Every artist dreams of a room of their own and many turn that dream into a garden studio.
The quality of the garden studio you need will depend upon how serious you are about moving your work in the garden. Ideally a garden office or studio would be purpose designed to suit your particular artistic or musical interests. If you have a large budget you could employ an architect to design the ideal building for you or alternatively you can pick an ‘off-the-peg’ studio from a reputable garden office or garden room supplier.
At InsideOut we used to design individual garden studios for each of our very individual clients and thought we would share this case study and photos with you. We still design bespoke studios in North Lancashire and Cumbria via our architects practice. (See www.gordonsmitharchitect.co.uk)
Building A Garden Studio
In 2011 we were invited to the South Downs AONB to meet Judith and Neville Hyslop who wanted a garden studio each. His and hers.
They had just moved into their Grade II Listed bungalow and wanted to build two garden studios in their orchard. Their house was in cheerful chaos with builders converting the loft and refitting the kitchen. Books and painting materials were still in boxes and the cat was complaining because he didn’t know where he was.
Judith is a keen painter and Neville frames her artwork for her. Judith wanted a serene and relaxing space for her work and Neville needed the ultimate man cave. So, as soon as we got back to own office Gordon set to work and before long he had two garden studios on the drawing board.
The Hyslops said yes, our designs were what they wanted and so we made their planning applications for them.
Chichester planning department had no problem with two studios in one garden and obtaining planning permission was straight forward.
Like all good clients The Hyslops have stayed in touch with us and send us updates and photos of their ‘babies’ from time to time. This year we have photos for all seasons. First we have Judith’s studio in the snow, taken in January 2013.
Then the weather started to improve, but Judith didn’t notice.
Working in a well built garden studio you won’t notice the weather, either hot or cold.
That tiny heater under the desk is all Judith needs to heat her studio when it snows.
But then the sun started to stream in through the French doors. Spring had arrived outside Judith and Norman’s garden studios.