Why A Garden Office Should Be Your Next Investment
The Benefits Of Working From A Garden Office
As COVID has redefined the populations working situations, more and more people are working from home. However, families have found this challenging due to the lack of space and privacy needed to work productively; the answer to this problem is building a Garden Office. Here are five clear cut reasons why a Garden Office is a great flexible working environment:
Work-life balance – One benefit of building a Garden Office is that it will help create a better work-life balance. The lack of commuting time and the option to leave your office space at the end of the workday instead of constantly surrounding you means more family time and time to participate in hobbies.
Flexible working hours – As a society, we are moving away from the traditional 9-5 working, favouring working hours convenient to our lifestyles. However, this needs the correct working attitude to avoid missing deadlines.
No office gossip – Working in an office environment can be distracting and unproductive. So having a garden office will avoid unnecessary conversations meaning you work faster and smarter.
Added property value – Adding a garden office to your property will increase its value due to the additional space it provides. As a result, you can expect to grow your property value by at least 5%.
Unique design – Office spaces are often drab, bland environments that feel depressing to work within. The benefit of designing your own garden office is that you can put your stamp on the décor and furnishings.
This list of advantages is not complete, but it is clear that a garden office is of great use to anyone working from home. The additional space and benefits of a work environment are invaluable.
Wish to build within your Permitted Development Rights?
Don`t build on land forward of a wall forming the principal elevation.
Must be single storey with maximum eaves height of 2.5 metres and maximum overall height of four metres with a dual pitched roof or three metres for any other roof.
Maximum height of 2.5 metres if within two metres of the boundary.
Don`t build verandas, balconies or raised platforms.
Don`t build more than half the area of land around the "original house"
If it is more than 30sqm or it have drainages, then Building Control Notice is required.
If it is within 2m of the boundary should be built mostly with non-combustible materials.
How much does it cost to build an outbuilding?
In London the average it`s about £35K for a garden office. There are few points to consider that can change this number:
- Foundations: concrete or timber frame? Matter of durability
-Windows: the difference in cost between a uPVC single pane window and a 6 panes bifold aluminium door it`s massive! Same for skylights, those can be fixed or openable and have special glass to protect you in sunny days.
-Use: residential use instead of office or gym can increase the price.
The only way to know the exact quote for your project is to provide Technical and Structural Drawings to your contractor. you can get an idea with Planning drawings but this will not be your final figure!
An important point that we like to highlight is that if you would like to build your extension using sustainable construction methods instead of traditional, your costs will not increase as you might think!