An artist in Hampstead Heath needed a dedicated art studio – and they chose Vivid Green to make it happen.
The studio was to be positioned in the courtyard garden of a period building in Hampstead Heath. The brief was simple – the studio was to be in keeping with the house, authentic in design – and importantly – invisible from the street.
The client had a very clear idea of what he wanted the building to look like, which was for it to look like it had been there some time. This was achieved by cladding the garden room in Thermowood® which we stained black, the same colour as the fencing and exterior of the main house. (ThermoWood® is a modified wood produced by heat treating Scandinavian softwood in a kiln at a very high temperature to make it more durable and weather resistant read more about Thermowood® and other cladding options here).
In this case we went one step further to ensure the artist studio truly matched the house. The doors and windows were bespoke frames, made from timber, matching those on the main house, and imported specially from Europe.
The ground on the site was sloping – we completed 2 days of groundworks to create a level site, and a short retaining wall was built to hold back the surrounding ground before construction of the studio. The image above shows the new garden room sat the other side of the raised bed had – the new retaining wall hidden under the fence to the right.
The client chose an engineered wooden floor, which we sanded to give a worn and aged appearance.
No plasterboard or paint were used on for the interiors. Instead, the authentic arty feel was achieved by leaving the SIPS panels bare, and running the electrical cables through industrial style aluminium trunking.
In total the build took just three weeks to complete, including ground works!