Garden office ideas

Garden office ideas Cheslyn Building Contractors

Millions of us now work from home or at the very least, are now conducting our working lives in a hybrid system with a combination of office/home, and all too often, in spaces that aren’t really fit for purpose.

A garden office means you don’t have to work in your spare bedroom, or at the dining room table, instead you could have a  designated area for work, one you can leave behind at the end of your day. Sound ideal? Read our latest article for inspiration and advice on garden office ideas.

What are Garden offices

Garden offices are typically small outdoor buildings that are constructed out of both wood and metal. They get their unique name “garden office” based on where they’re usually placed – which is in a homeowners backyard or garden space. Garden offices can be custom designed and constructed from the ground up, and also fully tailored to one’s ideal specifications (bespoke garden buildings).

Permitted development rights

In many cases, you won’t need planning permission for your garden office thanks to something called ‘permitted development rights.’ These rights grant homeowners the freedom to make certain changes and additions to their properties without formal planning permission. However, it’s important to note that there are specific conditions and limitations under permitted development rights. These conditions are designed to prevent the unchecked construction of garden rooms that might negatively impact neighbours or the environment. Here are some key points to consider:

  • The size of your proposed garden room can greatly influence whether you need planning permission. Generally, if your garden room is larger than 15 square metres and located within 2 metres of your properties boundary, you might need planning permission. For detached properties, this limit increases to 30 square metres.
  • Height and Design: The height of your garden room is also a critical factor. If it’s over 2.5 metres high (or over 4 metres if it has a dual-pitched roof), it might require planning permission. Moreover, the design should be in harmony with the existing property and not obstruct the line of sight for neighbours.
  • Protected Areas: If your property is located in a conservation area, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), or if your garden room is listed, you will likely require planning permission, even for smaller structures.
  • No Front Gardens: Garden rooms in front gardens generally require planning permission.
  • Outbuildings Near Boundaries: Structures located within 2 metres of the boundary and over 2.5 metres in height may require planning permission.


Financial benefits of a garden office

The financial benefits of having a garden office are well reported. The money that you will save in petrol costs alone would make the office pay for itself in under a year. In addition to this, there are no hidden costs similar to those you would face if you decided to extend your home or convert your loft.

Experience year-round comfort

Incorporating both insulation and climate control solutions into your garden room design is a harmonious marriage of functionality and comfort. It guarantees a space that is usable and enjoyable all year long, regardless of the ever-changing British weather.

  1. Heating Options – For those frosty winters, heating solutions are imperative. Electric heaters and underfloor heating can be integrated into your garden room, providing a cosy respite from the cold.
  2. Cooling Systems – In the summer months, maintaining a cool and pleasant ambiance is essential. Air conditioning units, ceiling fans, or well-placed windows and vents ensure that the interior remains refreshingly cool, even on the hottest days.


Working from the garden office has been a wonderful way to continue working from home, but garden offices can benefit from added protection. An alarm system or CCTV system can be beneficial for garden offices to keep equipment and documents secure and safe. Alarm systems are cost-effective and can come with motion detectors, magnetic contacts, and other gadgets that immediately sound off when someone tries to enter your garden office without permission.

There are many reasons why an outdoor office is the key to working from home. It can help you zone work and home life, it’s the ideal place to think creatively, and gives you a sense of freedom that can’t be found anywhere else.

If you want to learn more about how we can help you bring your garden office ideas to life, please contact us here.