What are the current trends in garden room design?

Garden rooms have become increasingly popular in the UK in recent years, as they offer homeowners an additional space to use as a home office, gym, entertainment room, or even as a place to relax and unwind. Here are some current and emerging trends for garden rooms in the UK:

Extension vs Garden Room: how do they compare?

If you’re looking to add extra space to your home, you might be weighing up the options of a house extension or a garden room. Both options have their pros and cons, and ultimately the decision will depend on your personal circumstances and requirements. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at the benefits of building a garden room compared to a traditional extension.

Primrose Design Service

Our in-house designer, Matt, will meet with you to understand your needs and flesh out a brief. Following that meeting, designs and renders like the ones below will be produced. The design process takes around two weeks and ensures the amenity and aesthetic of your garden room will be exactly what you want.

Garden Room Display Unit in Borehamwood!

You can now visit the Primrose display room at Arnold Laver in Borehamwood! Open Monday to Friday 7:30 to 16:30.

Materials shortages? What materials shortages?

It has been hard to ignore the recent supply chain issues impacting many construction operations. Timber, aluminium, glass, cement products and sheet materials have all been affected.

Garden Retreat for Jenny and Rupert

The original idea was to build a contemporary cedar-clad garden room which could be used as a work-from-home space and gym. With a Primrose project its OK to change the plan half way through and theses photos illustrate this perfectly!

Garden Room for Catherine

This is the second stand-alone garden room Primrose have completed during lockdown. The government advice to the construction industry is now clear, carry on working if you can do so safely. Primrose have put in place stringent site operating procedures that allow us to build our garden rooms while observing social distancing.

The garden room below, for Catherine, will be used partly as a den for the kids and partly for working from home. When directly compared with Green Retreats, this project was under 13% cheaper and was delivered within four weeks of order placement.

The design contemporary and unfussy. Canadian cedar cladding with minimal profile aluminium bi-fold doors and grey composite decking mean this building will last upwards of 30 years.

Garden Gym for Tom and Georgia

In mid-March 2020, Primrose Projects faced a dilemma; how can we keep our teams busy without sending people into London on public transport? Before the pandemic, a typical project for Primrose would be a six month residential refurbishment in London – even longer for retrofit basement projects. Our London sites often have fifteen people on site at one time making the idea of social distancing a fantasy.

Our solution was to diversify. Primrose have constructed many garden rooms in the past but usually part of a wider building project. With an increase in people working from home and a need for us all to social distance, the idea that Primrose could offer garden room construction as a stand-alone service was born.

The garden room shown below is the first project undertaken in Abbots Langley as part of our ‘10% offer’. We promise to beat the national garden room companies by 10%. In addition, we can do any associated building or landscaping works using local tradespeople.

Primrose is still very much a high-end residential contractor, but now with the added benefit of offering market-beating garden rooms. This one cost less than £20k and was completed in three weeks with only a one week mobilisation period from placing of order.

carillon apprentice

Displaced apprentice finds new position at Primrose

In light of the recent announcement regarding the collapse of Carillion, the industry has come together to help the 1400 displaced apprentices.

Primrose were one of the first to contact the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) to offer assistance. Founder and MD, Sean,  has been active as a Construction Ambassador for the CITB for several years, so understood the predicament former Carillion apprentices would face:

“Developing skills and offering opportunities for experiential learning is one of the ways Primrose help people starting out in construction. Not only does this help to the organization meet its contractual obligations in the present, but also nurtures the construction leaders of tomorrow.”

Contracts Manager appointment

Clients and colleagues may already know Danny Flint as one of Primrose’s dedicated site managers…but no more!

Danny has been promoted to the role of Contracts Manager as part of Primrose’s wider programme for modest expansion planned in the next few months. Having chalked-up eight years of loyal and valued service at the company, Danny has certainly earned his stripes!

“We are very pleased to announce Danny’s promotion and proud to be supporting his continued professional development”                 Sean Carter – founder and Director.