We ask The Home Office Company questions about their range of modular garden offices:
What is your most popular garden office design?
Our Series 30 Type 35 has been most popular over the last 12 months but over the past 14 years all of our types and sizes have been used as garden offices or indeed for any of the myriad purposes chosen by our customers.
Why does your design make the perfect garden office, how have you made it user friendly?
Our modular design allows freedom of choice in positioning the solid and glazed panels so our customers can choose the design of their garden office to specifically meet their needs and allow for areas where shade or additional daylight is required. Our super insulated panels are much thinner than those of our competitors and whilst still offering excellent insulation, interior floor space is maximised so plenty of room for cabinets, desks, chairs and people!
How do your garden offices comply with Planning Permission?
Outbuilding planning permission has never been an issue for us. Our buildings are all single storey with maximum eaves height of 2.5 metres and maximum overall height of four metres with a dual pitched roof or three metres for our flat roof building and have no verandas, balconies or raised platforms.
Specific issues such as erecting our buildings in areas of outstanding natural beauty or in listed properties depend on the council concerned but again we have never had a building refused thanks to our traditional design which has always met the approval of planning departments around the country.
What size garden office do you recommend for one worker to work comfortably?
A single office worker would be suitably accommodated in one of our smaller Series 20 garden offices; for example our Type 22 measures 2.38m x 2.38m so would be ideal for one person plus desk, storage, PC etc. This size has been popular with a number of customers engaged in teleworking from home.
And for two workers what size garden office do you suggest?
Two people would comfortably fit in our Series 30 Type 32 (3.23m x 2.38m) plus all the necessary equipment. This size has been successfully used as a treatment room and reception area for a customer who is a beauty therapist.
Are the foundations included in the price, if so what type?
Our prices are inclusive of VAT and now include the base which is a Solid wooden frame on a special padstone construction for 100% rigidity.
Are your garden offices suitable for year round use? What type of insulation do you use? How thick are your walls?
Our panels are made from phenolic foam insulation layered on either side with pressed steel coated in Plastisol. This gives excellent thermal insulation in all weathers however, we would suggest that with the bitter winters that we now seem to be getting the use of a small heater may be required to keep the building comfortable- this shouldn’t come as a surprise as very few of us live in houses that don’t require heating in the winter!
What is the exterior cladding on your garden offices?
Our panels are made from phenolic foam insulation layered on either side with pressed steel coated in Plastisol. This offers 30 years zero maintenance and a decorated finish in a choice of 20 colours.
What is the roof covering?
he roof is made from 45mm composite steel and phenolic foam insulation offering excellent thermal and acoustic insulation. Several of our buildings are currently in use as recording studios/ garden offices by some well known musicians!
What is the interior lining and floor covering?
The building is finished internally with a floating interlocking water resistant chipboard floor. The floor is backed with 34mm of laminated Styrofoam providing yet more thermal insulation. The surface is suitable for immediate installation of your choice of laminate, linoleum, carpet tile or carpet flooring.
How many electrical sockets do you include as standard?
We include a double socket in each corner of our garden offices.
What sort of lighting do you use in your offices, why have you chosen this type?
We include spotlights which run along the central spine of the garden office. This allows our customers to direct the light into the necessary areas and the low energy bulbs help to reduce electrical consumption.
Do you include heating in your garden office as standard, if so what type?
We do not include heating as standard as from our recent customer satisfaction survey many of our customers don’t use any heating at all in winter whilst others have a small electrical heater or fan. Since it is down to individual preferences we think it is best for our customers to make their own decision on this once their garden office is in use.
Broadband and telephone are important in a garden office, how do buyers get these to the office?
Extras such as alarms, TV points and telephone sockets can be added into the price if these are requested at the site visit. The majority of customers these days seem to use mobile phones and have wireless broadband as standard but again we will discuss these matters on a customer by customer basis.
What optional extras would you recommend to create the perfect office setup?
Since each customer has a different definition of ‘the perfect office set up’ we do not presume to prejudge so we therefore respond to requests on a customer by customer basis.
What is the lead time on your garden offices?
From date of signed contract to commencement of installation can be as little as 4 weeks but is typically 6 weeks. If planning permission is required for any reason then this can sometimes cause delays.
What is the typical on site build time?
Typically 2 days, sometimes 3 depending on the size of garden office.
How much does a typical one person office cost?
A Series 20 Type 22 office, which is our smallest building costs £9,995 including VAT, base, plus connection to the electrical supply if it is within 20 metres of the main dwelling.
How much does a typical two person office cost?
Our Series 30 Type 32 office costs just £12,495 including VAT, base and connection to the electrical supply if it is within 20 metres of the main dwelling.
Are there any hidden extras? (planning fees, electrical hookup etc)
We will give help and advice with dealing with planning applications but as with any planning the cost of this must be paid by the customer. Apart from this, the price you see for our garden offices is the price you pay- there are no hidden extras with us.
What is the lifespan of your garden offices, is there any ongoing maintenance?
The insulated panels from which our garden offices are created are made from pressed steel coated in Plastisol which has a 30 year maintenance free guarantee. The treated European Redwood timber frame and hardwood sill may require some attention over the years- after all what external woodwork doesn’t?! However, our use of specialist paint should ensure many years before this is necessary.
What guarantees come with the office, are they free?
The exterior panels come with a free 30 year maintenance free guarantee.
If you could give a buyer one piece of advice about buying a garden office, what would it be?
Research the market and if possible go and visit either a show building or a building that is being used for the same purpose by another customer and ask them what they think. Choose a style of building that will blend seamlessly into your garden and much like buying a car, remember that you do get what you pay for!
Want to learn more? Have a chat with The Home Office Company on 0333 800 5050 or visit their website www.thehomeofficecompany.co.uk