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Suitable for use as a garden office, hobby room, garden retreat, or even as a gym, the Salthouse will allow you to work or play in stylish, modern comfort.
No matter how you want to use your studio, the Salthouse will allow plenty of natural light inside with its modern styling, and best of all, it is fully suited to year-round use.
To obtain a price for your own ideal Salthouse, click on the Create My Studio tab below.
Design your Studio
At Crane, we like to help our customers to create a building that will be perfect for their needs, whether that is for a hobby room, a relaxing garden room, an office, craft room, or an entertainment space.
Whether you want something practical or stylish, modern or traditional, or maybe a combination of all these styles, you can tailor your building to have electrics, a partition (or several), guttering, extra doors and windows, and a host of other options to suit you, because each Crane garden building is made to order in our factory in Norfolk.
We want you to be inspired to create your own Studio, which is why you can click on the Create My Studio tab and begin your journey to your own tailor-made garden building.
Our Salthouse Studios are available in more than 25 different sizes:
1.8 x 2.4m (6 x 8ft) to 4.8 x 6.0m (16 x 20ft)
Our Garden Studios are available in one of two paint colour ranges: Exterior or Farrow & Ball. Both of these paint ranges offer an opaque finish with a long re-decoration cycle in a wide range of natural colours that will fit perfectly into garden environments. Please see below for information on both paint ranges.
- High quality exterior paint.
- Weather resistant and protective.
- Fully opaque four coat system.
- Inspired by nature and the soft neutral tones of traditional colonial buildings.
Farrow & Ball
- High quality exterior paint.
- Water resistant and anti-fungal.
- Rich, fully opaque colour.
- Specially selected colours from the Farrow & Ball paint collection.
Our Salthouse comes with a choice of roof covering. Heavy duty felt is the standard option, and you have the choice of upgrading to an incredibly durable EPDM rubber roofing material.
Lining and Insulation
All our Studios and Offices are fully lined and insulated (walls, ceiling and floor). This allows you to use your new building all through the year, it also increases comfort and decreases noise levels, as well as finishing the building in a beautiful manner.
For the roof we have a 4 tier lining and insulation process; we insulate between the ply layer and the internal matchboard tongue and groove lining, and finish the building with our heavy duty felt on the roof. For the walls, we insulate your building by trapping a breathable paper membrane between the studwork, which acts as a moisture trap before filling in with insulation.
There are then 2 options for lining your Studio: natural matchboarding, or painted matchboarding. To have the walls (and ceiling) painted, you can choose our own Ivory internal paint colour, or choose from a range of Farrow & Ball paint colours.
Inside our Studios you will have natural matchboard lining included as standard, but you can upgrade to painted in either our interior Ivory or in a choice of 8 Farrow & Ball colours.
The Farrow & Ball colours have all been specially chosen to contrast pleasingly with our external paint colours, and will allow you the flexibility to choose a neutral colour, or a shade with a bit more colour to it to really bring the inside of your studio alive.
These colours become particularly special when they are paired with one of our four engineered flooring types.
Wall & Ceiling Colour Combinations
As well as choosing a paint colour from our selection of interior colours for the walls, you can also choose to have your ceiling painted.
You can choose the same colour for the ceiling as the walls, or if you want to add an extra splash of colour, you can choose a separate, contrasting colour.
For the Holt and Salthouse Studios, we really like Purbeck Stone (walls) and Pointing (ceiling), for a subtle, modern look, and for more of a bold option, Manor House Gray for the walls and Ammonite for the ceiling (see in example below). Both of these colour combinations will work well with either Shade Oak or Copenhagen Engineered flooring (see Flooring Options).
Our standard (ex 19mm thick) and robust floorboards are set on closely spaced tanalised floor joists, but we can also offer heavy duty (ex 38mm thick) flooring if you are planning on storing particularly heavy items or if there's going to be a lot of movement inside your new Garden Building.
As well as choosing between floorboard thickness, you can also choose to have either a lacquered finish on your floor, or you can add engineered flooring.
Having a lacquered floor is an additional option that can be chosen with our Studios. The lacquer is applied to the floorboards in either Natural or Light Oak to help protect the timber, as well as giving it a nice sheen.
This option can be chosen as an alternative to a lacquered floor. There are four different colours to choose from, and the engineered flooring offers a chance to further personalise your new garden building, whether you’re aiming for a traditional, rustic or contemporary style.
Our engineered floorboards sit on top of the existing floorboards, with a layer of underlay in between the two, providing further insulating and sound absorbing benefits.
For lighting and using any equipment in your building, you may wish to consider our electric pack to enable you to use your Studio all year-round.
Professionally fitted by qualified electricians who take all the wiring to a consumer unit ready for you to connect to your electricity supply. Internal wiring will be fitted behind the internal lining. We can also supply your building with a heater.
All our buildings require a level, solid concrete base of the correct size.
The single most important part of installing a garden building is the base. Bases must be:
- Level within a 6mm tolerance to ensure the longevity of your building
- Of the correct size (please follow the base plan we send you)
- Square i.e. have right angled corners
A concrete base supports your building in the best possible way, adding longevity, as well as creating a substantial distance between your building and surface water.
We can supply a 100mm deep reinforced concrete base ready for your building, laid by our professionals, in advance of your building being installed by us. The site must be clear and level within 100mm for us to do this.
The base should always be a minimum of 50mm out of the ground to prevent surface water or puddles affecting your building i.e. rotting it.
The base you have must be made to the plans we give you when you order your building, whether we install the base, or you get a trusted builder to do it for you.
Bases for larger buildings, and in particular garages, need to be built to exact dimensions - we create special base drawings for our garages, since they sit directly on the concrete base and must be anchored into place.
Please note: If you intend to fully or partially surround the building base with hard paving we strongly suggest the installation of a French drain between the paving and base to prevent rain bouncing off the hard surface and driving up under the building, which in turn could cause damp and rot. A French drain is a simple small trench, dug around your building and filled with aggregate that will allow surface water to drain away.
Always get your garden building base laid by a professional, whether that is us, or a local builder you trust.
We constantly strive to ensure all our materials and techniques are the best that we can source and provide. We lead the market in producing exceptional quality timber buildings. Couple this with our personal and bespoke service and you will be totally delighted with your building.
Construction - ex 19mm x 125mm shiplap on ex 38 x 75mm planed framework, all using high grade FSC® Certified Scandinavian Redwood. The walls are lined with a breathable paper membrane and insulated before being internally clad with ex 19mm vertical tongue and groove matchboarding, with an option of a painted finish.
Roof - ex 19 x 125mm tongue and groove matchboarding, on solid timber rafters, fully insulated and covered with heavy duty felt that is propane torched onto the roof.
Doors - Salthouse doors are fully glazed and joinery made. They measure 750mm wide opening x 1900mm high for a single door or 1350mm wide opening x 1900mm high for double doors. The doors are double glazed using toughened safety glass, and are fitted with a 5 lever mortise lock and polished brass or chrome fittings. They are set in ex 75 x 75mm door frames that are fitted with draught excluders.
Windows - Fully glazed front elevation and a single glazed panel on each side. For Salthouses up to 3m in width there is a single opening fanlight on the rear of the studio. For Salthouses of 3.6m width and above there are 2 opening fanlights on the rear of the studio. The fanlights are fitted with lockable polished brass or chrome furniture, and draught excluders. All windows are double glazed using toughened safety glass and set in joinery made frames.
Floor - ex 19 x 125mm tongue and groove floorboards on ex 38 x 75mm tanalized planed floor joists set at no more than 450mm centres. The floorboards are insulated underneath. You also have a choice of either having our standard floorboards (ex 19mm thick) or the heavy duty floorboards (ex 38mm thick).
Height - We offer 2 different eave heights for Salthouse Studios: 2.0m and 2.1m. Opt for the 2.1m eave height to give more headroom inside your building, or keep the standard 2.0m eave.
Paint - Externally, you can choose between two paint systems: Exterior or Farrow & Ball. Both paint systems offer an opaque coverage and has a long re-decoration cycle with a wide range of natural colours to choose from. For more information, please see the Paint Ranges section on the Options tab.
Our experienced and professional fitting team deliver and install all our buildings to anywhere on the UK mainland free of charge.
As our business is very much dependant on our reputation in providing an excellent product and service, our customer care is exceedingly important to us and you will find that we very much pride ourselves on this. From the design stage, right through to installation, providing the best possible service is our number one priority.
Each building we make is designed and built to order, which means that we can make the building in such a way that it will fit through restricted access areas and be installed exactly where the building is required; however, if you have any concerns about the access to your garden, please contact us and we will be able to advise you.
Please also note that our installation team requires a flat, solid and level base to install your building on. If you have any questions about this at all, we will be more than happy to help if you call us on