We chat with Oazis about their range of modular garden offices:
What is your most popular garden office design?
Oazis – 4 x 3.5 m and Oazis 3.75 x 3m
Why does your design make the perfect garden office, how have you made it user friendly?
The Oazis provides a stylish, comfortable garden office environment with a constant 2.2m ceiling height. They are built like small luxury wooden houses – not just an insulated so it really feels like a room in a real building.
Every garden situation is different – the Oazis can be configured with the right amount of glass and doors to provide an ideal balance of light and privacy.
Our customers tell us that the ventilation window really helps to maintain a comfortable environment.
How do your garden offices comply with Planning Permission?
The Oazis garden office studio is specifically designed to comply with the Householder Permitted Development rights and is just 2.5m high yet still manages to balance generous insulation levels with a 2.2m flat ceiling.
What size garden office do you recommend for one worker to work comfortably?
The size of garden office depends on what the worker is doing. For example an in interior designer may need a large library of reference books and materials to hand so will need a larger garden office than perhaps the home based sales manager who needs space for a laptop, screen, printer and maybe some files. where a 3 x 2.25 (10’x 8′) garden office may suffice.
For many of our customers their garden office doubles as extra guest accommodation so a 4.5 x 3m (15 ‘ x 10’) may be more appropriate.
And for two workers what size garden office do you suggest?
Two workers may need space to collaborate – say a round table and perhaps meet visitors with comfy chairs with a space to prepare drinks etc. Perhaps a partition to hide the mess.
Noise distraction also needs to be considered. If one of the workers has a lot of telephone work and the other needs peace and quiet for concentration a larger.
So probably a 4.5 x 3m minimum.
Your needs today may be different from those next year. The cost per m2 goes down as the building gets bigger. So buy the biggest garden office you can fit in your available space and that your budget will stand. It can always be partitioned at a later date.
Are the foundations included in the price, if so what type?
Each installation is unique. Some customers already have a base – this might need to be extended and others are are on a more difficult slope and others will need to integrated with a landscape environment.
For this reason we do not include the foundations in our basic price.
Are your garden offices suitable for year round use? What type of insulation do you use? How thick are your walls?
The Oazis is built like a small wooden house not an insulated shed and is suitable for year round use.
We use the natural insulation properties of thick wooden walls, ceilings and floors backed by Cellotex under-floor and breathable mineral wool in the roof.
Your garden office will probably have a substantial amount of glass. This is generally the weak point in the insulation. We offer 24mm Low E Argon filled double glazed windows (triple glazed option where sound insulation is important). The Low E glass reflects heat in in summer and the sun out in summer. These Argon filled double glazed exceed Building Regulation requirements for new houses.
What is the exterior cladding on your garden offices?
The Oazis is not an insulated wood or metal shed. It is built of solid laminated timber log beams as used in log homes.
The only cladding we use is on the the fascias which is 20mm thick.
What is the roof covering?
We use Firestone EDPM seamless rubber roofing material over an 18mm exterior grade OSB board.
What is the interior lining and floor covering?
The ceiling is a 19mm tongue and groove timber.
Walls 65mm planed timber log beams – these can be left natural of or painted a colour of your choice.
The standard floor is solid 90 x 21mm spruce flooring with an 21mm oak option.
How many electrical sockets do you include as standard?
Every garden office is unique. We do not provide electrics as standard.
What sort of lighting do you use in your offices, why have you chosen this type?
Do you include heating in your garden office as standard, if so what type?
We do not include heating as standard. Depending on size a small fan heater or wall mounted air-source heat pumps which heats and cools are popular choices.
Broadband and telephone are important in a garden office, how do buyers get these to the office?
DECT cordless phones or a good old fashioned cable from the house!
What optional extras would you recommend to create the perfect office setup?
Low-E Argon filled glass would be my first recommendation
A great chair.
Good quality speaker system for the iPod or streamed music output.
What is the lead time on your garden offices?
Four to six weeks
What is the typical on site build time?
How much does a typical one person office cost?
3 x 2.25 = £6,200
3.75 x 3m -= £7,200
Assumes standard delivery and installation
How much does a typical two person office cost?
4.5 x 3m = £8,200
5.25 x 3.75 = £10,200
Assumes standard delivery and installation
Are there any hidden extras? (planning fees, electrical hookup etc)
Excludes base, electrics
What is the lifespan of your garden offices, is there any ongoing maintenance?
The Oazis garden office should last generations. It will need to be treated with solid or translucent stain every 5 – 8 years depending on situation.
What guarantees come with the office, are they free?
10 year structural guarantee.
5 year guarantee on double glazed units.
Included in the price
If you could give a buyer one piece of advice about buying a garden office, what would it be?
A garden office is a substantial investment – your needs today may be different from those next year, so buy the biggest building that will fit in your available space and that you can afford. It can be partitioned at a later date if required.
Want to learn more? Call Oazis 0845 – 0707 313 for a chat about their buildings or visit their website www.oazis-garden-office-and-studios.co.uk