As the nation makes the move to more permanent homeworking, the need for more space at home has increased.
A home office in a spare room with laundry or a desk that shares space with the breakfast dishes is not ideal. Also, working from home can make it harder to switch off and create a clear separation between home and work life.
So, without sacrificing space in the home or embarking on an expensive house extension, what is the solution? We believe it is a garden office
Log Cabin Offices
Log cabins make the ideal home office. Even though it is only a few steps away in the garden, a log cabin office provides the dedicated workspace you need for a productive homeworking environment. Plus, even though it is only a few steps away from the backdoor, you can shut the office door when the work day is done.
With a wide range of log cabins for sale, in all sizes and styles and to accommodate all budgets, there is a garden office for every work requirement and garden space.
Insulated Garden Offices
The next evolution in garden offices has arrived with the Xtend range from Forest Garden. These revolutionary garden buildings use Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs), from floor to ceiling, to provide a fully-insulated, year-round, modern office space. The Xtend SIPs are a high-performance construction material consisting of efficient polystyrene insulation sandwiched by two boards of OSB. This is then supplemented on the walls by internal and external cladding, and on the roof by internal cladding and a roof membrane.
Wall thickness is key to choosing the best garden office and Xtend, with their combination of SIPs and cladding, boast incredible 177mm thick walls. In fact, SIPs are used in many of the latest new home builds and provide the Xtend with a better energy efficiency than the average British home.
Planning Permission for Garden Offices
The majority of garden offices do not require planning permission. There are some restrictions such as height; where in relation to the front elevation a garden building can be positioned; and other rules related specifically to conservation areas.
For the most accurate information for your personal location and the garden office you are considering, check your local planning office information.
Uses for Garden Offices
One of the benefits of a garden office is that it can also be a multi-purpose garden room. Whether you want an area to practice yoga, a family space or somewhere to enjoy lunch, a garden room is a beautiful, nature environment to enjoy a wide range of lifestyle activities.
How to Install a Garden Office
Many manufacturers offer a professional installation service. All offer comprehensive instructions on how to build the garden building and many include video support too.
The key to successful installation is a strong, level, appropriately prepared base for the garden office. For more details on garden building bases and choosing the best garden office for your home office, take a look at our Buying a Log Cabin guide.