Graphic designer transforms garden into a home-working haven

Inspired by the ‘new normal’ of remote-working, graphic designer Steven Haygarth has transformed the top of his south-facing garden into a home-working haven, using eco-friendly and low maintenance composite decking and cladding products.

Steven is not alone in creating his garden office space, according to research, 13% of  home-working Britons are expected to invest in purpose-built outhouses in 2021; providing comfortable and functional work spaces, amid the calming influence of nature.

Constructed using Composite Prime’s sustainable HD Clad® Pro cladding system, Steven’s new office shed is made from FSC® 100% hardwood flour and recycled plastic, which combines to produce a durable, natural-looking cladding product that outperforms traditional treated timber.

Commenting on the use of environmentally friendly materials to create his garden office, Steven said: “We try to recycle as much as we can and avoid using plastic in our household, so Composite Prime’s products were the perfect solution to help us to create our stunning new space. HD Clad® Pro was also incredibly easy for us to install. The simple clip fixings and composite trims, allowed for an uncomplicated horizontal or vertical installation.”

Each square metre of Composite Prime’s composite cladding and decking contains the equivalent of more than 3,000 plastic bottle caps or 280 plastic bottles. In the six years of operation the brand has saved the equivalent of 151 million plastic milk bottles from landfill.

The beautiful 5m x 3m garden office, which can now be used year-round to provide extra space for Steven and his family,  includes a corner sofa, shelving units and a small box room that’s to be developed into a bathroom.

The low maintenance building sits aloft a luxury outdoor seating area which was also created using sustainable composite material, from Composite Prime. The HD Deck® Dual decking features LED lighting which illuminates the whole garden and creates a cosy and relaxing ambience.

Shades of natural oak and slate were selected to seamlessly blend the steps leading up to the office and create a two tonal pattern, provided by HD Deck® Dual’s reversible two-colour option, which allows homeowners to lay deck boards with contrasting colours and produce bespoke finishes and personalised designs.

Steven continued: “The garden building is primarily used as an office space but it does have other uses for us as a family. We live in a three bedroom bungalow, which we’d like to develop at some stage, but the garden room seemed like a good starting point for some extra space; especially as everything remains on one level.

“We’ve become keen gardeners during the pandemic and have also started growing our own vegetables and herbs. We get daily visits from ducks in the garden, which our 3-year-old daughter adores, so the extra space allows her to spend more time outside, comfortably.”

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