Or Long Term Solution?
Do you want a garden office as a long term solution or just as a short term stop gap?
If you extend your house you don’t add rooms with the attitude of ‘this will do for now”. You invest in building work to significantly improve the way you live and to add value to your home. so, its worth taking the same attitude to your office and investing in the best building you can afford.
Money spent on an office designed to compliment your home, work well for you now and still be useful and beautiful in decades to come is money well invested. However, if you need to save money, or only need an office for a short period of time, buying a cheaper office as a short term solution may be the way forward for you. How do you decide?
Is a garden office the right solution?
Considering which garden office is right for you can be a challenge, so I have included a list of points that I know people think about when buying a garden office.
Here are some questions to ask yourself about the benefits you want from your office. Use this list to assess which benefits are the most important to you:
- Do you a garden office that will stand up to years of wear or is your office a short term solution.
- Are eco-considerate building materials important to you?
- Do you want to consider how to position doors and windows to get good light and the best view?
- What size and shape is best for your particular work, for your comfort and your garden?
- Do you want an office that is more than a glorified shed? Do you want a housing-quality structure or a summerhouse or chalet office?
‘Driving’ a garden office
Choosing a garden office isn’t quite like buying a new car…but there are comparisons to be made.
- Will it cruise quietly without you worrying about the nuts and bolts?
- Will it be warm and quiet so that you can concentrate on completing your work quickly and efficiently?
- Will it need minimal maintenance and rarely needs servicing or will bits always be dropping of it?
Will electricity use be low because your office contains lots of insulation and has been well engineered or is it just a wooden structure that will need heating and air-conditioning?
Quality of build
- Do the doors and windows close quietly and firmly?
- Is the building sturdily constructed with high resistance to impact?
- Are there any strange creaking noises coming from the bodywork?
Model and style
- Does the office you are considering have plenty of headroom, you won’t bang your head on the ceiling?
- Is it ergonomically designed to look good, feel comfortable to spend time in and control easily
- Can the various models can be changed and adapted to suit?
Does the building you are thinking of buying have a warranty or guarantee?
In short, think carefully about what you want to do with your building. Assess how long you think you need it for and how long it might last and look at lots of different options before you buy.