Many garden office buyers are creating spaces that are more than just an office space and incorporating kitchen, toilet and shower room facilities to either make their workspace self contained or to extend the future usability of the building.
This is a very sensible move if your budget allows, because designing a garden office with kitchen, toilet & shower room facilities is investing in the future – future expansion of a business where you may have staff working with you and these facilities seperate work and home zones, and investing in the future in that it opens up lots of different uses for the building.
Speak to a bespoke garden office designer
Your requirements for a shower room or kitchen area will be specific to you, and how easy it is to tap into the mains supply of water and sewerage will depend on your site, so its not really feasible to buy a standard off the self design with these facilities.
Your best bet is to talk to a bespoke garden office designer, most of whom will have at least one example of a garden office with kitchen, toilet and shower room facilities in their portfolio.
The designer will visit you on site and survey the garden extensively, if you have any plans that show where the water and sewerage runs this would be very useful to have at the meeting. The designer will then discuss with you what you want from such facilities and explain your options.
House quality fittings
As we have said garden offices are built using the same materials and techniques as houses, and kitchenettes and shower rooms are no different, the units and sanitary ware is the same as you might use in your house.
These items will be fitted and plumbed into the main water supply and sewerage system so should work just as they do in your house. Depending on how far any waste has to travel, pumps may be used to force waste away from the garden office and into the sewerage system of the main house.
Off grid living
In some cases the cost of connecting the facilities to the mains supply is prohibitive and there are options for incorporating toilets etc without connecting to the mains.
Some suppliers offer facilities that are commonly used in caravans such as chemical toilets which you empty and sinks that run off water bottles. These are certainly an option but will require ongoing work.
Another option is a eco toilet, often called dry toilets or composting toilets, they work by either separating and composting waste which then can be spread on your garden or by incinerating waste which can again be spread on the garden.
Eco toilets look very similar to regular toilets and don’t give off smells so are a viable option and have been used in many garden office designs.