Garden Office Guide: Bathstone Garden Rooms


The latest in our garden office suppliers Q&A sessions is with Bathstone Garden Rooms

What is your most popular garden office design?

Our most popular garden office design is the smallest. We designed it specifically for the smaller garden, and it tends to be bought by people living in towns where space is limited. Many of our customers have young families, often need to work from home, but don’t have the extra room to work indoors.

Starting from £9,500 inlc VAT, our Small Office measuring 2.8m x 2.5m, and built to a very high standard really is the perfect option.

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

The Small Office has been designed to fit very attractively into any garden scenario.
Natural light is what we have found gives even the smallest of working spaces a feeling of space and openness.
We use fully glazed French Doors and Glazed panels on a corner section, bringing light and easy access to the office.

With one corner glazed, there is plenty of wall space for shelving, desks or cupboards, and if you want another window above your workstation, it allows even more light to flood in.

With great insulation levels heating is never a problem, and most people are happy to use a portable convection heater when required.

However, we have completely free underfloor heating on offer at the moment, so please give us a call on 01189 842555 or see our website for more details.

How do your garden offices comply with Planning Permission?

Planning Permission is no problem with our Small Office. It has been design to meet Permitted Development requirements, so with a low 2.4m high roof you can build it almost anywhere without requiring permission.

If you do happen to live in an area that requires planning permission, such as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, we will apply for you – we haven’t be refused yet!

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

Our most popular single worker office has internal dimensions of 2.46m x 2.16m, and is surprisingly spacious.

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

A two workstation office can be of several designs , but the minimum we would recommend is internal dimensions of 2.16m x 3.85m.

We specialise in bespoke buildings, and if you require more shelf , cupboard or desk space, we will be able to design something that suits you perfectly.

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

We include everything in the price, including foundations.

To give you a good internal ceiling height, while keeping below the 2.5m roof height, we usually install our buildings on a concrete slab.

If you are happy to go above the 2.5m roof height we would build on a series of concret piles. This is the cheaper and less disruptive option.

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

One of our biggest selling points is the suitability of our offices for year round use.

We use high quality insulation in floors, walls and ceilings as standard, with 175mm thich walls, and ceilings even thicker at 280mm.

What is the exterior cladding on your garden offices?

We offer several different options of timber cladding. Western Red Cedar is the most popular because of it’s great looks and low maintenace qualities,but we also offer softwood shiplap, tongue and groove of featheredge board.

What is the roof covering?

Our flat roof designs are all covered with EPDM rubber. It is a wonderful product with a 25 year manufacturers warranty, and as a single sheet without joins, is guaranteed not to leak. So much better that the old style roof felts!!

What is the interior lining and floor covering?

Interior lining and floor cover depends on your budget, but is typically dry lined and skim plastered walls and laminate floors.

How many electrical sockets do you include as standard?

As standard we would put a double socket in each corner.

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

Lighting is a choice of spotlights of recessed downlights.

Spotlights are the cheapest option, and with good positioning direct light exactly where you want it.
Recessed lighting is often chosen for its ‘hidden’ appearance, and general good spread of light.

Most of our customers also choose an optional outdoor light as well.

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

We tend not to include heating as standard because it is so easy to use a portable heater when required.

Underfloor heating is a great option though, and if you want a climate control unit to provide warmth in the winter and coolness in the summer, we can fit that as well.

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

Braodband and telephone can be connected either by cable or if suitable, a wireless system.

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

As an option, it is always helpfull to have a remote lighting system. With this you can turn lights on and off from your house without needing to walk to the office.

What is the lead time on your garden offices?

We have a lead time of around four weeks, though this can vary, so please ask.

What is the typical on site build time?

It would typically take us no longer than two weeks to complete our Small Office.

How much does a typical one person office cost?

Prices for our standard model start from £9,500 incl VAT, but we also provide a budget model that suits smaller budgets.

How much does a typical two person office cost?

Prices start from £12,250 incl vat for a larger two person office.

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

We explain all costs in our quote.
If you require planning permission we will charge £350 plus the cost of application (£150) +vat.

Unless you have a particularly difficult mains electricity supply to your property, which requires a lot of work to get a cable to your office, the cost of connection will be included in the quote we supply.

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

We use top quality materials for our buildings, and we like to think our buildings will last generations rather than years!
Like many ancient timber framed buildings, if kept dry and secure they will last many many years.

There is inevitably some maintenance requirements, but with good quality timber cladding, excellent windows and doors, and a roof that is guaranteed to last 25 years, there is never very much.

What guarantees come with the office, are they free?

We are members of the Consumer Protection Association which gives a warranty on all our work for ten years, and also protects any deposits paid.

In addition, there is a 10 year warranty supplied by our Door and Window manufacturers, and there is a 25year warranty on the roof covering.

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

If you are buying an office for genuine all year round use, please be sure to buy a good qualty, well insulated building. It may seem more expensive initially, but remember – after time the price is forgotten, but the quality is always there to be seen!!

Like what you read? Give Bathstone Garden Rooms a call on 01189 842555 or visit their website fro more information

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