Building a free-standing workshop at the end of the garden - advice please

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  1. StanleysDad

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    Hi all,

    Wasn't sure where to start this but think here is best. I want to replace the rickety old shed at the bottom of my garden with a retro gaming den and I'd appreciate some advice please. I'd imagine a brick structure would be best but anything for an easy life, does anybody have any experience of those pre cast concrete structures you see advertised delivered and built for a set price, e.g. http://www.lidget.co.uk/our-buildings/workshops? I'd need to insulate it and run power cables for the heaters (and the Amigas et al :D), has anybody done anything like this for their home cinema?

    Cheers,

    Dan
     
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    Any advice at all? I've been looking at workshops like this 16' by 8' one -

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    And plotting where everything will go inside the room -

    [Gah, imageshack not working at the mo, will edit in later.]

    ...but if a pre-cast concrete eyesore (my other half's words) is not the way to go then I will rethink :)
     
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    Think you would need planning permission for a masonry structure, your search for an easy life might be found by using timber ;)
     
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    You might be right there! Only I'm thinking - this is going to stand in the corner of my garden so once it is in situ, patching up any leaks or whatever on two of its sides will be very difficult indeed, so I really have to build it out of the most hard-wearing material I can!
     
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    Could you not get away with a log cabin style? IMO They just look better than the concrete style buildings and easier to throw up and not sure what the score is with the concrete ones, but as the log cabins are considered a removal building it is easier

    Do I need Planning Permission for Log Cabins and Garden Offices?

    I know been wooden if been used as a cinema style room, it will need alot of insulation for sound deadening also.

    This may help.
     
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    2x4 studwork, fill with celetex or similar, ,ply outside breathable felt batten then cladd.use soundblock plaster board inside(foil backed) . build on concrete base with a brick plinth and away you go, oh do not forget roof or you will get wet lol
     
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    Rick, Andy, thanks very much for your advice.

    I agree wood would look 1000x better than concrete but a wooden structure will require yearly TLC, impacting where it can be placed. Ideally it will go right up into the corner of the garden to take up as little lawnspace as poss, but if I must allow room to waddle round it with a paintbrush once per year that'll mean I must build a smaller workshop on the plot I'm allowed, which is obviously a waste haha.

    But I will investigate wood and see if I can eke out another few feet off SWMBO, to compensate :D
     
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    No probs, good luck :smashin:
     
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    use fibre cement weather board where your building is up against the wall ,its embossed to look like wood and once stained looks pretty good . once stained you can prob pretty much forget about it , then just do rest of building in timber.
     
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    Andy - advice noted, thanks matey.
     
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    You could also use the upvc weather board it won't require any maintenance. It goes together like tongue and groove and secret nailed I fit this to new build house and the stuffs quiet good
     
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    Andy #2 thank you too :)
     

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