6th January 2020

Choosing your garden office

Garden offices are becoming increasingly popular due to the many benefits they provide and have been proven to be a great alternative to renting an office or a studio.


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When looking for a garden office, it can often be difficult to know exactly which design and style is right for your garden. A garden office is an investment and as such there are a range of factors to consider, such as the amount of available space and the actual installation itself. GBC Group, the UK’s premier retailer of quality garden and leisure buildings have collated their top tips on what to consider when choosing the right office for your garden.

Purpose

The prime purpose of your garden office will be as a place to work from; however, you may also want to utilise it as a social or even storage space. Making the decision on the spaces’ purpose will dictate each further step in its design. The size of the outdoor building you choose can also have a huge impact on whether planning permission is required and will also influence both the style and design you choose. With so many possible styles for a garden office, it can be difficult to know where to begin.

Variety

Garden offices come in a variety of shapes, sizes and designs; all of which are suited for different purposes and garden sizes. You can even use a summer house or log cabin as a garden office which can create even more choice. There are many different styles to choose from including a variety of window and door options so to help you find a garden office which suits your specific needs use your personal design preference to narrow down the options.

Space

Space plays a huge role in deciding which garden office is right for you; you can only work with the space you have available. If your building is a certain size then there may be planning rules which dictate how much of the land can be taken up, so it is worth considering this when deciding on your garden office.

Installation

There are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to installation. In most instances, you’re generally required to have a suitable base in place prior to installation; do some research around bases before delivery to ensure your garden office will be installed correctly. Most companies will offer installation at an extra cost, so unless you’re confident in installing the building yourself, it is a good idea to factor in allowing the professionals help to ensure it is built safely and to its full potential.

Windows and Doors

The style and size of windows and doors selected could well come down to purpose itself; how much light is required throughout the day? Many garden offices come with a variety of options for doors and windows so you can choose the best environment to work in. Often, a range of additional upgrades are available, and this can include both additional doors and windows. Double glazed windows and doors should be of the upmost priority, especially if you’re going to be spending a lot of time in the office. As this often comes as standard, it’s simply worth checking with your retailer before purchase.