What are you imagining as you type garden shed office into your browser? Are you imagining a garden shed with a desk in or a high tech structure that’s built like a house and incorporates all the latest communication systems? Well, its the latter vision that you get when buying a garden office in the UK today.
That being said there are a few garden office designs on offer which are little more than a posh shed, and whilst very appealing when you compare the price with a quality garden office, the structure is generally flimsy and is missing key elements such as building membranes which keep the structure dry and allow the building to breathe, a building that offers little if any insulation, has basic electrical systems and because the doors and windows aren’t house quality the security levels aren’t great!
A garden office takes the place in the garden where a shed might otherwise sit, but this is the only thing they have in common. The materials and buildings systems used in modern garden office design actually originate from housebuilding. The rooms created have the look and feel of a room in a new house.
Garden offices are highly insulated so they are comfortable spaces to work in all year round – a highly insulated building is just as important in the height of summer as it is in the depths of winter. Working with the insulation are double glazed windows and doors and heating. Because a garden office is so highly insulated they are cost effective to run, annual running costs are around £230 a year for a building that’s used five days a week.
If you are going to work from a garden office you’ll want good communication systems, many designs come with these in place as standard, other designs offer them as an optional extra, but with them you’ll be able to connect to anywhere in the world from the bottom of your garden.