Contemporary Roundhouses – Could you live in a house like this?

Have you ever thought about living in a Roundhouse?  There are certainly a good handful of architects in the UK forging ahead with circular-shaped dwellings and unique building concepts for modern day contemporary society….most notably, that beautiful doughnut shaped Roundhouse built on Grand Designs in Milton Keynes in 2014! It would appear that radical architects on […]

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What are the advantages of round buildings?

What are the advantages of round buildings? For those of you new to this style of building, here are the core benefits of building in the round: (a) environmental (b) aesthetic (c) psychological (a) From an environmental perspective; round buildings reduce the amount of resources required due to the the simple fact that a circle […]

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Do Our Brains Perfer Curvy Architecture?

It’s no secret that we believe curves and circular environments are hard-wired into our DNA.   Not only is this a powerfully visceral and instinctive feeling generated when you spend time in and around curved architecture but this also makes sense on a multitude of practical, holistic and metaphysical levels.  The below article by Eric Jaffe […]

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Is Planning Permission required for Temporary Buildings?

Is Planning Permission required for Temporary Buildings? Do you need planning permission for a temporary building? Some of our clients have raised this question over several years, believing that temporary structures don’t need planning but unfortunately regulations stipulate that any building (regardless of it’s construction style) has to have planning approval if it’s in situ […]

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What to consider before installing a Roundhouse in the garden

Are you thinking about investing in your very own Roundhouse for the garden? Whichever style of Roundhouse you choose (yurt / cord wood / Iron-Age, cob or timber-framed Rotunda) ensure it’s a building which will stand the test of time and make sure it’s cool in the summer and warm in the winter with the […]

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Permitted Development Rights for schools

Permitted development rights are a national grant of planning permission which allow certain building works and changes of use to be carried out without having to make a planning application.  Whilst a large scale development or extension cannot avoid the process there are some permitted developments that can avoid this delay. Under the General Permitted […]

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How to maintain a Sedum (Green) or Wildflower Meadow Roof

The beauty of a sedum roof is that is relatively low maintenance. Although you may need to consider some essential tasks if you want your green roof to flourish and attract wildlife.    We recommend you access your roof 3 times a year in Spring, Summer and Autumn to carry out few maintenance tasks. Clear […]

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Self-Build mortgages for Modular Eco Buildings

We’re often asked whether you can get a self-build mortgage for one of our buildings… and the simple answer is, yes; you most certainly can! Just click on the link below and have a chat with these lovely chaps at Ecology Building society about your project (be it round or any other form of modular […]

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Yoga Studio for the garden – What to look for in a Garden Room

It’s not the first time we’ve written in the blog about the popularity of the Rotunda Yoga Studio so please forgive us if we’re rehashing old news, but many of our clients are asking us to design their yoga studios in order to create the ideal environment for yoga, meditation and workshops or exercise classes. Whether you […]

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How does a circular garden building compare to a square one?

….Ah the circle! Our favourite topic!  Need us not make any further introduction & let’s dive straight into the reasons why a circular garden building is superior to it’s square contemporaries!  Thermal dynamics –  A lesser known fact about round garden buildings is that warm air circulates naturally around the inner perimeter of the building. […]

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Eco-toilets for garden rooms & glamping sites

If you’re considering installing a toilet in a garden room or on a glamping site with minimal fuss, perhaps one of the water less eco-toilets available in the UK may very well be for you… It is usually possible (under permitted development) to install a small garden-studio at the end of your garden without requiring […]

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Promoting Mental Health & Well-being for our children

An early intervention project is underway in Salford (North West England) tomorrow and it’s a rather splendid example of how a City Council and a well-known community charity can come together to support the well-being of school children with mental health issues. The workshop model called “Mindsteps” is an early intervention, school based series of […]

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10 Reasons why an outdoor modular classroom would benefit your school

WHAT IS AN OUTDOOR MODULAR CLASSROOM? It’s an extension to your existing school, but a stand-alone outdoor modular building which has more in common with the landscape and trees surrounding it than the traditional bricks and mortar building which your pupils may usually associate with the school classroom. You may be considering extending your current building or […]

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Schools pushed to their limits: Solution! Outdoor or Modular Classroom Buildings

New analysis by the Local Government Association estimates that it will cost £12 billion to create sufficient places for the 900,000 extra pupils expected to start school in the next decade. Combine this with the recent doubling of the 15 hours free childcare (up to 30) scheme set to roll out this September, a greater number […]

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New Permitted Development Rules – changes as of 2016

If you’re planning on extending your home by installing a garden room it may now be possible for you to build to a much larger size than was previously possible due to a recent change in planning legislation. Permitted Development guidelines now state that: Providing that the total area covered by your new buildings does […]

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Raising the bar for eco-holidays in the UK

It was with much glee that we checked back on our client in Derbyshire to see how she was getting along with her new site of ‘Glamping units’ (AKA Rotundas!) on her idyllic site in the beautiful Derbyshire Dales National Park. Not only has she set a precedent for a planning approval in a National […]

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Should you buy a yurt for your school?

………..Have you been thinking about whether you should buy a yurt for your school or nursery? Could this be the quick-fix solution you’ve been looking for for the additional space requirements for the 30 hours free childcare scheme? …………STOP RIGHT THERE!  It’s a romantic idea alright, and if you DO buy a yurt, it’s certainly […]

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The Psychology of Colour

One definite perk of investing in a Rotunda Garden Room is that you have the opportunity to create your own unique space from the moment that you start engaging in conversation with us!   The creative process behind each and every Rotunda is unique and this is one of the elements our clients most enjoy about […]

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How the Science of Human Behavior Can Improve Our Lives & Our World

In his new book The Nurture Effect: How the Science of Human Behavior Can Improve Our Lives and Our World,  Psychologist Anthony Biglan describes how interventions aimed at creating nurturing environments could help solve some of society’s most stubborn, harmful, and costly issues.   Crime, delinquency, depression, and heart disease are often, he explains, the […]

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Design considerations for Educational Spaces

Are you designing a new Educational Space within a classroom or modular building?  Traditionally, classroom design has been rather uninspiring.  The primary zone of an educational space is in the front of the classroom from where the majority of lessons are taught.   Seating is usually arranged to maximize the amount of students occupying the action zone. […]

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Modular Buildings: Well-designed classrooms boost academic success

Every building deprives a portion of the earth of sun, wind and rain and probably plant and animal life as well. It must redeem this sacrifice by the healing quality of its architecture. -Rudolf Steiner A recent study from Salford University found that the construction and decoration of classrooms had a significant impact on reading, […]

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The Forest School & Kindergarten Trailblazer

There are many heroes working in the field of early years education but few are as worthy of a mention as Sarah Blackwell; the lead trainer and director of Forest Schools Education Ltd (FSE) which is a non-profit social enterprise, founded in 2001 as Archimedes Training Ltd.   FSE has become the largest provider of Forest […]

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Forest Kindergarten: The new Woodland Learning Environments, inspiring UK Early Years Educators

Forest Kindergarten:  outdoor and woodland learning environments, otherwise known as outdoor nurseries, nature kindergarten, nature preschools or forest nurseries. Here at the Rotunda HQ we’re witnessing a wonderful outdoor learning movement weaving it’s way through our early years education system and this blog is about the rise of the “Forest Kindergarten”.    Forest Kindergarten models a Forest School […]

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Are you eligible for a Tesco Grant?

Grant Funding to improve your local green space from Tesco – just a little way in which you may be able to secure additional funds to form part of your Rotunda project: Bags of Help is Tesco’s local community grant scheme where the money raised from the 5p bag levy in Tesco stores is being […]

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Meet the MD of Rotunda Roundhouses

Meet the MD of Rotunda Roundhouses This week we are blogging about Philip Kay, the Managing Director of Rotunda Roundhouses Ltd and his views on our product, clients and the industry in general. So, Philip. Could we ask a little bit about your background? Well, generally I’ve spent the last 39 years building properties or […]

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Installing a new nursery school building?

Are you looking to install a new nursery school building or in the process of setting up a brand new Nursery or childcare business?   If so, we’d love to hear from you; because we believe that together we can create the most enchanting buildings for your Key Stage 0 and Key Stage 1 (early years and infant) children.  A refreshing […]

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How to create a Therapy Space in your garden

How many times have you thought about setting up your own Therapy Space for a healing practice at home?    Are you keen to break away from a full time role working for someone else and follow your passion for counselling,  CBT  (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) psychotherapy or art and music therapy?   As a new venture, […]

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Could Leader Grant Funding support your project?

Several of our clients have spoken to us about their eligibility and applications for LEADER grant funding to fund their Rotunda project.  Leader Funding is available to local businesses, communities, farmers, foresters and land managers. You can apply to your Local Action Group for funding for projects that create jobs, help your business to grow, […]

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Are Wooden Yurts the future of Glamping?

Wooden Yurts……  The shape of things to come in the UK Leisure industry? Something’s happening in the UK glamping industry and the yurt builders are getting jittery. It’s only been relatively recently that the term “wooden yurt” was coined, (by us, initially) and soon others followed.    One by one, small and independent cabin and hut […]

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Bonjour! A Rotunda in the Cévennes Mountains

If you were to drive for 1hr 30 mins from Montpellier or Nîmes and deep into the Cevennes Mountains, you may just stumble across Gardoussel; a small, family-run retreat specialising in creative and holistic holidays. Husband-and-wife team Alex and Sharon live on-site with their young family and are helped in the day-to-day running of events, particularly cooking, […]

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Circular Learning Environments as Classrooms

We’ve recently been engaging with several schools and nurseries about the astonishing benefits of changing the shape of classroom environments to enhance engagement with pupils and further improve school facilities. As a small and passionate team of eco-builders, we are absolutely convinced that there is no better shape to nurture, inspire, engage and support our youngsters than the […]

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GARDEN ROOMS: What’s in a name?

Just yesterday I passed through a quaint little village in rural Derbyshire and caught sight of an adorable stone built cottage set back from the road with a rough-sawn wooden disc pinned to the front gate; proudly bearing the name “The Owls Nest”. Since the very early conception of the beautiful Rotunda, there was absolutely no […]

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Guest Room Garden Buildings in the Round

Guest Room Garden Buildings come in different shapes and sizes, and if you’re currently in the process of justifying an investment into your garden guest room, we hope to be able to give you an idea of the advantages one might derive from investing in the right building, for the right reasons.  We all love spending […]

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Circle Houses

We came across this book today and just had to share it with you! If you are as passionate as we are about Circle Houses, Yurts and the impact of form on our psychology, along with the anthropological story (which underpins the whole concept of living in the round), this book is for you: “Among […]

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Why seek out Unique Garden Rooms?

Few garden rooms are as unusual as the beautifully crafted Rotunda and truly unique garden rooms are few and far between …. what are the features and fittings available in today’s marketplace which makes a garden room truly innovative? A quick look at a few of the benefits of truly unique garden rooms should assist us with highlighting […]

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