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Sonia’s Teen Retreat, a Family Lockdown Project

Sonia’s Teen Retreat, a Family Lockdown Project

“It’s not just the monetary value. It’s the lifestyle value the cabana has added to our lives.”

This multipurpose space is a teen retreat and home office.

“I felt it would be a secret spot for the teenage kids, a perfect place to work.”

Sonia had her garden room installed a few weeks before lockdown.

Watch the garden room come to life in a day!

“It was perfect timing.”

“We had the time to get the painting done. It was a family session with friends helping to prime it and paint it.”

When lockdown set in, it gave Sonia and her two teenagers a project to keep them occupied and enjoy time as a family.

Sonia chose the Workshed 2036 in board and batten with double doors and Colorbond roof in Woodland Grey

“We were thinking to decorate the inside with panelling, but the lockdown happened.”

“We painted the wooden frame, and the kids chose some wallpaper I had in the house.”

“I like involving them, and they like to be involved. They chose all the colours.”

A family project: Sonia and her teens fitted out the cabana during lockdown

Sonia aims to complete the rest of the fit-out once lockdown ends.

For now, it’s a functional space the whole family enjoys.

“I have the kids on alternate weeks, so when they’re here, it’s my daughter using it during the day. My son uses it during the weekends to do his DJ’ing.”

“Then, when they go back to their father, it’s finally my office. So it’s definitely a shared space.”

Sonia and her teenagers have created a fun and playful backyard retreat

Sonia recounts designing her garden room.

“The process was very easy. I went to see one of your showrooms. I thought it’s a garden room, but it’s built and constructed like a proper house.”

“It has gutters, insulation, a proper roof. I wanted something that could last.”

It’s a family’s backyard retreat and one of Sonia’s prized possessions.

“I own my personal cabana but not my house yet.”

Multipurpose garden room: Teen retreat and home office. Images by Andrea Francolini @afrancolini

“I’m renting, so I asked my landlord to have it positioned in the garden, and she agreed.”

“I can take it or dismantle it when my lease ends.”

“I’m pretty sure my landlord would love to keep it, but maybe not with the pink door and spotty wallpaper!”

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