Sandie is the owner of the Suffolk business ‘Curtains by Sandie’. With 20 years’ experience, she has built up a very successful business and reputation for herself.
‘Curtains by Sandie’ specialises in bespoke, handmade curtains and blinds and offers a personal and professional service to all her clients. Sandie, who has been trained professionally by Merrick & Day (bespoke curtain makers of Lincolnshire) offers a knowledgeable and friendly service for all types of window treatments.
From design & fabric choice, manufacture, supply and fitting of the hardware, right through to the handing and dressing of the finished products, Sandie sees the whole process through, providing a top-class service and product to her customers.
We were thrilled to assist Sandie when she decided to run her business from home and helped her create her perfect space. Sandie chose one of our amazing quality garden rooms, a large Key Studio which has a modern contemporary design, lots of floor to ceiling glass, providing a light an airy space to work in as well as providing a safe and secure building for her materials, fabrics and equipment all year round.
“I set up working from home about 20 years ago, first using a spare bedroom. It was very tricky! Then we moved, and again I tried to work from home by using and converting a spare bedroom to a workroom. Once again, it was difficult and had a big impact on our home life and space.
In 2007 we moved again, into a small bungalow. The only way to keep working was to have space outside, so I had a log cabin erected as that was all I could afford. The problem of course then is that it was cold in the winter and hot in the summer, with no insulation in the roof or floor and single glazed windows. This did not really work in in the way that I needed.
We bought our current bungalow in 2015 and undertook a full refurbishment of the property. Whilst that was happening, and so I could keep working, I rented a unit in Leiston and had the unit for 2 years. When we finally finished the refurbishment and the clearing of the garden more importantly, we could see that the garden had enough space for a workroom! This time I decided to fund a more appropriate work building and started to research my options.
With such labour-intensive work that I do, and trying to keep it small, it is a business that finds renting a purpose-built unit or retail outlet too expensive. A garden pod enabled me to get the work out of the house but also to make an investment in our overall property/garden. We wanted something that is ours at the end of the day”
We did look at log cabins again but did not want all the issues I had to deal with before. When we found SMART Garden Offices, we arranged to go and see them in the showroom and were thrilled with what we saw. We were given a full tour of the manufacturing process and really got to understand what we were buying and what my small business was investing in.
Everyone was so helpful, from the admin/reception staff to the owner who took the time to show us around and explain all about the products. Also, the fitters that came and erected it worked so hard and it was so hot at the time too!
I had my workroom installed in May 2017 and it has worked so, so, well, I love it! Not hot in the summer or too cold in the winter (but I have to use my heater sometimes). My clients love it too, always admiring it when they come to see me to discuss their projects.
I find working in it wonderful, I have a great view of the garden and have all that I need in there. The only single issue for me (and only because of my actual work) is that the ceiling height is low and so full-length long curtains cannot be hung freely from any point in there, a small compromise!
I have loads of electrical points so using my tools/machines/irons is always easy and am confident that I make no noise for the neighbours as it is so well insulated and soundproof.
It keeps fabrics lovely and dry and is a perfect home working space and I have never looked back or have any regrets (except that perhaps I should have had an even bigger one!)
For the future, when I retire, we hope that it will make a wonderful garden pod for us to use to relax in and was certainly an investment that has given me the ability to keep my small business going, given us something to use for the future and looks fantastic too! Really adds to the look of our garden, a real focal point!
Everyone is still as helpful and efficient 4 years after having it installed and I recently asked about changing one of my windows to a door (having even considered moving the whole unit across to the other side of the garden to accommodate another project we had in mind!) and Sue/everyone has been so helpful with prices and info to help us make some plans.
“I feel like SMART still care, and are still there to support me, which is so rare these days. The follow up service is just wonderful, and I would, and I do recommend them often”
If you would like to find out more about the services that Sandie offers, then click here to visit her website.
And if you, like Sandie, are considering setting up your business from home and need a garden pod for home working, then take a look at what SMART Garden Rooms, Offices & Studios can offer you.
If you too would like to create more usable space in your garden then check out our other 6 other unique ranges which also make perfect garden pods which can be used as art studios, hobby rooms, stylish studios, or just as somewhere to relax and get away from it all.
If you would like to know more about our quality garden rooms, you can get in touch with us by following this link and filling in the online form. We also offer a 50-page catalogue which is packed full of inspiration and ideas, a design configurator and visualiser app, along with no-obligation site consultations – all of which are free.
Everything was clearly explained and we are very happy with our office. We feel we made the right choice picking Smart Garden Offices, many thanks
Excellent service, great team, can highly recommend all aspects of SMART – they do what it says on the tin and the product is superb
“A fantastic experience from start to finish, a wonderful addition to our home! A lovely touch from the electrician; leaving a note to say how you hope we enjoy the office as much as you have enjoyed building it – little details like this just made it a pleasure. Never expected in a million years that it would run so smoothly but it’s been like silk for us. Thank you.”M Gardner, Bradford
“Your guys have done an outstanding job and I am so delighted with the end product. The appearance, finish and size of the Trio is everything I wanted and some more. But there is something else. Your guys Tony and Rob were excellent. Efficient, knowledgable guys who knew what they were doing and who did not waste a second doing it. And they were tidy workers too who were sensitive to the surroundings and neighbours. They were a credit to you and Smart Offices. So this is a big thank you from someone looking at their new office and who is really happy with the result and what Smart have done.”
hursday was a blur but Tony and Arris were fantastic on both days!! The office was gone by 2pm on the Wednesday and back up by 1pm on the Thursday. They just got on with it and made the whole thing stress free so thank you all so much for all your help – I am so very grateful..
Your service was excellent from concept to build; you could not have been more helpful. The build itself was breathtaking in it’s organisation and execution and nothing was too much trouble for your installation team; they were helpful and knowledgeable throughout – even fitting water butts at very short notice for us. When we had a small issue with the door adjustment you went out of your way to get someone to us as soon as possible. I can’t fault your after-care service.
“We were really impressed with the professionalism of the whole process right from the initial site survey and design through to the actual build. There is clearly a Smart solution for virtually any situation and it is great to gain a brand new space which is both functional and aesthetically pleasing! We would certainly have another one if we ever moved house and wanted to create extra room. Tony and Rob’s workmanship was a joy to watch!”
“The team, all of whom have been most pleasant to have around, have now finished and we are absolutely delighted. The building does look ‘smart’ and the whole job has been carried out with maximum efficiency.”
“The office is now part of the furniture and is great. I am 100% glad that I did it and went with you guys.”
“If it means anything (and I’m sure it does) we believe that getting the office (and especially the Trio) rather than fighting inside the house was absolutely the right thing to do.”
“Keith and I are very impressed with Charlie, his installers and his products and recommend Smart Garden offices unhesitatingly”
“The office is fantastic and exceeds expectations.”
“It’s a pleasure doing business with people who do what they say, on time, professionally, and with no fuss. The building is perfect for my needs.”
“We would have no hesitation in recommending your company to anyone.”
“I have worked right through this dreadful winter, and thanks to the brilliant insulation, remained warm and snug using only a small, economic halogen heater. My office is cosier than the house!”
“First of all, I love the new office. May I say what a great job the guys did on the build. Hard working and extremely pleasant, particularly considering the rotten weather yesterday.”
“We’re delighted by our very ‘Smart’ Garden Office. “