The Eco-lution of the Garden Room

The pandemic has changed all our lives in so many ways, but not always for bad. The flexibility of work space has driven a surge in the building of Garden Rooms or offices. Seeing a growing demand for this type of building, Resident Maker, Tim Worsley has developed a new venture creating custom-made garden rooms from sustainable materials, something he is passionate about.

‘With over 10 years experience as a set carpenter in the TV, film and events industries, I witnessed first-hand the huge amounts of waste generated. This gave me the impetus to start making products that are built to last, using eco-friendly materials. I am partly self-taught, partly trained at a local college. Prior to this venture I started a furniture and homeware business using 99% repurposed materials (9T9 percent).’

Initially Tim was asked  to build a smaller garden room in the local area,  Teaming up with fellow workshop members on the first build, he then worked with his brother Kit (also a carpenter) on the room pictured above.

Custom Made Garden Rooms,  designs and builds high-quality garden rooms that are custom-made to order, with a strong focus on eco-friendly, sustainably-sourced materials. ‘I offer an all-inclusive service, from initial consultation through to design, construction, build and completion. I work closely with every client to create rooms that are designed to suit their individual space and style.’

Rather than use pre-fabricated panels or ‘off-the-shelf’ methods, Tim uses a traditional timber-frame construction method which allows a more flexible approach, enabling changes to the design as the build progresses.  This results in a garden room that is truly tailor-made to the needs of the customer.

‘From the foundations up we are focused on using sustainable, eco-friendly materials. Stainless steel ground screws offer a green alternative to concrete slabs, and provide airflow under the building to prevent moisture ingress. The cladding for our rooms is sustainably sourced and incredibly durable, requiring very little maintenance.  I am always on the lookout for new materials to reduce our carbon footprint (I am currently researching cellulose insulation made from up to 80% recycled paper).’


Tim has a background in prop and set-building in the TV/film industry where he honed his craft. He has been a member of the workshop since 2016, developing skills in making fitted furniture event installations, garden structures and 3D modelling. ‘I have always enjoyed making and spent many happy days at school working on CDT projects.’

‘I have been a member of the workshop for over 5 years, and have seen it evolve through the efforts of a small but dedicated team into a vibrant community of designers, makers and artists. I have learned many new skills through working with other members. Going forward I would like to work with other workshop members and local tradespeople.’
There will be a new website in the coming weeks – in the meantime, prospective clients can request a pdf brochure by email, or arrange a free consultation at their property by contacting Tim via email.