A guest blog from The Home Office Company about choosing a garden office.
In the late 1990’s when garden offices first started to become popular there were only 1 or 2 companies in the market; since then, the rise in the numbers of homeowners seeking to add more space to their homes without the upheaval of moving house has increased and so too have the numbers of companies jumping on the bandwagon.
A garden office, be it stand alone or attached to the house must obviously be constructed as fit for purpose; so if you are intending to use your room all year round, then your garden building must be able to keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
Unlike conservatories, which can become more like a greenhouse in the hot summer months and a refrigerator in winter, properly insulated garden buildings will need very little additional heating and only the opening of a door or window for cooling.
Building regulations stipulate that glazing must allow for conservation of fuel and power, and give protection against impact so keep an eye out for the likes of Pilkington K-glass, one of the toughest and best insulated glazing solutions available.
Buildings offering insulated walls, floors and ceilings should also be at the top of your shopping list. Whilst they may cost a little more, this all-round insulation is a must if you are to be able to fully enjoy your garden building 24/7, 365 days a year. This insulation (which must be CFC-free) will also give superb sound insulation if you have a budding musician in the family!
And don’t think that thick walls are the answer- some of the best insulation materials on the market are less than 3 inches thick and give the same or better insulation than walls approaching 12 inches in thickness PLUS you don’t lose masses of floor space!
So whether your taste is traditional or modern, big or small, the perfect combination of style and comfort is out there.
The Home Office Company offer a range of fully insulated garden offices, visit their website for more information.