Smart Garden Offices are one of the longest established names in the industry. They have created three styles of garden office each one available in a number of standard sizes. However, there is nothing standard about the service they offer to their customers with each project / building tailored for the customers individual needs and tastes.
A recent customer who we shall call Mrs B from Hertfordshire approached Smart Garden Offices looking for a multipurpose garden room space. Mrs B had a clear brief for her project – that it could be used 365 days a year, provide enough space for clients and herself to work and an environment she could retreat to when she wasn’t busy with work.
Mrs B trains medical graduates so required a professional work environment for these training session and meetings. She liked the fact that Smart Garden Offices not only design the buildings they also offer a range of custom office furniture for their buildings.
The process starts with a survey
Mrs B took Smart Garden Offices up on their offer of a free site survey. Our experience in the industry tells us that this is a very valuable step in the buying process. It allows you the customer to talk through your project and get a feel for the firm you will be working with, and from the suppliers point of view it gives them a clear idea of what can be created in your particular garden.
Having discussed her needs and style tastes with the Smart Garden Offices surveyor Mrs B opted for a Duo building from the Suffolk Barn Range. The Duo is a square building with a footprint 3.2m x 3.2m (10ft 6ins x 10ft 6ins) which equates to 112 square feet. This is a good size office that doesn’t feel crowded with two or three people in it.
The Suffolk Barn Range is one of our personal garden room favourites we like the classical detailing, the pitched roof and the use of the featheredge cladding which gives the building a substantial feel. Smart Garden Offices offer a palette of colours for the exterior, Mrs B went for this smokey green colour which sits very well in a garden environment.
The Smart design team worked with Mrs B to position the doors and windows in locations that worked best for her, maximising both working space and natural light.
Fitted furniture completes the look
As we said earlier Smart Garden Offices are also able to design the furniture for the interior of the building. Mrs B opted for a Versadesk which provides the space and professional work environment for her training business. She also opted for the ‘Book Nook’ which is a clever library design that wraps around a window as a space where she could just sit and read.
A building that works for the owner
Together Mrs B and the Smart Garden Office team have created a building that works for her needs. The building has met the initial brief perfectly creating both a professional work environment and a garden retreat.
A Duo building from the Suffolk Barn Range starts at £10,340 which is a very competitive price point. In many cases this building won’t need Planning Permission to be built and lead times are 6-8 weeks depending on the time of year.
Takeaways for your own project
There are a number of takeaways from this project that you can use for your own garden room build:
- A clear brief – by having a clear brief of what you want to use your garden room for it will make finding the ideal building easier. Having a clear idea of the activities you will undertake in the building will influence the size of building you need, how much you can justify spending etc.
- Standard doesn’t mean fixed – by working with a supplier like Smart Garden Offices that offer standard size buildings doesn’t mean that you are limited to a fixed design. You actually have a lot of flexibility over the layout, positioning of doors and windows and the material finishes.
- Furniture – choosing fitted furniture for a garden office is a good way of maximising space. Opting for fitted furniture is a clever trick particularly if you are building a small garden office where every square inch is valuable.
Talk to Smart Garden Offices
Talk to the Smart Garden Offices team about your garden room / office ideas on 0800 242 5559 or visit their informative website.