Garden Office Guide: Decorated Shed


In the latest in our Q&A series we talk to Decorated Shed about their garden offices:

What is your most popular garden office design?

he Mono has been our most popular office design to date, each with bespoke variations around the particular needs of the client.

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

Our designs incorporate innovative style and performance.

The look beautiful, and are designed to complement any garden environment and architectural house style.

Performance-wise, we always use large windows to allow the best possible levels of natural light into the interior, and our insulation system is on par with those used by house builders. This results in a garden office that can genuinely be used all year round.

A naturally well-lit and comfortable garden office is somewhere you like spending time in, which is of course vitally important for a work space.

How do your garden offices comply with Planning Permission?

The size of the majority our garden buildings come under permitted development rights, so Planning Permission doesn’t apply.

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

A single worker would be more than comfortable in one of our 3.6m x 2.4m garden offices, which easily contains a standard sized desk and chair. The large windows that we incorporate give a deceptive sense of space when you’re inside, and you find yourself focusing on the outside environment more than usual. Also, our bi-fold doorsets can fully open up, so in warmer weather you feel like you’re almost working outside.

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

Two workers would be more suited to a 4.2m x 3.0m garden office. This would be amble for two desks, with a good level of personal space and options for different layouts.

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

Yes, foundations are included in our prices, and we use a dry pad patent system.

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

Our garden offices are definitely suitable for year-round usage, with our insulation providing U-values in excess of Building Regs requirements. We use a dry-therm insulation and the wall thickness is between 90-140mm depending on structural necessity.

What is the exterior cladding on your garden offices?

Exterior cladding can be Western Red Cedar, Redwood (thermo-wood treatment) or Larch, with the selection based on the climate of the location, or the overall style of the building itself.

What is the roof covering?

Our roof covering is a durable all-weather component, over a watertight branded layer. The predicted performance lifespan of the roof system is 45 years, without maintenance.

What is the interior lining and floor covering?

Interior lining can be marine ply, mdf or plaster, all of which have their own merits based on application. Again, floor covering depends on client specifications, but is generally high quality engineered laminate.

How many electrical sockets do you include as standard?

Electrical sockets are included as standard, but the number varies from project to project and we’re flexible on this. It generally depends on the clients particular requirements or intended layout/usage.

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

We use low-energy down-light units, as these are of course energy-efficient, they’re not intrusive and they provide a highly effective focused light source.

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

The outstanding insulation of our garden offices means that we haven’t had a need to include a heating solution as standard, but we can specify a number of options if required, including wall-mounted radiators, wood burning stoves and under-floor heating.

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

We can provide a hard-wired solution from the main house for broadband and telephone, or alternatively a dedicated system for the garden office itself. It really depends on the specifics of the site and the client’s requirements.

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

The standard specification of our garden offices provides everything you would need for a perfect set-up – the real benefit comes from the seclusion of a dedicated space that’s been created just for you and your work – in our mind that’s what makes an ideal garden office.

What is the lead time on your garden offices?

Three to eight weeks would be an average lead time for our garden offices, depending significantly on location and building specification.

What is the typical on site build time?

A typical build would be completed in four to seven days.

How much does a typical one person office cost?

Our typical one person office would cost in the region of £15,000 upwards.

How much does a typical two person office cost?

A typical two person sized garden office would be in the region of £18,000 upwards.

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

Our standard prices include everything you would need to get in and start using your garden office, and we’re up front about all included services. If you require additional features or design changes these are always clearly specified as extras.

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

The construction method and materials used in our garden offices enables a lifespan of around 50 years. All exterior materials are pre-treated and don’t require regular maintenance.

What guarantees come with the office, are they free?

Our garden offices come complete with two guarantees in the prices, ten years for the glazing elements and a separate ten years for the structure.

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

Our advice would be to buy the best quality, largest office that you can afford and that your garden can comfortably contain.

Premium quality lasts and it pays for itself over the years, with performance that you notice and appreciate every single day. Poor, cheap quality alternatives don’t last long and their lack of performance is a compromise that will affect your garden office experience.

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