Garden offices

Garden offices are increasingly common and popular due to flexibility of working from home and maximising garden space and keeping work space independent of living space. Why not make use of garden space to build a stand alone office fully usable all year even through extreme weather. All walls, floor and ceiling are fully insulated throughout to retain heat. Some larger constructions may require building regulations. Electrical services can be incorporated if of a solid construction to mains fuse-box within house .

Regulations which came into effect in October 2008 , which covers outbuildings and considers this type of works as permitted development which does not require planning permission, things to consider as follows:-

  • Out building to be single storey and not exceed eaves height of 2.5m
  • Out building can be maximum height of 4m for dual pitched roof.
  • Build cannot exceed 50% of space within original garden this also include any additions which may have been added to include sheds, extensions and garage
  • For floor space of between 15 to 30m2 building regulations is not required providing build is at least 1m away from boundary
  • In above cases building regulations is not required providing its not used for sleeping accomodation

The external face of a garden office can be constructed of facing brickwork, facing concrete block, thermal block with external render. All solid constructions have to be clad in slab insulation and plasterboards internally for all year use.

All out building are individual and constructed depending on clients input and requirement, as garden office are an extension to main house all materials sourced needs to blend with main house and following materials needs careful considerations:-

  • Structure of build needs to match locally with structure and finish of main house, be it bricks, pebble dashed, plastered or just painted.
  • Windows and cills of porch needs to match ground floor windows.
  • Gutters and downpipes.
  • Facias and soffits.
  • Roof structure finish can vary from mineral felt, roof tiles to fibreglass coverings.
  • Wood used requires to be hardwood for external use and treated accordingly.

Internal finish and services can vary depending on requirement, all services can be connected from main house from fuse-box, telephone, tv aerial and also broadband connection, other internal floor finishes can vary from carpet, laminate flooring or tiled flooring are other options, other useful addition is external lights with sensors very useful for dark nights exiting.

As a one stop building services company we undertake complete with works carried out by our skilled tradesmen and women from initial start to finish and project managed by our in-house project manager, all our staff are trade related with some multi-trade, all operators are polite and trustworthy. As specialist in occupied property all necessary care and precaution are taken to minimise disruptions and all clients receive the same level of care and workmanship.