Eco-Friendly Garden Buildings

Log cabin building on a deck base

As a lover of the great outdoors, you almost certainly treasure nature and value the preservation and protection of the natural environment. Well, we’re with you all the way.

At Garden Affairs, we’re as concerned as anyone about the climate crisis and the likely direction the planet is headed without dramatic changes in government policy and human behaviour.

So what are we doing to play our part in fighting the battle against global warming?

We work hard to ensure our buildings, and the materials they’re made from, do not add to the environmental pain of the planet.

For 20 years we’ve been a leading distributor of timber-based garden buildings. We always do our best to use natural wood throughout the building, including the door and window frames.

So if you’re:

  • struggling with a lack of indoor space
  • worried about how eco-friendly a new garden building will be
  • concerned that a new building might disrupt the natural environment and landscape of your garden

read on to find out about the eco-credentials of a Garden Affairs timber garden room.

Good ol’ timber – as green as it gets.

Timber logs in a pile

If you’re looking for renewable, sustainable building material, look no further than timber.

The beauty of wood is that it captures and stores carbon from the atmosphere, helping in the battle against climate change. And the timber production process is much healthier for the planet than other materials like plastic, which are manufactured using fossil fuels.

Add to this that it’s easy to reuse and recycle at the end of its life, or can be burnt for bioenergy, and timber’s eco-credibility is hard to beat.

We use timber harvested from sustainably managed sources. Wood certified by the PEFC (Program of the Endorsement of Forest Certification) or FSC (Forest Stewardship Council), comes from forests in which more timber is planted than is used. This increases forest reserves, and the amount of carbon they absorb from the atmosphere.

Only through sustainable forest management will the planet’s forests be protected, which is vital if they’re to continue playing a part in tackling climate change.

Not only is timber an eco-friendly product, it’s energy-efficient too, enabling us to give our buildings natural air-tightness, with breathability (no condensation or damp) and insulation (year-round comfort). Read more about the benefits of timber buildings.

We use slow-grown Northern European larch & pine to ensure a sturdy and refined product. Slow-grown timber has a closer grain structure, making it strong and hard-wearing, particularly if it’s harvested when sap levels are low.

Living roof – blending in with nature.

Green sedum roof on garden building

Your garden building doesn’t have to be just a static wooden object – it can become a living part of the natural environment of your garden, a proper eco garden room.

By adding a sedum roof – a layer of shallow-rooted succulents – to your building, you’ll be creating an attractive and wildlife-friendly addition to the aesthetic of your outdoor space.

And there are other benefits of a green roof:

  • It’s a joy to watch your green roof grow and develop.
  • It will last for ages if you take good care of it – and it’s actually very low maintenance.
  • It’s an excellent natural insulator, cutting down your heating and air-con bills.
  • It absorbs rainwater.
  • It attracts wildlife, like butterflies, ladybirds and bees.

Sustainable base work solution

Deck base with decking

If your garden building is to have a long life, it needs to be built on robust and rot-resistant foundations. But how to do that in an environmentally-friendly way?

We’ve developed a deck base system, which will support your garden office, studio, log cabin or summerhouse as solidly and efficiently as a concrete base.

The significant sustainability feature of the system is that it’s made from heavy-duty, pressure-treated timber – a practical and green alternative to concrete, with a fraction of the carbon footprint.

The deck base system is easy to install, cheaper than concrete, and like any timber, it can be reused and/or recycled at the end of its life.

The only non-timber components of the deck base system are the posts supporting the base. They’re made out of recycled plastic and are an essential part of the system as they keep the base away from the ground and are completely rot-proof.

Going paperless

Our eco-efforts don’t stop at our buildings.

We’re making a conscious effort to move towards a paperless office. The operations team has swapped the heaps of paperwork they once produced for a fully online alternative.

Traditional drawings are moving online with the use of our new 3D design tools. And you can now find the brochures we used to mail out to our customers on our website.

For more information and advice on our garden buildings, and to find out which is the right one for you, please contact us online, or call us on 01225 774566.

What our customers say...

“ The electricians are just finishing off our new garden room. We are so pleased with it. What a professional, pleasant team of guys you have at Garden Affairs - they've been a pleasure to have at the bottom of the garden!”

Ms McCready - Bath

“Thank you to your installation/construction team, who put our building up last week. They were diligent and courteous and considerate, and checked in with us and listened to us when there were any questions about the build. They cheerfully adapted to extra bits of work: building steps, cutting branches from a tree etc, and seemed to get the whole job done very skillfully and efficiently. I am only sorry I was at work and didn't see how the wood all slotted together and how quickly this happened, but I've heard all about it! The garden…”

Mr Bull - Glastonbury

“Having shown their own office building and explained the construction I placed an order for my own building. It arrived on time, was erected in a day, and has daily provided excellent accommodation for my office/studio/workshop. I am delighted and am proud to show it off to all my friends and business associates who are so impressed with 'My' beautiful building."”

Mr Merkl - Bath

“We would like to thank you for all your help .... in the selection, supply and build of our garden room. You were all extremely helpful & courteous, and willingly helped me with "tricks of the trade" for the construction of the base and the the self-assembly of the garden room. When I broke my finger during construction (nothing to do with building the room - waterskiing!) you stepped in at short notice to help finish the roof. We are very happy with the building, and would willingly recommend…”

Mr Langley-Johnson - Wiltshire

“Your telephone manner is much too nice - something you don't find much these days Overall, I must say that the summerhouse from start to finish has been a very satisfactory project. We are both extremely happy with the end result and will be recommending you to our friends and relatives.”

Mr Hael, Wiltshire

“I'm writing to offer our very best to the company and the build crew. Although I was not present during the build I heard nothing but praise on how professional your team was. Should you wish for an endorsement then we would be very pleased to oblige.”

Mr Howell - East Sussex