What is a garden office building and what is it used for?
Strange question really. A garden office building is a building in a garden that is normally used by home workers, self employed and small business’s. Generally speaking a garden office building is a detached garden room or office sited in your garden or driveway subject to local planning regulations.
There are many garden office building styles, variations and models available, constructed out of timber frame, structural insulated panels or even brick, although the latter is quite rare due to cost.
Working from home has become the new “normal” for over 5 million people. It makes sense not to be stuck in traffic, bus or train ques when you can make a 10 second commute to your own, individually designed office in your garden.
This is what Gail from Torchlight Coaching told me when I spoke to her recently
“I see people shine when they move their start-up business from the back bedroom or dining room table into their own professional workspace. There’s also something quite profound about guilt-free time spent working at home, the space is separated by dedicated professional focus that you step in and out of, and the best thing is – you’re home in a blink with none of your value time stolen to traffic queues and long journeys”
Gail – Torchlight Coaching
There are more benefits than you think……..
- No daily commute
- Savings on travel and work expenses on average £161 a month
- Much less than office rental and you own it
- Perfect work, life balance
- Invite your clients with confidence
- Add up to 15% to your house value
- Your own office space with no distractions
- Paying monthly can offset work expenses
There are many examples of why someone would choose to work from their very own garden office building especially when modern garden rooms offer a luxury not afforded by an insulated posh shed.
That brings me to another point. Did you know that you can buy a garden shed, insulate it and hey presto you have a garden room or office? Yes you can, but it will always be a shed with a limited lifespan and a warranty of no more than 12 months. First strong wind that comes along and you could be in the market for a new one before you know where you are.
A good quality garden office building will be structurally sound, meet building regulations, have super insulation, have maintenance free exterior cladding, be warm, comfortable and have no thermal bridging.
That’s another thing. Thermal bridging occurs when part of a structure is significantly less insulated than the remainder of the building. Just like on a timber framed garden office building where it’s insulated only between the noggins. That’s why some companies fit a vapour trap so you don’t get condensation on the walls. The only real way to avoid thermal bridging and condensation is to buy a garden room made from structural insulated panels (SIPs).
So there you have it. A garden office building is a building erected in a garden or drive which is used for working from home. To find out more about costs and designs please click here