Inside Out

Inside Out

Garden rooms can have many purposes: from a children’s playroom, office space or art studio to a spare bedroom or sewing room. Or perhaps you’d simply like a quiet space in which to retreat and spend time alone. Here are some ideas to inspire you…

bespoke build can often become an integral part of a whole garden design scheme. Oxfordshire based company Hendy Curzon Gardens believes that the garden should be an extension of the home: a place in which to relax with friends and family or just spend time alone for some peaceful downtime. To stay connected with the outdoors all year round, Hendy Curzon can provide bespoke elements, such as garden offices and studios. These structures often enclose and define areas, frame views, hide unsightly roof lines or are used to create dappled shade. Many are multi-functional with scope to attach sun shades and lighting, hang sconces and chandeliers and grow scented climbers. Often they house outdoor spas – hot tubs and changing areas – ideal for swimming pools. All bespoke builds are insulated, heated and lit for year round use and are built to specifications designed by Hendy Curzon, who manage every step of the process.

The bespoke garden building pictured here opens fully on two sides so that it has a seamless flow with the garden courtyard. The dining terrace granite flooring continues through the room.
The overhang porch of the building has a hardwood deck, which is mirrored in a cedar clad ceiling. This room is used as a family games room and home cinema.

Hendy Curzon Gardens: 01993 886915 /


uture Rooms, whose team recently constructed the new Refreshment Unit at Pittville Park, is a family run business based in Gloucester, which designs, builds and installs versatile garden rooms.  Director Richard Kocerhan says,

“We wanted to create garden rooms that are practical and suit individual needs. In our view, practicality doesn’t need to compromise style or quality, whether it is a home office, a home gym or simply a relaxation room.”

There are three specification levels for each model: Standard, Classic and Premier. Each garden room is available in a choice of three different wood cladding finishes – Tanalised Redwood, Thermowood or Cedar – and can be built in any size. All garden rooms are hand built in Future Rooms’ workshop. Prices start from
£6,000 plus VAT.

Future Rooms: 01452 501455 / GL19 3QS /


A traditional studio, garden room or summerhouse made from wood is often the first thing that springs to mind when considering garden buildings. Crane Garden Buildings is a family run business which has made high quality timber buildings in Norfolk for over 40 years. The thickness of the timber in terms of the walls, floor, roof, framework and the general quality of the construction means that the buildings are exceptionally strong and robust. The company uses sustainable Scots Pine sourced from an area of Swedish forest that has often been growing for more than 130 years at latitudes above 65° North. In these conditions, the trees grow slowly making the timber more dense which ensures a close grain less susceptible to dead knots.

Buildings are hand made in the company’s workshop and skilled carpenters make the doors and windows for all the buildings that are produced. This ensures a consistently high level of quality control and means that they can make bespoke doors and windows to customer’s requirements. The company has six showrooms across the UK, with the closest one to the Cotswolds being located within Burford Garden Company.

Crane at Burford: 01993 822877 / OX18 4PA /


In the 19th and early 20th centuries, the shepherd’s hut was introduced so that the shepherd could live on the fields for extended periods of time to look after his flock, day and night, in a haven of warmth and comparative comfort. Established in 2005, in France Lynch near Stroud, Cotswold Shepherd’s Huts uses appropriate materials and traditional craftsmanship to construct huts that reflect the style of a 19th century original. These huts lend themselves to the landscape and can be used throughout the year. Planning permission is not required and the huts are fully mobile. New build huts are fully insulated, hand finished and painted, with a double bed, storage, electrics and a wood burning stove if required. From placing an order, the lead time to delivery is four to eight weeks.

Prices start from £12,000 including VAT, with huts built in a range of sizes and to bespoke specification, and delivery throughout the UK. The company can also source and offer original restored shepherds huts from time to time. Now you’ll just have to rustle up some sheep to care for...

Cotswold Shepherd’s Huts: 01453 883515 / GL6 8LN /

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