As owners of the InsideOut Garden Office Buildings Guide, we have been working in their own garden office for fourteen years. It was the building of our office that gave us the idea of building garden office for other people.
So, how do good quality, well designed garden offices mature? Do they stand up to wear and tear and would we have done anything differently? Has the office become a dumping ground?
Garden office buildings wear and tear
The good news is, nothing has worn out. We don’t re-paint the garden office windows and doors often enough and we have never redecorated the walls. The floor, which is made of heartwood larch, has taken a lot of battering including muddy dog paws and claws. Lets say that the floor now has an interesting patina!
The garden office furniture has changed considerably as the work that we do in the office has changed. My husband’s half, which is the architect’s practice, remains the same but since we stopped building offices and garden rooms for other people my section of the office has morphed into something else entirely.
As well as running this website I have taken us photography seriously and am returning to painting and drawing. Ikea has done well out of the refit. We have had ducks nesting on the roof of the office and the dog was entertained when the ducklings jumped off one by one. But, no damage was done to the shingles and hopefully the ducks lived happily ever after.
Would we have done anything differently?
With hindsight, if we could spin our office building through ninety degrees, I would like to do so. We have advised many people on the positioning of their garden buildings, and we learnt what we know through the positioning of our own. So, think carefully about where you want your office to be before you start digging out the foundations!
Has the office become a dumping ground?
We haven’t got a garage, so everything that might end up in a garage is right here in the office, including a boat. You have to be ruthless, otherwise you suddenly find that you haven’t got room to work in your lovely garden office building.