Although materials such as metal and UPVC are often used in garden office construction, by far the most widely used material is wood. Wood is a good choice for garden office construction as its readily available, easily transportable, quick to install, minimally disruptive and more cost effective than other types of construction, it’s also one of the most environmentally sound building materials available.
Why do we advocate the use of wood in garden office construction when deforestation is such a significant global issue? Well, 90% of wood used in European construction is sourced from European softwood forests rather than tropical rainforests, and the more wood we use the larger forests grow, because in Europe we plant more trees than we harvest, each year European forest grow by approximately 3,500 square miles (Source: timber-frame.org).
Wooden garden offices are an effective alternative to other types of home extension, wooden components are relatively easy to handle so require less manpower to build, wooden garden offices are quick to install – a garden office can typically be installed in less than a week, timber construction is minimally disruptive – there are no messy wet trades, and most importantly for the consumer wooden garden offices cost less than traditional building methods – garden offices average out at around £1,200 per sq meter whilst traditional brick builds cost approximately £1,500 per sq meter.
Wood is one of the most environmentally sound building materials available – for every cubic meter of wood used in the construction industry instead of other building materials 0.8 tonnes of CO2 is saved from the atmosphere, and strength for strength wood uses 5 times less energy to produce than concrete, and 6 times less energy than steel, 77% of the energy used in wood production is generated from wood residue.
Even allowing for its transportation wood is effectively a carbon neutral material, Europe’s forests act as carbon sinks, absorbing 9.5 million tonnes of CO2,(source: timber-frame.org) buildings built from wood are easier to heat and cool so use less energy in their lifetime, and wood can be easily recycled at the end of its lifetime.
Companies building wooden garden offices include:
Alternative Space, Blue Forest, Booths Garden Studios, Courtyard Designs, Garden Spaces, Garenberg, Homelodge, Maison d’etre Properties, Roomworks, Pod Space, Smart Garden Offices, Those Garden Rooms, Tor Garden Buildings and Vivid Green