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15th Nov 2017

A bijoux garden extension … so much more than just a dog room!

When our client contacted us she had an idea, some functional requirements and a sound Pinterest board! Our client was looking for a multifunctional garden space and has kindly let us share her initial email to ‘Direct to Client’ Construction Director Chris Noonan:

Hi Chris,

Would something like this work (see image 2 and 3) - a rectangular timber structure (with roof) with a glass and aluminum structure within it … I look forward to hearing your thoughts on structure and pricing along these lines and any alternatives you think would fit the brief.

Best wishes, Gill

From here Gill and Chris agreed a timescales and budgets.  Contracts Manager Jamie Osborne worked closely with Gill to firm up the structural and aesthetic elements of the build. We asked Gill to tell us about the project:

“Jamie drew a few sketches of the final structure based on my basic brief.  The team understood what I was looking for straight away and were able to convert my ideas into firm construction plans, including materials, technical requirements and structural elements.”

Gill continues:

“It was great that a team could be assigned and get started pretty much straight away. Communications were strong throughout the project. Site manager Scott kept me informed all the way – so decision making was easy and any hurdles were easily overcome. The build came in to budget, also due to great planning and communication! I came to StuartBarr CDR because having worked with BarrJoinery in the recent past; they had designed and manufactured my mezzanine stairs and inbuilt cabinetry (see final image).  As a result I had confidence that the Barr Group would embrace my vision and make it a reality.”

“I am looking forward to being able to open the bi-fold doors in the summer and using my new ‘dog porch’ as a garden room."

Site Manager Scott Miller describes the design process for the timber framed garden room as such:

“Working from an image rather than scaled drawings, strong communication with Gill was essential.  Gill had a really clear idea of what she wanted, which made the process very easy.  The most important element for me, was to keep perfect lines through the oak cladding, as seen in the initial inspiration image, which remained as a constant reference point throughout the build.  We were all really pleased with the final result.  Ziggy is a very lucky dog!”

The ‘porch’ structure has turned out to be a transformational addition to Gill’s home. Our thanks to Gill for her faith in our team and a great vision to translate.

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