Pro Installer January 2022 - Issue 106 - Page 28

28 | JANUARY 2022


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Freefoam is pleased to announce the release of a new case study , featuring a clever repurposing of a tired unloved garage into a smart garden room . The refurbishment features Freefoam Fortex PVC Weatherboard cladding in Cappuccino to create a complete transformation .
With a growing number of people now working in a hybrid way , spending part of the week at home , and the subsequent need to maximise both inside and outside space , garden rooms have become the ‘ must have ’ for many homeowners . This new case study is absolutely on trend and showcases how small changes can make a big difference to living environment and quality of life .
This homeowner had previously used the brick built garage as a tool store , but having recently retired , wanted to dispose of the tools , reduce the garage size to maximise the garden area and make better use of the space .
T E Home Improvements used Freefoam Fortex PVC embossed cladding to completely transform the structure . One wall was dismantled and rebuilt to create a smaller overall footprint . The existing roof remained , and the position of the new wall created an attractive overhang feature . A patio door was installed and the entire exterior façade covered in Cappuccino Weatherboard cladding .
The new building was internally divided to create a his and hers solution ! A hobby room on one side , and a utility room for washing machine and freezer on the other .
Terry Emerton , owner of T E Home Improvements , summarised : “ This project has turned out really well . I worked with the homeowner to re build and refurbish the garage so that it gave them exactly what they needed . I ’ ve used the Fortex cladding before and knew that it would work really well on this building . One of the critical factors for the owner was the refurbishment had to be low maintenance . We ’ ve definitely achieved that , he will only need to give it a quick wipe down a couple of times a year .”
The homeowner commented : “ We ’ re absolutely loving our new garden room . We ’ re both now able to use the space and all our friends , family and neighbours are amazed at the transformation . It was also good value for money , we ’ ve been able to refurbish and upgrade what we already had , rather than having to have something completely new built – much more cost effective .”
This case study highlights the trend to re-use and re configure garden spaces is here to stay . The Freefoam cladding range is the ideal solution for any garden building and gives installers , like Terry , a readymade business opportunity . Terry explained : “ I ’ ve already had enquiries from people who have seen this conversion , and am getting more work for similar structures through my Facebook page . I can only see it increasing .”
Louise Sanderson , UK Marketing Manager explained : “ This new case study is great addition to our marketing collateral . We are always on the look out for examples of how our products are used and this garden room transformation is right on trend . It ’ s useful to illustrate to prospective users how PVC cladding can be used on a wide variety of projects and situations .”
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TuffX turns grand designs into safe solutions

A refurbished office in central London has been given the TuffX treatment , transforming it into a stunning contemporary workplace flooded with natural light and space .
Multiple large openings on the office building ’ s ground floor were designed to open up the basement level below . TuffX supplied
a total of 76 individual panels of 21.5mm toughened and laminated glass , each with polished edges and dubbed corners . Due to the nature of the project the entire 95m 2 order of glass was heat soaked for additional strength and quality .
Not only was the basement floor transformed , flooded with natural
daylight and a feeling of spaciousness , but the refurbishment also created an impressive entrance to the building and dramatic focal point , with the glass balustrades complementing the
sleek , contemporary concrete and steel interior . TuffX ’ s Managing Director Graham Price said : “ Large spaces require careful consideration . Clever design like this maximises on light and space , but safety is absolutely paramount , which is why our customers call us .”
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