Timber-framed, wooden clad exterior classroom unit with slate roof

Gembuild Classroom Units – in a Class of their Own

Gembuild timber-framed classroom unit

Classroom interior with laminate flooring, double-glazing, points etc.Gembuild has supplied a significant number of exterior classroom units over the years and these are a natural progression from our garden office and outdoor studio ranges. They look great, last a phenomenally long time, require little maintenance and, crucially, can be installed within a very short time frame. They also allow schools, colleges, universities and educational establishments to expand their teaching space without having to build extortionately expensive extensions or pay for highly invasive conversions within existing rooms and spaces. Simply put, they offer a high quality but very low cost alternative to bricks and mortar.


With cavity walls that are nearly 7 inches thick, and insulation levels to floors, walls and ceilings that would rival any residential home, Gembuild’s classroom units are cosy in the winter and comfortable during even the hottest summer. They are actually accommodation grade buildings, employing construction methods used in many modern-day house builds. Flooring comes complete with your choice of either carpet tiles or a modern laminate. Windows and doors are, of course, all double-glazed. We’d also be happy to incorporate additional heating or even air conditioning for those who require it. With Gembuild, your classroom unit will be exactly as you want it, so that it’s perfect for you and your students.

Timber-framed, wooden clad exterior classroom unit featuring a slate roofEconomical

What’s equally important to schools and educational establishments is that our timber classroom units also represent incredible value for money compared to traditional builds and extensions. They also have a very long shelf-life, requiring little maintenance over the years, because we build them to last, unlike the thin, flimsy, flat-pack and ‘kit’ outbuildings one often sees being advertised elsewhere.


With our timber structures and partly prefabricated approach, our classrooms are much faster to erect on site than traditional brick and mortar buildings. Gembuild is typically on site for just ten days during a classroom build — try comparing that to a traditional build! That’s perfect for quickly adding teaching space to your school or institution, especially if timed to coincide with breaks like half term, the summer holidays etc. — that means zero disruption.

Clean & Tidy

Outdoor classroom unit for a school in Peterborough, by GembuildThere is also much less mess and very little, if any, dust with a Gembuild classroom unit. That’s because we do a lot of the construction off-site in our industrial unit in Surrey, before we ever set foot on site. Our timber construction is naturally cleaner and tidier anyway. After all, there is no sand, cement or plastering with a timber-framed Gembuild unit. Even much of the electrics come pre-assembled.


Speaking of which, if you are ordering a classroom unit from Gembuild, you can have as many power points as you like, wherever you want them and at whatever height you require them. That’s perfect for building around your facilities, desks and teaching requirements. We can place windows and doors anywhere you like too. There are also lots of lighting options should you decide you need something specific (e.g. ‘daylight’ bulbs for art blocks). If your classroom is to be used for music of any kind, we can also use special sound boarding and sound insulation and even incorporate sound booths and rooms-within-a-room (RWARs) to aid both recording and sound isolation. Communication and networking cabling can also be built into the walls and ceilings, with telephone and Ethernet points anywhere you want them. Gembuild can even add an intercom system and/or intruder alarm should you need it. We can sub-divide the interior space too. We can incorporate a toilet, shower, kitchenette and storage areas — whatever you like!

A classroom unit featuring timber cladding, security light and double-glazed doors & windowsSpecial Needs

We can also build in access ramps, hand rails/ballet rails, emergency and attention pull chords, CCTV, intercoms, a blended water supply pre-set to a safe temperature – you name it and we can probably build it in for you! Perfect if you need to cater for students or tutors with special needs, allow wheelchair access and help to keep everyone safe.

Happy Teachers, Happy Pupils

Teachers, tutors and school head’s seem to love our classroom units – and so do the pupils! We’ve never heard a bad word said about them and educational professionals often sing their praises. Here’s Read more

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!

Garden offices come in all shapes and sizes – including Shepherd’s huts.

As society moves towards flexible working hours and more people are choosing to work from home, any addition of space adds value to a family’s overall quality of life. A garden office allows you to work from home and there are many cost effective savings that can be made in doing so.

Garden offices come in all shapes and sizes and there are no rules as to what a garden office should look like. Everyone has different tastes to cater for and Gembuild have kept right on trend by adding beautifully constructed Shepherd’s Huts to their portfolio.

The Shepherd Hut was originally, as the name suggests used by shepherds. They were purpose built mobile units, used by the shepherd to keep warm and dry during harsh weather conditions. They were designed so that the shepherd could have a panoramic view of their precious flocks. The star ingredients being that they were mobile, weather proofed and could easily be moved from field to field when required.
By popular demand, Gembuild have created a fabulous bespoke take on the original Shepherd Hut specification and with prices starting at just £4,220.00 including all taxes, this makes it a very tempting potential acquisition.

The Shepherd Hut is highly versatile. Opt for the premium package and for £9,257 including VAT you could be the owner of a beautifully crafted construction, completely kitted out with all the mod cons, including a romantic wood-burning stove. Read more on the specifications on our website.

Wood burning stove for our Shepherd Hut
If you are looking for a garden office building but want something less intrusive and a little bit quirky then the Shepherd Hut is for you.

The Gembuild basic Shepherd Hut is built on a static chassis but if you are looking for a more portable option then for an extra £480 your hut can be built using a rolling chassis. This would enable you to move it to different places within your garden or campsite if and when required.

Another added bonus is that it can easily be transformed into a guest annex for those occasions where you might require a little extra space to accommodate visits from friends and family.

But Shepherd huts aren’t just restricted to being used as alternative garden offices. The increasing popularization of the Glamping holiday has made campsite owners eager to cater for the new demand in glamorous camping. From teepees to yurts the shepherd hut is the latest addition to the Glamping repertoire. Individuals who would come up in a rash at the mere mention of camping are taking up the challenge. Relinquishing an engrained addiction to the hotel room they are trying out Glamorous camping and actually liking it.

So if you have been toying with the idea but aren’t quite sure about the logistics why not talk directly with Gembuild today. They are always happy to discuss your garden office requirements and will be able to offer a solution that meets both your needs and your price point.

Further information

Call 0800 096 5466 for further information or an informal chat (see the contact page for all further information).





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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Roy Thomas - Owner of Gembuild Garden Offices

Welcome to our new website and news

Hi. Welcome to Gembuild Garden Offices brand new website and news. Please bear with us whilst we populate our new blog page with all our latest garden office and studio news! In the meantime you can check out all our blogs prior to July 2014 by clicking on this link:

Our new website’s been a long time in the making but we’re really excited it’s finally finished. Thanks to Mark at Pilot Design in West Sussex and Linda at Starling Design in London for all your hard work!!! 🙂

Roy Thomas - Owner of Gembuild