The biggest difference is "under the bonnet" in that the QC6 and QC7 garden studios comply with building regulations.
If this isn't an important factor for you then the QCB garden studio would be the way to go assuming the size is good for you.
To help you decide...
I have a garden room checklist which you can download from this page.
Also, Alex and I discuss the QCB v QC6 garden studio if you click here.
We offer 3 options...
QC6 garden studio...
The QC6 garden studio is available from very small (1820mm x 1820mm) all the way up to 10m x 3.64m with prices ranging from £9000 up to £100,000.
We launched the QC1 garden studio in January 2009 and with constant improvement we now offer the latest version - the QC6 - the UKs No 1 truly zero maintenance garden room.
The height of the QC6, like all or garden studios is 2.5m so is allowed under "permitted development" and 9 times out of 10 planning permission is not required.
(There is an extended height version which adds approximately 300mm or 1ft to the interior floor to ceiling height)
The QC6 is incredibly flexible with many options like flyover roofs, half windows, fanlight windows, large "picture" windows and doors positioned anywhere - even on the rear. Plus - it complies with building regulations - this is a huge factor if you want the best insulation and fire safety.
The QC6 is also portable (like all our garden studios) so it remains your asset which you can take with you or sell on if your circumstances change.
QC7 garden studio...
The QC7 is the big brother of the QC6 and although externally it looks very similar, the studio base and roof are a completely different (more expensive) design.
It's sizes range from 4550mm x 4550mm up to 10m x 4550mm.
The QC7 is the QC6 with a 4550mm (15ft) depth. If you require more space and you have the extra budget then this is the one for you.
The new QCB garden studio...(FOR PURCHASE AND RENTAL!)
The 3rd option we now offer is the game changing QCB garden office which offers the best aspects of the QC6 at a bargain price. Perfect for those requiring quality extra space for offices and hobbies and where the extra options like flyover roofs and window options are not crucial.
The QCB garden office sizes range from 2.44m x 1.82m up to 6m x 2.44m and again, has an external height of 2.5m with prices ranging from £8400 to £14,333. You won't find better value for money anywhere else:)
I discuss the new QCB "Basic" studio on 6 pages starting here.
Alex and I discuss the QCB v the QC6 if you click here.
You can see mega affordable rental options by clicking here
The QC stands for "quarter century" since 25 years is the minimum lifespan of the exterior materials exposed to the british weather as advised by the manufacturers.
If you live within 2km of the coast then the decision to repaint may be required after 15 years. This is due to the salt air which can be very corrosive.
We are the No 1 supplier in the U.K. of truly zero maintenance garden studios for purchase and rental. (We use steel, upvc, glass and epdm - no timber!)
All timber garden rooms require looking after - even the most expensive cedar clad designs.
If you are looking at a timber studio as an option please make sure you visit an old studio so you can see how "wears" (not very well.) I'd recommend visiting an existing customers garden room since showroom timber studios will constantly be maintained and may even be indoors so you won't see the inevitable weathering.
The fact that our offices don't deteriorate the way timber buildings do is why we are able to rent the QCB office to you.
if you own a QC garden studio, that's 25 years where you won't have to worry about painting or staining your studio. A weight off your mind, as well as a long term cash saving and zero pollution from toxic chemicals to maintain a timber garden room.
Paints and stains are very polluting and having to do this every 2 to 4 years is a big job.
With your QC studio you have more time to enjoy your garden studio, garden office or garden annexe.
To ensure the prolonged life of your QC studio and protect your investment all our studio construction methods have been thoroughly tested with independent structural calculations and U value calculations, Certificate of conformity/Kitemark licence and condensation analysis documentation are all available upon request.
You can see the new "Basic" version of the QC6 - the new QCB garden studio which I discuss on 6 pages if you click here.
Yes - via Pegasus and via garden office rental. You can see garden office rental options by clicking here. Plus we have just started working with Pegasus finance since not everyone has the initial cash available and QCB garden office rental is perfect if cashflow is an issue for you. You can get a quotation from Pegasus if you click here.
The height of all the QC garden studios is 2500mm. This means no planning is required in most cases – even if you have the flyover roof, planning won’t normally be required as this falls within "permitted development" for garden studios and garden offices.
Strictly speaking, planning permission is required if you live in a flat or want an office on commercial premises.
It does if you want maximum comfort from the cold weather in the winter and the warm weather in the summer. Complying with building regulations means you can live, sleep and eat in a QC6 or QC7- it is that well insulated. It is the ultimate insulated garden office.
There are also some situations where complying with building regulations is a legal requirement. I discuss this below...
With garden rooms up to 15 square metres you don't legally need building regulations UNLESS you are occasionally sleeping in it, in which case you would need to comply with building regulations.
From 15sqm to 30sqm size - you MUST have a garden room which complies with building regulations, unless you can position your garden room at least 1m away from all of your garden boundaries AND you never intend sleeping in it.
Above 30sqm you ALWAYS have to comply with building regulations (which the QC6 and QC7 do) - if you don't, then it is an illegal garden room and your council can tell you to take it down.
Worst case scenario is that if your garden room were to have a fire, and it then spread to a neighbours shed or worse - their home, then if your garden room is over 15 square metres and didn't comply with building regulations then you may not be insured for any of the damage caused by the fire.
The QC Studio complies with building regulations and we will deal directly with your council, if required, to give them proof of compliance.
If you don't require building regulations or can't afford a QC6 (or QC7 if you want 15' or 4550mm depth) then Alex has a brand new "QC Basics" or QCB insulated garden office design which incorporates the core fundamentals of the QC design, these are...
Truly zero maintenance exterior.
Lots of suppliers now make the "no maintenance required" claim but simply ask to see one of their garden rooms which is 5 years old and had no painting or staining. It will look extremely weathered. We stopped supplying timber garden rooms in January 2012 for this reason.
The QCB is portable so you can take it with you if you move home or sell it on if your circumstances change.
It comes with the UKs longest guarantee.
It is fully insulated with 90mm of ecotherm and complies with permitted development so you don't need approval from your council to install it.
It has "A" rated double glazed sealed units which are equivalent to triple glazing.
Insurance rated multi-point door locks.
It is the UK's biggest selling contemporary garden office.
No - the price does not include connection of the mains electric to your Garden Studio/Office/Annexe.
Having said that, Rob Booth (Alex twin brother) can organise your armoured mains connection for £960, up to 40 metres and including part p certification. (Please note though that this does not include the digging of a trench, if this is required).
The majority of mains installations can have the armoured cable run above ground.
If you use a local electrician and he can't part p the installation, then Rob can do this for £400.
Using a local (to you) electrician should be cheaper than Rob because he wouldn't have the travel costs that Rob would have but having said that, many of our customers use Rob because it's less hassle.
Robs work is carried out after your garden office is installed - usually, the following week, depending on how busy Rob is.
If you use your own electrician please book him in the week after your garden studio installation since if your installation is delayed by the weather, it will also mess up your electricians diary.
The latest copy of building regulations states that it’s fine to ask an independent electrician to test the whole installation and issue a part p certificate - so using a local electrician could be cheaper for you.
Many customers prefer dealing with just one supplier because they haven't got the time or inclination to source different tradesmen in which case, Rob can sort your mains supply.Rob also supplies the air conditioning units and installs them if you require one in your garden office.
We can, but often it's not required.
What tends to happen is that most people want a site visit as they don't trust the supplier. A site visit is a way of meeting the company and sussing them out.
We take a slightly different approach by organising a visit for you to a QC owner near you and after speaking to them and seeing the quality of the QC studio, you realise there won't be a problem.
If there was a problem with your QC then we will sort it or take it back.
We are the only supplier in the UK with this "we will take it back" guarantee. If you don't like your QC garden office for any reason on the last day of installation just let us know and we will take it back.
We want happy customers - it's how we have grown to be the biggest supplier of quality garden rooms in the U.K.
If you are having a toilet or sink, kitchen or shower installed then yes -
a site survey is required.
We can quote for any groundworks required or if you know a good reliable local builder then they can give you an estimation of groundworks.
It should always be cheaper for you to get a local building company to handle this aspect as they won't have all the travel and hotel costs that we have, but again, many of our customers want a "one stop shop" so that we handle it all for you.
Rob Booth can install ethernet but phone lines and tv are best installed by your normal supplier like BT, Sky or Virgin.
The sockets are fitted flush (QC6 and QC7) and can then be easily connected through a conduit which runs around your studio by your electrician. Please note: although fitters don't wire the connections they can trail the cables for you if you have them there.
Access to the conduits is via the corner pillars on the QC6 and QC7. This means you or your electrician can easily install wiring and sockets at a later date if required. With the QCB garden office you simply drill through the office walls below the height of the double sockets to install phone and tv sockets making sure the correct grommets are used to ensure protection from rain and snow.
We don't normally need to do site visits simply because the design of the QC garden studio base is so versatile, and can cope with virtually any garden site, whether it's severely sloped or on different materials like grass, mud, gravel, concrete e.t.c.
As long as your site is clear of bushes, trees e.t.c. then we can install your garden studio.
We can also cope with extreme slopes in your garden - up to 1 metre difference from one end of your studio to the other end on a severely sloped garden. This saves cash and effort because you don't need to dig to get a level site.
Not doing site visits, means we can keep our costs very low. The free site surveys that many companies offer are more likely sales visits which have costs to them - recovered by putting up the price of their buildings. Somewhere along the line, free site visits are paid for by somebody. Having said that, Derek, Alex, Stuart and Carmen are often out doing site visits so it depends on your situation.
Also, because you don't need a concrete base, this saves you the expense of installing a large (and very polluting) concrete base. Our "FabSlab" adjustable concrete feet use roughly 5% of the concrete that a full base would need so are far more eco friendly.
As mentioned above - Rob Booth can organise your electric mains supply for £960 up to 40 metres and including part p certification.
Getting local companies to do your groundworks and electrics should be cheaper as they won't have travel and hotel costs but we can give a full quotation if you wish.
as you can see in the photo below...
This garden office is a 12' x 12' (3640mm x 3640mm) and Stephen, its owner, decided not to fill in the gaps below his studio but instead to have some plants planted there. I discuss installing on a severe slope without a concrete base here. We often install a "studio skirt" in the gap below studios if you wish.
Customers often ask me about foxes living under their garden studio and in all the years we have been going (since year 2000:-) I haven't had a single customer have foxes living under their garden studio:-) so it's a needless worry.
We don't use brochures as they go out of date so quickly.
The best way to keep in touch and find out the latest details is to subscribe to the newsletter at the top of the page.
We don't have any paper literature - apart from this helping the environment, it saves a huge amount of money, which again means we keep our costs low, which in turn means we can keep our prices so competitive.
Alex is constantly improving the design of the garden studios which makes brochures an outdated way of keeping you informed.
We arrange visits to actual studios of existing studios near you (by appointment) since you cannot beat seeing the studio “In the flesh”.
If you email your post code I will organize a visit for you to the nearest garden office.
Portability was one of the major design criteria that Alex had in mind when he set up the company. It frustrated Alex that after building his very first garden studio, he couldn’t take it with him when he moved house. He vowed then, that all of his garden room designs would be portable, even if it has a shower room or toilet. And even if it is a large or small garden office - they are always portable and remain your asset. This increases the second hand value of your garden studio massively.
PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU INSTALL YOUR OWN BATHROOM OR KITCHEN THEN BOOTHS WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO MOVE YOUR GARDEN STUDIO TO A NEW LOCATION AT A LATER DATE. OUR BATHROOMS AND KITCHENS ARE DESIGNED TO BE PORTABLE.
Portability increases the long-term value of your garden room because it gives you options.
You can take it with you if you move home.
Or you can sell it to a third party if your circumstances change.
You need to allow at least £2400.00 plus Vat for moving a small garden office (near our workshop address).
Larger garden studios far from our workshop (Cornwall or Scotland say) will obviously cost considerably more.
Please email for a quote.
For example…if you have spent £20,000.00 on a garden studio and 3 years down the road, it costs £5000.00 to move it, it will still save you £15,000.00 compared with buying a new studio.
We moved a studio recently for Scott Lechley and he said:
“Hi Iain, One of the main reasons that I bought a garden studio from Booths Gardens Studios is that we always intended to move a couple of years after installation, and we did not want the expense of another new Studio. We have just moved it and it is though someone came round and picked it up and just put it just where we wanted it! The lads who moved it were fantastic, could not have been more helpful or knowledgeable and have done a fantastic job, it is exactly as it was just in a different place. It took them a under two days to dismantle and re-erect, and that included them travelling from Northamptonshire up to Lancashire. We are moving again early next year and will definitely be moving my ‘office’ again. Thanks again for your help in making the move so easy.”
Yes, the QC6 goes up in depths of 910mm (3ft) increments.
e.g. 1820mm, 2730mm, 3640mm or 6ft, 9ft, 12ft.
It can go to any size in the other direction - e.g. 9100mm or 10010mm e.t.c.
The QC7 has an extra strength base and roof which means it can go up to 15' depth (4550mm) and any size in the other direction.
The QCB studio are a different size format -
it comes in 4 sizes - 8ft x 8ft (2440mm x 2440mm),
12ft x 8ft (3660mm x 2440mm) - 16ft x 8ft (4880mm x 2440mm) and 20ft x 8ft (6.1m x 2.44m).
Don’t forget that we quote INTERNAL sizes since we believe this is the usable space that you are interested in for your garden office or garden annexe.
To arrive at our external sizes, it is very simple: just add 550mm to each dimension (or 1′ 10″) for the QC6 and QC7. Add 250mm (10 inches) for the QCB garden office.
e.g. For the QC6 and QC7, a 3640mm x 3640mm Studio externally will be 4190mm x 4190mm. Or in feet, a 9′ x 9′ will be 10′ 10″ x 10′ 10″ externally.
The studio height is 2.5m. This means it is allowed under what's called "permitted deveopment."
The main disadvantage with garden office planning permission is the time it takes.
If you want to handle the planning application, we can supply the drawings you need, at no cost. Or we now have an excellent planning consultant, Michael, who is brilliant if you need him. Ask for his details.
If your concerned about planning, it is worth visiting your council with a rough layout of your garden, and a photo of the studio you want, because they can often just give you, “a letter of permitted development”.
This means you don’t need a full planning application. Detailed info on Garden Room planning here and here. A letter of permitted development is not a legal requirement though – if you know that it all complies – then you can just go straight ahead with your garden studio installation.
The QC6 and QC7 garden studios come with one entrance door as standard with full length windows on the frontage to either side of the door.
The door is positioned centrally, unless the studio size dictates otherwise or you want it in a different position.
With the QC garden office we can give you virtually any configuration you wish since this flexibility is has been designed in by Alex. Want a door on the rear? No problem. Want a half window on the right side – no problem.
Simply email a rough sketch of what you want and we can do a floor plan and costings for you. I can then order a 3d drawing for you of your garden office or garden annexe.
The windows and doors are 3ft wide (910mm) so for example, on a 12ft frontage (3640mm), you would have 4 sections, (3 windows and a door). On a 15ft frontage (4550mm), you would have 5 sections (4 windows and a door) e.t.c.
The new QCB also has full length windows and a single door which can be positioned anywhere across the frontage. French doors are not an option with the QCB garden studio.
ALEX AND I DISCUSS THE FRENCH DOORS AND OTHER WINDOW OPTIONS IF YOU CLICK HERE.
The QCB has fewer options but yes we can with the QC6 Studio…
The QC6 is very flexible and allows for doors in any position, windows in any position and we have many options.
For example we now supply…
Half windows if you want to put your desk right up to your garden office wall.
High “Fan Light” windows for daylight into a toilet say or extra light for artwork.
Decoupled treadmill flooring if you want to reduce the vibration of the whole garden studio whilst exercising (also an option with the QCB garden studio)
Compact shower, toilet, wash hand basin, extractor fan and boiler cupboard to run it all. Perfect after a gym workout or as living space.
External down lights if you have a flyover roof. Spectacular in the evenings.
We now supply a recessed blind for £135.00 (per window/door) which is excellent – especially on doors or tilt windows where the movement of conventional blinds can mean they can be damaged.
Outside corner pillar lights which show off your garden studio in its best evening light (QCB also)
Internal partition walls and doors if you need more than one space e.g. a cubicle for your toilet or a kitchen area or bedroom.
Extra decking around your garden office as a relaxation area – looks great and helps avoid mud from wet days entering your room in the garden. We have standard depths of decking which are 910mm - 1820mm & 2730mm.(3ft, 6ft and 9ft.) Also an option with the QCB garden studio.
Our QC6 comes in our most popular colour combination of light oak windows, green walls and light oak facias and soffits although other colours are available. The QCB standard colours are anthracite windows, corners and fascia with merlin (light grey) walls.
We can also supply light oak walls now although this option is more expensive as the material comes from Italy. Due to the expense, some customers have the light oak walls on the "visible" part of their studio and green for the walls which are at the rear or hidden by side fences and hedges. I discuss the colour options if you click here...
Contact us for up to date prices on the above options for your room in the garden.
We don't install sinks, toilets or showers in the QCB garden studio but for the QC6 and QC7, Alex has designed 6 option layouts, you can see an example for a toilet and sink in this case study by clicking here.
The other alternative is...
If you just want a toilet or kitchen installing, a local (to you) builder or plumber should be able to give you far more choice and better prices for doing what is fairly straight forward work.
We can provide the internal walls and doors to give you a toilet cubicle within your garden room though.
Please note though that all the toilet, shower and kitchen options we supply are designed to be portable. It's unlikely that your local builder will bear this in mind when he installs a toilet or kitchen for you.
All of our garden studios can be supplied in the following colours...(apart from the rental studios - details by clicking here.)
Windows...light oak or anthracite grey.
Exterior walls, corner pillars, fascias and soffits can be supplied in merlin grey (light grey), anthracite grey (dark grey), juniper green (dark green), black (please note that black will "fade" more quickly than other colours.), oak (please note the "oak" wall panels are expensive compared to the other colours.).
The most popular QC6 and QC7 colours are light oak windows, juniper green wall panels and light oak pillars fascias and soffits. There is a small surcharge for the alternative colour options because we don't keep them in stock.
The standard colours for the QCB garden office are anthracite windows, corners and fascia with merlin grey exterior walls.
You can checkout the galleries for lots of colour examples starting with the light oak windows gallery here...
The good news is yes...
we now have a standard kitchen layout the details for which you can see here.
Small garden studios can be completed in one day.
Larger studios can be 2 or 3 days and the very large studios 5 or 6 days.
Alex’s clever design means that our speed of installation is one of the major ways we can keep our costs low.
Please do bear in mind that during the winter, the days are shorter and so the install days may extend.
Also bear in mind that we have no control over the weather and that poor weather can upset our fitting schedule considerably, so you will have to be patient with us if this is the case.
We aim to be as upfront as possible on pricing so yes, VAT is included.
Also, if you rent a QCB garden office from us and you are VAT registered, you can claim all of the VAT back. You can also claim all of the rental costs as a legitimate tax deductable expense for your business. You can see costs for renting a garden office by clicking here. We are the only company in the UK who rent garden offices.
No, the garden studio sits on a chassis which can be adjusted to account for uneven ground, this in turn sits upon concrete feet that can sit straight on soil, grass, gravel e.t.c.
This gives a considerable cost saving and means your garden studio can be sited on very sloping ground without an expensive, huge, concrete base. Concrete is one of the worst offenders for climate change, and our bases use roughly 10% of what a full concrete base would need for a room in the garden.
See the photo below where a garden studio was installed on a severe slope without the expense of a concrete base...
As long as the site for your garden studio is clear of trees and bushes, then we can install it. We do require a photograph of your site but we ask for this (and some other site details) in a short simple questionnaire before your install.
The fitting team need power for their tools. Once you have shown our head fitter exactly where your studio needs to go, you can leave them to it.
You can see details about the armoured mains cable needed, which an electrician would understand here.
Incidently, it's cheaper to run armoured cable down a fence or hedge to your studio, if this is practical. It doesn’t necessarily have to go deep underground. That’s why the cable is “armoured” for protection.
The garden studios consumer unit or fusebox, is normally positioned on the left wall (as you enter the studio), near the front, at about head height. Also, it is quite safe to run armoured cable below your QC garden studio. It does not have to be buried underground.
Yes, - you won't find a better insulated garden room. This is the "hidden aspect" of most suppliers designs - they are reluctant to discuss this aspect in full since from the outside, you simply cannot tell.
One of our main competitors only use 40mm of ecotherm in their walls - I had to email for this information as it's not discussed on their website. The QC6 and QC7 have 105mm of insulation and even our "Basic" QCB uses 90mm of ecotherm. This is a crucial and "hidden" part of a garden room, especially since severe weather hits a garden room on 6 sides, whereas a room in your house may only have 1 or 2 outside walls - your garden room will have 6 - so it has to be extremely well insulated to be comfortable.
The QC6 and QC7 comply with the latest building regulation standards for houses.
This means your studio will comply for fire regulations and insulations values.
All of this has been independenty tested - including tests for condensation (yes - condensation within a garden studio construction can rot it from the inside out - it will take a while for you to notice this:-) I don't mean to scare you but these are the hidden aspects where suppliers can easily cut costs which we won't do.
It's also why we don't discount the studios - we couldn't supply this quality at a lower price. If you sign up to our newsletter you will see more detailed information about these aspects and if budget is an issue - checkout the QCB "Basics" garden studio - it's still 100% truly zero maintenance.
Yes. A key feature throughout the design was the peace of mind in knowing equipment and data will be safe.
The garden studios glass is toughened and the door/windows are fitted with insurance rated locks (see certificate below).
We also prefer all our doors opening inwards for extra security (this hides the hinges) although we do install french doors opening outwards and we can change the way any door opens - if you wish.
Whatever you think would be ideal - try and go up a size from that:-)
The main comment I get about studio size is, "We love our studio but wish we'd gone up a size!."
Our larger studios tend to be better value per square foot and with Alex’s compact shower/toilet design, it’s surprising how much you can get in.
The best way I know of designing the perfect layout is to draw your studio floor plan on a large piece of paper (to scale) and then have cut out "jigsaw" pieces (also to scale) of all the furniture you will be putting in there e.g. desks, chairs, filing cabinets, beds, sofas e.t.c. It's surprising how revealing this can be once you try all the jigsaw pieces in different positions, to arrive at your perfect layout.
For all the garden studios...The floor is covered with an oak laminate flooring. This is 8mm thick and is a good quality laminate flooring. If you are working with water or need a tougher floor, we also install Aquastep flooring which is very good in bathrooms or if you simply want a longer lasting floor.
The ceiling is a plain white mdf and plywood on the QC6 and QCB.
The walls are white "proboard" panelling used to comply with building regulations for fire and thermal qualities on the QC6 and QC7. The walls on the QCB are mdf.
On the QC6 the double electric sockets are fitted flush, 450mm above the floor. 6 double sockets are included in the price of the QC6 and QC7 garden studios.
The QCB garden studio double socket is surface mounted. It comes with 1 x double socket but more can easily be added for a small fee. Also - high sockets (at approx 1200mm) can be added in all the gaden studios.
The QC6 and QC7 internal lighting is modern down lighters, using long life, low wattage, very bright LED bulbs.
The QCB internal lighting is GU10 style led bulbs which are adjustable on a strip above the garden studio windows and door.
The QC model is truly zero maintenance – needing no painting or staining and has an expected life well in excess of 25 years. John Stokes bought a QC2 from us in 2009 and he says “It still looks as good as the day it was installed” – not something you can say about any timber garden room (the main reason we stopped supplying timber garden studios in 2012)
The longest in the U.K.
A unique 11 year guarantee on the external structure, 1 year longer than the usual 10 year guarantee, such is our confidence in the QC materials and design. A special guarantee and combined with the fact that we require no deposit, gives you complete peace of mind AND we'll take your QC garden studio back if your not happy.
Normal electric heaters are fine but for all year use - we do recomend heat exchange (air conditioning units) since they can be heaters in the winter and be cool in the summer. We have 2 installed in our office at the workshop and they really are excellent. We especially recomend them if your garden studio windows are south facing. If your garden studio windows are north facing - you probably won't need an air conditioning unit since your windows wont get the full sunshine in the summer. See my video where I discuss how to tell where your garden studio windows will be facing here - Working Out Where My Garden Studio Window Face.
They are far cheaper to run than normal electric heaters and get very good reports from our customers.
The running costs are about a quarter of running a standard electric fire so if your electric bill was £100 with normal heaters, the airconditioning will only cost £25 in electric.
They are also an excellent option if you intend storing fabrics or paper in your garden studio, since the dehumidifier within it will control any excess moisture. The AC unit heats, cools and is a dehumidifier, and has air filters which help reduce pollen e.t.c if you suffer from hay fever. Please note, that we do not install underfloor heating as we believe the AC is a better option for all year round use.
If you go with the cheaper electric heaters I would recommend having two – one with a fan to get the warm air circulating and the other, an oil fired radiator which can maintain the temperature without the noise of a fan – the fan can get annoying when making phone calls:-) I have a newsletter about this if you need more information.
Alex has just updated the design so that the long windows can tilt inwards from the top, to supply ventilation so fresh air will not be an issue. Every Studio would normally have at least one of these Tilt windows and most studios, more than this.
Yes, it is insulated and ideal for the majority of home music use - see photo below...We have many customers who have their home recording set up in their Garden Studio.
The Studios have 4 downpipes to ensure they comply with building regulations. They are hidden in the corner posts. Alex and I discuss this in this video...
Yes, with low energy double glazed units. Our QC Studios have recently been upgraded to the best glazing available in the UK. You can’t get a better sealed unit. They are A grade, and equivalent to triple glazing. Top notch for thermal performance, and better for sound insulation.
6 x low double sockets fitted flush are included with the cost of your QC6 or QC7 studio. The low sockets are positioned approx 450mm (18 inches) from the floor. (The QCB Basics studio has 1 x double socket - extra can be added for £30 each.)
We can install "high" double sockets for a kitchen say, at approx 1150mm (3ft 9 inches) so that they are above worktop height - these cost £45.00 per socket even if you want all the "free" sockets at that height - so if you want your 6 "free" sockets at the high height, it will cost £270.00. We can install a combination of high and low sockets within your studio.
We can also install Cooker Sockets installed at the "high" height. This presently costs £95.00 as it requires higher rated mains cable and an additional breaker installed in your fusebox.
The consumer unit is normally on the first left wall, as you walk into your garden studio. The “Consumer Unit” wall panel always has the light switch and a double socket and must be positioned next to a corner pillar as access to the cables are via the corner pillar.
I can email a floor plan of the size of garden studio you require, to clarify the positions of the double sockets.
We also install double sockets in the floor for £195.00 each - very handy in gyms where you don't want to trip over mains leads trailing from your exercise kit or if you have a central desk and have computers and printers to run.
Also handy if you want your desk at windows and still need power for your computer.
Alex and I discuss the floor sockets here...
Yes. The lighting on the new QC6 and QC7 has been updated to the latest LED bright, low voltage, low wattage, long life bulbs which are down lighters from the ceiling.
These bulbs are very economical to run.
They have a manufacturers lifespan of 40000 hours. They have a standard 1 year guarantee but if you register with the company, they lengthen this to 5 years and if any of the units are faulty in this time, they will replace or repair them. You can see more detail here.
The QCB lighting is GU10 style adjustable led bulbs which run on a strip above the garden studio windows and door. They are very bright long life bulbs.
We install 2 types of flooring...
Oak laminate which is 8mm "V" groove and a more expensive Aquastep which is water proof and tougher.
IMPORTANT: Please note that office chairs with castors will eventually damage virtually any flooring. This is because there is continual abrasion, usually from hard nylon castors which when combined with body weight and a touch of grit or dirt, becomes a recipe to permanently damage your floor. A protective mat can help stop this happening, an example of which can be seen if you click here.
Also, rubber castors may help but even then, a 12 stone man moving around for 7 hours a day will still be an issue on any laminate or wood floor even with daily cleaning and vacuuming. If this is an issue for you, you'd be best looking at the Aquastep flooring which has a longer lifespan.
No, the outside lights are not included in the price of your garden office because many of our customers already have garden lighting and don’t want them.
If you have the outside up/down pillar lights installed, they are switched from the light switch in your garden office.
You can see full information on this here...
Yes, we have many customers using their garden studios for this exact reason. They comment on how light and airy the studio feels, and often order a garden studio with “Windows on 2 sides” for the extra light this affords for their work. We can also supply garden studios with “Windows On 3 Sides” and now supply roof lights for extra daylight in dark areas.
We now supply Composite Decking which is very long lasting, less slippy and therefore safer, than timber decking.
The manufactures give it a lifespan of 35 years and although it is initially expensive, in the long run, it would probably save you money, compared with timber decking which requires maintenance and is extremely slippy.
The decking is installed in standard depths - so for example on the front of your garden studio you can have a small deck of 910mm (3ft) or a large size of 1820mm (6ft).
It comes in brown or grey.
Below are videos about the Blinds options.
Recessed Blinds are £135.00 each. This is for the 910mm (3ft) windows and door.
We also supply wider blinds... £200.00 for 1820mm (6ft) "picture" window width recessed blind.
Sorry, but no.
People who need to concentrate on specific details in their work, find they reach a high level of concentration very quickly.
Ambient sound from TVs, computer games and general household noise is non-existent in a garden studio, enabling far better and more enjoyable results. Having said that, the tweeting of birds can get suprisingly loud when you have the doors open on a summers day :-)
The New QC6 is approx 2080mm or 6′ 10″ in old money.
We do also offer a taller interior which is popular with dance teachers (they can wave their arms about:-) This “extended” height studio is approx 7′ 6″ but please note – you will need planning for this OR you can do what one of our customers did and dig a 300mm hole in your Garden to avoid planning :-) Please also double check these dimensions if you are buying tall furniture to put in your studio.
The majority of the time, yes. The Studios are designed to go through houses and flats where there is no direct access to the back garden – many London properties are like this.
The only time this could be a problem is if there is a severe, sharp turn, through the house or flat, but having said that, our fitters have never not fitted a normal Studio due to access issues.
If you are having a VF Studio with a “Flyover” then access is more of an issue since the Flyover uses very long components and may struggle to go through a house or flat with sharp turns. Contact us if this could be an issue for you.
Yes, toughened to comply with British standards as Alex shows me here...
Yes - the windows are "A" rated so are excellent in this regard.
They are double glazed but actually equivalent to triple glazing from a thermal point of view.
Painting or staining is not required on the QC garden room, which means, in the long run, the QC is a very eco-friendly building. It is a low carbon design which planning departments will look kindly on.
25 years of paint or stain on a large timber garden room is a lot of expense, hard work and uses dangerous chemicals that aren't great for the environment.
Allow at least 8 weeks since we are very busy – we do occasionally have an earlier gap appear – say if an installation is delayed by a House move.
Your Studio details have to be confirmed on a Floor Plan from Brian at least 4 weeks before your installation date - otherwise your installation date may be missed.
We will not rush any installation (including yours) – this means installation dates may change. Alex won’t compromise the quality of any installation by not allowing enough time to install your Studio properly – please be aware of this when setting a date.
The New QC6 Studio and VF is so popular that sorting an approximate fitting date asap is advisable. We never hold anyone to a date so you can reserve a rough date provisionally, (say pending visiting an existing Garden Studio), and then confirming that date, once you are happy. Our customers are amazingly helpful with visits, probably because they have gone through what you are going through and they like to help.
Bad weather can also upset our fitting schedule so please bear that in mind when setting a installation date.
We do install on the islands – Guernsey, Isle Of Wight e.t.c, but charge for ferry costs and extra days of travel and accommodation e.t.c.
Subscribe to our Free Newsletter at the top of this page to receive a regular email which gives much more detail about our Studios. Alex and Brian are constantly looking to improve our Studios. The Newsletter will detail these changes and you will hear about them first. Hope this helps. Iain 07590 067 120.
Yes - the QC roof is very strong - you could have many people on the roof if required, so yes, it's no problem if you need to get on the roof to clear any leaves or twigs - please be careful though and have someone hold the ladder when you go up it.
Alex and I are on the roof on this video where we discuss the gravel topping which is free with every QC garden studio...
No - a water butt cannot be fitted as the downpipes are hidden in the corners of the studios.
Your QC6 or QC7 garden studio has 4 downpipes hidden in the corner pillars of your studio. As well as hiding a "not very pretty" component of any garden studio, it also protects the downpipes from weathering and uv damage. This means the downpipe and it's rubber seals are protected and will last many years longer than if they were exposed as on most garden room designs.
The QCB garden studio has a hidden downpipe in one corner.
The QCB studio base is not recommended for gym equipment except...
The QC6 is recommended for gym equipment but both the QCB and QC6 can benefit from a "decoupled floor" where there is movement involved. This is very helpful for running machines and cross trainers where the movement of the person effectively increases the weight.
The thing to bear in mind with the "weight" is that if the item is moving then the weight is increased massively. A heavy bookcase is not moving so this weight is easily handled, a heavy filing cabinet is not moving so this is easily handled, whereas a running machine can have a 15 stone man jumping up and down on it.
Can it take the weight of a Pool Table? It's not moving so this is fine.
Can it take the weight of gym equipment? Please discuss what equipment you intend using and we can advise.
Can it take the weight of printing machinery? - yes as it's not moving.
Iain answers - "The QC6 base is very strong. We have installed 100s of garden studios using this base system. Alex and I discuss the strength of the studio base in the video below...(bear in mind that this car is not moving:-)...
Well actually - yes it could BUT it would be very very expensive to do. Lots of factors, like subtle design changes makes it very time consuming to make the "old" part and because our fitters don't do this on a regular basis, again, it would be very time consuming (and therefore expensive). The cost would be prohibitive.
You are best to take your time and get your garden studio the size you want and the size that will fulfill the function you want to achieve.
The only comment I ever get about garden studio size is...
"We love our garden studio but we wish we'd gone for a bigger size."
So as a general rule - go for the biggest size you can afford or accommodate - you won't regret it.
Sorry but no - we don't supply bi fold doors.
Bi fold doors have fine tolerances when setting them up. This usually means issues at a later date - for example, very hot weather will expand the doors and the closing or even the locking of the door can become difficult or in some cases, impossible. This happens to all bi fold (and french doors to a lesser extent.) so you should bear this in mind if bi folds are a deal breaker for you.
Yes - but not everwhere.
Where the wall sections join, there is thick cls studding into which heavy items like TVs or heavy speakers, can be secured.
Lighter items like artwork or photographs can be secured anywhere. The walls are a "proboard" which is similar to plaster board and can take picture fittings.
Alex and I (and Jean) discuss this in this video - please note Alex says the walls are plywood - this is wrong - they are now the proboard wall as this complies with building regulations...
We can't accept credit cards sorry. Payment is by bank transfer or by cheque.
For us to accept credit card payments we would of had to add 3% to the cost of every studio which would be hundreds of pounds just to cover the credit card company fees.
You can install a log burner but you have to allow a lot of space around a log burner - they are "space hungry".
Once a log burner is running at full power they get very hot and you can't have anything very near them or it will go on fire. For example - you could have a cupboard right next to an air conditioning unit and it's fine - put the same cupboard next to a log burner and you could be ringing 999 once the log burner has been on a while.
So yes - you can have a log burner but you need to allow alot of space around it.
This may be your sticking point with having a QC studio although we have had customers who emphasised the low carbon output of the QC garden studios and the planners took kindly to this and allowed the installation. You need to contact your council and see what they say.
A recent customer said that because our studios are portable, then 100% of the purchase price was tax deductable for his business but you should always discuss your situation with your own financial advisor.
The roof on all our garden studios uses a material called epdm.
It is a Firestone product with a 50 year lifespan which is similar to rubber
and comes in one piece - regardless of the size, it always comes in one piece
which means there are no gaps for rain or snow to get through.
On top of the epdm we always install gravel.
Gravel enhances the look as epdm is not pretty -
this means when you or your neighbour look down on your garden studio from a bedroom
that it is far prettier.
The gravel also helps stop leaves clogging up the gutters and down pipes and reduces
the noise from rainfall inside your garden studio.
We don't recommend sedum as a topping for any of the garden studios
for a couple of reasons - sedum can get extremely heavy with rainfall or snow
soaking into it and sedum also needs maintenance at least twice a year to keep
on top of it. Gravel requires less maintenace.
Yes - if it is going to be 300mm from the ground.
The width of the door for the QCB and QC6/7 is 730mm when opened. The door frame is 880mm wide.
We install wider doors for granny annexe for disabled access.