We first heard from Sarah and Alan Cooper when they inquired if we could design garden rooms so that all the building materials through the kitchen. We had indeed previously designed a garden room that had to be carried through a house in Islington.
We didn’t say yes immediately but we did offer to go down to Dulwich to take a look to see if what they wanted to do was possible.
Carrying a garden room through the kitchen
We could see that all the building materials would go through the kitchen and busied ourselves preparing a design for the garden room. London property is often terraced and so access to gardens can be difficult.
Why a detached garden room?
The back of the Cooper’s house is north facing and doesn’t get enough sunlight in the kitchen and sitting room. They felt that having a south facing living space in the garden would give them more opportunity to enjoy some South London sun and make more use of their garden.
They also wanted space for the children hang out and to do homework, for Alan to work when he was at home and as an all-round extra family room.
In some parts of London you need more than planning permission
Dulwich in south London isn’t always a straight forward place to build, but garden rooms are possible if you know how to approach your project.
Large parts of Dulwich are Conservation Areas and, as well as needing planning permission, the Cooper’s garden room had to be approved by the Dulwich Estates architect.
The room got planning permission, and then it was the turn of the Dulwich Estates architect. He was extremely pleased with the design and the natural materials and the foundations could finally be put in.
We even worked (quietly) at the weekend
We finally started building in south London over the Jubilee weekend. Build time was approximately eight days. – Then it was over to the Coopers to choose furniture and install a TV in time to watch the Olympics in their new garden room:
Here are a few of the many photos we took throughout the building process of our wonderful Jubilee Garden Room. We are so thrilled.
Your stunning design, coupled with the highest quality materials and a truly fabulous team of builders (in which I include the fantastic Angie*) have resulted in a building which has already transformed the garden and which I feel we will love for years to come.
Thank you so much for all your excellent help. We will happily recommend you to anyone who is contemplating a similar project.
Sarah and Alan Cooper, Dulwich, London
* In case you were wondering ‘the fantastic Angie’ was our lorry driver. I have seen her reverse an artic up narrow Devon lane as if she was driving a mini.
Though InsideOut no longer build garden offices throughout the UK, our architect’s practice is still happy to design offices and bespoke garden buildings in Lancashire and Cumbria. See www.gordonsmitharchitect.co.uk