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An oak frame garden building and home office in Shropshire

After living in their rural property in Shropshire for 16 years, Nick and Janine decided it was time to replace their dilapidated summer house and create a multi-purpose outbuilding that could be used to socialise with friends as well as an office on a daily basis.

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Choosing to build with oak

Nick and Janine originally came to us back in 2017 to design an oak frame garage. They were looking for a structure to house a new car Nick had ordered along with somewhere to store garden machinery. Four years later, Nick and Janine got back in touch with us to design and build a multi-purpose oak framed outbuilding in their garden that would complement their existing garage.

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Key design features

Nick and Janine’s planned to use their garden building as both a workspace and a place to entertain friends.

The left-hand bay therefore features a kitchenette and workstation, while the remaining two bays have been designed as both a living and social space with a large sofa, a feature log burner and a TV that comes down from the roof. To ensure their bespoke outbuilding could be used all year-round, underfloor heating was also installed. The building has a vaulted roof creating a spacious airy feel to the room.

“We chose practical ceramic tiles for the floor as they are cool in the summer, warm in the winter and are a good choice for our big dog as this floor won’t scratch with their claws,” explains Nick.

Key external design features include a wrap-around veranda with braced oak posts and beams that add a great depth of character. These two sides are fitted with slimline bi-fold doors which open out fully between the oak posts creating a perfect indoor-outdoor space overlooking Nick and Janine’s garden.

With the plot located next to Nick and Janine’s tennis court and with amazing views over the Shropshire hills, their building is a great place to entertain friends and enjoy BBQs.

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