2 bed eco-building for Glamping Sites

This cleverly designed little eco-building was designed in-house to suit a specific brief given by a client of ours. We love being challenged and coming up with new concepts. Have an idea for your glamping project? Are you seeking innovation? If so, please feel free to try us – we’ll put our thinking caps on […]

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Ahead of the Curve!

This is for sure a curve that doesn’t need any flattening! From our perspective, this must certainly be one of the most architecturally interesting houses built in the UK during the COVID 19 Pandemic. Designed exclusively by Joanna Hayes, our company director. It’s an architectural masterpiece. We can happily declare that; we’ve got it covered. […]

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Trees AREN’T square!

Treehouse with Curves! Rotunda is levelling up. Up a tree, that is! Over the years, we’ve designed and built all sorts of treehouse style structures but this one really is special. Those curve fanatics out there (we hear you!) will most definitely appreciate the fibbonaci spiral integration… There is little we can say about this […]

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6m Primrose Suite at a Wedding Venue

It was only a week or two ago that we received an excited call from our client, up in the Highlands of Scotland. “I’ve got bookings running through until November already..” he began. The Rotunda Honeymoon suite had been competed less than a month ago and already his wedding business was picking up from where […]

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Garden Room Photography

We have recently been able to collaborate with the most wonderful photographer, Philip Traill of https://www.philiptraill.co.uk/ Our client, in Sussex, had two Rotunda buildings sitting side by side in their garden/nature reserve. One is a small Japanese Writing room with Douglas Fir doors and Windows, Larch shingles and a dual roofline.

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Dome Blinds are now available

So, you tell me….. You actually want to be left in the dark?!! Well, now you can. For a lie-in, that is! The final details have now been ironed out on our new design and we now have beautifully contemporary working rooflight dome blinds installed in some of our buildings. We listened carefully to a […]

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Hampshire Wildlife Trust

Last year, in the summer of 2019, we at Rotunda Roundhouses have been fortunate enough to build a small 4m diameter Eco-building for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife trust. Set in the wetlands of the the Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve, this gorgeous little engagement office greets visitors as they arrive. This unit is […]

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Winner announced!

…. Drumroll please…… And the winner of the #Lockdown HERO campaign is….. Congratulations Anisa! You have a free Weekend break at the Yurt Retreat in Somerset! https://www.theyurtretreat.co.uk/

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House build on-going in Cheshire

Fortunately for our client, the COVID situation hasn’t affected the progression of her beautiful 5 bedroomed house construction in Lymm, Cheshire. Before we unveil it publicly on it’s completion we thought we’d upate you with a few progress shots… Ah! This is the mother of all Rotundas! With the largest Roundel measuring 13m diameter and […]

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Remember to water that roof!

We are so fortunate to have the most amazingly clear skies and warm weather at a time of national and international crisis! Whilst we are busy honing our newly acquired skills in baking soudough and homeschooling (erm, well, if you could call it that) it’s easy to overlook some key maintenance requirements in the garden. […]

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Circle Time in Round Spaces

As Social-Isolation continues, we can find ourselves reflecting back on some of the things that we used to take for granted: freedom of movement, socialising and hugging a friend. Our basic need for physical connection has become something much desired but not currently possible as we continue to follow current advice concerning COVID-19 transmission and […]

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Magicweaving in Primary Schools

“….home-schooling a 6-year old & an 8-year old for 1 hour and 11 minutes. Teachers deserve to make a billion dollars a year. Or WEEK!” Tweet by @SHONDA RHIMES (US TV Producer behind multi-million dollar shows such as Grey’s Anatomy & Scandal) The frontline staff who most likely chose their vocation for the wonders of […]

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Personal Note from Philip Kay – Director

As one of the Directors of Rotunda Roundhouses, I know that this corona virus is crippling so many people, in all walks of life and businesses. I can see how it is affecting us, and so many of our customers who are waiting for their rotunda buildings to be delivered and erected. There are so […]

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COVID-19 Update

To protect the health of our workforce we have had to slow our organisation down. As of Monday the 30th of March we have had to cease activity in our joinery workshop. We still have builds on site ongoing and we are still answering our phones and email. This does mean, that work in production […]

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MP visits Rotunda Roundhouse at a local school to offer condolences

On Friday the 20th of March in the little Peak District village of Combs, the one and only infant school closed its doors to the vast majority of their children and families in local community.   The MP Robert Largan came to visit the school as they closed their doors to wish everybody well, offer […]

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Working from Home? A Garden Office is the way to go!

Covid-19 is a very real and very depressing state of affairs for all of us. Some might argue that this is a positive pause for the environment and natural world (Venice canals with clear water and an abundance of fish) and the slowing down of our seemingly unstoppable capitalist system is a welcome reduction in […]

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Meet Tilia

On a blustery mid-winters day in 2018 the first panels for ‘Tilia’, a 5.5m en-suite “assisted build” (self-build kit) were delivered to a rural site in North Wales. This building was crafted in our workshop and assembled on site for a very excited couple, Jenny and Tom Williams of the Laundry Retreat, in Wales. When […]

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Biodiversity & Rotunda

Rather than delve into the multitude of reasons why the Rotunda is a unique eco-structure which is positive for people, planet and biodiversity; we thought we might just highlight TWO of the main elements which we promote as our primary specifications. (1) Sedum (Green) Roof and (2) Groundscrews – low-impact/above ground footings. We believe that […]

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Curved Sliding Doors in a Roundhouse Garden Room

Yesterday, the shipment, from Balconette Window Systems was the first of it’s kind for Rotunda Roundhouses. It was with much trepidation and bated breath that six of our skilled tradesmen gently and very, very incredibly slowly unloaded a consignment of curved sliding doors into the workshop. At a cost which would make your eyes water, […]

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Happy New Year from Rotunda

2020 is a very special year for us. Those of you who might follow numerology would most likely know that the number 22 is a master number – the most powerful of all of the numerology numbers. It represents the master architect, or builder. It is with this knowledge, that we celebrate the arrival of […]

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5 things to look for in an eco-classroom

If your school or preschool is considering an eco-classroom (Sometimes referred to as an ‘outdoor classroom’) there are 5 things we think you might need to know before embarking on your journey: CARBON FOOTPRINT: That the road miles of the eco-classroom are minimal, reducing the carbon footprint of the whole project. This includes the materials […]

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Timber Frame Roundhouse Eco-home in Cheshire

The dedicated team at Rotunda are busy working away on our largest ever Timber frame Roundhouse eco-home project, based in Lymm, Cheshire. We’ve been patiently waiting for the right moment to release this exciting information pending the approval of full planning and the initiation of manufacture. The build is presently flying along nicely with the […]

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Curved Bespoke Seating in a Rotunda

‘A-round’ the side of a Primary School in Cheshire, sits a newly crafted 6m Rotunda. With a shaggy, green wildflower meadow roof and exra-large custom designed windows in every single panel, this is a truly iconic space. Built to provide their pre-school with a secure and inspirational learning space, the Rotunda Roundhouse stands majestically beside […]

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A Tiny little Wendy House Rotunda

It’s a beautiful Autumn day and the copper hued leaves are glistening in the rain… two children are squealing and laughing as they run in and out of their new Wendyhouse.. But this is no ordinary Wendyhouse… it’s a little Rotunda! Complete with veranda and decking, little cottage style Georgian Windows and a matching door…. […]

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Biophilic Design in Modular Eco-Buildings

Biophilic Design in Modular Eco-Buildings: Biophilic design is an approach to architecture that seeks to connect building occupants more closely to nature. Biophilic designed modular school buildings incorporate things like natural lighting and ventilation, natural landscape features and other elements for creating a more productive and healthy built environment for people. Sadly, and all too […]

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Sussex Garden-Room August 2019

The first ever Japanese Tea Room Inspired Garden-Room has recently been completed in a beautiful garden in East Sussex. We were commissioned to re-configure our usual style of garden-room and craft something absolutely beautiful which would sit alongside the lake at our clients nature reserve in Sussex. Japanese is the flavour of the month it […]

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Infant School eco-building complete for Combs

It was the first day back for many school children across the country today; and for us, we were delighted to see the new building in use in the tiny village of Combs, Derbyshire. Pending the arrival of professional photography over the coming weeks and months we thought it might be best to pop a […]

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Creativity in Schools

Can creativity enrich the health and wellbeing of children in our UK Primary schools? “The art of drawing which is of more real importance to the human race than that of writing…should be taught to every child just as writing is.” John Ruskin We’re fortunate enough to become enmeshed in some fantastic discussions with early […]

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Some schools may miss out on new funding rises

The Education Policy Institute (EPI) has recently published and article “Analysis: ‘Levelling up’- what it really means for school funding” relating to funding pledges under the new Prime Minister Boris Johnson. PM Boris Johnson has vowed to ‘level up’ school funding, by increasing the minimum level of per pupil funding that primary and secondary schools […]

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Combs Infant School Nursery Classroom Building

“Life is a journey. How we travel is really up to us. We can just flow with the tide or follow our own dreams.” Paulo Coelho Few things lift the spirits more than seeing an inspirational transformation taking place which could enhance the life of hundreds, or thousands of people in the local area. Evolution, […]

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Rotunda on the Isle of Skye

If you’d like to rent one of these fabulous buildings for your site or rural B&B for approximately £200.00 per week please do see our rental page and call in for further information

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Yoga & Mindfulness in UK Primary Schools

We were fortunate to have come across Jessica Wilkinson at a local school last week. This inspirational woman runs a yoga and mindfulness practice for UK Primary and Infant schools called “The Sea Within“. She simply loves to encourage children to connect with nature using mindfulness, art and yoga. Mindfulness, art and yoga for children […]

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Groundscrew Foundations for an eco-school-building

Imagine this…… A hugely sensitive site FOR A LITTLE MODULAR ECO-BUILDING sitting within a conservation area of a National Park. Behind it is an impressive view of a 500m high rocky outcrop (Combs Edge) and sitting directly beside the building is a magnificent 100yr old Oak tree. This is not the appropriate time to be […]

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Another Rotunda Roundhouse appears at ‘The Yurt Retreat’ in Somerset

Our favorite spot in South Somerset, ‘The Yurt Retreat‘ is a stones throw from the Dorset and Devon Jurassic Coast. We’ve come to love the place and it’s owners due to the fact that the beautiful little slice of heaven is located on an Organic farm sitting at the base of an ancient hill fort […]

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Building for the Hampshire Wildlife Trust

Earlier on this year we were privileged to take part in the revamp of the Blashford Lakes nature reserve. A site run by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight wildlife trust. The Wildlife Trust announced their plans on a blog later last year… “We’re delighted to be embarking on an ambitious project to revamp the […]

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Seeking a Modular building for your school?

The term “modular buildings for schools“, usually evokes an image of an old recangular box, languishing in the corner of a school playing field! Fortunately, and not before time, the world is fast moving in a completely new direction. Thanks to the emergence of modern day construction techniques, innovative manufacturers are creating highly bespoke off-site […]

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Kitchens in a Rotunda

We routinely produce beautiful Kitchens and kitchenettes for use within a Rotunda Garden Building so if it’s functionality you need, you’re in the right place! The kitchens come in two forms. The compact, kitchenette. A full, domestic kitchen – with 600mm x 600mm units and a full, curved work surface. Both options are furnished with […]

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What makes a perfect therapy room in the garden?

It’s not uncommon to find a therapy room as an essential component in the garden for many UK Homeowners. It’s heartwarming to see so many therapists, yoga instructors, Reiki Masters and practitioners and energy workers taking the opportunity to establish their practice in the garden of their home. Of course it’s possible to practice therapy […]

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Why we don’t (won’t) specify Tropical Hardwood Timber for Garden Buildings

As a manufacturer of Garden Buildings, we’ve taken sales calls from UK Hardwood and Specialist Timber importers for many years. Each time, it’s increasingly difficult for us to listen to the salesperson highlight the beautiful hues and outstanding qualities their routinely sold Tropical Hardwood species. In fact, we always remind the baffled salesperson that it’s […]

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Offsite Construction. The most viable solution for UK Schools?

Schools across the country are considering expanding their current facilities to cater for growing class sizes and increase their intake. Historically, the builders would be called in and a brick-built extension would be constructed over many months (or years!) which can be costly, messy and time-consuming. Fortunately, advances in modern day construction techniques have given […]

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Garden Room Foundations: What are Ground screws?

The key to a perfect building lies in the very foundations it’s sat upon. We often have clients ask us whether their building can be elevated up like a tree-house or safari lodge. For many of you, the vision of your Rotunda-project is that of a majestic little building sitting atop a decked area or […]

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Garden Annexe Planning Permission

Do you need full planning approval for your garden annexe? Up until a couple of years ago, it was a lot harder to build a garden annexe without full planning approval but in 2016 the Permitted Development Rights for Householders were relaxed enabling homeowners to capitalise on the flexibility and convenience of a modular garden […]

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Rotunda Garden Buildings in prestigious Garden Centres

If you’re keen to spend a little time inside a Roundhouse to get an idea of our finishes and the overall look and feel of the Rotunda garden building you may now be able to do so….. Rotunda Roundhouse buildings are already on display at two Blue Diamond Garden Centres in the UK. The first […]

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Why choose 100% British Timber?

“We are the only modular buildings company in the UK who use 100% British Timber in their buildings.” Gemma Roe Most modular and garden buildings sold in the UK are usually clad with either Canadian or Siberian timber.   Not only is it absurd that timber is being flown half way across the world, it’s nowhere […]

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Modular Buildings: How much should I budget for professional fees?

Are you looking to create a new-build, home extension or bespoke modular building in your garden or on your land? When it comes to commissioning your bespoke project there is nothing more exciting than designing your dream space, to the very last detail.   A ‘Grand Designs’ Dream in reality, you can be your own architect, […]

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Are you a Social or Zen-Preneur?

What is a Zenpreneur?    In the words of Ron Rubin, owner of The Republic of Tea  “Zentrepreneurs have a strong sense of self and of purpose. They are poised and centered. They have discovered their ‘why’ (per Simon Sinek), which allows their ‘what’ to carry the greatest impact that it possibly can.””he said in an interview with Awareness Magazine.  […]

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Building your working week – The PRO’S to installing an office in the garden

Tired of the commute/office?  Maybe it’s time to think about working from home, at least occasionally. Here are a few reasons why you might benefit from working from a home office. Ditch the commute, gain time: If you usually drive over 30mins to work you’ve already gained an hour of time each day by switching […]

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Rotunda Roundhouses deliver all round comfort with Baxi Boilers

Excellent Post by the team at ‘Baxi Boilers’ released this week! Thanks Baxi! Rotunda Roundhouses design, manufacture and install circular timber-framed prefabricated eco-buildings across the UK and Europe. With so many applications, in many different markets, the company needed a heating and hot water solution that could deliver a range of cost and performance benefits for end […]

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Roundhouses appearing in Garden Centres across the country

This week we’ve been celebrating the launch of a UK Garden Centre Distribution agreement with our new partner World of Smile Ltd. through their platform with Blue Diamond Garden & Living at sites all over the country. We will also be part of future designs integrated into new centers as Blue Diamond look to expand their sites […]

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Come & see us at The Glamping Show 2018

Have you a desire to step inside one our our exceptional buildings to see the quality for yourself?! Please do pop over to see us at the show – we are exhibiting with a 5.5m en-suite holiday-lodge building as per the design below: Address:  Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 2LG Date:  Thursday 20th,  Friday 21st &  […]

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Planning Permission Granted for 2-Bed Eco-Home Rotunda

The excitement was tangible at the Rotunda Design Studio and HQ yesterday as we learnt that Planning Approval has been granted for a 2-Bed eco-home Rotunda Roundhouse on the Sharpness Canal in Gloucestershire. The Parish council comments noted that: The replacement building is an innovative design of exceptional quality that lies within the extremities of […]

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Do Log Cabins in the Round cultivate a unique connection to nature and eachother?

The Rotunda was designed first and foremost as a building which would connect us.    Both to nature, and to eachother. The British Celts lived in roundhouses. We know from reading recent archeology studies that the number of excavated roundhouses in Britain must be rapidly approaching 4,000.  The prehistoric roundhouses remained a strong and sophisticated […]

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The most Innovative Modular Classroom for your School or Early Years facility.

No more round pegs in square holes! Well designed classrooms boost the academic performance of primary school children, a Researchers from Salford University suggest.  One study investigated the layout, construction and decoration of classes  and concluded that classroom design had a significant impact on reading, writing and maths. Natural light, temperature, air quality and individualised […]

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Building a timber-framed Yurt – An interview with ‘The Yurt Retreat’

The Yurt Retreat. As a proud mother bird may admire it’s fledgling, we too look back with pride at the self-build kits and frames which leave our joinery workshop.  Bound for somewhere beautiful to call home, on to the next stage of their development; the final stages of build and second fix joinery overseen or […]

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Looking for WOW? Need to start Now? Rent your Rotunda! From £190.00 per week

We have recently undertaken an extensive change in our business operations to enable us to offer you the opportunity to rent commercial units rather than the usual direct purchase. This scheme is for Rural enterprises such as B&B’s, wildlife parks, glamping sites, animal and adventure farm parks and outdoor leisure sites or retreats. The Rotunda, […]

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Glamping; do you know your Huts from the Pods, Cabins & Lodges?

The glamping movement which appeared seemingly out of nowhere and caught the UK by storm about ten years ago looks like it’s most definitely here to stay.    The popularity of mini-breaks, weekend tourism trends and Brexit fears are assisting the UK Leisure and tourism industry with a very pleasant boost.  Meanwhile, consumers simultaneously delight […]

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Rotunda Roundhouses at the OM Yoga Show

Were you were one of the lucky ones who managed to drop in to the OM Yoga Show, Mind Body Soul and Vegan Life Live exhibition in Manchester last weekend? I am sure we don’t need to remind you of the highlights of such a fun and inspiring event!   Amongst the free Yoga sessions and seminars […]

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Unique Glamping Cabins in Scotland taking shape

There is a special breed of person, we’ve found. Not one, but many; and their kind is growing…  expanding in defiance of the new technological era.  Claiming their place as the new adventurers of the 21st century. Perhaps you too, are one of them? This type of human craves wilderness and fresh mountain air.  They […]

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Councillors officially open a new Primary School eco-building

Local Councillors mark the official opening of a new eco-building at Richard Bonington Primary School in Nottingham. On Tuesday the 20th of March Councillor Sandra Barnes and Councillor Peter Barnes were present at the official opening of the new outdoor classroom; the Rotunda Roundhouse eco-building at Richard Bonington School in Arnold.  Sandra cut the red ribbon and gave a […]

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Garden Room Foundation systems (Low impact)

If you’re living in an AONB, Conservation area or National Park it may be advisable to seek out a garden room foundation sytem which is low-impact.   Fortunately, there are several options available for your garden room installation. Today, we’ll be highlighting the benefits of three of our favorite systems: The Groundscrew by ‘Stop Digging’ – which […]

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Building Glamping units in Scotland

“The outer Hebrides…… you say….?” It was with mild disbelief that on a wet and blustery December day in the Rotunda HQ that we echoed those words back to our potential client.  The voice on the other end of the phone was chirpy, bright, intelligent and wildly enthusiastic about the details of a unique costal […]

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Skirting Board Heating: a new spin on garden room heating systems

Are you wondering what’s available when it comes to garden room heating options?   We’ve spent the best part of half a decade trialling, installing and receiving feedback on the myriad of different garden room heating packages available to the garden room industry.   All of which, we’ve had success with. However, we recently happened upon a […]

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Sliding pocket-wall in a Yoga Room

There are numerous ways to extend and partition your garden annexe or yoga room & we often extend out in radial ‘wings’ which create wonderfully interesting rooms in respect of their gently sloping ceilings and the beautifully curved walls.   We’ve found that more often than not, the ‘wings’ are where our clients choose to house […]

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The benefits of building an office in the garden

Are you considering a new way of working and think that installing an office in the garden might be a suitable option for you? If so, read on, you might just find another reason to take the plunge in 2018. Ditch the commute, gain time: If you usually drive over 30mins to work you’ve already […]

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Larch or Cedar Yurt Cladding – Which is best?

Do you know your softwood from your hardwood? Here’s a small wood fact for you: “Softwood is wood from trees such as conifers. Opposed to hardwood, which is the wood from trees which have broad leaves that usually change color and die every autumn. Softwoods are not always softer than hardwoods. Both groups include a variety of wood types that vary in […]

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National Park forges ahead with circular eco-building

Could this be the shape of things to come? On the 8th of December 2017 seated in a magnificent Georgian building against the snowy backdrop of the Peaks, the board of councillors were deep in discussion at their monthly committee meeting. Despite the planning officers decision to refuse it, all voted in favour of the […]

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Merry Christmas from all at Rotunda Roundhouses

As the final few days of 2017 gradually rolled in, the Rotunda office has been carefully winding down for the Christmas break and today the workshop and office doors closed  for the last time in December as we all headed home, exhausted but elated….(and amidst the mass of Amazon delivery vans!!)  to spend Christmas with our […]

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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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7 reasons why a garden room is better than a house extension

Ah, the garden building…… or is it, garden room? To many, the image of a garden room conjures up childhood images of a simple shed: functional, practical and full of all that garden equipment that quite simply has nowhere else to go. A space for wasps to nest and barbecues to hide.   But thank […]

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Coming round to the self-build revolution

Well, it’s got to be said, we’re a handy bunch, us Brits.   This year our installations team have been assisting a small group of independently minded self-builders in the UK, erecting Rotundas in their UK gardens, at a more relaxed and informal pace than usual.  We’ve assisted folks with a ‘Healing Space’ Rotunda for psychotherapy in Northumberland, a ‘retreat’ in Wales called ‘Hiraeth’ (a […]

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Is Art therapy the best form of psychotherapy?

Art Therapy is a subject which has come up on numerous occasions with our clients over the years.   There is something infinitely alluring about the light and space provided by the ‘Rotunda Roundhouse’ to those of us who are healers, artists, seekers, holistic lifestyle advocates and energy workers. The vast majority of Rotunda Roundhouses currently […]

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Eco Therapy and Wellness Holidays

holiday ˈhɒlɪdeɪ/ BRITISH noun 1. an extended period of leisure and recreation, especially one spent away from home or in travelling. “I spent my summer holidays on a farm” synonyms: break, rest, period of leave, day off, week off, month off, recess, school holiday, half-term; More “It’s official: beer is out, carrot juice is in. […]

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Eco-Retreats, Spiritual Tourism and Wellness

Following on from the previous blog; here is the third chapter in the four part blog about the concept of an eco-retreat and why it makes complete sense for you to become a part of it!   So let’s look at the next trend …. Part 3 – Spirituality As quoted in the above article by Ben Bowler: “Over the […]

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Why you should be thinking about setting up an eco-retreat

Landowners: Why you should be thinking about setting up an eco-retreat in the UK The rise of UK Tourism, Spirituality, Conservation & Wellness – and how you can be a part of it. Are you looking to generate revenue from your land or wishing to re-structure your existing rural leisure business? Do you have a […]

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Yoga Room in the Garden

Yoga Room in the Garden Yoga (/ˈjoʊɡə/;[1] Sanskrit) is a physical, mental and spiritual practice or discipline which originated in India.  Among the most well-known types of yoga are Hatha yoga and Rāja yoga. If you’re searching for a yoga room, you’re probably already well versed with the practice of Yoga but for the newbies out there, a little more information […]

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A Modular Building for Schools and Nurseries

If you’ve been wondering how to expand your school or nursery to accommodate growing class sizes, a modular building or classroom might be the most efficient way to provide a fast, efficient and beautiful new space for your nursery, play centre or preschool. Modular buildings for Schools and Nurseries are multifunctional rooms and can be the […]

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Planning Restrictions (for a Garden Room) in AONB’s

Your Garden Room = Planning Restrictions in AONB’s, National Parks & Conservation Areas Many people choose to build a garden room rather than ebmark on a lengthy home extension due to the allocation of permitted development within most domestic gardens. Within parameters of Permitted Development you can build your garden room without having to seek […]

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A Garden annexe; an affordable alternative to a home extension

Are you looking for additional space at your home to accommodate elderly relatives? Granny Annexes or Garden Annexes can be a logical and practical solution to enable you to increase your living space. There are numerous options available to you in respect of adding living accommodation and we’ve listed a few of these below: 1 – […]

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The history of the Yurt

The Mongolian yurt, or ger, is a round,  self-supporting structure.  The word Yurt is Russian for ‘Dwelling’. It is a nomadic shelter lived in for thousands of years by tribes from the near East and Central Asia. It does not rely on ropes or stakes to hold itself up; rather, the walls, rafters, roof ring, and […]

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The new Heating revolution for your Garden-Room

Last year we wrote a blog-piece about heating your garden-room & ran through several heating systems for modular buildings and the traditional heating solutions available.  Naturally, as with any other room in the house, a garden-room does require a heating source and we’re continuously looking for new and efficient heating systems which can reduce our clients energy consumption […]

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The benefits of a circular garden-room

As a fanatical advocate of the power of the circle and emphatic roundhouse enthusiast within the garden-room industry over the last few years I’ve lost track of the innumerable benefits being in the round can bring.   After years of gathering both research and feedback I’ve compiled/condensed a list of the six benefits which are at […]

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What defines a treehouse?

Money doesn’t grow on trees…  ? Is the treehouse the perfect ‘Revenue Generating Asset’ for hoteliers and glamping aficionados? We’re regularly getting calls from beautiful rural sites up and down the UK looking for that perfect revenue generating asset,  an investment which brings a steady revenue, a fast return on investment and a spectacular asset […]

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Space Planning in the Round

One of the most common questions we receive is undoubtedly “How do you arrange furniture in a round room?” This is of course one of the most challenging and interesting parts of designing exclusively in the round and we’ve spent the best part of half a decade passionately working on the sub-division of circular lodges […]

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Looking to buy wooden yurts? Look no further!

yurt jʊət,jəːt/ noun noun: yurt; plural noun: yurts a circular tent of felt or skins on a collapsible framework, used by nomads in Mongolia, Siberia, and Turkey. Have you been searching for the timber equivalent to the increasingly popular canvas Yurt? Are you a charity, social enterprise or a not-for-profit organisation looking for a multifunctional […]

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Are we Pods, Sheds, eco-lodges or Summerhouses?

This blogpost came to me today whilst researching key words for the website.  I’m not sure how, but this past year I’ve managed to miss the staggering array of ambiguous descriptions there are out there for garden buildings; and indeed, how our outdoor buildings are defined – in particular, the grey areas where say a […]

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The Benefits of a (Green) Sedum Roof

Sedum: a widely distributed fleshy-leaved miniature plant with small star-shaped yellow, pink, or white flowers, grown as an ornamental. A green roof is any roof that has substrate and vegetation growing over a waterproof layer. Green roofs can be found in many different sizes and shapes. Commonly green roofs are extensive which means they have […]

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On the right footing… foundation types for garden rooms

Have you been wondering about which type of foundation system might be right for you and your garden room? If so, you’re not alone; we’re asked on a daily basis about the wide array of options discussed with groundworks experts and we have several of the preferred types to highlight for you as a reference: […]

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Above & Beyond: Eco Furnishings

Today we were tasked with a slightly unusual request; – To source a high quality, ethically made, circular rug to feature in the centre of a client’s 4.5m Rotunda, “Roundel”. We enthusiastically obliged, excited at the opportunity to further our research into Eco furnishings to suit our Eco garden buildings. It’s not uncommon for us […]

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A spot of glamping; anyone?

glamping noun British informal noun: glamping a form of camping involving accommodation and facilities more luxurious than those associated with traditional camping. “glamping is likely to satisfy any city slicker seeking a little refuge in nature—without foregoing any of life’s luxuries” If you go down to the woods today, you’re sure of…..  another glamping site!! […]

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Size Matters: Tiny Houses and why living smaller is better.

Over the last few decades we have been bombarded with slogans and messages informing us that ‘Bigger is Better’ and encouraged us to believe that happiness, success and even value are directly associated to size. This thinking is also applied to our homes. We often use the size of our abode as a physical representation […]

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A shift in perspective…… windows in a modular building

Noun 1. window – a framework of wood or metal that contains a glass windowpane and is built into a wall or roof to admit light or air Our clients are often surprised to discover that their modular building windows are made to order, handcrafted by a local joinery firm who excel at detailed bespoke […]

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Rotunda Living – Discovering the Spirit of a Space

A few months ago we relocated our main offices from a beautiful rural space in the Cheshire countryside to an industrial estate just outside of Stockport. Whilst it was extremely sad to move from working in the warm, creative space of Luna, our show model Rotunda, we knew that is was the right thing to […]

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Round Garden Rooms: The ultimate creative space

Creative Space – Rotunda Garden Room This blogpost almost didn’t appear today… I have been suffering from a baffling case of writers block and despite the numerous nudges from our SEO professional and the never ending blog-worthy subjects that have popped into my mind over the last few weeks my creativity had just disappeared! Then, […]

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Small garden? Get round it!

Small garden? Get round it! Let’s face it; not everyone has an enormous garden! But how does one get around the fact that permitted development can restrict your choice of garden building when you have a small space to work with? Answer: Get round it! Most of us are allowed a certain amount of permitted […]

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Living in Yurts – the very first Prefabricated Houses

Living in Yurts – the very first Prefabricated Houses Recently I’ve been chatting with friends who live in a ‘yurt’ about my desire to make the transition myself and naturally I find myself drawing comparisons to our lovely Rotundas – weighing up the pros and cons of a simply canvas cylinder or a timber framed […]

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Spring has come round again!

Round: adverb Brit. adverb: round 1. so as to rotate or cause rotation; with circular motion The cycles of the seasons – Spring has come round again! Well, yesterday was officially the first day of spring (or so we’re told by google) and national happiness day and there are few who know this quite so well as the team over […]

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Ten Reasons to Invest in a Garden Room this Spring

Ten Reasons to Invest in a Garden Room this Spring Separating your work space from your home environment is crucial to maintaining a positive work life balance. The majority of us who’ve all experienced working from the kitchen table have all struggled to remain focused on the task in hand and spent an inordinately long time nibbling on […]

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Circle of Learning? Modular Eco-Classrooms for the Future

Eco-Classrooms – Circle of learning is more than a figure of speech learning :     noun     1.the acquisition of knowledge or skills through study, experience, or being taught. teacher :    noun         plural noun: teachers 1.a person who teaches, especially in a school. It’s no secret that the built environment is continuously shaping your thoughts, your mood, your productivity […]

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How to Heat your Garden Room in the Winter

Heating your Garden Room in the Winter You’re dusting the remnants of that recently devoured mince pie off your desk and scouring Amazon for those last minute purchases…. Once more enticed by the Carol singing, the mince-pie scoffing and that ‘devil-may-care’ attitude to chocolate which can only really be justified once a year! As you […]

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Sacred Spaces – Garden Living

Garden Living – Wish You Were Here? How many times have you made a purchase directly from the heart? Driven by a love of a unique concept, a desire to support a cause or give you something that money can’t usually buy?   Happiness, relaxation… a unique experience? That moment… was it a holiday? Car?  A […]

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Natural vs. Affordable – What is the Value of Conscious Manufacturing?

Natural vs. Affordable Someone asked me recently how we could make the Rotunda more affordable for the average consumer. A crucial question, and one which has been weighing heavily on my mind for quite some time. It drove me to sit down and analyse the materials within buildings in terms of cost and how we […]

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How a Garden Room can Improve your Health and Wellbeing

Welcome to our first guest blog-post written by our friend Mr Shaun Rudden, over in Melbourne Australia, hailing the health benefits of the Garden Room! Shaun is a freelance writer with a passion for the outdoors and has a very interesting spin on the Garden Room! It’s an honour to be publishing his blog on […]

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The Ergonomics of a Garden Office

er·go·nom·ics Noun: The study of efficiency in working environments. Let me fix my beady little eyes on you for a moment and ask the all important question… “What is a Garden Office?” …A building at the bottom of the garden, you say? An insulated shed? (Hmm… another try perhaps…) some of you might like to […]

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Shed Culture & Modular Buildings

Shed Culture & Modular Buildings With the media showcasing all things ‘shed’ and ‘compact living’ such as Chanel 4’s “George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces” and regular features in the papers and lifestyle magazines; the British public are going bananas over sheds and shed-like cabins! Now this is all well and good, until the Modular Buildings Industry […]

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The Psychology of Space – The Circle

The Psychology of Space – The Circle Last Sunday a good friend of mine gave me a newspaper cutting of an article featured in the Daily Telegraph she’d seen the previous week entitled “The magic of King Arthur’s Round Table”. I read on with fascination as the narrative described why a round table is the […]

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