A room with a view...

Ken Wood has recently set up a new consultancy business from his home in Glossop. Ken and his wife Sharon live in a beautiful, old cottage nestled on a hillside with far reaching views across the High Peak. Ken and Sharon made the decision to invest in a home office in the autumn of 2014.

An internet search led the Woods to the garden office and summerhouse section on the Arctic Cabins website. The Woods loved the barbecue cabins but they really wanted something that would make the most of the views from their garden and that they could use as an office. Impresssed with the ethos and quality of the barbecue cabins they arranged to visit the showsite and factory in Ilkeston to discuss their requirements and options.

Ken and Sharon wanted somewhere quiet and peaceful to work away from the main house that would make the most of the views from their garden. Due to the characteristic nature of their stone cottage the windows aren’t large so they really wanted a garden office with as much glass as possible to make the most of the views.  

They needed enough space for two people to work and they wanted the room to be multifunctional so they could use it as a place to sit, chat and relax and enjoy the views when they weren’t working. 

The result a 3.6 square meter lined and insulated bespoke office with two UPVC glass sides. The other two sides of the building have no glass as they are sheltered and not seen due to where the building is situated. The office is constructed using slow-grown redwood, the same wood that is used to make the barbecue cabins and the walls are 44mm loglap double tongue and groove. The Woods choose green UVPC frames for the windows and doors to complete their building.  

The Woods’ house is on high ground, so the building needed to be substantial and able to withstand the high winds. Ken says, ‘The office is great, it’s robust, shows no sign of movement in any weather, it’s warm, easy to heat, and makes the most of our fantastic views.’ 

The Woods are now considering two more studios that match the office as additional accommodation for their friends and family. 


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