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Working from home in your own garden office: Your questions answered

11 February 2015


Working from home in your own garden office: Your questions answered

Last year we saw the rate of home workers reach a record 4.2million after a surge in a new work-from-home trend. As the trend grew so did the need for appropriate spaces for home workers to thrive in, and this where garden home offices became exceedingly popular.

The benefits of working from your own garden based home office are endless; reduced start-up costs, no need to move or build a costly extension, private space away from busy family life, not to mention the short commute! However there are a few questions that people always want to know before considering investing in a garden home office and we are here to help with a few of those common questions.

Is my outdoor space suitable?

Garden buildings MUST be built on a flat surface so be sure to take in to account having to do some groundwork before ordering your building. The perfect base for a log cabin is a solid, concrete slab which you can lay yourself or contact a local builder.

Do I need planning permission?

Garden buildings do not need planning permission if they fall under the following restrictions:

  • Outbuildings and garages should be single storey only. If you buy an apex shed or log cabin it’s maximum height should be less than 4 metres. If you choose a flat roof building it needs to have an overall height less than 3 metres.
  • If you are going to place a building near the boundary of your home or near the any other homes, it must be at least 2 metres away from the boundary. If a building is going to be placed near a boundary it also needs to be under 2.5m meters high. An outdoor building should not have a raised platform of balcony area.
  • When adding a building to your garden you need to make sure the building does not cover more than half of the land around your home.
  • It is always advisable to check any plans with your local planning office; they can help ensure you do not spend money on a large building without permission. For more information about planning permission please click here.

What type of building should I go for?

There are lots of different garden buildings to choose from and what type you go for will depend on what style you are after, your budget and how much space you have in the garden. We have an extensive range of log cabins and summerhouses available to suit different budgets and styles with our log cabins starting at less than £1000.

Can I work in my garden building in the winter?

Waltons Garden Buildings are built to withstand harsh weather conditions and the wood can be treated or painted to last even longer. There are also lots that you can do with insulation that will make your log cabin or summerhouse last all year round.

What about electricity?

A garden office will require electricity to keep your computers, wifi routers and radios powered throughout the day. By law you have to employ a trained and qualified electrician to connect power to your garden office to ensure that all connections are safe, a local electrician will be able to give you an idea of cost and what you need to do. Before calling the electrician have an idea of what you will be to using (plug sockets, lighting, and heaters) so that they can give you an accurate quote.

Will I be able to get an internet connection?

Most high speed internet is wireless and you can buy boosters from your internet provider which will give you a strong wireless connection in the garden. You can also buy signal boosters for your mobile phone to make sure that you can make those important calls without any worries.

If you have any questions about getting a garden home office or any of our buildings please do not hesitate to contact us.

For some garden home office inspiration please take a look at our Pinterest page.

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