How can architects help plan a garden office?

2020 has seen many people tackling their professions from home amidst the coronavirus crisis, and many more have started enterprises of their own using a home office as a base of operations. While working in your own environment has many enjoyable aspects, from no travel time or costs to the comforts of home being conveniently close at hand, it also comes with its own unique challenges.

Working at home can blur boundaries, resulting in people working too much and never relaxing or working too little and lagging behind with projects. Home working can also be distracting, with interruptions from family members or flatmates and daily chores that need attention. To solve these issues, some people find having a clearly defined area for work helps them to focus on the tasks they need to tackle. While establishing a workspace in your spare room can be beneficial, for an ideal location that takes you outside the house, a garden office can be an excellent option.

A fully equipped outdoor office

While you don’t legally require an architect to help plan a garden office, their assistance can be invaluable in ensuring it meets your needs. Home offices can be bought as a complete package in a wide variety of materials and ready to construct, however, finding one that suits your professional requirements might not be so easy. From advising on insulation and heating systems for comfort to energy and cabling concerns for electricity, networking and landline telephones, consulting an architect has many advantages. If you’re going to spend long hours in your garden office, it’s essential you create a comfortable workplace where everything you require is close at hand and working correctly.

Do you need planning permission for a garden office?

Receiving planning permission of any kind can be a complicated process. If your garden office is within the dimension restrictions – less than 2.5 metres tall – and your use of it will be incidental, you might not require permission at all. However, there are some points to consider. Firstly, you may find that an office that is less than 2.5 metres in height will not provide the level of comfort you need, as it won’t be tall enough to fit appropriate levels of insulation in the ceiling or floor. This insulation is essential in allowing you to work in comfort all year round, as your office will be cool in the summer and warm in wintertime.

Secondly, how you intend to use your outdoor office impacts your right to build. If you plan to operate an enterprise from the office for five or more days a week, you’ll require official planning permission.

Professional architects can draw up plans for your garden office, troubleshooting your designs and increasing the prospect of your project gaining approval. Architects can even act as your dedicated agents, completing application forms and handling communications with council planners. Responding quickly to council concerns and adapting plans where necessary, architects can help speed up the application process, ensuring your garden office is up and running in a timely fashion.

Posted by Mark
November 11, 2020

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