FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT CAN I HAVE WITHOUT PLANNING?

Buildings close to a boundary will need to be 2.5m high. If you require a taller building without planning you will need to be more than 2m away from your boundary.
You will need to locate your building either to the side or to the back of the house - buildings in front of the house will need planning permission. 
Please note that the customer is responsible for planning permission, and may need to contact the council for full clarification of their permitted development rights. 
 

WHAT MAINTAINANCE IS REQUIRED?

The weather, location and the sun can all have an effect on buildings, however throughout our 35 years we understand how our product works and how it stands up to the test of time.

Your maintainace schedule should be to clean the gutters out to keep free from debris
Adjust doors and windows that have expanded or contracted through weather conditions
Remove debris from the roof
Treat the outside of the building as required to maintain an attractive appearance. (This provides a waterproof coat to the timber and keeps the moisture content of the wood consistent - which in turn improves the stability of the timber, and reduces the expansion & contraction of the timber)

Our guarantee is in respect of design and maufacturing faults, corrosion and rot for 10 years from the date of installation.

HOW MUCH SPACE DO I NEED AROUND THE BUILDING?

We require 400mm around the building to be able to fit the cover strips and guttering on the outside of the building.

If you have less space available please contact us on 01926 815757, as we will discuss the options available on an individual basis - it may be that we can still accommodate your project.

PLEASE EXPLAIN THE ROOFING OPTIONS

Pitched roof buildings can have any of the roofing options that we provide, whereas the single slope buildings are only available with steel roofing sheets.

Green mineral felt is the standard finish on garages and workrooms - this is a polyester based felt and is much thicker and stronger than normal shed roofing felt that you would buy from a DIY store. Average lifespan is 6-8 years.

Felt Tiles is standard on the pitched roof garden rooms and an option on the other buildings. They are created in a sheet format that has 4 tiles on each sheet - the above tile covers the lower sheet by 50% to provide a double layer of tiles. In addition to this we also cover the roof with breathable underfelt before the tiles are fitted - which creates a 3 layer roofing system with an average lifespan of 15 years.

Steel Roofing Sheets are covered with plastisol and available in a range of colours. It is fitted to the roof onto the breathable underfelt to create a 2 layer roof covering that is condensation free. When fitted to the Garden Offices the insulation in the roof ensures virtually no noise is heard during inclement weather. Average lifespan is 25 years for the steel sheeting.

Onduline Roofing is a standard roof finish for stables and is available as an option for the other buildings. It is felt and bitumen compressed into a corrugated format and can be nailed directly onto the purlins with or without boarding underneath. For the optimum life expectance of 15 years we would recommend boarding and underfelt as a base for the Onduline to sit onto. The Onduline can sit directly onto the purlins however this will reduce the average lifespan of the product.

Cedar Shingles offer an improved lifespan over Felt Tiles, along with added depth and character without the compromise of additional trusses needed to support the weight. They will start off as a natural brown colour but will quickly turn to a beautiful silver colour that is very popular in countryside locations. They are fitted onto underfelt and battens to create an average lifespan of 25 years.

Tapco Slate is a perfect solution for customers looking for a tiled roof look, but would like the building supplied & fitted by one company. Fitted onto boarding, underfelt & battens the Tapco slate is a man made lightweight roofing solution that appears as realistic as natural slates. Available in a range of colours, with a maximum roof pitch of 25 degrees, the average lifespan is 40 years for this roof finish.  

Clay or Slate Tiles @ 30 degrees. Customers that require this finish will require a tiler to supply & fit the battens, membrane, tiles and soffits for this option. Warwick Buildings will obtain the trusses and install them at 600mm centres in readiness for the tiler to continue from that point. The two end trusses will be clad, however please note that there will not be any overhangs to the gable end on this option.

 

PLEASE EXPLAIN THE CLADDING OPTIONS

Shiplap - 16mm x 125mm Scandinavian Redwood machined to our unique profile, with an extra long rebate to allow for natural movement of timber. It is pressure treated to a light green colour to protect against rot & decay for 15 years and is the ideal choice for customers who like a smooth finish and little maintenance.

Feather Edge - 25mm x 150mm home grown spruce with a sawn finish, that provides a much thicker and heavier look to the shiplap. Again it is pressure treated in a light green colour, and is the ideal cladding for customers looking for a traditional looking building that is full of character. The size and weight of the feather edge along with the manufacturing processes mean that this board is a more expensive option over the shiplap cladding.

Cedar - 12mm x 100mm Tongue & Groove cladding machined to create a modern looking finish. Each board is unique as this beautiful cladding naturally ranges from a dark hardwood to a light pine in colour thus creating a fantastic looking natural building. The hardwood properties of Cedar mean that it hardly expands or contracts during changes in weather, whilst it also has it's own unique protection against rot, decay and insect infestation. Whilst the Cedar will fade in the sunlight, it is a must for customers looking for that wow factor on a garden room or garage, and it will continue to offer that feeling especially if protected against UV rays with Restol Oil.  

PLEASE EXPLAIN WINDOW OPTIONS

We have suppliers for timber, u-PVC and aluminium windows, all of which can be fitted into any of our buildings.

Timber Windows are the standard construction for garages - whereby we offer two designs in standard sizes finished in a light brown wood stain.
Timber windows are available in a factory finish (painted) in a range of colours, and can be single or double glazed.
They will require more maintenance than u-PVC however their carbon footprint is lower than the other two options.

u-PVC Windows are the standard option for Garden Rooms and Offices due to their maintenance free properties. Available in a a choice of colours, but usually supplied in the popular Anthracite Grey or Black.
The u-PVC windows can be fitted into any of our buildings and it is becoming increasingly more common to have them in garages and workrooms.

Aluminium is usually provided as bi-fold doors. Windows are available in Aluminium again available in a range of colours - with Anthracite grey being the most popular choice. You can select u-PVC as this also matches the Aluminium Bi-Fold doors.

PLEASE EXPLAIN DOOR OPTIONS

Garage Doors
Standard garage doors are ledged & braced timber double doors - 2440mm wide x 2135mm high inclusive of galvanised fittings - stained brown.
Single garages are priced with 1 set, double garages with 2 sets, triple garages with 3 sets and so on.
We offer the following upgrades to the timber double doors that come as standard.
FULLY FRAMED DOUBLE DOORS - with standard fittings - stained brown. (These doors have less movement than standard doors)
CEDAR CLAD DOUBLE DOORS - with standard fittings  

PLEASE EXPLAIN THE ELECTRICS

Garden Rooms and Offices include the first fix wiring, along with the consumer unit, lighting and the faceplates.
All wiring is installed within the cavity and is ready for an electrician to connect the tail ends of the wiring at the consumer unit and the faceplates.
The electrician will need to provide and install a power feed from your house / garage to the new building - usually a 6mm armoured cable is used.
It usually takes half a day for the internal connections, plus the time required for the electrician to install the cable that you require.

The wiring provided is 1.5mm cables for lighting on a 6 Amp fused circuit, and 2.5mm cables with a 32 Amp breaker for the sockets - on a ring main.
There is space for a 3rd breaker if it is required for another feed.

Our electrician can offer customers in Warwickshire and Worcestershire with installation and certification independently - please contact him directly (Andy Punnett) via his website www.aspelectrics.co.uk
If you live in Berkshire or Hampshire, please contact Ben Thorp on 07917 131984

HOW DO I GET INTERNET TO MY OFFICE

There are two ways to get internet to the new Garden Office.
Option 1 is to have a CAT 5 cable coming from a router in your house, down the garden and into the back of the building.
We can supply a back box specifically for a CAT 5 cable. Usually the cable is better to be unbroken - hence we don't internally wire with a CAT 5 cable to pug into

Option 2 is to have a WiFi extender kit. www.kuma.co.uk is a good example of this see below - our customers have used this kit, as it links to your existing router.

HOW IS A GARAGE BUILT ON SITE?

HOW IS A GARDEN OFFICE ASSEMBLED?

WHY IS THE GROUNDWORK NOT INCLUDED

Warwick Garden Rooms and Offices need a solid paving slab or concrete base to support the weight of the building over the complete area of the floor. This is known as a ground supported floor with the concrete pad classed as a floating pad which allows the natural movement of the ground conditions to change without compromising on the base.

Whilst we have tried suspended floors on small concrete pillars, we found them to have more movement and bounce, as timbers bridging the gap between supporting pillars tend to bend over time with gravity and the weight within in the building. Increasing the thickness of the floor bearers to reduce bounce will reduce the height of the walls for buildings needing to be 2.5m high (planning). Customers have also experienced a place for rodents to hide under the building.

Ground supporting bases require the soil to be dug out and filled with compact hardcore before filling with concrete / slabs, each base needs to be priced individually and done by a local builder due to the logistics of organising a skip, hardcore, concrete and access.   

CAN AN OFFICE BE USED FOR A MUSIC STUDIO

RB Studios in Birmingham have utilised 5 of our garden offices as music studios. These studios have been used by many famous Artists and Bands, and are Birmingham's longest established recording and rehearsal studios. 
We can provide acoustic insulation in place of the standard insulation, however you will require additional internal work to obtain the finish as shown in the video.
 

ARE ALL HARDWOODS MORE SOLID THAN SOFTWOODS?

Somewhat confusingly this is not always the case - Balsa wood for example is an extremely ’soft’ wood as is Cedar however both are classed as hardwoods. The high quality softwood used by Warwick Buildings is in fact a ‘hard’ wood and it is this quality which stands out particularly to those who visit the Warwick Buildings Show Site to view the buildings in person – one simply cannot mistake quality construction and materials when seen first hand.

IS TANALISED TIMBER WATERPROOF?

Tanalised timber is not waterproof, so it is still subject to the natural expansion and contraction as the moisture content in the surrounding atmosphere changes. It advised that a water repellent (clear or colour) treatment is applied to not only maintain the appearance of the building but also to help to exclude moisture being absorbed by the timber surfaces.

WHAT IS THE LEAD TIME

The lead time for a building is usually 4-6 weeks during the winter months and 8 - 10 weeks during the summer months.

You are welcome to book in advance to secure a delivery slot, and still make adjustments to the design up to the point that the base has been constructed.
(Please note that items that have been specifically order for you will still need to be paid for) 

HOW LONG WILL MY BUILDING LAST

We regularly have customers that have buildings re-roofed at 15 and twenty years old - who are quite confident that their buildings will last double that time if they get general maintenance and care.
This building was taken by a customer and we have worked out that it was 18 years old, and was still original. The customer has painted the building regularly with Protek Woodstain.

This garden office is 12 years old and has been regularly treated with Dark Oak wood protector. It features timber doors and windows, along with brown felt tiles.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO BUILD ON SITE?

Garden Rooms are usually constructed within 1-2 days (up to 6.2m x 3.6m sizes) depending on the final specifications.

Garages up to 6.1m x 6.1m are usually constructed within 1 day. Larger buildings will often take 2 days on site.

Commercial Buildings usually take 1 week on site - depending on the final specification.    

SO WHAT MAKES SOME TIMBER MORE EXPENSIVE THAN OTHERS?

Good forestry management requires the selective felling of trees which would otherwise gradually lose tensile strength over time and which would inhibit new growth resulting in forests which contain a lower grade quality timber overall. Careful forest management is a necessary practice to maintain balanced and healthy forests and should not to be confused with indiscriminate de-forestation which is seen in areas of the world particularly in regions where tropical rain forests predominate and which devastate wild life habitat and contribute to global warming.

THE SIZE I REQUIRE ISN'T LISTED - CAN YOU STILL BUILD IT?

The price list has been created to give a price for our most common sizes. If you require a different size to fit in a space available, please contact us to get an accurate price.

Because each building is individually created for you, a guide for the price would be the closest to the size that you are looking to have. Please do get in touch on 01926 815757 and talk to us about your project..

IS A GARDEN ROOM SUITABLE FOR YEAR ROUND USE?

The Garden Rooms and Offices are fully insulated for year round use. They are designed to be warm in the winter and cool in the summer, however the location in your garden will have an impact on how warm / cool the buulding is.
North faced gardens will have buildings that are naturally cooler throughout the year, whilts south facing garden will be naturally warmer throughout the year.

A building in the shade or in a north faced garden, will need a small heater during the winter months, but will remain cosy when the building is up to temperature. 
A building in direct sunlight or in a south facing garden will benefit from more ventilation and blinds between the glass to keep the building cooler.

I LIVE IN A TERRACED HOUSE - WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS?

Our garden rooms are design in panels and can be taken through houses and constructed in the back garden. We have supplied & installed buidings in small areas on numerous occasions, however we will require more information before providing an accurate design & price.
Either a video or pictures of the site is needed, or a site visit is required to allow the project to get to the next stage. 

CAN I HAVE A GARAGE WITHIN PERMITTED DEVELOPMENT?

In a word - YES
Single garages have a choice of a pitched roof or asingle slope roof at 2.5m high - which is within permitted development in most cases.
Double and triple garages will need to have a single slope roof to be 2.5m high.

Double & triple garages with a pitched roof will need to be 2m from the boundary to be within permitted development as they are taller than 2.5m high.

WHAT HAPPENS IF THE TREES ARE NOT CUT DOWN?

Good forestry management requires the selective felling of trees which would otherwise gradually lose tensile strength over time and which would inhibit new growth resulting in forests which contain a lower grade quality timber overall. Careful forest management is a necessary practice to maintain balanced and healthy forests and should not to be confused with indiscriminate de-forestation which is seen in areas of the world particularly in regions where tropical rain forests predominate and which devastate wild life habitat and contribute to global warming.