F R E S C O V t r a d i t i o n a l
Foundations and Base – SOLID CONCRETE SLAB v timber joists over pads
- Concrete slabs (“raft”) are solid and designed for all types of loading, including heavy gym use; storage and workshop plant.
- By using concrete rafts you can maximise your floor to ceiling height whist also being able to stay within any height restrictions for Planning / Permitted Development. This is due to there not needing to have any additional floor joists above the foundation level.
- Rafts are not as susceptible to differential settlement which can cause cracking in finishes and jamming of openings such as bi-fold doors.
- Timber joists are susceptible to degradation and rot if not properly finished, especially at the level that they will be sat.
Wall Structure – STEEL v timber
- Steel is stable, whereas timber changes shape over time leading to the finishes being more susceptible to damage / cracking and the possibility of doors jamming
- The steel structure is produced using Computer Aided Manufacture making it millimeter accurate, timber's accuracy is very dependent on the workmanship.
- There is less waste during all stages of fabrication and construction using steel construction
- The steel is galvanised and so is more durable than timber
- Steel is recyclable
Roof Finish – ALUMINIUM v edpm
We can provide a choice of finish to suit your preference. Aluminium is harder wearing and longer lasting.
External Cladding – NON-COMBUSTIBLE ALUMINIUM v timber
- Aluminium is recyclable
- A broad range of textured or smooth finishes are available
- Aluminium provides for a modern aesthetic
- Aluminium cladding is durable and very low maintenance - especially compared to timber which will deteriorate, change aesthetically over time and require continual treating.
- As a non-combustible material, it can have its advantages in not requiring building regulations approval close to a boundary
Doors and Windows – ALUMINIUM FRAME v uPVC frame
Aluminium is more durable and provides a more modern aesthetic. As we are providing a premium product, we have decided not to offer uPVC windows and doors.
Insulation – INSULATED LIKE YOUR HOME v insulated like a garden shed
Our annexes have been designed to ensure that they are as comfortable as modern day homes with sufficient insulation and good architectural details to ensure that the room can be kept warm in the colder months and will not overheat in the hotter months.
Building Regulations – COMPLIANT v non-compliant
Our spaces meet the same Building Regulation standards as your house because we see it as an extension of the home.
Drawings and Details – PROVIDED v not provided
We have given the design a lot of thought and a full set of drawings are a part of any well thought out design process which make our design transparent.
Sustainability – MODERN MATERIALS AND CONSTRUCTION v traditional materials and construction
Sustainability is a key principle in driving our design decisions.
- The steel structure and aluminium cladding is recyclable.
- Aluminium is the third most abundant element after oxygen and silicon.
- Insulated wall, roof and raft to reduce the energy use during the operational phase of the life cycle.
- Durable structure and products made to last longer than traditionally built garden rooms.
- Low maintenance windows, doors and cladding.
- We have also partnered with suppliers who can complement our sustainable ethos including solar panels and dry toilets.