Fast-track your garden office purchase by exploring pre-designed ranges
It's great to hear that you're interested in purchasing a pre-designed garden office for your workspace needs! This is a fantastic choice for those who are looking for a quick and cost-effective solution to creating a functional office space in their garden.
Pre-designed models come in a range of standard sizes and have a limited number of options to choose from, making the process of selecting and purchasing a garden office easy. One of the major advantages of pre-designed garden offices is their affordability, as they are often less expensive than modular or bespoke designs. They often have short lead times and, depending on the size, quick on-site installation times.
You have options when buying a garden office: Pre-designed ranges are the quickest option
When it comes to creating a garden office, there are several options available to you. Depending on your needs, preferences, and budget, you can choose from three different routes: pre-designed, modular, or bespoke. Each route has its own benefits and drawbacks, and it's important to understand the differences between them to make an informed decision. In this context, pre-designed models refer to garden offices that come in standard sizes and have only a few standard options to choose from. You have more flexibility with modular designs as you can choose from different modules that can be assembled in various configurations. Bespoke garden office designs are custom-built to meet your unique requirements. Each option has its own advantages and disadvantages, which we will explore further to help you decide which route is best for you.
Where can you buy pre-designed garden offices?
Garden building marketplaces like quick-garden.co.uk offer a wide selection of pre-designed garden office buildings. You'll find an abundance of pre-designed models to choose from, with a range of sizes and standard options to suit different needs and preferences.
You will find options that are built with SIPs panels and others that utilise an interlocking timber system for the core structure. Buildings are often quoted as supply only, leaving you to assemble them yourself or get a local tradesperson to do it for you. Some companies offer installation as an optional extra.
If you look further afield than the big garden building marketplaces, you will find that some bespoke and modular designers also offer pre-designed ranges. These designers have taken popular design features and layouts from their customised ranges and distilled them into standard designs that are both quick to order and cost-effective. This means that you can still benefit from the expertise and experience of modular or bespoke designers but without the added expense and lead time that comes with more customised designs.
When buying a pre-designed garden office building from a company that otherwise specialises in modular or bespoke designs, you will find that the price includes installation. Bear this in mind when comparing your options, as with the installation component factored in, at first glance, these buildings can seem a lot more expensive than buildings that are supply only.
Ultimately, with a wide variety of pre-designed garden offices available on the market, you're sure to find one that perfectly suits your needs and budget.
Companies offering pre-designed garden offices:
Alongside their bespoke garden office designs, A Room in the Garden offer pre-designed ranges. These buildings incorporate many of the features popular in their bespoke designs. They are competitively priced and designed for quick delivery. Explore A Room in the Gardens’ pre-designed ranges.
Take the time to check what is included in the price
When purchasing a pre-designed garden office, it's important to carefully review what is included in the price quoted. We have seen different approaches depending on whether you are buying from a marketplace or directly from a modular or bespoke garden room company.
With marketplaces, we’ve seen
When buying online from a garden building marketplace, one approach is to a price for the core structure and then offer other elements as optional extras. One aspect you will want to check on is whether insulation is included or if it's listed as an optional extra. Insulation is essential for ensuring comfortable year-round use of your garden office, so it's important to factor this into your budget.
With this approach to pricing, it's common for the foundation system to be offered as an optional extra, so it's worth checking this too. You often have lots of finish choices, such as swapping white uPVC windows and doors for Anthracite Grey ones. These items are all clearly priced for you.
With this pricing structure, pre-designed ranges are usually priced as supply only, leaving you to assemble the building yourself or get another company to do so for you.
Typically, pre-designed ranges sold this way don’t include wiring for power, lighting, or heating, meaning that you'll need to hire an electrician to install these features for you. Having said that, some companies offer an electrics pack that gives you the fittings and cabling for your local electrician to install.
Buying directly from a garden room company is slightly different
Buying a pre-designed garden office building directly from a modular or bespoke garden room company, you'll find that the pricing structure is a little different compared to purchasing from a marketplace.
Typically the prices listed are for a fully insulated building that often includes the foundation system. Almost always, the price quoted includes the cost of installation, although there may be an extra charge if you are a long way from their HQ. At first glance, this can make these buildings seem much more expensive than the ones you will find on the garden building marketplace sites. But you'll have a clear idea of the total cost upfront without the need to worry about additional expenses.
When buying directly from a garden room company, you will find that their pre-designed ranges include wiring for lights and power. You would just need to get your electrician to run the cabling from your house to the consumer unit in the office and test the system.
Generally, these pre-designed ranges are well-specified as standard, but companies offer a limited menu of options you can add to personalise your building. Typically, these choices are for flooring, exterior lighting and adding an extra window. They clearly list the prices next to each option.
Pros and cons of buying a pre-designed garden office rather than buying a modular or bespoke design
Buying a pre-designed garden office building offers a number of benefits compared with modular and bespoke routes, including:
Pre-designed garden office buildings are typically less expensive than their modular bespoke counterparts as they are designed to be material efficient and quick to construct.
Short lead times
The ordering process for a pre-designed garden office is much quicker than buying a modular or bespoke design. Because they are designed to be materially efficient and quick to construct, the manufacturing phase is typically quick, so you are not waiting long between order and delivery.
Pre-designed garden office buildings can be installed quickly and easily, often taking only a day to complete. Larger designs can often be completed within a couple of weeks.
Include popular features
With their pre-designed ranges, designers often include many of the popular design features of their more expensive customised designs.
There are downsides to buying a pre-designed garden office compared with buying a modular building or commissioning a bespoke design. They include:
With pre-designed garden office buildings, you have limited customisation options compared to choosing a modular or bespoke building. This may be a disadvantage for those with very specific design requirements.
Pre-designed garden office buildings typically come in a limited range of sizes, which may not suit every garden or intended use.
Limited options for features and finishes
When choosing a pre-designed garden office building, you will have limited options for changing the configuration of doors and windows or choosing the finishes used.
Lack of uniqueness
Pre-designed garden office buildings may lack the unique character and features that can be achieved when going down the modular or bespoke design routes.
Not all pre-designed garden office buildings are created equal, and some may be of lower quality than others. It's important to do research and choose a reputable supplier to ensure a high-quality product.