Garden office construction is one of the most streamlined building systems around. This means that your new room can be built in just a few days.
We recently wrote about the timescales involved in buying a garden office. We found that you typically have to wait for around 4 to 8 weeks between ordering your office and work starting to build it on-site.
During those weeks between order and delivery, most garden office suppliers will be organising the manufacture of your office. A garden office is typically made up of a series of manageable size modules designed for easy on-site installation.
Some garden office companies have large workshops with cutting-edge machinery, in which they create your office building. Other companies buy in all the components they need from different sources and project manage the process so that everything is delivered to site for assembly at the same time.
Once on-site things move very quickly
Once the construction team arrives on site progress on your office will start very quickly. On-site construction teams are normally made up of 2 to 4 workers. The number is often dependent on the size and complexity of the building. You may well find that other team members turn up during the build as different skill sets are required, for example, electricians and plasterers.
The first big task is to get the foundations in and levelled. Some companies will send along their specialist groundworks team to undertake this step, others have trained their main installation team to undertake this stage as well as the carpentry aspect of the build.
Once the foundation has been prepared the frame of the building will go up in a matter of hours. It is not unrealistic to expect the core structure to be in place at the end of day one.
The key aim of the installation team will be to get the building weathertight as soon as possible. This means they will want to get the room wrapped in a breathable membrane which is a vital part of the build-up and acts as a temporary weathertight layer before the final cladding layer is installed.
Depending on the number of workers sent to the site you may well find that once the core structure is in place work progresses simultaneously on both the exterior and interior of the building.
So, how many days might this all take?
Some suppliers have their systems so honed and do so much work in their workshops prior to arriving on site that they can construct their buildings on-site in as little as a day. Two days is quite common build time for a small to medium size modular garden office design. The majority of garden office builds we see take around 7 to ten days to complete on-site.
There are not many other building systems which allow you to create a high spec new room so quickly.
Some garden offices are built from scratch on-site
The vast majority of the garden office industry uses off-site construction methods as we have described above. There are however a few suppliers who build their offices from scratch on site.
They typically use a traditional timber frame building system which means they have all the materials delivered to the site and then use them to make the various frames.
By virtue of all the work taking place on-site, you will need to expect the installation team to be with you for longer than we have shown above. We recently wrote about a 3 meter x 3 meter garden office that had taken a team of two workers ten days to build on-site, which is about probably double the time the same building would take to build using an off-site system.
Your installation team will be with you until the room is complete
We have all heard stories of builders who are working on more than one job at a time, who don’t pitch up for days on end to your job. You can be assured that this isn’t a practice you’ll find in the garden office industry.
Garden office suppliers tend to have several teams of installers, and they send a team to each job they are working on. This team will only be working on your job and will often stay overnight nearby so that they can be on-site bright and early each day. They will then be with you until the building is complete.
As you can see the actual building of your garden office will be a very quick process, you will then be able to move your stuff in and start work!