A luxurious GARDEN ROOM could be the answer …
Picture the scene. A friend was invited to dinner recently; the hostess said they would be going out to a lovely new al fresco restaurant. Dressed appropriately, the guest was baffled when she was led through the house towards the garden where the hostess unveiled her new dining venue – an airy room that could have been part of a Grand Designs episode. Dinner was in the shed!
It’s a growing trend – creating extra space and privacy within the confines of your own home, of which John Sherry, MD of Garden Rooms, is all too familiar. Based in Finglas, just off the M50, Garden Rooms has been designing luxurious garden structures for over 15 years and has installed over 950 without the need for planning permission. “Our customers use their garden rooms for lots of different things: office, teenage den, cinema, music room or gym.” Bespoke in design, they are constructed on site (rather than pre-fabricated sheds) with the aim of capturing as much natural light as possible throughout the day. The Garden Rooms range from €20,000 to €39,000, including VAT.
One such new bijou property is the garden room in Glasnevin (pictured above), the office of PR consultant Niamh O’Carroll. “Having a creative space separate from my home at the end of my garden has hugely enhanced my working life,” says O’Carroll, whose project comprised a six-week lead-time with two week’s construction on site.
With the weather heating up, the appeal of an outside extra room increases. “We have invested heavily in the structure of our Garden Rooms. All our walls are double-insulated with a thermally efficient and acoustically sound insulation board which means they are warm and cosy during the winter and when you turn on the heater you get instant heat in our buildings.” www.gardenrooms.ie.
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