Alex, the head of Booths Garden Studios is the most sought after garden room and garden office designer in the country.
He does talks all over the UK about garden rooms to the public - their design, their materials, planning permission and the dramatic impact a garden room can have on the environment and your quality of life. Alex is obsessed with garden room and garden office design to the point where Booths were given a "Smarta" Award for being the most innovative company in the garden room and garden office industry. If you have a business/social group or tv programme and would like Alex to give a talk, contact Iain (07590 067 120) to see if he is available for your event.
The Smarta Award was for “game changers" and the panel of judges included Deborah Meaden from Dragons Den.
Booths were seen as the company at the forefront of a massive new demand for garden offices and garden rooms. The figures back this up showing that Booths turned over half a million in 2009, but have boosted this to selling £2.48 M worth of garden rooms in 2016 - from tiny offices all the way up to large annexes or fitness rooms. Most of this growth during a slow economic outlook for the UK economy.
Alex's "QC" garden office design has been the backbone of this growth - the "QC" stands for "quarter century" since the design is zero maintenance for at least 25 years. After his obsession with garden office and garden rooms, Alex's spare time is spent with his family - "nothing is more important or enjoyable than being with your family".
Iain, sees his role as taking the stress and mystery out of you having your perfect garden room. With Derek and Carmen's help, Iain spreads the word about the unique design and features of the QC6 studios and the new QCB garden office.
Before Booths, Iain studied to be an accountant, then went full time with a band touring the world playing guitar, spending 19 years running his own recording studio. In his spare time now he plays tennis (he's a qualified coach) and is recording an album of his own songs with his son, Jamie. Jamie plays drums and also works for Booths.
The journey to the QC started for Alex in 1999 when he built a shed in his back garden. He didn’t like the fact that when he moved house, he couldn’t take his shed with him – this is why every Booths Garden Studio is now portable.
“Why spend thousands on a building that you can’t take with you? By making the Studio portable, it increases it’s value as an asset. If you move home, you can take it with you, or if you stop using it, you can sell it on. Being a portable building increases it’s second hand value. You don’t suffer the massive depreciation that can occur when you sell your house and the buyer has no interest in your expensive UNMOVEABLE garden room.”
The obsession Alex has for the whole concept of grden rooms, garden studios and garden offices have driven Booths to the number one supplier of Zero Maintenance Garden Rooms in the UK, and now even rent garden offices to customers who's cash flow is stretched.
Renting garden office is all part of Alex’s plan to give everyone the opportunity to have an extra room. Extra space which can transform the day to day quality of your leisure or business.
This was prompted by a friend of Alex who said, “I’d love one of your garden studios for my business – if I had one, I could do “Tanning” (she runs a Beauty Salon from home) and probably earn an extra £100 per week, but I haven’t got the money to buy one.”
So Alex suggested:
“If you pay for the installation and then pay me a rent, see how you get on for 6 months and if it doesn’t stack up for you, I’ll take it back.”
Needless to say – it’s an offer Alex’s friend couldn’t refuse and she was very soon adding an asset to her business and earning extra income whilst working at home.
Email Iain for more details about renting one of Alex’s new QCB garden offices for your home or business.
Alex actually started out supplying and building conservatories and has worked for “Fairline Boats”, makers of millionaire yachts.
It was after building an office shed at the bottom of his garden, that he realized the full benefits of not working in the house…
He felt “more in control”, rather than the business controlling him.
He felt he made better decisions, with better concentration, and more productivity.
It was this “aha”, that made Alex determined to design an affordable, insulated, portable, attractive garden office. (He never thought he’d be turning over a million pounds doing it)
The cheaper end of the garden office market in the UK were simply office sheds with more insulation, or single skin buildings like log cabins, which don’t actually have much “log” and are more “plank cabins” than log. This meant Alex started from scratch. He didn’t run an office shed business or “log” cabin office business so he started with a fresh outlook to the situation.
Alex knew that famous authors such as Roald Dahl, Jeffrey Archer, Dylan Thomas and Philip Pullman preferred the concentration zone that such an environment could give. He set about designing a garden office with the following key features; portable, insulated, secure, attractive, installed in hours, free standing, provide a professional working atmosphere, and most of all VALUE FOR MONEY.
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In his spare time, Alex likes to paint and has worked with Geoff Kersey, the watercolour specialist...