you’re stressed – so make sure you make it seem like there’s plenty of room for those creative thoughts to float around. Again like windows, they are also great for distraction as if you set them up strategically you can spend hours admiring yourself from different angles.

  1. Do use lamps instead of lights – If you’re a bit of a night owl or simply work crazy long hours, the likelihood is you’ll be working in the dark. Overhead lights can be overbearing and pool all the light in the room to one place, thus making the room seem smaller. A scattering of lamps and other light sources can instantly make a room seem more expansive and draw the eye around the room more rather than to one focal point.

  1. Do buy glass or Lucite furnishings – Things like desks and tables can end up taking quite a lot of room within the home office so make sure that you buy clever. Lucite and Glass furnishings are see through (obviously) meaning that having them in the room makes it look way bigger than it actually is, as the surfaces aren’t covered with the dark colours of wood. These furnishings are also the ‘in’ thing right now so are fairly easy to pick up on the cheap!

  1. Do get hidden storage – hidden storage is going to be a life saver in a small office, clear away the clutter to create an open space for brainstorming and clear thinking. You can get a variety of clever and stylish contraptions that will help with your filing and storage and they are honestly worth every penny. If your job requires a lot of paper work, hidden storage allows you to tuck it all away neatly and get rid of that impending sense of doom that a cluttered desk carries with it.

There you have it, our top tips for making the most out of your garden space. Your garden office can be a source of inspiration, so make it an airy, comfortable and enjoyable place to be. You want to remember you’re in the garden and sitting side by side with nature so make the most of those windows! As these spaces become more and more popular, people are finding new and innovative ways to make the best of their situation. Some buy swings, some buy beans bags, some build mezzanines – some people do all of those things! Remember, these are just some of our suggestions, your space if yours to do what you want with it.  Have a look at our range here to begin the journey!

Finding the right garden office to suit your needs.

There are a lot of companies selling garden offices and outdoor rooms on the web and it can be a daunting proposition choosing the right construction to suit your needs.

If you are planning on working from your garden all year round, then choosing a building that has adequate insulation to keep you warm through the winter is imperative. You might be tempted with a Summerhouse and whilst they are lovely to look at, the chances are they are not going to be designed with a view to keeping you warm.

The winter of 2015/2016 started off relatively mild and wet. We walked around as if winter was never going to come or had forgotten to turn up. In gardens throughout the UK daffodils and snowdrops were hoodwinked into believing that spring had arrived.

Of course, this mild weather was never going to continue and a couple of weeks ago a bitter north- westerly front moved in from the Arctic sending the mercury below freezing and this week we’re contending with storm Imogen.

What has this to do with Garden Offices?

‘That’s all very well but what has this got to do with garden offices’, I hear you say – well, everything.

Garden offices not only come in all shapes and sizes but are also built to different specifications. For example, the garden summerhouse is not designed for use during the winter months. If it were a sleeping bag it would be a season 1.

The wall thickness of a summerhouse and ensuing cavity insulation will be non-existent and minimal at best. A garden office intended for all year use will need to be well insulated.

The other very important aspect that a lot people do not realize is that good insulation is also paramount for keeping a building cool in the summer as it acts as a barrier between the outside and the inside.

In the winter it keeps the heat in by impeding its loss to the outside.

The insulation specification varies between companies, so check this carefully when considering the right garden office for you.

Gembuild’s garden offices are built to the highest standards. Their above ground construction is identical to a modern timber framed home. Each office is insulated to the highest specification and have walls that are 170mm thick and a cavity four times larger than most of their competitors.
spec_wallinsulationThey have u-values of 0.22 to the floor, 0.33 to the walls and 0.23 to the roof. (Download Gembuild’s 2016 brochure for more information)

The u-value is a measure used in the building trade to demonstrate how efficient the insulating material is at inhibiting heat loss. It is important to understand that the lower the u-value the better insulating properties the outdoor building will have.

The other positive aspect of having good insulation is of course its overall energy efficiency. This can only be a good thing as not only will it save you money on your electricity bills, but it is also a step in the right direction towards contributing towards the environment.
Gembuild show unit last winter

This photo is a picture of the Gembuild show unit. It was taken last winter during a particularly cold spell and is a good demonstration of just how well insulated the garden offices at Gembuild are.

For further information regarding the insulation or any other enquiries do not hesitate to contact Gem Build directly who are always happy to talk over your plans for a garden office.

Working from home? Why you should consider investing in a garden office building

It’s official!
People are looking for more space, so if you are planning on converting that spare room into an office then maybe you should think again.

Interior of a Gembuild Garden Office with white walls and a sink unit.According to an article in http://www.moneywise.co.uk space has overtaken location as the primary concern for homeowners. Potential buyers have a long shopping list when it comes to finding the perfect home and the idea of having to downsize their newly purchased property just so they can accommodate the office could be enough to put your potential buyers off.

In a world where businesses have adapted the way they communicate to the online realm, the location of where you work is becoming less important. A report by Kingfisher, the company that owns DIY chain B&Q, one in every five homeowners want more space and almost half want a home office.

With more people in the UK starting up their own businesses and others opting to spend at least part of their time out of the traditional workspace, this trend does not show any signs of abating any time soon. An extra bonus is that it can also add anything from 5% to the value of your property, so this could be a no-brainer.

Investing in a garden office building will not only add value to your property but if you decide to sell in the future, it will also allay the concerns of potential buyers over where to put that office. So, if extending your property is not a possibility then investing in a garden building might be worth considering.

A Colgate 25 garden studio/office in St AlbansIf you have been mulling over the idea of an office in your garden but aren’t quite sure of the logistics then why not contact Gembuild directly. There is always somebody available to talk over your project and help you decide which garden office would best suit your needs.

The Warnham 25 for example, is perfect for the sole trader who works from home but has outgrown the spare room. It is attractively priced at £4,350.00 + VAT and will sit discreetly in any garden small or large.

If your business requires more space then you might want to upgrade to the Colgate. The cost of a Colgate starts at £7,835.00 + VAT and is based on the design of the traditional Sussex Barn. It is more spacious than the Warnham 25 and looks stunning in any setting.

A Colgate 25 garden building used as an artist's studio in Ealing, LondonGem Build’s top of the range garden office is the Capel. This garden building is perfect for a business that requires complete anonymity from the main house. It costs £15,553.00 + VAT and this deluxe design includes a W.C. and kitchenette. Its internal floor space measures 4.2m x 3.6m allowing ample space for storage and for more than one person to work at one time. The Capel also includes beautiful French doors that can open up into the garden whenever you need a little bit of nature to keep you going.

All of the garden offices are built to a very high specification and standard of finish.

Working from home has never been so luxurious. To find out more why not give Gembuild a call now on 0800 096 5466 or 07867 800 242.

A Colgate 25 in Putney

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Uses for a Garden Building

Garden buildings have a wide range of uses, whether it’s for work, leisure, relaxation or a combination of all three. Here’s our guide to the many different things they can be used for – there may be some you hadn’t thought of!

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Sedum & Wild Flower ‘Green’ Roofing

Here at Gembuild, one of the options we offer is ‘Sedum & wild flower’ roofing, a type of covering which is becoming increasingly popular in the UK — but what’s it all about? Here we give you some insight into its features and benefits. First, some background information:

Skinny Faygate garden room with a sedum roofSedum roofs fall into the category of ‘green’ roofing, which denotes a roof covering which, instead of using traditional roof tiles, slate or shingles, features a ‘living’ roof of growing vegetation and even flowers. This is highly attractive, natural-looking and has many other benefits (more about those below). At Gembuild we use a Sedum & wild flower mix when customers opt to have a ‘green’ roof on their timber garden building, office or studio. Once established this will form a very soft outline to the upper part of the building and, in terms of the garden design as a whole, blur the edges between what’s known as ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ garden landscaping. With a sedum roof, garden rooms will sit within the natural flora and fauna of the garden in a much more natural, organic way — almost becoming part of the garden itself.

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