Garden Office Guide: DabDen


As we continue our unique Garden Office Guide, we ask contemporary garden office designers DabDen questions about their garden offices:

What is your most popular garden office design?

Each design we have done has been bespoke.

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

Unique to the individual user and high quality of finish makes it an enjoyable environment to be in and therefore encourages high work performance.

How do your garden offices comply with Planning Permission?

We have never been refused for an application to date.

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

A 2.4m x 2.4m is a comfortable size but most people prefer something bigger. Probably a 3.0m x 2.4m.

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

A 3.0m x 2.4m would comfortably sit 2 people but if you want an additional meeting space maybe a 3.0m x 3.6m would provide a bit more space.

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

Yes. It depends on the site. If its a small den we use swift pads, but with the larger dens we tend to use concrete block piers.

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

The SIP panels makes the dens warm all year round and with the larger dens the walls are 167mm to meet building regs, so super insulated.

What is the exterior cladding on your garden offices?

Mostly they have been timber but we are starting to use a bit more white render these days.

What is the roof covering?


What is the interior lining and floor covering?

Plasterboard and painted walls. With either laminate flooring or an upgrade to engineered wood floor.

How many electrical sockets do you include as standard?

2 double gang sockets – more if needed

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

Adjustable spotlights, but again these are bespoke to the clients needs.

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

We use the standard – electric ‘carbon’ heating mats. They are more efficient than the foil mats.

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

We incorporated the cables within the den and can assist in co-ordinating the connection.

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

Floating shelves and cupboard for a tea prep area. Roof lights for added ventilation and natural light and some funky furniture.

What is the lead time on your garden offices?

That is dependant on planning and building warrant, but if these are not needed 4 to 5 weeks.

What is the typical on site build time?

Approx 2 weeks for a small den 3 to 4 weeks for a large one.

How much does a typical one person office cost?

Approx £10,000 to £12,000

How much does a typical two person office cost?

£12,000 to £14,000

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

Connection to existing services
Excessive ground works
Planning application fee
Building warrant fee

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

They last as long as a house. We try to use low maintenance materials however the end specification is up to what the client wants.

What guarantees come with the office, are they free?

Each of the elements of the den has its own guarantee.

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

Don’t scrimp on quality, these are an investment that will increase your workability and raise your profile

If you like what you hear, contact DabDen on 01224 621624 or visit their website for more information.

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