InsideOut’s Garden Studios Guide
The InsideOut Garden Studios Guide is written to help you think about the studio space you need. Who needs a garden studio?
It can be tough painting, drawing and being creative at home. There’s never enough space to spread out without getting in everybody’s way. Consequently you never quite find the time to work on that painting or practice your musical instrument. So it’s not surprising that more and more people are considering buying a garden studio.
These are the basics that we think you’ll want in garden studio:
- A studio with a calm and comfortable atmosphere, created with good quality woods and building materials and lots of insulation.
- A studio with plenty of room for movement and storage. Ceiling height is important. Many garden buildings feel cramped because they have low ceilings. Think about how much space you need above your head.
- A studio with plenty of light and air. Check that windows and doors are in the right place to make maximum use of natural daylight and to capture the view.
My studio has made a huge difference to me. I can work without interruption and know that nobody will disturb anything.
Polly Bowen, Bedlington, Northumberland.
Well designed and spacious garden studios
Its better for all of us if we work in a natural environment. If you can afford it, look for garden studios made with building natural materials and woods that don’t need preservatives. Consider avoiding plastic components, if you can afford to. The final result that you are aiming for is a maintenance-free studio so that you can work in it, not on it!.
Somewhere to be noisy
If you want to use your garden studio for music it would be sensible to make sure it is well insulated for two reasons:
- So that you don’t upset the neighbours
- To protect instruments from damp and condensation
Insulating a garden building for sound usually involves building inner, insulated walls and floor with an air gap in between the inner and outer walls. For serious sound insulation you also need an inner, double glazed door and secondary glazing over the windows.
Planning your garden studio
Even if you’re not planning to make a lot of noise you will enjoy the benefit of having all the tools of your craft about you. No more time wasted packing and unpacking all your things. You can jump straight in and concentrate on your next idea.
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