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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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Garden buildings for accommodation

Garden Buildings for Accommodation

Garden buildings make great accommodation annexes

Sometimes there comes a point where there is not enough space in your home and you simply need to expand. Or perhaps you need extra room to accommodate a dependent relative, for example an aging parent who will benefit from living very close by, or a son or daughter who is ready to fly the nest but simply doesn’t have the resources to afford their own property.

So, what are the options?

An extension or loft conversion is an obvious choice, but both are extremely expensive and will also disrupt the home for several months or more. Be prepared for a mess, dust everywhere, perhaps muddy footprints and the company of workmen walking about in your property for a seemingly never-ending period of time. If your extension involves knocking down walls to create access and new openings in load-bearing walls, also be prepared for cracks appearing in nearby walls and ceilings, existing doors suddenly not fitting as well as they used to because they’ve dropped, and an enormous amount of decorating and making good at the end of the process. Then there’s the ‘snagging’ stage, which can sometimes be like getting blood out of a stone, and don’t forget ‘budget creep’ as the extension runs into unforeseen problems and complications that, whichever way you look at them, always seem to cost you extra money.

Is there is an easier way?

Absolutely. Compared to the potential nightmare of traditional extensions and conversions, a timber-framed garden building is plain sailing. Firstly the cost will be a fraction of the price. Moreover, the time for construction will be days rather than months. There will be no walls to knock down, no cracks to make good and no dust to clear off every surface in the entire home. And your ‘visitors’, the workmen, will be gone before you even know it. In fact, most of the build will have happened before they even arrived. With modern timber-framed buildings, custom modules are made up in advance, making the assembly time on site incredibly fast. What’s more, all of the action takes place outside the home, not in it. Companies like Gembuild will do it all for you, right down to painting the fascias and woodwork in the colour or finish of your choosing, so you don’t have to. Such things are all included in the price. Take a look at a few Gembuild examples:

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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!

Games Rooms, Micro Bars and Marvellous Man Caves…

As the price of pints keeps on rocketing and more pubs are trading football for flat whites there is an underground movement rumbling throughout the UK. In gardens everywhere from Beckenham to Bradford; Games Rooms, Micro Bars and Marvellous Man Caves are sprouting their quite beautiful heads and creating a revolution. Wave goodbye to the long walk down the road for a flat lager and a packed out beer garden and say hello to your own back yard – this isn’t just a garden building, it’s a brave new world.

Escapism has long been a fascination for mankind, finding a place to unwind relax and escape the stresses of everyday life can be hard. Some people find it in the gym, others find it in a book and many find it in the form of Lethal Weapon 3 Pinball Machine.
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Building your own cave is the ultimate indulgence; you can sculpt it around you and what you like without having to worry about the general public. If you don’t like a song, don’t worry! With your own hideout you will no longer have to gaze hopelessly into your drink for 3 and half minutes whilst waiting for the latest pop anthem to finish and reality to kick back in – you can get yourself your own Juke Box and charm your friends with your tunes (they look gorgeous as well!).
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And don’t you just hate it when you go to have a game of pool only to find 5 50p’s sitting at the side of the table as people queue to use the beaten up cues? Au Revoir to that – get your own Pool Table and become a master of the game – you really can create your own little haven right at the back of your house.
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Whilst this all may sound like fun and games there is one serious thing to think about and that’s the quality of the building you’re in. The last thing you want on a wet and windy night is your beloved jukebox being ruined due to leaky ceilings and damp walls, so having a well built, well-insulated and reliable building is the key to having a great games room. Remember, this cave/room will eventually becoming your baby so treat it like one – keep it warm and safe and look after it as best you can from the start. Do not cut corners/costs on the initial outlay as it can end up coming round and biting you in the backside so always make sure the building is to the highest standard. If you’re unsure as to what is required to create a suitable environment for you and your new beloved devices, head over here to read the tech specs of exactly what you need to be looking for.

Colgate-with-pinball Games rooms are revolutionising the way we spend our downtime so stop sitting in the dark dingy pub and bring the pub to your garden! Kit your room out with all the things you love and party the evening away 24/7, 365 days of the year – who wouldn’t love a night of pinball, pool, good tunes and ice cold beers at a small fraction of the price of the pub?

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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