Garden Office Guide: 3rd Space


Today we ask 3rd Space questions about their garden offices:

What is your most popular garden office design?

As every 3rdSpace garden room is modular and easily customised, we do not have a typical ‘best-seller’. However, from recent installations we know our 2 Bay model (2.4m x 3.6m) is very popular as a garden office, due to it’s practical size – fitting into most garden areas without compromising on usable interior space.

Why does your design make the perfect garden office, how have you made it user friendly?

Inspiration and functionality are two key themes in our opinion. 3rdSpace buildings are designed to provide an environment which encourages efficient and creative working by way of comfort, ergonomics and quality of light.

We also passionate about the small details. We believe that there are intrinsic benefits to working in a space where every detail and material has been carefully considered.

How do your garden offices comply with Planning Permission?

In most instances, planning permission is not required for our garden rooms. We will always advise based on your specific case.

What size garden office do you recommend for one worker to work comfortably?

Our 1 Bay model (2.4m x 2.4m) is ideal for a business with less spacial requirements, however the real beauty of our unique modular system means when your business grows, your garden office can grow with you!

And for two workers what size garden office do you suggest?

Our 2 Bay model (2.4m x 3.6m) is a nice size for 2 people to work from. The ability to customise 3rdSpace garden rooms also comes into int’s own here, should there be a desire to make each work area personal.

Are the foundations included in the price, if so what type?

Our prices are fully installed, including foundations. We use a series of height-adjustable screwjack pedestals on concrete slabs, meaning we can install with only 2-3 days on site & what’s more we can easily dismantle and relocate your garden office.

Are your garden offices suitable for year round use? What type of insulation do you use? How thick are your walls?

3rdSpace garden rooms are designed and built for all situations, all year round. The key to maintaining a comfortable work space is excellent insulation and build-quality. We use solid Kingspan panels, built into our unique wall, floor & ceiling modules.

What is the exterior cladding on your garden offices?

Western Red Cedar is one of our recommended cladding options. It has a long life-span, requires minimal maintenance and is responsibly sourced from FSC certified forests. And of course, it looks beautiful.

We also love to hear from customers about custom design ideas for external cladding. Some of the options on offer include living green walls, laser-cut metals and additional timber species

What is the roof covering?

We use Firestone EDPM, which is a very high-performance membrane. A slight gradient allows water run-off, which can either be collected or directed to a soak away via an aluminium down pipe.

A popular choice today is also living green roofs. These can help blend your garden room into it’s setting (particularly if looked down upon), as well as adding further insulative properties.

What is the interior lining and floor covering?

One of our favorite wall finishes is Birch plywood, a beautiful and natural material, which we finish with wax oil for durability. In addition, we favour a natural rubber floor finish, providing a resilient surface with a vast choice of colour options.

How many electrical sockets do you include as standard?

Within the standard prices, we always include a minimum of 4 electrical power points, wired back to the built-in consumer unit.

What sort of lighting do you use in your offices, why have you chosen this type?

We provide ceiling mounted lighting suitable for most working situations, however as trained architects and designers we are only too happy to recommend and provide bespoke lighting solutions or products.

Do you include heating in your garden office as standard, if so what type?

With great insulation and build quality comes very little need for additional heating. For the winter months just a small electric heater will provide enough ambient temperature.

Broadband and telephone are important in a garden office, how do buyers get these to the office?

Depending on location, an existing home or business WI-FI signal can be used. Where this is not possible, we will provide advice on how to organise a new BT line, or similar.

What optional extras would you recommend to create the perfect office setup?

Good furniture will pay for itself in time. Ergonomically, functionally and aesthetically, good furniture is our recommended ‘extra’.

Speak to us about the perfect set up for your business.

What is the lead time on your garden offices?

4 to 6 weeks production time, from confirmation of order.

What is the typical on site build time?

Only 3 days on a typical-sized build, so minimal disruption.

How much does a typical one person office cost?

Starting from £13,800 including VAT and installation to mainland UK.

How much does a typical two person office cost?

Starting from £13,800 including VAT and installation to mainland UK.

Are there any hidden extras? (planning fees, electrical hookup etc)

There are a number of options to get power to your garden office, all of which we can advise on.

What is the lifespan of your garden offices, is there any ongoing maintenance?

By specifically using only high quality materials we can ensure problem-free usage year after year. For example, our Firestone roof membrane has a life-expectancy of 50 years and Western Red Cedar (used for our rain-screen cladding) has been known to last over 60 years.

In addition, by pre-fabricating modules off-site in a controlled environment, we can guarantee quality standards.

What guarantees come with the office, are they free?

As with a new house, or having an extension built, we will guarantee our workmanship and in the unlikely event of any defects, rectify these free of charge within 12 months of installation.

If you could give a buyer one piece of advice about buying a garden office, what would it be?

A good quality garden office is a major investment for many people. For this reason we designed our system to be flexible enough to accommodate growth, and more importantly – should your life or business need to move, we can dismantle and relocate your 3rdSpace for you!

Want to learn more? Have a chat with the 3rd Space team on 07861 247910 or visit their website

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