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A Garden Room For All Seasons

by Robyn Fletcher | Oct 20, 2016 | Blog, Residential

A room in the garden doesn’t need to be used only as a summer house. Choosing an ecologically friendly supplier such as TG Escapes, with energy efficiency incorporated into every aspect of their buildings’ design, can give you a room to enjoy whatever the time of year, the weather or your intended use. Whether you need a home office, a garden gym, a guest bedroom or simply need more living space, a Garden Escape can provide a warm and cosy outdoor room that needn’t cost the earth to heat and light, no matter the temperature outside, how grey the day or dark the night.
All Garden Escapes have a high insulation value woven into their buildings’ fabric at every available opportunity. Walls, windows, ceilings and floors are all designed to keep the elements out and heat in, on chilly days, but should also protect against over-heating during a hot spell. Glass features are double glazed with an argon cavity fill to further improve thermal performance, and are specially coated to ensure low emissivity.
Blessed though we have been with an extended summer this year, there is definitely an autumnal chill starting to permeate the air and it won’t be long before we need to crank up the thermostat and add a few hours to the timer. Your garden room space heating option should be as energy efficient as your budget allows: a Garden Escape will mean that you need not settle for anything less than an A rating. However, if you are planning to use your garden room extensively during the cold months, you should consider an AA rated air source system (that combines as an air conditioning unit during a hot spell) that extracts heat from the atmosphere to provide warmth inside, rather like a fridge in reverse.
When it comes to lighting your garden room, TG Escapes believe that the best form of illumination is natural sunlight, which means lots of windows. Intelligent site specification is also important to maximise the penetration of natural light whilst avoiding glare, and also to provide a pleasant outlook. Natural light is easy on the purse (and the planet) but just as importantly it is good for the physical and mental well-being of a building’s occupants. However, when the sun isn’t up to the job, illumination should be supplemented with an energy efficient interior lighting system.
No matter how efficient the lighting system, however, it is never a bad thing to fully harness the power of the sun and a good way of reducing reliance upon electrical lighting is to include sun pipes. These ultra-reflective tubes can be installed in parts of the interior furthest from the windows and they literally funnel sunlight inside. And while considering harnessing the sun’s energy, it is worth examining the merits of installing solar panels. Full electrical self-sufficiency may be prohibitively expensive for some, but a simple system that heats water, need not cost a great deal.
Whichever of the energy saving options you choose, you can rest assured that a Garden Escape will cost you very little to run, providing a warm, well-lit and cosy space to enjoy, with a fabulous view of your garden in all its glorious seasonal phases of life, growth and rest.

About the author

Robyn Fletcher
Robyn has been with TGEscapes for 8 years working in various areas of the company including sales, administration, marketing and customer service with a particular interest in social media. She has trained in business and administration, as well as working for a short time in insurance. Robyn has grown up and lives in rural Herefordshire, she is the mother of a lovely 6 year old boy and has an interest in all things environmental.

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