Blackstone Garden Room

Work, Rest & Play

You need more space. A nice quiet space. Somewhere away from all the noise, the never-ending laundry pile and the constant bickering over who gets control of the remote.

Maybe you need a quiet space to channel your inner Roald Dahl (he loved his writing shed). Or a place to run your business empire that isn’t overrun with dirty dishes. Maybe it’s not even for you, but a ‘child’ that just won’t leave, no matter how many hints you drop...

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Blackstone Garden Room

Work, Rest & Play

You need more space. A nice quiet space. Somewhere away from all the noise, the never-ending laundry pile and the constant bickering over who gets control of the remote.

Maybe you need a quiet space to channel your inner Roald Dahl (he loved his writing shed). Or a place to run your business empire that isn’t overrun with dirty dishes. Maybe it’s not even for you, but a ‘child’ that just won’t leave, no matter how many hints you drop...

Enter the Garden Room

Whatever the reason, you need a space that will keep you and your family warm and dry. Somewhere with lights, water, electric and heating. All the cosy feelings of a house – but, well... separate.

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Whether it’s for work, play, or a place for guests to stay...

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Space

So much room for activities!

You love your children ( or let's face it, maybe your partner) with all your heart, but jeez... we all need our own space, right?

Whether it’s ‘never leaving home children’ or your mother in law coming to stay, a Blackstone Garden Room is the ideal Annex solution for housing the whole family.

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Art

Do not disturb – artist at work.

Creatives LOVE a Blackstone. Painters, Crafters, Writers and Musicians all need somewhere to go to be amazing at what they do best.

We know things like; lighting, sound, warmth and practicalities are so important when designing your space and that’s why we do it from scratch, for you.

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Work

A Blackstone that pays for itself!

The working space for you to share your gifts with the world.

Things like beauty therapies and holistic treatments are fairly traditional working from home businesses, but maybe it’s personal training, a photography studio or a dog grooming stand?

Whatever it is, a Blackstone gives you the opportunity to do it so much better.

Technical Specification

If you’re familiar with Gillies and Mackay, you’ll know we don’t muck around with our specifications. We love nothing more than to barter back and forth with new ideas, new technologies and a whole world of possibilities for design, specification and techniques.

Our Garden Rooms are made with a 5 tier wall specification that looks and sounds a little something like this…

External Cladding

As standard we will always use 19mm thick tongue and groove redwood which has been tanalised to protect it against rot and fungi.

Cavity

Water, as far as we’re aware cannot ‘jump’ - which is why a Cavity is the perfect solution to halting any moisture ingress through the external weatherboard. The cavity keeps the water on the outside and stops it from ‘jumping’ to the internal lining.

Breather Membrane

It’s a material that is water resistant but still allows air to flow. The membrane is lined between the cavity space and the OSB sheeting known as the cold side of the insulation. This prevents the moisture (as well as all the other elements) penetrating through to the internal of the building.

Oriented Strand Board (OSB)

We love a bit of OSB. It’s not our primary material it’s used as intended, to brace a structure. OSB is very strong and durable - Ideal for the internal structure of a wall rather than the finishing lining. Although there are plenty Hipsters who prefer a OSB lining just for the rustic look 😉

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Pressure Treated Graded Framing

Depending on the size of structure we may use heavier timbers, but as a standard we will never use less than 95mm x 45mm pressure treated C14 Graded framing. The strength of this timber is what you would expect to be used in new build homes.

Lining

V’D Lining - is Scandinavian Redwood. Like the external cladding it is tongue and groove but has a different profile finish. Both the fitting and finishing is carried out by Gillies and Mackay.

Plasterboard - perfect for a smooth, modern finish. After fitting, the plasterboard will need to be finished by a skilled decorator.

Roofing

Steel Box Profile

This is our most favoured and common roofing option. We use Planwell, a fantastic firm in Buckie, Aberdeenshire. Murray and his team are amazing, they churn out massive quantities of Nova Permaroof for us on a fortnightly basis. The reason this option is so favoured is it’s 20 year guarantee and the fact it doesn’t leak! There are a couple of alternatives which are often preferred for Apex shaped roofs (pitched/pointed).

Shingles

Armourglass Shingles are self adhesive shingles made of Bitumen – slate chips on tar – which come in two shapes, square and hexagonal. Shingles offer a far more decorative feel to your Garden Room. Aesthetically more pleasing to some rather than steel, but more expensive. However, it's not as expensive as slate itself and is a good looking alternative.

Slate

It’s not often as a request or preference but it’s definitely something we can accommodate. Having a slate roof on your Garden Room is totally doable, you will need engineered trusses and a slater but both of these things are arranged by us - so no need to dust off the ol’ Yellow Pages (who?).

Flooring

Quickstep Elka Flooring is definitely our preferred laminate flooring. So many dodgy alternatives out there. We love Elka and Elka loves us. The 25 year guarantee and beautiful range of colours really help too though.

Order your Blackstone Garden Room brochure today:

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Electrics & Plumbing

At Gillies and Mackay we build the building because we’re joiners. We leave the other trades up to the skilled professionals. We do work closely with Electricians, Groundsmen and Plumbers to ensure these areas of the build go according to plan.

Light, Heating and Power.

These are the three things that make your Garden Room a space you can live, work and play in and thankfully electrics don’t need to be regulated by Building Control so assuming you’re not infringing on other areas - we’re able to build and hook you up without any added complexity.

Plumbing

Plumbing is a whole different kettle of fish and if you intend to tap in to the mains it will mean the entire building will need a warrant. You might prefer to look at alternative options, which don’t require building control.

How Much Does a Garden Room Cost?

Size plays an important part to the cost structure of a Blackstone. As does utility. As all our garden rooms are custom builds, we can't give exact prices but here's a rough idea of what to expect from a Blackstone build:

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Small Building

Up to 15m2

£12k - £15k

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Medium Building

Up to 25m2

£15k - £25k

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Large Building

Up to 30m2

£25k - £40k

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Huge Building!

Up to 60m2

£40,000+

Examples of things we cost for:

  • Planning / Building Control (in few cases required)
  • The outer body
  • The inner body
  • Roofing
  • Windows
  • Doors
  • Internal Finishing
  • External Finishing
  • Verandah
  • Heating
  • Electrics
  • Decorating

Please Note:

If you’re planning on the building being bigger than 30m2 or running mains water to the building, it will require a Building Warrant and Engineers Certification.

This can add a considerable amount to the cost.

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Customer Story

"My own little retreat from the world."

When Jackie Cartwright celebrated her 50th birthday she did so in style – with the purchase of one of Gillies & Mackay’s first ever bespoke garden rooms which she uses as her home art studio...
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Buyer's Prep

It'll be no surprise to you that your new Gillies & Mackay building will need some serious preparation work.

You've no doubt got questions – we've got answers. Here's everything you need to get started on the road to the shedlife.

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Book Your Consultation

Book a time that suits you – you can visit our show area, or we can discuss your garden room requirements with you on the phone or via video call.

P.S. You must book your visit to the show area – this enables us to give you the best care and it also ensures we are keeping you and our staff safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.