Situated in the heart of London’s Stoke Newington this bold, black garden building serves as a studio for our printmaking client. Commissioned with the brief of creating a year-round useable and inviting space, with studio facilities and storage, we designed and built this high-spec garden room as an extension of the house, albeit one you have to walk across the garden to get to.
Sho Sugi Ban (Burnt waxed Cedar) vertical cladding covers the whole building with its rich texture, colour, and excellent resistance to insects and rot. The roof is covered in a rubber membrane and features a two-metre squared remote control 90 degree opening skylight, to let in sufficient light and air circulation on hot days. The door and window are both double glazed Aluminium finished in black and echo the rectangular features of the studio.
Such a personal project as this wouldn’t be complete without some unique elements. We designed and made a desk organiser, apron hooks and a print drying rack using Birch Ply offcuts, and fabricated some Copper taps, which finish the studio off nicely alongside the giant Copper cat – supplied by the client!
His encouragement, and enthusiasm made me confident and excited about the project. I was not disappointed. Their work ethic and craftsmanship were exemplary. I love the fact that the Birch ply cupboards and work surfaces carry the grain uninterrupted over the whole work surface. I am incredibly happy with my new studio. My only complaint would be that I now spend more time there than in my house. Graham Storey
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