Everything You Need to Know About Creating a Garden Office

March 29, 2021

As the UK is slowly returning to normality, views on working arrangements are changing. Over the past year throughout the pandemic, the need to become adaptable has become clear in order to keep businesses afloat. Therefore, many employers are considering continuing to implement their working from home schemes even after restrictions have been completely lifted. This is why many homeowners are considering a garden office.

Many of us who had to adapt to working from home learnt the hard way that you need to do more than just set up a desk. The environment you work in impacts your day-to-day productivity and efficiency more than we all realised. As a result of this, the demand for converting outbuildings into garden offices, or building garden offices from scratch has increased drastically

Creating a Garden Office

The process of creating a garden office is fairly straightforward. However, there are vital factors you will need to consider prior to beginning this project. The main factor will be whether you require planning permission. In most cases, your outbuilding will fall under permitted developments. The only circumstances you will need planning permission for are if you plan on implementing toilet and accommodation facilities, or if your home is listed or under a conservation area.

Building Regulations

Your project may also be subject to building regulations if you are planning the following for your garden office:

  • Installing electricity
  • Including sleeping accommodation
  • Attaching the outbuilding to your home
  • Constructing your garden office less than 1 meter from your boundary
  • The building being more than 30 squared meters

Further Rules

Furthermore, you will also need to complete your garden office outbuilding adhering to a few general rules. These include the following:

  • Your building cannot be in front of your home
  • There cannot be any balconies or raised platforms
  • The maximum height cannot exceed 3 meters, or 2.5 meters if the building is within 2.5 meters of the boundary
  • The total amount of space taken up by your garden office and any other structures in the garden must not be greater than 50%

These are a lot of aspects to take into consideration, so it is best that you hire professionals to provide you with the best advice in regard to design and compliance. Our team can assist you with any planning permission and architectural plans you may require gaining. Then our construction team can create the high-quality results you require from your home office.

Contact us today to begin discussing your home office outbuilding.

Not wanting to revive the debate as to whether a bath or a shower is better (it’s a bath by the way!) our bathrooms look after us on a daily basis. But it’s easy to forget that it’s quite a harsh environment and large temperature swings and condensation relentlessly finds the gaps and before you know it, a renovation is in order.

However, getting your bathroom to have that showroom look is easier said than done. Dipping your toes into going DIY can be a slippery slope which could end up costing you more with a finish you’re not happy with, and that’s after you’ve wrestled with the soil pipe you never wanted to touch in the first place.

What we all want is a bathroom we can soak in the glory of a job well done, letting our daily stresses drain away so we can enjoy getting hot and steamy once again. So, what’s the solution?

With bathrooms, there’s a mix of science and art to get that photo quality you’ve been getting your inspiration from. Experienced professionals have a habit of finding the delicate balance of style and practicality which may not have even been considered before, getting the best from the space available. For example, if space is the limiting factor, choosing a wall-hung sink unit can create the illusion of a bigger room.

Not only is space considered, but lighting is also a key component to any renovation project, finding the perfect natural and artificial lighting ratio is an often-overlooked detail, and with lots of reflective surfaces the light is continuously reflected.

A successful project causing the right splash is something that can be achieved by the combination of great design, attention to detail and professional assistance.

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