Friday, April 13, 2007
Suffolk-based Painted Pavilions have one of the widest and most attractive range of garden offices available as well as plenty of pictures on their web site of finished projects which conforms well with their mission statement that "We believe you would like something other than a dull shed-like studio or a mass manufactured utilitarian work place". There is a range of standard models as well as a genuine bespoke service, all put together inhouse where they have a fully equipped joinery. Timber is European Redwood from managed resources and for insulation they use a rigid extruded foam board with reflective foil surfaces, equivalent to an 8 inch thermalite block wall. On the roof are mineral shingles from Italy. My personal favourites (both pictured) are the Edwardian-style Langtry (not least because they suggest it can be put onto a rotating base a la George Bernard Shaw's writing hut) available on stilts with bi-fold doors, and the Gibbon which comes with four classical-style columns supporting an overhanging porch pediment and a slate roof.