Press July 2010 – 28 / 07


Publication: Evening Standard

Publication Date: 28th July 2010

Article title: Time to shed the old ideas

Article content: “A staggering 30 million homeowners are creating essential extra living space in their gardens,” reports David Spittles

“Ecospace (020 7703 4004), based in Kennington has a custom-made ‘WorkPod’ model, clad in natural larch wood and measuring 3.1m by 2.5m, which cost from £10,000. It is double-glazed, has underfloor heating and a service wall with power sockets and phone points.”

“My Half-minute daily commute”

“It takes Luca Colombi 30 seconds to commute to his office in Sunbury-on-Thames – out the back door of his interwar, three-bedroom semi and along the garden path to a handsome, timber studio measuring five metres by four metres.”

“I had been working from a room in the house but we had our first son at the end of last year and needed more space,” explains Luca, 41, who runs an IT consultancy called Acume.

“Renting a high street office was an expensive extra cost for his small business. After exhaustive internet research, he opted for a studio by Ecospace. The whole package, including installation, cost just under £30,000. It took five days to erect and the company also handled the planning application. The studio occupies about a third of his garden.”

“If I move I can dismantle the studio and take it with me, but I have no such plans. It’s pleasing to the eye so has an aesthetics quality as well as being functional. I’m told it adds value to the house, too,” he says.

“I worked there throughout the cold winter. It was very snug.”