Sewing studio and workshop - Staffordshire
Jo Hill is a textile artist and designer based in the Staffordshire countryside. She makes luxury textile wall hangings, cushions, lampshades andhairs, all inspired by British wildlife.
Jo came to us looking for a custom designed cedar building to use as her new studio and workshop. Due to the nature of her work, it was important for the studio to let in as much natural light as possible. To do this we glazed the building across the full south facing length, leaving enough space underneath for the work benches to be fitted against the wall. To keep the direct sun off, we fitted a large overhang above the windows, helping to keep the studio a comfortable temperature during the summer months. We also fitted opening windows at each end to allow some airflow through the building when required.
To keep the studio warm during the winter we fitted a high level of insulation into the floor, walls and ceiling. This insulation creates a comfortable working environment and eliminates the need for additional heating – helping to keep running costs low for Jo.
Swim Spa -
Mahibur was looking for a custom designed building that he could house his swim-spa in. Other companies were quite fixed in their construction methods and building types, so he approached Viking and asked us to design something completely bespoke, tailored to his specific needs.
Our main challenge was designing a building that would fit around his swim-spa, which was already situated in a hole in the ground. We designed a floating floor to fit around the spa, with removable sections to allow for ongoing maintenance. We chose to use composite decking inside and out at it’s maintenance free, easy to look after and won’t be affected by the chlorine rich water.