We talk to the team behind in.it.studios about their range of garden offices:
What is your most popular garden office design?
To date, we have not completed two identical garden offices. Each studio we design is fully bespoke and tailor-made to our client’s requirements.
Why does your design make the perfect garden office, how have you made it user friendly?
Our studios are fully customisable therefore designed and manufactured to the client’s individual needs; a kitchenette, tea/coffee making facility and an extended decking area are just a few of our user-friendly options to ensure our client the most enjoyable working environment.
How do your garden offices comply with Planning Permission?
All our studios meet the latest building regulations for dwellings, and if you’re looking for a standalone studio, it is likely that you won’t require planning permission due to permitted development rights. However if you do, we will manage the whole process for you. We have never been refused planning in the past.
What size garden office do you recommend for one worker to work comfortably?
A 3.0m x 2.7m is a comfortable size for one person, however in the past most of our clients have opted for a larger studio to double up as a mixed use room or to accommodate for extras such as WC’s or additional storage.
And for two workers what size garden office do you suggest?
A 4m x 2.7m would comfortably sit 2 people but again see above
Are the foundations included in the price, if so what type?
They are included in all of our quotes. Our preferred choice is the use of concrete plinths which are far more economical and eco-friendly using 95% less concrete than a typical slab.
Are your garden offices suitable for year round use? What type of insulation do you use? How thick are your walls?
The walls are 215mm thick. Rigid foam insulation boards added to thermo-reflective foil protected membranes ensure warmth all year round.
What is the exterior cladding on your garden offices?
Western Red Cedar. It has good thermal insulation properties and a great natural ability to dampen sound vibrations. We also use Accoya for our cantilevered roof design.
What is the roof covering?
We fit an EPDM rubber roof as standard, however you can upgrade to our green sedum roof – a functional yet aesthetic material. This has been very popular with previous clients.
What is the interior lining and floor covering?
We use an oak flooring in our studios, with the typical interior lining being Latvian Birch Ply.
How many electrical sockets do you include as standard?
Unlike other companies we don’t have a set number or limit. If the client requires more, we will simply supply more.
What sort of lighting do you use in your offices, why have you chosen this type?
Typically we use fire-rated directional down-lighters with a satin chrome finish to match the fixtures and fittings. However other lighting can be incorporated if required. We also fit motion sensing detectors around the exterior, not only for security but for convenience when approaching the studio at night.
Do you include heating in your garden office as standard, if so what type?
We include an electric heater as standard, which can be thermostatically controlled to maintain an optimum temperature.
Broadband and telephone are important in a garden office, how do buyers get these to the office?
As standard, our garden studios come with a range of services. Other services ranging from internet connections, phone lines, TV points, and outdoor power sockets can all be arranged if required.
What optional extras would you recommend to create the perfect office setup?
Cupboard / Shelving for additional storage
WC’s and Shower Units
Tea/Coffee making facilities
Extra decking with planters, barbecue area and outdoor seating.
Extra floor to ceiling double glazed windows
What is the lead time on your garden offices?
As long as planning permission is not required, about 2-6 weeks, depending on the size of the project and location as we also deliver to mainland Europe.
What is the typical on site build time?
Typically between 2-4 weeks depending on the size of the project.
How much does a typical one person office cost?
Our prices start at £9,995 for a 3.5m x 2.7m office. Includes VAT and delivery + installation to mainland UK.
How much does a typical two person office cost?
Our prices start at £11,995 for a 4.2m x 2.7m office. Includes VAT and delivery + installation to mainland UK.
Are there any hidden extras? (planning fees, electrical hookup etc)
There are no hidden extras on our standard builds, however if planning or excessive groundwork is required there will be a small additional fee.
What is the lifespan of your garden offices, is there any ongoing maintenance?
Our studios are built to last as long as a typical timber-frame house. This combined with the high quality materials and specifications we use mean they do not require on-going maintenance.
What guarantees come with the office, are they free?
Yes, our studios are guaranteed for 5 years as standard, with the roof being guaranteed for 15 years.
If you could give a buyer one piece of advice about buying a garden office, what would it be?
Consider an in.it.office and you won’t regret it.
Interesting read, want to learn more? Well have a chat with the in.it.studios team on 0800 0112373 or visit their website www.initstudios.co.uk