Sunday, January 17

How to Build a Successful Garden Office Building

Top Tips for the Perfect Home Office

When the time comes to build a garden office building you will need to choose from many different options and features.

Within this article, we will share with you the things you need to ask yourself and look into before you choose a particular style or design.

We will help you to make the best possible decision for the most practical and comfortable building possible.

To begin with, ask yourself the following questions:

1. Will you be using your office frequently?

If you are going to be using your office year round you will need a well-insulated garden building.

2. Do you need space for computer and office equipment or do you just need space for a phone and computer tablet?

The usage of your garden office will determine the size and available space you will need.

3. Do you need storage space, will you be sharing the office with another person and how big is your garden are the last three questions you need to ask yourself before you plan on designing or building your garden office.

Next, there are four available options for a garden office.

The first option is to design and manufacture a pod to a certain size.

Secondly, you can always go with modular built buildings that you may be able to customise.

Thirdly, you could always convert an existing outbuilding on your premises.

Lastly, you can design a garden office of any style or format with an architect.

Building a garden office on your own terms is the cheapest of options while hiring an architect proves to be more costly but gives you the options of design, materials, and style.

Typical Celotex Floor Insulation in a Timber Building. Image credit: Cabin Living

There is much more to a garden office beyond a roof, floor, and four walls.

You will need plenty of insulation and must make your office as comfortable as possible.

We have included information on how wood garden offices are built below.

You will need to know about the options available for materials before you begin building.

The first thing you will have to look into is either building with a wood frame or SIPs.

Both methods are used for house building and are standard options.

Cheaper offices can be built using quality wood cabins or a well-built shed.

Picking a roof will require that you put durability, appearance and your budget into consideration.

You can use bitumen tiles for roofing to save some money.

But don’t cut corners by using sturdy yet dangerous roofing materials like asbestos.

They are not recommended and if present on site, will need to be then away by a specialist asbestos removal company.

A more expensive option is using cedar or slate tiles.

A rare option is putting a garden on your rooftop but this requires a lot of maintenance such as weeding and watering and it does not provide the best of insulation.

Or alternatively, you could collect rain water through a simple guttering and tank system.

Speaking of insulation you will need to use proper insulating materials for your garden office.

An insulated building requires less heat and removes the possibility of your building suffering from condensation caused by moisture.

Decorative Bitumen Tiles on a Timber Building. Image credit: Timber Yard

Windows and doors will need to be installed properly to do their job.

Large windows will naturally reduce the effectiveness of the insulation even if they are double glazed.

You should also include high-quality locks on your windows and doors that comply with your insurance policy, like those used for your home.

For the exterior of your building, cedar and Douglas fir woods are popular for wooden garden offices.

You want to use wood that will remain resilient throughout time and will not need a lot of treatment or maintenance.

For the internal finish of your building, plastered walls are the top choice as it is fire resistant.

There are also other options that are less expensive such as vinyl boarding.

Another feature of your garden office will be the electrical system.

You will want to decide in advance how many electrical outlets you need, how many light fittings are required, and whether you have the options of where sockets and lights are positioned.

You will want to accurately include these features into the design of your garden office.

There are also other things you may want to look into when choosing the design of garden office buildings.

You might want to include roof windows for added natural light and ventilation.

Next, you can include plumbing for a toilet, sink, and shower.

You may choose to also include a storage area to help organise your accessories.

Another thing that is becoming more common with garden offices is including a cost-effective wood burning stove to heat the building.

Don’t compromise the quality of your garden office.

Instead choose a smaller size so you don’t have to waste money on maintenance, keeping the building heated or air-conditioned.

You don’t want to waste your time or money on a cheaply built office.

Put serious time, consideration and build it to the best of your ability to optimise your usage of the building and to maximise the productivity of this space.

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