The dramatic increase in remote, work from home and self employed sectors has prompted a boost in demand for beautiful, practical extra space. This is a case study of garden studio that we built for a Muswell Hill based pilates and yoga instructor, who needed space outside of the family home to train clients.

Garden studios are often multi purpose, but in this case there were very specific dimension requirements in order to facilitate the client’s large pilates reformers. A 4m x 3.5m design was decided upon, as this allowed space for multiple reformers at a later date, and with space for the instructor to stand in front.

With the doors and integral aluminium blinds fully closed.

Boundaries and materials

Due to the close proximity of the boundaries (600mm), the rear, left and right elevations were clad in non combustable cement particle board, and the front with an attractive and sustainable Western Red Cedar. More about our cladding options here. 

Working alongside other contractors and builders

The client was having an extension built on their home at the same time, so the ground was conveniently levelled by their building team prior to works beginning.

Originally, the client had planned to have the garden studio constructed after the home extension, but in the end both the extension and new garden studio were finished at the same time, keeping the overall length of disturbance to family life (and neighbours) at a minimum. We love it when a plan comes together!

This animation of the design shows the depth of the building. It’s deceptively large although still well within permitted development rights, so no planning permission was required.

Four panel doors are both symmetrical and practical, as one door can be used independently for easy access.

LED spotlights keep the feel of the garden studio modern and clean, and engineered wooden flooring is both extremely hardwearing and warm to the touch. Perfect for bare foot yogis!

Our electrician installed Cat5 cable which controls the house doorbell, burglar alarm and telephone so that our client can run her business independently from the house. Find out more about smart technology options here. 


Showing the reformer in place, but not quite fully unpacked!

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