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Contemporary studios FAQs

Frequently asked questions about our contemporary studios

What maintenance will my studio need?

For the Contemporary range the short answer is none. The cedar cladding will gradually turn to a silver/ grey colour over time. You can apply oil (we recommend Olwatrol) if you want to retain the original hues of the cedar.

For the overhanging roof, the composite roof panels are maintenance-free and have an expected lifespan of over 40 years. For the cubed roof and some bespoke overhangs, the EPDM rubber roof is maintenance-free and has an expected lifespan of over 40 years.

The vinyl wrapped UPVC doors and windows require no maintenance at all, an occasional wipe down will keep them looking good as new.

The only thing we recommend is to clean out the rear gutter occasionally, especially if the studio is located under trees.

How close can my studio be to my neighbours?

For the Contemporary range we need around 35cm between the studio and any boundary fence. However this can be reduced if the studio needs to be right up to a boundary, wall or fence if we use a different cladding system on those walls.

Please call us to discuss if you think you need to do this. If this is the case for the rear, you will need to allow 15cm for the gutter which must not go over the boundary.

If the internal floor area of your studio exceeds 15m2 then building regulations stipulate that the minimum distance to any boundary must be 1m. You will also need to allow 15cm at the rear for the gutter which must not go over the boundary

Do I have to paint the inside once the studio has been built?

No. Studio interiors have pre finished wall and ceiling panels in white, with a durable and washable finish. The joints between panels are finished with a white UPVC trim. Please take a look at our Gallery to see photographs of the interior. The Hampton is left unfinished for you to paint with emulsion once it has been installed.

Do I need to prepare the site before you arrive?

Yes. We simply ask that the ground is flat and reasonably level and that you remove any vegetation from the site.We can also install on concrete if this is already in place. We also ask that you email us photographs or a movie of the site where the Studio is to be installed, which need to be approved prior to confirmation. We can accommodate most situations provided we know in advance.

My garden slopes. Can I still have a studio?

We can accommodate a gradient easily, however our buildings measure just under 2.5m high from the base to the top of the roof. So, if there is a height difference across the site of say 0.3m and we install using the high point as our datum, then overall the building will measure 2.8m high at the low end of the site. It is therefore important to level your site prior to our arrival if you want it to remain under 2.5m high.

Do you include lighting and electrical sockets?

Yes. All Contemporary studios are built complete with a consumer unit, lights, switches, sockets and an outside junction box. As a standard four double sockets are included with the Contemporary range. You can opt for brushed steel fittings directly into the walls as an optional extra with the Contemporary range. You simply need a local electrician to connect the junction box to your house.

The Hampton studios are built complete with lighting, switch, two double sockets and a junction box or external hook up plug.

Can I have underfloor heating?

Yes. We use a system specifically designed to be used under wooden flooring. Please ask us for a price on your chosen studio size. This optional extra is only available with the Contemporary range.

Can I have air-conditioning?

Yes. We use a combined air-conditioning and air source heat pump system. This provides both heating and cooling as the name suggests. Please ask if you would like this as an additional feature.

How soon can you build my studio?

Please contact us for lead times. We will do our best to accommodate your specific requirements.

Do you need to visit us before you build the studio?

No. We just ask customers to answer a number of questions prior to the installation. If there are any issues, these can normally be ironed out with a phone call or an emailed photograph. This enables us to keep our lead times and costs to a minimum.

Who will build my studio?

Our own in-house team do all the installations. We don’t use any subcontract installers.

Do you have a brochure?

We don’t produce a glossy brochure as we believe in protecting the environment, and of course there is a cost saving which we can pass on to our customers. We are also constantly reviewing and updating our ranges. If you can’t find what you are looking for please do give us a call or send us an email.
If you have any further questions, please email us or give us a call.

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