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How to Add an Office Building to Your Garden

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It is becoming more common across the westernised world for people to transition to working from home. This continues to grow as people choose to leave the office life to work from the comfort of their own homes. Within this article, we would like to discuss the value of turning a space in your garden into an office. You may want to build it yourself or hire an expert to build a garden office for you. We will discuss the various features and things you need to look into when building a garden office and how to get the very most from it.

The ultimate size of your garden office will be entirely up to you and we suggest that you only use half of your garden space at a maximum. If you build without planning consent you will be restricted to an eaves height of 2.5 meters and an overall height of 3 meters or 2.5 meters within a 2 meters boundary. If you build your garden office within 5 meters of your house it will be treated as an extension to your home. It will be counted as your permissible development space. You also cannot have the principle elevation sit forward as part of your property.

A gravel path acts as a security deterrent to would be thieves. Image credit: Houzz

When designing your garden office building we recommend you create a solid path leading to its entrance. You should also install trees and shrubs to beautify the building and to maintain privacy from your neighbours. Another thing we suggest is that you include roof windows for natural lighting and if you have the space you can also include a sink, toilet and working areas. Be sure that you follow building regulations and speak with your neighbours about building your office so your new office does not upset them or block their yards from natural sunlight.

When it comes to securing your garden office you will have a variety of methods available at your disposal. Home intruders will typically break into a garden room rather then a house. We suggest you use a motion detection exterior light as well as a motion detection alarm system. Also secure your computer to the wall with security casings, always use strong passwords on your computers, a strong encrypted WiFi password, and secure your windows and doors with high quality locks. You can also create a gravel path to the building which creates sound which could deter would-be intruders as well.

When you are choosing a garden building you will have a variety of materials to use to build it with. Timber clad buildings are popular however for a lower maintenance choice we suggest thermally modified timber. It costs more, but you end up saving money on it having to treat it with preservative every two or three years. Brick buildings are very low maintenance but they do cost quite a bit more and will require glazing. You can always use unconventional ideas such as a shepherds hut, caravans, or you can always convert a garden shed into an office. With either choice you choose you will have to meet the regulations of your local area for building and what is permitted.

Use high quality locks to make your garden office fully secure. Image credit: YouTube

The actual price tag associated with building a garden office will completely depend on whether you build it yourself or if you have professionals build and design it for you. We will list the over all estimated prices and costs associated with building in a variety of styles below.

Cabin style garden office buildings can utilise softwood that interlocks the corners of the walls and ceilings to form the cabin. You will only need a small amount of metal fixings to lock together all the pieces. When you are using this method it may take you only a few days to accomplish building it.

Another option is using a modular building for your garden office. Modular buildings are built with softwood walls and plasterboard interiors. These styles of buildings can be put together quickly. You can typically find whole units complete with windows and doors, complete with insulation, electronic outputs and phone connections.

The last idea is building your garden office using a timber framed building. It is much more expensive but will create an elegant look and feel you can’t find anywhere else. You can choose from weatherboard panels or rendered panels. You can choose from an oak frame you can utilise roof tiles or even use something as complex as a thatch roof.

Lastly you will need a method to heat and insulate your garden office. You will need to add insulation which is mandatory. Also you will want to choose double glazed and insulated doors and windows. Electric heaters, oil radiators and electric underfloor heating are options you can use to keep your building warm.

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