Month: May 2018

Garden Room | Universal Container Services LTD

Categories: Garden Rooms

Date: May 11th 2018

Introducing…The Garden Room

There always comes a time when you look around your house and start to accept the fact that you’re outgrowing your home – you’re running out of space. When this happens – which it does at some point to most of us – you’ll consider a few different options.

The first and probably most popular, ‘no brainer’ option is to up sticks and move to a new house.

However, this doesn’t come cheap. Not only does upsizing generally mean a more expensive property, solicitors fees and refurnishing and a lot of other things on the list tot up to make it a pretty pricey option.

Second to this is the choice people make when moving isn’t an option, and that’s extending your current property.

Perhaps the addition of a conservatory, garage or conversion might just be the solution to the extra space needed? Although it’s not always a straightforward process. Finding the right people for the job, as well as completing works on time and within budget, can seem to be a bit of pipe dream, not to mention gaining planning permission in the first place!

So, what else could provide additional space without the upheaval of moving home or spending far more than you expected on a home extension? Third option – the Garden Room.

The Garden Room is exactly what it says on the tin – a room for your garden – and it can be used for a multitude of purposes, whatever you want really – the sky’s the limit. We began converting Garden Rooms from humble shipping containers for homes across the UK after a continuing and increased demand for space saving solutions. Developed to withstand the test of time as they are made from anti-corrosive steel, converted shipping containers are the perfect answer the additional space without the stress, huge budgets and lifestyle changes needed to move to a new house or extend your home.

Whether the use is a home gym, home office, man cave, children’s playroom, teenagers den, art studio, or just rest and relaxation – the choice is yours. The price is fully set at the beginning of the order normally built within 2 to 4 weeks and can fully be customised to your exact needs – no two garden rooms are ever the same.

As standard on all Universal Garden Rooms, you can expect the following:

  • Delivery to any UK mainland address
  • On-site installation by our professional team
  • 5 year structural guarantee
  • High quality flooring & skirting, including different flooring options
  • UPVC windows & doors
  • Internal LED lighting
  • Electrical sockets, heating & consumer unit
  • Part P installed, concealed internal wiring
  • Acoustic slab insulation to walls & ceiling
  • Professional plaster boarding & skimming
  • External painting in any RAL colour
  • Insurance approved door locks
  • Pilkington K Argon Gas Filled Double Glazing

It’s a smooth process to get your garden room in-situ and ready to go.  We offer delivery to any UK mainland address and your garden room will be installed on site by our professional team. Oh and don’t worry, if anything goes wrong (which we’re sure it won’t but just to be safe), all our garden rooms as stated are covered by a comprehensive 5 year structural guarantee against any defects.

So there you have it. No need to move to a new house, no need to invest hundreds of thousands in extending your property, the garden room is portable, durable, personal and, well, problem solved!

If you would like a friendly, honest chat about how we can create your bespoke Garden Room, call the Universal team today on 0845 050 0330 or feel free to email

What Can My Garden Room Be?| Universal Container Services LTD

Categories: Garden Rooms

Date: May 4th 2018

What Can My Garden Room Be?

So, we’ve launched our garden rooms to the public and the enquiries have been coming in thick and fast and we’ve been really surprised at just how many different ideas people have when it comes to garden rooms. The best part is – it’s all good – because our garden rooms are completely bespoke and with a few tweaks to different fixtures, fittings and features, they will suit any idea pretty perfectly.

Our completely bespoke garden rooms are just that – bespoke. They are entirely designed to suit all needs, and imaginations for that matter! We do the hard bits – we equip them with everything you could need – full insulation, plastering, electrical sockets, some even have Bluetooth heating – so your garden room is wholly suited to your budget, style, space and design.

Oh and here’s the best bit. Garden rooms are made from shipping containers (which you’ve probably gathered by now) meaning that if you ever decided you wanted it placed in a different area in your garden, this could be arranged. Perhaps you even decide to move to a new house? No problem, your garden room can be stuck on a truck and go with you! Chances are you won’t even need planning permission either – this applies to most container conversions if the building doesn’t exceed 2.5m, but we’d almost recommend double-checking with your local council just to be on the safe side!

Now we’ve got the cogs in your head turning with ideas, we’ll give you a few more. If you’re considering a container conversion garden room, here are just a few things you could do with I (and a big thanks to our happy customers for the suggestions!)…

#1 Garden… Office

If you’re self-employed (or even if you’re not), sometimes you need that quiet space away from home to really concentrate on your to-do list and be as productive as you possibly can. A garden office is the perfect solution: not only would you have a dedicated space but you’d be as close to home as you possibly could be, so you could leave and return to work at the drop of a hat.

#2 Garden… Studio

If you fancy yourself as a bit of an artist or the likes, maybe a garden studio is right up your street? Garden studios can be designed to incorporate beautiful sliding windows and doors so that your lighting will be exceptional, not to mention you’ll have the space to really get creative without worrying about the Feng Shui of your living room!

#3 Garden… Gym

It’s not always easy working out in the house when the dog keeps weaving in and out of your legs and the kids are switching the channels. A Garden gym could be just the job to escape, sweat it out and gives you the peace of mind that you can eat that sneaky bit of chocolate knowing you only have to nip to your garden to burn off the cals. Winner winner.

#4 Garden… Summer House

Sometimes, you just want a bit of extra wiggle room. A safe place for the teenagers to hang out without the ‘uncool’ parents hovering around them? An indoor living area for when the Summer BBQ gets temporarily rained off? A Summer house is not just a space saver, it can be a life saver too!

#5 Garden… Play Room

Of course, it’s lovely to let the kids out to play in the street or where ever, but ideally, you’d prefer the nippers to have their own secure space where they can play and have fun whilst you’ve got peace of mind of where they are and what they’re doing – garden playroom. Need we say more?

#6 Garden… Man Cave

Potentially our favourite suggestion to date. Sometimes, the blokes need a space to whack on the Playstation, crack open a few cans and do the manly stuff men do. We’re not being biased, but think about ladies, this means you get the WHOLE HOUSE to yourself!

We’re being commissioned for lots of different garden rooms projects this year already, and this list can be pretty exhaustive so if we’ve missed something, let us know. Garden rooms are fast becoming the first choice for many home owners looking for space saving solutions, and now, we’re sure it’s clear to you why the humble shipping container is a fantastic alternative to a home extension.

If you would like a friendly, honest chat about how we can create your bespoke Garden Room, call the Universal team today on 0845 050 0330 or feel free to email