A sturdy floor is important in garden office design, there’s nothing worse than a springy floor!
Some garden office suppliers use the concrete base as the finished floor, this obviously forms a solid base for floor coverings, but most garden offices have a timber floor frames, there are several construction methods.
The traditional method of floor construction is to use timber joists connected to a perimeter framework, the closer the joists are together the more sturdy the floor will be. The space between the joists is filled with insulation and sheet material, often sheet material is fixed over the top of the joists to form a sturdy floor deck.
Some suppliers have designed composite floor panels they are made up of structural boards, insulation and building membranes. This type of panel is normally used in conjunction with metal frames than form part of the foundation.
Structural insulated panels (SIP’s) are popular in garden office construction and they can form the floor as well as the walls and roof. SIP’s consist of a sandwich of structural board and rigid insulation. SIP’s are easy to install and highly insulated.
You have a wide choice when it comes to choosing a floor covering for your garden office:
Carpet tiles are often an entry level option on garden office specifications but they are a very practical option. Carpet creates a warm and inviting room, carpet tiles are hard wearing and can easily be replaced if one becomes marked.
Probably the most popular option in garden offices, laminate comes in different qualities so its a good idea to ask your supplier for a sample. Laminate is hard wearing and comes in a range of colours.
Engineered hardwood offers a better quality floor than laminate, layers of wood are laminated together to form a strong and stable board. Hardwood flooring oozes quality and looks great.
For the eco conscious garden office buyer bamboo is an excellent option. Bamboo is one of the worlds fastest growing plants so is totally renewable. Bamboo floors are very hard wearing and boards have a distinctive grain.
Rubber floors are a popular option in contemporary garden offices, rubber is a hard wearing anti slip floor covering and comes in both smooth and textured finishes, rubber is available in a wide range of colours from the muted to the vibrant.
Slate & Stone
In garden offices where a concrete base forms the internal floor you have the option of choosing a slate, stone or ceramic floor finish, these types of flooring look great and are very hard wearing but they can be a little cold so you may want to consider combining them with underfloor heating.
As you can see there’s a lot of choice when it comes to floor coverings, the type you choose will have a significant effect on the feel and style of your garden office.
Next time we look at wall construction in the Garden Office Guide: Walls