While many of the outdoor office buildings we feature are designed for one person to work from home, these versatile buildings can be designed around the needs of a business, creating a workplace for multiple workers.
This 6m x 3m outdoor office by Cambridgeshire-based AMC Garden Rooms is an excellent example of an outdoor office customised around the requirements of a business, resulting in a professional and comfortable workplace.
AMC Garden Rooms client's run an IT business, and they had been renting commercial office space. They decided that building an outdoor office in their garden would improve their work/life balance and reduce their outgoing expenses.
Room for three desks
The office needed to house three workstations. As we can see from this floorplan, the AMC Garden Rooms team considered this requirement during the design stage, ensuring that the layout worked and allowed for easy movement around the room.
The office is a light-filled workspace thanks to the expanse of floor-to-ceiling glazing configured from a mixture of sliding doors and tall windows.
As we can see in these images, light bounces off the plastered and decorated interior.
Self-contained from the house
AMC Garden Rooms clients chose to incorporate a toilet into the building so that it is self-contained from the main house. Although adding a toilet to an outdoor office is a significant initial outlay, it will add considerable value to the useability of the office and maintain a separation between work and home spaces, particularly if you employ staff.
The AMC Garden Rooms team handled the plumbing connections for the w.c as part of the project. As we can see, they have installed a toilet, washbasin and vanity unit and added tiling.
200m of cabling incorporated
As an IT business, connectivity was essential to AMC Garden Rooms clients. To ensure each workstation had all the network ports they needed, more than 200m of cabling was installed within the wall structure of the office.
Barn style cladding
The exterior of the office has been clad in charcoal-coloured Thermowood. Thermowood is a Redwood timber that is treated at high temperatures. This process makes the wood resistant to rot and fungal attack, so it is an excellent long-term choice that will require little maintenance.
The choice of the charcoal stain mixes well with the dark grey door and window frames. The outdoor office has a strong contemporary look with a nod to traditional black barns.