George Clarke talks garden studios

How a garden studio can improve the wasted space in your garden.

By Thomas Stewart | 12 January 2017

George Clarke, architect and presenter of Channel 4’s Amazing Spaces and The Restoration Man, shares his latest tips and ideas on garden studios.

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For series three of Amazing Spaces, I set out to build the ultimate garden studio for my kids: their own space to draw, make and create whatever they want. A garden structure is a great way of adding a fun space away from the main house where you don’t have to be so precious about children making a mess, but for the children it is much more powerful than that. A garden studio is their space, which provides them with a sense of freedom and an escape away from the parents – so much so that they are hardly ever in the main house any more.

However, I didn’t just build the garden studio for the sake of it; there was actually an area of my garden that was going to waste. It was a narrow patch of space that you walked through to get from the main outdoor area to the small garage located at the very end of the garden. This redundant strip of land was a bit like an unused corridor.