Yes - a rising number of small businesses and employees are based at home or from a garden office. This is an attractive and viable option for many reasons.
You can gain back the time which you'd otherwise spend commuting to and from work. You can then use this to do something productive (or for spending a little longer in bed!).
You may see a reduction in travel costs, whether you spend this on petrol or public transport.
Adding value to a property with an outdoor building such as a garden office is a common practice. A garden office can give you use now and be attractive to potential buyers in the future. Increase your floor space and create a more pleasing garden aesthetic. Plus, give yourself the ability to work from home as it fast becomes the norm. Some estimate that a quality garden office can increase your property's value by 5-15%.
Whether a garden building will need planning permission is based on its height, size, placement and what it'll be used for.
The maximum height of a garden office with a dual-pitched roof is allowed to be 4 metres. For any other roof type, it's 3 metres. Anything over this and you'll need planning permission. If you have any concerns, we recommend contacting your local planning authority beforehand.
If you're running a business from your office then you may well need other permissions. The same goes for if you intend to use it as a permanent residential space. Again, it's better to be safe than sorry. This is why we recommend getting in touch with your local planning authority. Or, head over to our blog for more information.
Of course. If your garden room isn't close enough to your house to connect to the mains water supply, it may be more expensive though. But installing a bathroom in your garden office will be a fairly simple task for a trained plumber. Make sure that you adhere to Building Regulation standards.
Is your garden building is somewhere that you and/or guests plan to sleep in? If so, why not turn your office into accommodation? Remember, then you will need to apply for planning permission.
An office counts as a place from which your business operates, rather than an item of equipment. Because of this, no costs incurred from the purchase or construction of the office itself can be tax deducted from business profits. But items within your garden office, like furniture and insulation, can be.
A lot of us have transitioned to working from home (WFH) recently. So freelancers, small business owners, and employees are thinking about garden offices. They offer many solutions including:
- Being cheaper than renting office space
- Reducing time and money spent on commutes
- Encouraging productivity by having a professional space outside the home
So why not have a look at our range of garden home office buildings to see if it's the right fit for you?
A lot of our log cabins are designed to be used as home offices. Some of our customer favourites include:
- The BillyOh Kent Garden Office
Is a durable building with a large internal space. The multi-room feature on the two larger sizes offers distinct spaces for you and your family to enjoy. The Kent Office has various features like double doors and an overhanging entranceway. Complete with Floor, Roof and Felt as standard.
- The Dorset
Features a wide range of sizes and strong Tongue and Groove construction. Choose from various thicknesses to find the perfect office for your garden. The timeless design features a Reverse Apex roof. Plus, wide opening double doors and windows make this cabin a must-have.
- The Fraya
Designed to complement any garden, The Fraya is a versatile and adaptable building. It features a contemporary pent design and a modern overhang for style and practicality. You can customise certain aspects of this Log Cabin to suit your tastes and needs.
- The Winchester
Is a traditional Alpine-style cabin. It has opening windows and windowed double doors that offer a bright and airy interior. Customise your building to suit you. Complete with Floor, Roof and Felt as standard.
Our garden offices come with full assembly instructions provided via email upon sale. They arrive flat-packed in pre-assembled panels. We build all our BillyOh garden offices with tongue and groove, interlocking, or SIP panels. We make these from high-quality European-sourced timber and other materials. Panels come pre-cut and just need assembling together. Follow the instructions provided with your order. Then you and a friend (with some basic tools) can have your garden room built in no time!
To turn your BillyOh garden building into a functioning home office consider:
- Connecting a water supply
- Installing fibreoptic cabling or a router that reaches your house’s WiFi
- Sprucing up the decor with office supplies and a good desk
Head over to our blog for more tips and tricks on how to turn your office into a home office.
Check out our guide on damp-proofing and insulating garden buildings, including offices.