Garden Office - Self Build

A garden building for gaming and more...

A versatile garden room for gaming… built during lockdown.

Garden rooms are an increasingly popular way to utilise our self-build frame kit; they can provide great option as a home-office space, or just an extra room to escape to for a change of scenery.

We caught up with Rachel, who made her Harrogate Huts frame into a versatile garden room, that looks great and is well used by her whole family…

Harrogate Huts:
How was your experience of self-building your Garden room?

Rachel:
Generally, it was very easy… the frame was really comprehensive to put together, which saved us a lot of time, getting things under way.

HH:
What was your plan when setting out to build your hut?

Rachel:
We set out to build our hut as a garden office – as opposed to a shepherd hut – so we made the decision to use vertical lengths of cedar for our external cladding. This is also more in keeping with the exterior of our house.

HH:
What were the biggest challenges in your project?

Rachel:
The overall project would have been easier if we hadn’t been in lockdown, which made it a little tricky to source some of the materials we needed along the way!

My husband and I did the majority of the work as a team of two, which was no problem – though we did need to lift our frame after cladding it; which isn’t typical, though it was necessary to build our hut in the space at the end of our garden.

HH:
How do you and your family use your garden room / shepherds hut?

Rachel:
It is used just about every day! We initially planned it as a gaming room for our boys, and they’ve had a lot of use out of it. We also use it for exercise, and it has also been used as an office space for working from home. It’s a really versatile space!

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