Could a garden office increase your property’s value? The short answer is often a resounding yes! Adding a garden office can help give you more room to work, without a costly upgrade to your original home.
If you prefer to work from home, but need a dedicated workspace, then a garden office may be just what you need.
Pre-Made or Bespoke?
Pre-made garden office buildings can be a cost-effective way to add workspace to your property. The main issue may be finding a building that will fit your garden space. Gardens vary from home to home, with unique shapes, area, etc. Pre-made buildings are easy to personalise with decorating touches done in your taste.
If you have a garden that has unusual dimensions, then a bespoke garden office may be the best choice. By choosing a bespoke design, you’ll be able to create a beautiful office that exactly fits into your garden. Keep in mind this is usually a more expensive option, but you’ll have a unique design that will bring value to your home for years to come.
In fact, garden offices are typically made to last for decades. They’re considered a permanent addition to your property.
Fast & Easy to Build
Garden offices, that are not a part of your home, are fast and easy to build. They’re also quicker than making an addition directly to your home. It’s also less disruptive to add a garden office. You and your family can easily go on with life as the building is constructed.
These small buildings usually take about two weeks to build. However, it can be longer depending on the items you’re installing, such as a bathroom and shower.
What About Planning Permission & Other Rules?
When it comes to garden offices, you’ll find that they often don’t require planning permission. However, if your new garden office is higher than 2.5 meters, or if you’re making the addition in a conservation area or near nature, then it may be necessary to obtain planning permission from your local government.
Garden offices are generally classified as outbuildings, and this is why they don’t need to follow building regulations. There are some exceptions including:
- Your garden office is more than 30m2
- You’d like to add a water supply for a bathroom
- All electrical work must be done by the regulations
In these cases, you’ll need to apply to apply for planning permission. However, if your garden office is somewhere between 15m2 and 30m2, is not made to include sleeping quarters, is at least 1 meter from a boundary, or is built with non-combustible materials, then chances are pretty good you won’t need any approval.
Keep the Size in Mind—Not Too Small or Too Large
When deciding on the dimensions for your garden office, make sure to choose a size that’s not too small or too large for your garden space. You want to make sure the structure fits the space. For instance, if the building is too small, it won’t be of practical use. On other hand, if the structure is too large, it will overwhelm your garden space.
It’s generally recommended not to go below the size of 2.5m by 2.5m—this is the smallest size office that could be usable. Experts tend to recommend going larger if you can afford it and the dimensions of garden office aren’t too large for your garden space.
When planning your garden office, be sure to keep in mind the practicalities. For instance, will the sun hit the office and make it too hot to work in during the summer? Will it be on a slope, where it could slide if the garden receives too much rain? Will neighbors be able to easily see into your office?
These may seem like small considerations, but they can have large effects on the comfort and usability of your garden office.
Windows & Doors—Another Consideration
In order to keep maintenance costs and time to a minimum, experts advise investing in almuminum windows and doors. Wood windows and doors will require frequent painting and repairs, whereas aluminum doors and windows will last longer, will retain their finish, etc.
When it comes to doors for your garden office, you might consider investing in a bi-fold or sliding doors. These bring natural light into your workspace and opens the room up the garden. You can enjoy the beauty around you better when you feel like part of the environment. These types of doors also help to improve ventilation.
Blinds may also be another good investment to help control how much natural light enters the office. They’ll help to keep the glare from shining onto your computer monitor, reduce eye strain and more.
Consider the Cost
An average garden office about 4m by 4m would start at about £10,000. Building a larger office will see the price increase accordingly, but you’ll be getting more space for your money. For example, a building of 7m by 4m generally costs approximately £25,000. In this instance, you’ll be getting more value and space for the money compared to the smaller space.
Keep in mind that adding items such as air conditioning, underfloor heating, etc. will increase the cost by quite a bit. Air conditioning typically costs about £1800. Adding a bathroom can also be expensive, due to connecting with the mains.
Marketing Correctly is Imperative
When it comes time to sell your home, it’s important to market the garden office correctly. Your real estate agent should not call it a nice shed, for instance. Instead, they should focus on the benefits of having a garden office, which will add value to your home.
As you can see, there’s a lot to consider when planning a garden office. However, if done in the right way, a garden office can add to your home’s overall value.