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What are the Advantages of Garden Offices?
The way we work is changing rapidly, with more companies embracing home working to improve work/life balance and productivity whilst reducing the stresses of commuting. However, working from home creates a new set of challenges, particularly when it comes to creating a workspace in the home. Kitchens, spare rooms, or lounges are often taken over for the day and then reinstated with all the problems associated with storage of computers and paperwork. There is also noise and distractions to contend with, meaning work can be delayed and focus lost.
Having a separate and dedicated garden office is the ideal solution to this problem, allowing you to create a perfect working environment just a few metres from your house. This also helps achieve the psychological leap from home life to work life, keeping the two separate.
Are they Safe, Warm and Fully Connected?
Our garden offices offer excellent security features with the 9-point locking system, ensuring your office remains secure when you are out. In the winter, the excellent insulation combined with an efficient thermostatic electric heater will keep you warm without costing the earth. In the summer months, the insulation also helps to keep the building cool. Finally, you will almost certainly have a requirement for internet and data connection, which we will also install as part of the one-stop service we provide.
Financial advantagesMany of our customers either own their business or are self-employed, so can offset much of the cost associated with building a garden office as a business cost. As all circumstances are different, your accountant will be able to advise exactly what can be offset as a business cost. It is also likely that your garden office will add value to your property, with a recent article in the Telegraph (31st Mar 2018) stating that a reported investment of £6,653 could add £35,611 to an average home. Another media outlet states that, on average, a return of 5% on the value of your property can be expected.
Do I need Planning Permission?
Garden offices do not usually require planning permission as they fall within permitted development (Class E), which is pre-approved planning permission so long as the following conditions are met:
The garden room is no higher than 2.5m from the bottom of the building to the top of the roof (if within 2m of the boundary. All our garden offices comply with this condition.
You do not take up more then 50% of your garden area with this or any other building.
It is not to be used as living accommodation.
For more information we recommend you read the Technical Guidance relating to Permitted Development for householders at the following link:
Do I need Building Regulations?So long as the following apply, you are unlikely to require building regulations approval for a garden room: You do not intend to sleep in it. If the building is under 15M2 of internal floor area, the office can be installed close to any rear boundary. If the building is between 15M2 and 30M2 the building needs to be a minimum of 1m from any boundary or is constructed substantially of non-combustible materials. Note that one solution to item 3 is to coat any wood cladding in non-combustible, clear intumescent paint with fire ratings of 30 or 60 minutes. For more information relating to building regulations approval, we recommend you read the Government Planning Portal at the following link: https://www.planningportal.co.uk/
What is the payment structure?
We have a simple payment structure, split into the following amounts:
- Initial payment on booking to the value of the garden office.
- Mid payment on completion of the base, to the value of 50% of remaining value.
- Final outstanding payment on completion.