Garden Office Guide: Booths Garden Studios


Today we ask Booths Garden Studios questions about their garden offices:

What is your most popular garden office design?

15′ x 9′ internal (4550mm x 2730mm)

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

Our Studios are fully insulated for all year use. They come with plenty of double sockets for office work and the lighting is the latest in low wattage down lighters. Air Conditioning can easily be added for maximum comfort as it heats and cools.

How do your garden offices comply with Planning Permission?

Our LoLine (or low roof) Studios are 2500mm tall which falls within permitted development.
Our Hip Roofs (which are taller) also fall within permitted development if the Studio can be sited 2m from each of your boundaries.

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

Any of our QT Studios would be perfect for one worker. The sizes are 6′ x 6′ (1820mm x 1820mm) or 9′ x 6′ (2730mm x 1820mm). These sizes are internal sizes. We always quote internal sizes as this is the “usable” space.

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

From our larger QT 9′ x 6′ (2730mm x 1820mm) upwards, would be fine for 2 workers. For bigger sizes we supply the new LoLine QC4.

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

Yes. We utilize adjustable FabSlabs which eliminates the expense and hassle of laying a concrete foundation. They are also far more eco friendly as they use approx 10% of the concrete that a normal base would use.
The FabSlabs can cope with severely sloping gardens.

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

Our walls are 140mm thick with 2 layers of SIP Panel eco therm and an air gap. The new QC4 and QT Studios are the most insulated Studio we have ever supplied. The windows are “A” grade and equivalent to Triple Glazing.

What is the exterior cladding on your garden offices?

On the QC4 and QT, the exterior is UPVC with a leatherette plastic coated galvanised steel wall. This surprises many people as it is a unique feature. These components mean they are Zero Maintenance and have a lifespan of at least 25 years.
Our Timber Studios use pressure treated timber which with a little TLC every 2 years, means they will have a similar lifespan.

What is the roof covering?

Our LoLine Studios have an outer EPDM covering which is now a standard for roofing. It has an expected lifespan of 40 years.

What is the interior lining and floor covering?

The interior walls are white wall papered plywood. The ceiling is white wall papered mdf and the flooring is an expensive V Groove Hickory Laminate. The V Groove refers to a small channel between the boards which gives it a more authentic look.
The double sockets are fitted flush into the wall and are approx 450mm from the floor – as they would be in a modern house.

How many electrical sockets do you include as standard?

At least 4 double sockets on a small studio but many more on a larger Studio.

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

The Lighting has recently been upgraded to large down lighters using low wattage, but very bright bulbs. (At least 4 in a small Studio but many more on a larger Studio) They are an excellent light which only draws 13 watts but is equivalent to a 60 watt bulb. They also have a very long lifespan of 15,000 hours as opposed to the normal GU10 1500hrs.

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

No, we don’t include any heating.
Normal electric heaters would be fine although we do recommend Air Conditioning Although expensive initially, an AC Unit will be very comfortable and very economical to run, since they are super efficient.

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

We don’t do this normally.
Our customers normally get the electrician who installs the power to the Studio, to do this at the same time.

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

As I said earlier, an Air Conditioning Unit is a heater in the winter, a cooler in the summer, a dehumidifier and cleans the air. They are also far cheaper to run than normal electric heaters.

What is the lead time on your garden offices?

4 to 8 weeks.

What is the typical on site build time?

Small Studios – 1 day.
Medium Studios – 2 – 3 days.
Larger MG Studios – 4 – 7 days

How much does a typical one person office cost?

present prices (July 2011) are £5475.77 for the 6′ x 6′
and £6274.29 for the 9′ x 6′.
Prices are likely to increase shortly due to raw material costs going up.

How much does a typical two person office cost?

Our biggest selling size is a 15′ x 9′ (4550mm x 2730mm) which costs £10334.12

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

No, we avoid hidden costs as much as possible.
Our prices include delivery, installation and Vat.

The only thing we don’t do is the electrical hook up (it’s usually cheaper to get a local electrician to do this)
We also recommend that the customer gives the white interior wall paper a final coat of emulsion to a colour of their choice.

We can supply exterior lights but don’t supply these as standard since many gardens already have lighting.

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

QC and QT Studios – 100% Zero Maintenance Exterior of at least 25 years.
Timber Studios – similar time frame with a coat of stain every 2 years.

What guarantees come with the office, are they free?

The exterior is covered by an 11 year guarantee (free)
and the interior (including window sealed units) is covered by a normal 1 year guarantee.
Our customers are very obliging with visits from people interested in our Studios which is very fortunate for us (probably because they have gone through what you are going through), but it also means it’s in our interests to keep all our customers happy.
We are also unique in offering a “if you don’t like how your Studio looks in your garden, on the last day of installation – we will take the Studio back to our workshop – no questions asked” guarantee. I know of no other supplier who offers this.

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

Go and see the office “in the flesh” before you buy and speak to a previous customer.

Want to find out more? Give the Booths Garden Studios team a call on 07590 067 120 or 01832 205 038 or visit their website

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