Finding the Right Garden Office for Your Needs
If you are looking to purchase the best garden office, understand that it will take you some time. To find one that’s suitable for requirements, asking yourself a few questions can be a really useful process.
How often will you use the office?
Will you want space for a phone, tablet, or some computer equipment?
Will you need space for storage?
Will you be sharing the office space with others?
How big is your garden space?
By answering these questions, you can determine the right size and quality for your home office building.
The quality of the building must be influenced by its use. If you’re only going to use the building occasionally, you can use a office thats been constructed with cheaper materials. If you want to use it year-round it’s recommended that you buy an insulated building for your garden office.
The size of the office building will be influenced by the equipment you’ll use in the space.
Garden Office Categories and Types
Generally, there are three garden office categories:
Modular – This type of office can have different slight variations, including changes to door locations or additional windows.
Off-the-Peg – This type of garden office ‘pod’ is designed and manufactured at a specific size.
Bespoke – This is a unique garden office with various sizes and designs. The building design is created by you and your architect.
The cheapest garden office is the off-the-peg type since they are the simplest to make. If you want a garden office that can be modified, then you can expect to pay more. The most expensive building is an office designed by an architect since it offers the most choices when it comes to materials, size and design.
Garden Office Building Tips and Tricks
A office in your garden are more than just four walls, a floor and a roof. It’s important to have plenty of insulation and good quality building material if you want to create a comfortable place to work. It’s important to know the cost of your office. Also, you should consider the budget for maintenance and after-care.
There is also some basic information about how garden rooms and offices are built. You should know about the building materials and construction methods, to help assess the building quality before you make a choice.
SIPs or Timber Frame
Expensive offices are usually built with Structural Insulated Panels or timber frames. Both systems are used to build houses and are adapted for building garden offices. Cheap offices can be made with good quality sheds or well-made log cabins. You can ask your building supplier about their construction methods.
The Roof of Your Office
When choosing a roof, you must balance appearance, budget, and durability.
Many inexpensive office-shed roofs are finished with man-made membranes and bitumen tiles. Expensive roofs can be made from slate or cedar shingles.
A living roof is instantly attractive. However, these roofs are an expensive choice, require watering and weeding but they do provide great insulation.
Garden Office Insulation
Insulation is a really important part of a garden office. You’ll need less heat if you have a properly insulated building, and there will be less condensation. If you choose the best insulation you can afford, you’ll end up saving money in the future.
Doors and Windows
If you have large windows in your small office building, you will reduce the insulation’s effectiveness, even if you buy double glazed windows. Double glazed doors and windows are available in various styles and quality levels. You can also glaze your wooden windows, which is a cheaper option. You may also choose metal-faced, pressure-treated wood, and uPVC windows.
You need high-quality locking systems on doors and windows. Check the locks that comply with home insurer requirements or standards. Doors and windows need to be installed properly to make them work efficiently. The person who installs your windows should be a qualified window installer.
Douglas fir and Cedar are popular cladding for a wooden garden office. These woods are available in various grades. Quality depends on the part of the tree, where the cladding has been cut and the plank’s thickness.
Even the location where the tree has grown will affect the wood’s performance and the quality. Before buying, you should check your cladding to make sure it lasts a long time without time-consuming treatments and maintenance.
Plaster the garden office walls to provide a fire-resistant and permanent finish. You may find that vinyl tongue and groove or board cladding is a cheap alternative. Many suppliers don’t offer choices because they have a preferred wall finish.
How many electrical sockets are included in the building’s cost?
Does the building include light fittings? If so how many?
Are there any choices when it comes to the position of lights and sockets?
Are these options clearly shown on the garden office plans?
There are three types of garden office foundations available:
- Supports sitting on the garden surface
- A concrete pad
- Strip foundations that are dug into the ground
Some Extra Features to Consider
Some garden office suppliers offer extra items to their customers, including:
A wood burning stove, as long as you have the planning permission.
Storage for home overflow. Some manufacturers will add a shed to the end of the building on your design plans.
Plumbing for a shower and toilet so your office can double as a guest room or gym.
Velux roof windows to allow for additional ventilation and light.
A Final Word About Garden Offices
If you need to reduce the cost of your garden office, you should compromise on size, instead of quality. This will save you money on the building costs and also reduce the cost of air conditioning, heating, and maintenance.
A quality building will last longer. If you buy a cheap building this may be a false economy. You should explore our website to find the right office building for you.