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Garden Space Of The Week – The Lugarde Arthur Is The Home Office You Need

Do you do “Garden offices/ a spare bedroom/ hobby rooms” is the first question that we hear regularly for our buildings. The next question is “What size do I need” and finally, “What specification do I need?”. The Lugarde Arthur answers all of those questions.

The Arthur is great size to have a full sized desk and a sofa bed (for working from), or a double bed and a sofa (for guests). The size is 3.5m wide (12′) by 3m deep (10′) and being a flat roof it doesn’t exceed the 2.5m permitted development height for most gardens (if the building is within 2m of your neighbour).

The standard specification is 44mm thick solid log walls and double glazed double doors and vented windows. Add insulation in the roof and floor and you have a serious extra room. Don’t like the window and door styles? No problem, we can change them. Want extra windows and doors, or want to reposition them? No problem we can custom design you your space. Want it bigger or smaller? No problem.

Our very own work office is the Arthur and we’ve added a log stove, a relaxing chair and a huge desk in ours. If you would like the Arthur then CLICK HERE to order one or CONTACT US to discuss your specific requirements.

The large office space allows us to use a full sized desk and many other items of furniture.
Our work office is the Lugarde Arthur that we’ve put a lovely wood burning stove for the winter
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Customer Stories – A Big Gazebo For A Big Garden

Our client had a large garden that wasn’t being utilised so he contacted us to see what we could do. They loved the idea of a large space that looked clean and elegant and could be used from spring through to autumn.

Once we established the size (7m wide x 4.2m deep) we focused on the look. Due to planning rules (the building was within 2m of their neighbours boundary) we couldn’t have a building more than 2.5m high so we went for the flat roof gazebo design which is finished in a single sheet of EPDM rubber finished in aluminium trim and rubber-welded downpipes.

The client loved the balustrade look and so designed them into the front and right hand side. This gave a visual appeal from the home and also a feeling of enclosure whilst inside the gazebo. The left hand side was exposed to the prevailing winds so we modified the side walls to be the same hight as the balustrades and then finished in custom roll-up windows to protect against a cold wind or rain.

We installed the beautiful Siberian larch flooring inside and the client has fitted their extensive garden furniture and even a table tennis set up too. Ultimately there will be internal wall lights fitted and power outlets to make the space even more useful.

We are very proud of this building and the small custom store we supplied behind the gazebo. The cost of supply to the doorstep was £7,600 inc VAT and delivery. Installation and painting was extra. To see our full range of gazebos, CLICK HERE.

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Meeting the men who turn their garden sheds into pubs

This great article talks about chaps that have turned their garden sheds into pubs. Enough said!

This is Cotswold Garden Spaces very own outside bar we built in our show model Lugarde Woodville.

 

They’re like pubs, but built in people’s back gardens…”

Driving through sedate Andover, I start telling Brad – our taxi driver – about our wet-your-whistle-stop tour of the UK’s pub sheds. He cuts me off. “I know what they are,” he says, wide-eyed. “I’ve got one.”

Pubs are closing down at an alarming rate. Earlier this summer, a Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) study found that, around Britain, 18 are shutting their doors every week. “Right now we are at the end game of ‘Proper British Pubs’. They’re a dying breed,” says J Mark Dodds, founder of the Fair Pint, Fair Deal For Your Local, and Protect Pubs campaigns.

Dodds believes there’s a keg-sized number of reasons for these closures. For starters, young people simply don’t drink as much as previous generations. Add that to nationwide trends such as urbanisation, regeneration and gentrification, and you end up with a landscape increasingly devoid of traditional community boozers. And of those that survive – for now – Dodds paints a tragic picture: “[Many] pubs are run-down, tired, lacklustre,” he says. Though not through any fault of their own, necessarily, but often due to “tied leases, which force tenants to buy beer from the pub company at twice what they would pay if they were able to direct from the brewery.” This leads to rising prices for consumers, fewer customers and, well, you get the idea. It’s a circle as unappealing as a tabled-etched ring of stale beer.

But it’s not all doom and gloom for boozing in Britain, because while pubs are being demolished, pub sheds are being erected all over the country, assembled by mavericks ready to build their dream free house.

The concept is simple.

Anyone can – without planning permission – build a shed that’s up to four metres high, two metres away from all fences, and doesn’t take up more than half of the land around their house. You can’t get a licence to sell alcohol, but you can give it out for free and ask for donations, if your mates aren’t too stingy. That’s all you need to adhere to, legally speaking. Then you’re good to go.

These sheds are springing up in their thousands and bringing British men together, one brick, one plank of salvaged wood, one ale at a time.

The Stick It Inn. Location: Chesterfield, Derbyshire; number of seats: 13

 

We start our adventure in Chesterfield, visiting Tremayne Boulton and his queasily-named pub shed The Stick It Inn. Sporting a paisley shirt and freshly buffed brogues, he cuts the appearance of a 50-something bookshop owner – not the 19-year-old he actually is. “It was a pink summerhouse,” Boulton tells me, while he stands plumb behind the bar. “My friend and I were sitting in it in 2016.

I found a tin of paint and bodged it together,” he explains. Standing inside The Stick It Inn – which has been lovingly fitted with brass features, vintage taps and a hand-built bar – “bodging it together” feels like a diabolical understatement.

Boulton’s shed is built on family foundations. “I was 11 when my grandad passed away. A lot of the stuff, when he died, went into the shed. And a lot of it stayed in the pub shed. My auntie Debbie, when she first came inside, shed a tear. It reminded her of my grandad,” he says.

Boulton and his backyard haven of sentimentality is not a one-off. There are many other budding shed publicans, all turning their drunken dreams into a tangible reality. Mike Bacon should be credited with the rise of pub sheds. Bacon started the Pub Sheds UK Facebook group in 2013, to bring together budding DIY landlords. It has since built up a following of nearly 10,000 members, sharing everything from tips on how to install underfloor heating to flogging each other fridges for makeshift bars.

It’s also achieved something even more valuable. “We’ve built a community and made friends for life,” says Bacon. When pubs close, it’s not just the tarnished taps and varnished bars that vanish. Along with the props go the characters that made the drama: the yarn-spinners, the tale-weavers, the raconteurs that pulled the wool over your eyes. The tight-knit fabric of the community.

It won’t come as a shock that most of the groups’ members are men. Pub culture’s mark on men’s social lives is as irremovable as the chewing gum gobbets under their tables. The idea of creating your own out of a shed – another stereotypically male hang-out spot – is an appealing fantasy for many men. Naming your own local, choosing the draught beers, getting your mates round to your gaff; it all comes with the job.

This community spirit is the most important thing a pub can serve. “Enjoying a pint in a pub has a hugely beneficial impact on a person’s wellbeing,” says Camra’s ‘Friends On Tap’ report. “People who have a ‘local’ that they visit regularly tend to feel more socially engaged and content,” it continues. The worst case scenario? A pub closing down.

As Camra’s chief campaigns and communications officer Tom Stainer tells me, “Once a pub is closed and converted to a shop, or a block of flats, the community never gets it back.”

The Engine House. Location: Andover, Hampshire; number of seats: 20

 

In a sense, Pub Sheds UK has created a new type of community, connecting like-minded men around the UK. Considering that last year the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness estimated that around eight million men in the UK feel lonely at least once a week, this couldn’t be more important. Groups like Pub Sheds UK dispel any suggestion of isolated ‘man-caves’ and connects them all like a map of pub sheds.

Talking of maps, we’re blessed to have Google Maps, without which we would never have found the Steampunk Saloon – or rather the Southend home whose garden it inhabits. Yet once we reach the art-deco front of the house, and owner Jason Burles takes us through to the garden, it’s impossible to miss.

A modern-day Renaissance man, Burles is half-geezer, half-Gatsby, obsessed with curios and art. Burles’s pub shed is like a gallery. It’s an emporium of heady, dark treats: cups from Alcatraz, a mosquito-topped cane from Jurassic World, a cod skeleton (“I love to go up to the Natural History museum. I actually bought a piece off them”), a bottle of ‘poison’ from a Harry Potter set, and an arresting array of taxidermy.

Like a curator, Burles has represented a theme – steampunk – through objects from all kinds of places, be it New York, Russia via Etsy, or “a skip”. Just as carefully chosen is his drink selection. His collection is dizzying, and gets me dizzyingly drunk. Beer brewed from chocolate and caffeine, (“have your dinner first”), American citrus IPAs, his own homemade whisky and a bottle of vodka with a scorpion in the top. Burles has created a steampunk-themed bar worthy of a capital city, let alone a garden in Southend. Yet, it still draws upon one of the most important aspects of a pub: community. “It’s a social part of people to go to pubs,” Burles tells me. “Where would you go to meet people without pubs or clubs?”

The Steampunk Saloon is an inviting, entertaining and surprising place to hang out and sink a few beers. As well as a pretty special bookshelf that boasts a signed first-edition of Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell To Arms, there’s also the art pieces, the state-of-the-art hi-fi, and of course Jason’s hospitality, which combine to create the full experience for his ‘punters’. It’s no surprise the place is always packed with Burles’s family and friends.

The Steampunk Saloon. Location: Southend-on-Sea, Essex; number of seats: 8

As soon as Brad the taxi driver drops us off at our final stop, the Engine House, owner Kevin Fields bounds outside to meet us. A towering presence, dressed in a custom-made Engine House shirt, Fields makes us feel as if we’re stepping into our own home as soon as we enter his. Once we weave our way into the garden, it’s clear what his passion is: the fire service.

Obsessed with the trade in which he has worked for 28 years, Fields built his boozer in six months. Throughout our stay, a nostalgic Fields discusses how fire stations often had their own pubs, which were an institution for the local area.

While Burles’s shed felt more like an art gallery, Fields’ feels like a museum – somewhere to proudly display his treasured fire service memorabilia, rather than letting it accumulate dust.

Fields’s pub is filled with photos of his fireman father, his grandad’s miniature bottle collection and paintings his uncle and aunt contributed. When visited by the crew of Channel 4’s Shed Of The Year, the intense emotion of the place was felt. “The presenter – Laura Jane Clark – was here. We were stood chatting and she said, ‘Can we please stop’ and walked out. She was in tears,” he recounts, over a pint of Hobgoblin. “She said, ‘To be quite honest Kev, it’s one of the most emotional places I’ve ever been to.’”

What makes these places so special is that the sheds’ combinations of beers, fixtures, fittings and nicnacs are all so different, and all mirror the owners’ characters. You can see Burles’s dandy stylings in the fanciness of his beer glasses, Boulton’s antiquarian tendencies in his crumbling chimney, and Fields’s cheeky smile in his disco light switch. These sheds aren’t just an extension of their owners’ houses; they’re an extension of their personalities.

The inside of the Steampunk Saloon

 

“How was it then, mate?”

We’re back in the taxi with Brad, heading to the train station. He eagerly listens to our description of The Engine House, and compares it to the “log cabin” in his garden – half-Southampton FC and half-Only Fools & Horses-themed.

As I sit back, head slightly fuzzy from Fields’s lager, I realise that ‘sheds’ is an insufficient term. These places are more than just a back-garden dumping ground. They’re meeting points for communities, party venues, archives, museums, galleries and gin bars. Most importantly, though, they’re pubs. Sure, they may not have kegs, a menu or a licence, but they’ve built entire communities and will forge many new memories to come, while tapping into a culture slowly slipping away. They have one misty eye on the past, and one eager eye on the future.

Our taxi jolts to a stop at a red light. Brad swivels again in his seat. “I think I’ll have to visit this Engine House.”

The Stick It Inn

Location: Chesterfield, Derbyshire

Landlord: Tremayne Boulton, 19

Most popular beer: John Smith’s

Number of seats: 13

“I found a tin of paint and bodged it together. I used to work in a pub when I was younger – just collecting glasses and stuff like that – and I liked that. I’ve always been an old-fashioned bloke, I don’t know why. I’m like Benjamin Button. I hope that my friends will speak to their kids about [the shed] – like my mum does about pubs – and tell their kids they used to sit in this pub shed.”

The Engine House

Location: Andover, Hampshire

Landlord: Kevin Fields, 46

Most popular beer: Engine House Beer (homebrew)

Number of seats: 20

“A friend of mine built a pub shed in his garden and I thought I could do it in mine too, and make it fire-service themed. It’s just within the limits of planning permission. It’s been a bit of an adventure and it keeps going. The ladder that goes upstairs is also an old fire-engine ladder which I collected from Somerset. When I picked it up I realised it’s actually an old Hampshire ladder, so I probably actually used it for real!”

The Steampunk Saloon

Location: Southend-on-Sea, Essex

Landlord: Jason Burles, 48

Most popular beer: Yeastie Boys Bigmouth Session IPA

Number of seats: 8

“The garage was just a dumping ground for stuff really. I decided to clear it out, and I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it. Then I had the idea to build a bar. I had a builder friend who had the skills to put it all together for me. From start to finish, it’s taken two years. People don’t often see this, so it fascinates them. And it fascinates me: I love coming in here, it makes me feel relaxed.”

(Photography: Will Bremridge)

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Customer Stories – A Beautiful View *Updated*

The client who we reported had got us to install a base ready for their new garden space got their building earlier in the year and we are proud to show you the wonderful pictures. Cotswold Garden Spaces installed the summer house and additionally painted the building in out great range of Little Greene Intelligent Exterior Eggshell paints (White Lead & Normandy Green).

The building looks out over the clients amazing rural view and has been furnished for the couple to sit and relax.

The design was straight from our Lugarde range called the Duke. The windows are double-glazed and the logs are 28mm thick. The roofing shingles chosen were black and the client chose the lovely weather cockerel. This building was supplied to the client for £4,049 delivered, with the optional timber floor and VAT. Installation and painting were extra.

To view and order the Lugarde Duke, click here.

Cotswold Garden Spaces supplied, installed and painted this beautiful and striking summer house.

The client furnished their summer house to enjoy an amazing view in all weathers.

This is the view that the client now enjoys from their new Cotswold Garden Spaces building. A very happy customer.

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Customer Stories – Small Garden? Not A Problem For Cotswold Garden Spaces!

After receiving our fantastic garden spaces brochure, a client knew exactly what they wanted. A striking garden space that would look architecturally strong, be big enough to put a day bed in to relax and read a book yet not over power the garden.

The client chose our very popular Lugarde Orson summer house because it has the beautiful pyramid roof and a five-sided design. This softens the look and allowed the building to sit more comfortably in the small garden space.

The client wanted to go with red shingles as a lovely colourful accent. They have decided to enjoy the natural pine finish and have treated the timber with a clear UV coat which should give the light look for about 18 months before the timber naturally darkens. They will then paint the building with a solid colour. The removable Georgian window & door trim has been removed by the customer who has decided to go for more of a contemporary look.

A day bed had been ordered and a lovely gas fire is already in the space, taking the chill off ready for some great reading time.

This building was supplied for £3,045 inc VAT direct to the clients doorstep. Cotswold Garden Spaces installed the building (at extra cost) over a single day.

To view and order the Orson please click here.

This beautiful summer house was chosen because of its petite size and striking architectural design.

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Customer Stories – A Stunning Pool House

A recent client contacted us to provide a space that would sit next to their outdoor pool. They wanted something to relax in, provide changing space and aesthetically provide a real wow reaction. The decision was easy: a hip-roofed space with folding doors that would be clean looking and finished in restful colours. 

We created a bespoke design 3m x 2.4m (the space was limited) using Lugarde’s Prima building construction to give is a clean look. Choosing a pyramid roof on a rectangular shape gave a hip roof which we specified brushed chrome ball finials and black shingles. the doors were maximised to look open and airy and so we specified a four fold door and three fold door for two of the sides.

The exterior colours were chosen from our range of Little Greene Intelligent Exterior paint and painted by us.

This was a really great project and illustrated the ease of creating a bespoke design. The cost of supply to the door step was £3,910.00 inc VAT. Installation and painting was extra.

Cotswold Garden Spaces designed & built this unique pool house using Lugarde’s Prima 3=1 system.

Cotswold Garden Spaces designed & built this unique pool house using Lugarde’s Prima 3=1 system.

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Garden Space Of The Week – The Lugarde Titus Means Summer Isn’t Over Yet

September is here and that means unpredictable weather, cooler evenings and enjoying your garden is no more. Well, we have a solution that means those parties can continue for a while longer yet.

Let us introduce the Lugarde Titus, an incredibly handsome gazebo that not only gives you a striking architectural aesthetic, it gives you a large covered area to seat guests, operate the BBQ and even place a hot tub.

The Titus is 12′ x 12′ and has a wonderful pyramid roof finished in long-lasting shingles (5 colours available). The posts that support this structure provide a strong vertical line, finished with substantial corner bracing to complete the strength and authority. You can even add decorative boots to the legs to further enhance its impact.

With the timber components painted is a suitable colour (we recommend Little Greene’s Intelligent exterior Eggshell finishes), the Titus becomes a real centrepiece to your garden and entertainment.

All of our buildings can have wither a flat or pitched roof.

To review and order the Titus, click HERE

Want something smaller? Then we recommend the Lugarde Milo which you can review HERE.

Want something slightly bigger? We have the Lugarde Erik  Review it HERE.

The Lugarde Titus gazebo is a strong and striking building and with a floorspace of nearly 13 m², this gazebo offers plenty of space for long summer evenings with friends, or for a quiet and romantic evening, just the two of you.

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Garden Space Of The Week – Want A Home Office But Have A Small Garden – No Problem!

Modern homes tend to have smaller gardens and subsequently we regularly hear clients saying “I’d love one of these cabins BUT I’ve a tiny garden.” Fret no more for we have a great home office for the tiny garden, the Gilbert by Lugarde.

The Gilbert is a thoughtful design for working from home, being 1.8m deep by 3.0m wide (6′ x 10′) and being only 2.5m high, meets the planning requirements for beings within 2m of your neighbours boundary; a main issue in small gardens.

It has a modern and clean look and sets the right tone forgetting in the right mood for working from home. 

The building comes with double-glazing as standard and incorporates a double door, great for ventilation and getting an office desk in and out. There are two additional, almost full length fixed windows with adjustable air greats for lots of light.

This building has proven very popular with a new example being installed in the next 3 weeks to a client who wants to free up some space within the home. They have a thin but long 1940’s garden and this sits ideally at the rear of the garden to provide a visual interest from the home. The 2.5m hight was also a decider as it was within 2m of his neighbour.

To review and order the Gilbert, click HERE.

Want something smaller? Then we recommend the Lugarde Napoleon which you can review HERE.

Want something slightly bigger? We have the Lugarde Arthur which we use for our very own display site office. Review it HERE.

The Lugarde Gilbert Summerhouse (PR2)
The Lugarde Gilbert Summerhouse is a contemporary and attractive addition to any garden.

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Customer Stories – A Beautiful Space To Enjoy The View

The base below is a recently completed timber construction for a lovely couple from Hereford. The clients wanted to enjoy their view overlooking their land and a lovely valley ending in a stream. They had played around with decorative sheds and other structures but were never convinced that the proportions of the buildings and their roofs did their well kept garden and converted barn justice. They approached us and they saw the Lugarde Duke. that was exactly what they had been looking for. We did a site survey to waylay any concerns for a base and access and the building was ordered. We have now installed the base ready for the building which we will build in September.

The base is a great example of a simple construction that is perfect for our garden spaces. Once the building has been installed, the client will add a flag stone ‘patio’ to hold a cafe table and chairs.

More pictures of this story will follow.

To view and order the Lugarde Duke, click HERE.

The Lugarde Duke Summerhouse (P53)
The Lugarde Duke summerhouse is a classic summerhouse, perfect for any garden corner.

This is a typical example of a timber frame base for our garden spaces.

This is a typical example of a timber frame base for our garden spaces.

This is a typical example of a timber frame base for our garden spaces.

This is a typical example of a timber frame base for our garden spaces.

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Garden Space Of the Week – BBQ’s Just Got Better With The Lugarde Remington

Double your season for eating alfresco by creating a lovely space that protects you from the hot sun, rain and cold wind. Europeans get the “eating outside” by protecting you from the elements, and now the UK can too. Welcome to the Lugarde Remington gazebo.

protection from the British weather, hot or cold, has always been hit or miss affair. We will either use a garden umbrella that stands precariously in even the mildest breeze or a covered timber frame is constructed, typically too small but for the smallest table and chairs. Cotswold Garden Spaces can now provide an architectural solution that not only looks great but performs splendidly.

The Lugarde Remington is a good-sized canopy (Size: 3.50m (W) x 4.87m (D) x 3.31m (H)) with a classic apex roof finished in beautiful shingles for decades of use. The solid roof is complimented with full height log walls that spans across the rear, the side and a small return, providing a relief from a cold breeze or driving rain. And it is only £3,023 (inc VAT) delivered nationwide to your door. incredible value.

The building also provides great customisation ideas. Paint the beautifully prepared logs and frame in a lovely heritage colour from Little Green or go old school with a classic woodsman (as shown). The log apex of the roof allows a lovely outdoor clock to be fixed and the roof lends itself to attractive guttering that could lead to a water butt. Inside, the walls are prefect for adding shelving and other interior design ideas. The floor space will easily take large tables and chairs and even a brick BBQ or fire pit with a flue that can be fitted through the roof for a real “wow” factor. Got a hot tub, this is perfect for even the largest tub and has an area to change behind too.

We can even offer a Siberian larch decked floor for a lovely finish and nice tactile feel underfoot.

To view and order the Remington, click HERE.

The Lugarde Remington gazebo is a great mixture of alfresco eating and sanctuary. Walls wrap around the building on two sides and then a 1.5m return to create a cosy space away from the wind, and provides a wonderful area to eat, drink and be merry.