When designing our garden rooms, our architect set out to achieve a harmonious blend of aesthetical elegance and practical functionality, with a healthy overlay of environmental friendliness. From the very first consultation, one of the Garden Escape team will assist you in designing a space that fulfils all your utilitarian needs before advising you on where best to position the building.
Leaving aesthetics aside, there are many reasons why you might like to think about having a living roof on your garden room. Our preferred roof plant material is sedum, a beautiful succulent that does so much more than just look good. It adds mass and thermal resistance, to enhance heat insulation during cold weather, but also provides a natural, evaporative cooling effect on hot days as the sun pulls liquid from the plants and the soil in which they grow.
According to Theophrastus, one of Plato’s greatest scholars, “time is the most valuable thing a man can spend.” Along a similar vein, nineteenth century writer, Henry Mackay, once said “time is free, but it is priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it, you can never get it back.”
Watching seeds grow that they have planted themselves; making petal collages or perfume or even just stringing together a daisy chain, are some of the simple pleasures from which rich memories are made. Involving your children in fun gardening activities encourages them to be outside and instils a love of nature that could last a lifetime. Teach them about the great cycle of life, while you potter side by side and chat about the little things or the bigger stuff….just see where the conversation leads.
Are you one of the many British homeowners that have felt too uncertain about their job security and financial prospects during the years of recession to move house, despite your growing family’s need for more space? Perhaps the recovering economic backdrop is now enticing you to consider investing in an extra room, but the ever present spectre of rising interest rates is deterring you from moving house?