Thinking outside the Box

When it comes to building, good design is of paramount importance.

Space and how we use it matters, and we know only too well from our customers that space is also hard to find, so it’s wise not to squander it.

Recently one of our clients gave us the challenge of creating a garden building to fit the space they had available. The space wasn’t square. It was square with an additional wedge attached to it. To have a conventional rectangular shaped building would have meant they would not only be shortchanged in terms of square meterage but also left with a redundant amount of space too small to use for anything useful. We love a challenge. (Apparently, some of our competitors didn’t relish it so much – hah!).

e set to work. It’s fair to say it did take an amount more consideration than usual, including a less than customary foray into geometry and a new found appreciation for the genius of Pythagoras. (He of the ‘a right angled triangle the square of the hypotenuse is equal to the sum of the squares of the other two sides’ fame.)

The client wanted the Garden Room for a gym and to have a shower/wet room incorporated.

Here was the first drawing.

There was a clear problem. That wedge shape was causing usable space problems. We didn’t want to apportion more space to the bathroom than necessary because that was not going to be where the most space was needed – the gym was. But there was an issue, particularly on the back wall where the partition joined. That area in the bathroom was going to be wasted, and there is no point paying for something (space – in this case) you can’t use. The client wanted to see what it would look like if we moved the partition even further to the left.

We were still needing to factor in how easy it was going to be to navigate and use a wedge shaped bathroom. This is where creating scale drawings with fixtures becomes absolutely invaluable. Do you really want to only be able to enter a room by shuffling sideways? Or have to perform a strange hula hoop type of dance to pass the wash hand basin? No, of course not. Only by looking at the room to scale and highlighting the pinch points can you decide if something is right or wrong.

If you have watched any tv programmes on interior design you will know that using pocket doors can be a good tool for maximising space. Having a door that discreetly returns inside a wall means you don’t have to allow space for the door to swing out and open. It was when we were mulling over the best locations to site the pocket door that the solution dawned on us. And this is what we conceived. We would move the dividing wall to the right to give the bathroom more space and then claim the space back again by cutting off the length. Now not only was the bathroom a comfortable size and easy to navigate but the lost space could be retrieved by the adjoining room and utilised for storage.

Needless to say, the client was VERY happy and awarded us the project.

For us here at GBC making sure you have a building designed for your needs is not just part of our customer service it is also our passion. But perhaps, more importantly, we are here to help ensure that rather than leave you to create a design that leaves you with regrets, we help you benefit from our experience and realise the building of your dreams.

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