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Garden Studios, the Bespoke Luxury Purchase.

Those with money for luxuries and asset expansion have a vision of possibilities worthy of expenditure, not limited to garden rooms.  Suitably sophisticated, effortless web browsing and glossy indulgent magazines carry advertisements which induce feelings of luxury and indulgence.

The fear that underlies luxury spends, that unless I buy a Bang Olufsen system I will forfeit my originality, is a highly strung suggestion made by such ads; that the highest achievement in life is individualism.  Bespoke diamond from De Beers, customised Aston Martin convertible, Park Hyatt family holiday and Italian designer tailoring from Saville Row’s Sartoriani ooze the custom-made, especially for you, calibre that only a sizeable amount of money can buy.

For £30,000 one can throw a memorable weekender party, purchase an authentic Louis Vuitton leather whiskey set for the gentleman, own a Franck Muller watch or have a Studioni garden studio suite installed at the country residence or town house properties.

In terms of return, the weekend party will have memories and video clips.  The Vuitton and Muller will have variable resale values depending on their authentic paperwork, condition and the trend at time of sale but will hold sentimental value for the owner and negligibly the family in the futue.  The Studioni garden studio suite will continue to  secure your property value as well as providing many happy hours of relaxation.  If it is true to say that the ultimate luxury is the feeling that your asset could not be in better hands then this would be the one to go for.

Looking more closely at the bespoke garden studio suite, the same high calibre of designers, craftsmen, photographers and project managers work together to turn your dream retreat into reality.  Depending on the function of the space shower rooms, spas, fireplaces, surround sound, swinging bed platforms and solar power can be incorporated although the flexibility of the space is the key to this luxury lifestyle trend.





Garden Studios – A Growing Business 2011.

Studioni Ltd has released trading information for winter 2011. Turnover from sales of garden rooms rose by 70% on the same winter trading period last year; Oct-Jan.
Studioni accounts for 2010-2011 showed a significant turnover increase. With a minimal IT investment and no company loans or debts, profit also increased by a further 3.1% on the former year. That leaves Studioni well placed and in profit to meet demand for the coming year 2012 after bucking the industry seasonality trend.

Our managing director reports: “Our business is diverse and outperforming at a top and bottom line level. With a quiet cross border market in the Republic of Ireland this past year, the best performance remains in the UK with increased interest from western European countries. I think when you look at the kind of results our competitors are lodging, it’s a solid performance. Revenues are massively increased and profitability is growing. “

“We’re attracting both regular and many more larger projects and finding that the personal service we give allows us to aggregrate our projects, producing turn-key solutions for clients. Our diversity with design and resources means we can add value to customers, sourcing exactly what they want.

“Our value proposition is a good service, reliable quality and bespoke design”. The Consumer Protection Association report for 2011 shows great customer ratings for Studioni Ltd can be accessed on our News Page.

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How to Find the Best Garden Office Designs for Your Budget.

Garden StudioThere exists a comprehensive range of garden office designs on the UK market today.  From the lower price range bursts a variety of sheds with plastic window panes and pitched and flat roofed log cabins.  For under £8000 it is possible to achieve a space to work in reasonable summer comfort.  I like the colourfully painted sheds which sit very well into a cottage garden, highly planted with tall wallflowers, foxgloves, dalias and rambling roses.  In this way, landscaping around your shed with appropriate plants allows it to really fit in.

Middle price range garden offices tend to be constructed with polystyrene insulation sheets and clad with horizontal shiplap board, stained to your colour preference.  Windows may be PVC and double glazed for a little extra warmth in the autumn chill.  Traditional pitched roofs are common with this design, as is the popular feather-edged cladding for under £15,000.  This style holds its own in a rural setting and can be expanded into larger structures, suitable as farm shops or showrooms.

Best quality garden studioUpper range garden office designs are usually very contemporary.  Cedar cladding with aluminium or chrome trims and sharp boxy lines emanating from almost-flat roofs send this set of designs into the £22,000 – £40,000 bracket.  Some variation can be achieved with thermally broken aluminium glazing options and integral decks.  Best structure for this money has got to be BBA approved SIPs panels with professionally pressed polyurethane insulation:  rigorously tested for all year round comfort, cool summer working, warm winter comfort and the longest verifiable durability.

Glasshouses and oak framed buildings meet in this upper price range too and can easily exceed £40,000.  The building technology for oak frames tend to be traditional with a lower thermal performance than the SIPs structure mentioned.  The glasshouses need to be displaying very low u-values to be suitable as a working office.

garden office music roomIn conclusion, one can achieve a garden office from £8,000 to £40,000 and the price increase usually reflects an increase in quality.  Using this guide, you are justified in expecting certain quality standards for your money.  A wary word on SIPs panels – many companies claim to use the latest but make them in a poor back-yard fashion using polystyrene and various glues.  The result is an over priced product with shortened life and poorer insulation qualities.  Ask for a garden studio independent thermal value calculation or certificate number.

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How Can There Be Business Benefits from a Snow-In?

Architect's home office

It’s traditionally an odd concept – elation at the prospect of a winter snow in!  A growing number of people are safe in the knowledge that their commute cannot be disrupted.  Looking out my window right now I could be in an early Narnia scene and I know our travel infrastructures are just not up to the challenge that heavy snow brings.  When we cannot get to work or our employees can’t reach the office, we are already loosing money. As garden room designers, our home-working clients look forward to the snow; to revisit the fun and wonderment of childhood winters past without the grown-up worries about work and finances.  Link for the full garden rooms article.

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Celebrating International Women’s Day, NI.

On Monday 8th March 2010 we can all celebrate the strengths and achievements of women as we mark the 99 year anniversary of International Women’s Day. On this day, women around the world join together in celebration of the intelligence, strength, courage and beauty of women.  Northern Ireland women are still under-represented in business, politics and economy with common occupations the same as they were 50 years ago.

Julie Gallagher

Women are also poorly represented at board level in the UK garden buildings industry.  My own involvement began part-time, in 2003, supporting the rapidly increasing public interest in my husband’s design and construction skills.  He developed distinct ranges of garden rooms which became popular enough to warrant establishing several lines in a specifically structured manufacturing plant.  The rapid business growth necessitated the development of secure infrastructures, databases, record systems, service profiles and further managerial implementation to support a desire for the best customer service experience.

That’s when it dawned on us that I had the common sense, skills and trust to facilitate this growth.  I had less than 3 years business experience, being an honours graduate of medicine on a year out, with two young children to cater for.  But I could listen without judgement to the business issues and see clearly, from the outside, what needed doing and the most efficient way to get there.  Having completely taken our designs back to the drawing board and found greener alternatives, launching our 2010 range has also launched my career as marketing director with Studioni.

Whether our client is a family, a working mum, a couple or a professional executive woman, I find they are both surprised and pleased to deal with another woman in what they perceive as a man’s sector.  My favourite quote for International Women’s Day? “The fastest way to change society is to mobilize the women of the world.”

Inez McCormack

I cannot complete without a mention of Inez McCormack, who rendered me spellbound during her speech at a recent Women In Business event at Belfast Castle.  Inez spoke humbly and passionately about her work with women in India, supporting real economy.  UTV and the Belfast Telegraph report that Meryl Streep has been cast to portray our own Inez, “feisty Northern Irish women’s rights activist”, in a new Broadway play.  Inez McCormack became involved in the Northern Ireland civil rights movement in the 1960s when she took part in non-violent protests opposing inequality in jobs and housing. She later became involved in the male-dominated trade unions, campaigning for women workers.

If you are a female director in our sector, please get in touch.  I am interviewing women this week to Feature in our blog.

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