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Garden Office Guide: eDen Garden Rooms

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We  chat with eDen Garden Rooms about using their unique buildings as home garden offices:

Which is your most popular office design?

We recommend our 3.6m x 3.6m design which is compact and perfect for a small office in the garden.  All of our designs are fully insulated and heated and have electric and data points. We are happy to design bespoke offices for customers to ensure that their office meets their business needs.

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

Our design concentrates on ensuring that the office is perfect for year round use.  As it is fully insulated and comes with underfloor heating, as standard, it is kept warm in the winter and can be easily cooled in the summer.  Again, as standard, we provide stainless steel data and electric points and if required can easily incorporate a TV/entertainment system (if that is what is wanted for a modern office suite).

As standard we install high quality windows and doors with multi point locking system ensuring you and your office equipment are safe as can be.

All lighting is low voltage and the thermo efficient double glazed folding doors combined with highly efficient insulation ensure that our garden offices are minimising energy consumption, saving money in the long run.

How do your garden offices comply with Planning Permission?

In most cases our garden rooms do not need Planning Permission.  However if it is required we can work closely with the client to ensure the process is smoothly and efficiently actioned.

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

We would recommend our 3.6mx3.6m workspace.  This offers space for a desk and chair, plenty of room for filing and shelving plus you could easily fit in an extra couple of guests chairs so you can use your office to hold business meetings.  The 3.6mx3.6m offers plenty of flexibility within the space, you can even incorporate a small tea making corner!

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

Well this really depends on the space you have in the garden.  You could actually fit two people in the 3.6m x3.6m space but it would a squash and you may have trouble when on the phone!

With our clients we would ask lots of questions about how the garden office will be used, will there be visitors? How much storage is required? Will you need toilet facilities? Will you need tea making facilities?  Is the business desk based or is a treatment/therapy? Using this information we would recommend a size to meet the needs of the business.

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

Yes the foundations are included in the price and undertaken by eDEN’s team of specialists. We use a concrete pad plinth system which allows for variances in the level of the ground and ensures eDEN has air flow around the base of the building and avoids ground moisture.  Concrete plinths also have the added bonus of being eco friendly compared to the traditional method of a concrete base.

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

Yes eDEN is suitable for year round use.  We use a premium multi purpose rigid polyisocyanurate foam (PIR) thermal insulation board which offers excellent U values and ensures eDEN is better insulated than the Building Regulations require for new builds!

What is the exterior cladding on your garden offices?

Timber clad in Western Red Cedar or Larch (whatever the customer prefers) with powder coated aluminium fascias (can be in the customers colour choice).  All require zero maintenance.

What is the roof covering?

Single Ply Membrane.  We have extensive experience in installing living/green or sedum roofs in new home builds and this is always an option for our customers.  Living roofs help the Garden Office blend into its surroundings as well as offering thermal and acoustic insulation and a perfect habitat for the local wildlife.

What is the interior lining and floor covering?

We plasterboard and then finish plaster the walls.  They are then painted by our specialists in the customer’s choice of colour, we also offer the option of feature walls and built in cupboard systems – a great choice in a Garden office as it offers ample storage, hidden behind doors (thus reducing clutter!).

The floor covering is REAL wood and is available in a choice of finishes.

How many electrical sockets do you include as standard?

We offer stainless steel faced light switches and 4 double sockets plus data points, this can obviously be easily increased depending on the size of the Garden Office

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

We have chosen low voltage lighting throughout, for the interior lighting (standard) and the exterior security lighting and decking lighting (optional).

It is important to us that every eDEN we build is a low energy building and we chose products that ensure this target is achieved every time.

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

We believe that if you claim that your Garden Office is suitable for year round use then you MUST include heating as standard!  As standard we include underfloor heating which can be thermostatically controlled.

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

This would depend on the setup in the customer’s home.  For example the simplest and least disruptive is WI-FI – we would work with the client to understand their individual setup and their requirements to develop the method for them.  It may require Ethernet cables to be installed at the same time as the armoured cables – the price for this would be additional.

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

Well we would certainly recommend a tea station and if the space allows a integral toilet – this means that customers won’t be dashing up and down the garden in the rain!

We would also recommend the built in cupboard system for clearing away all the files and office clutter.

What is the lead time on your garden offices?

This varies dependent on the time of year but generally 6-12 weeks from placement of order.

What is the typical on site build time?

We like to allow 10 days but in most cases it will be considerably shorter.

How much does a typical one person office cost?

Our Garden Offices are high specification rooms which will be fully useable all year round and  built to a high and exacting standard – we are experienced in building new homes and effectively eDEN is built to the same Building Regs required for a new home.  Therefore don’t compare the price of an eDEN with a glorified shed, compare eDEN with the price of an extension or moving home.

The one person office of 3.6m x3.6m costs in the region of £13,500 (excl VAT).  We are running a special promotion at the moment and if customers mention THE GARDEN ROOM GUIDE we will incorporate the built in cupboard system FREE OF CHARGE.

How much does a typical two person office cost?

The two person office of 3.6m x 4.8m costs in the region of £18,000 (excl VAT). Again the promotion applies… if customers mention THE GARDEN ROOM GUIDE we will incorporate the built in cupboard system FREE OF CHARGE.

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

We don’t do ‘hidden extras’!  All are prices and what is included as standard are clearly explained.

However electrical power, Ethernet connection and waste/water supplies to eDEN are an additional cost and will be priced according to the site.

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

eDEN is constructed to the same standard as a new home so is built to last and will withstand the English weather.  The lifespan is at least 30 years but we would expect 50 years.

Is there any ongoing maintenance – well you have to clean it! Other than that it is maintenance free.

What guarantees come with the office, are they free?

We offer a 10 year guarantee as standard – yes it is free!

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

Think carefully about how much time you will spend in there, how you will use the space and how much it will cost to run before you rush out and buy the cheapest on the market.

A garden office is an investment and should be a comfortable and secure place to work because you could be spending as much time in your Garden Office as you do in your home.  For example if you are awake for 15 hours a day,  7 of those awake hours are probably going to be spent in your Garden Office – make sure what you spend your hard earned money on is going to be fit for purpose!

Like what you read? Contact eDen Garden Rooms on 01227 833010 or visit www.edengardenrooms.com

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