Have you seen nightmare building projects on TV? Or know someone who chose the wrong builder to work on their house? Garden office designs can be a challenge too!
We all learn by our mistakes. But an office design that is so wrong your building doesn’t turn out as you expected, that you don’t want to use, and that languishes in your garden as a constant reminder of a failed project that cost a fortune, would be a very painful way to learn.
Here are 7 garden office design mistakes that you can easily avoid without being a building expert.
1. Building too big . . .
Look at the size of your garden, think about how you will use your garden office and consider the resale value of your house if it had a large office in the garden.
A big, well designed office will be an asset if you have an individual house and larger garden, but if you live in a comfy semi, in a street of identical houses, you will reduce the attractiveness and value of your house if you build too big.
2. Building too small . . .
Small garden office designs may be attractive if your budget is limited or your garden is tiny.
On a limited budget, a cheap, poor quality garden office that is too small, damp and draughty for your purposes could be a bad investment. It may be better to work in the house and invest your money in a different project.
If your garden is tiny, be certain you can you spare the space. Would a loft conversion or even an office conversion under the stairs be a better use of space?
If your ideal office designs are definitely small ones ask your office supplier to draw your desk, chair, shelving and equipment on your office plans. Be certain that everything fits in before you buy.
3. Buying too cheaply . . .
Garden office designs range from cheap, glorified sheds to permanent, architect-designed garden offices. Glorified sheds and flat-roofed, prefab offices are designed and made as products, they are not permanent buildings, and they depreciate just like your car. So, if you want a long term solution it may be cost effective to invest more up-front in a permanent, “detached extension” garden office that becomes part of your home and appreciates with your property.
4. Buying too expensively . . .
Any office building that’s wrong for you is an expensive mistake. To ensure that your money is well spent, try to find a company that will carefully analyse want you want and suggest the appropriate garden office for you. Is your chosen building going to enhance your garden and add value to your home?
5. Deciding too soon . . .
Don’t rush. Do your research before deciding. You won’t find out enough from a website. View some office designs made by the company of your choice. Not a show office that has never been used or exposed to the weather, ask to see an office or studio that has been used regularly for the last few years. Chat with the owner and find out how the building has performed.
6. Deciding too late . . .
It’s never too late for a garden office, but please give your chosen supplier plenty of warning about when you want the building work to start. Then they can look after you properly and give you the best possible service.
7. Grabbing a bargain . . .
There’s no such thing as bargain building work. Good quality buildings cost more.
Buying a really good office should include:
- The best materials,
- Experienced builders and craftsmanship,
- Professional garden building design
- Careful and efficient management of your project.
The real bargain is being on the receiving end of these skills and ending up with a stunning office you are proud to own and love working in.