Creating Your Home or Garden Office

Creating Your Home or Garden Office


Building a Home or Garden Office

A home or garden office can create not only the dedicated home working space you crave, but also provide you with a new leisure space and add value to your home.

Is it time to build your own home office?

If you are working from home, you’re not alone. A study from the UK’s Office for National Statistics predicts that 50% of people will be working remotely by the end of 2020, and more businesses are looking at a home-based location.

Your own dedicated home office gives you a world of alternatives to working from the box room, at the dining room table or squeezed into the cubby under the stairs.

When you are looking at a home office, we believe that your new space doesn’t need to be limited strictly to your working hours. As all our projects are totally bespoke, we work with you to deliver the space you desire. Whether you need a fully focused work environment to switch off between the office and home, or dream of a beautiful spot you can also enjoy in your leisure time.

What are the benefits of a garden office?

Choosing a garden office for your home workspace is a wonderful way of maximising your outdoor space and utilising the myriad resources of nature. A garden office allows you to flood the room with light, even on the darkest days, thanks to floor to ceiling bi-fold doors. It’s also easy to stay warm, or cool, with underfloor heating and climate control. You never have to sacrifice home comforts. Enjoy every luxury of the indoor, from an en-suite bathroom and kitchen, to an after-hours chill out area. You can even include space for a sofa bed to allow your garden office to double as guest accommodation.

Garden office kits have become popular in recent times but, when considering costs, it’s important to bear in mind that you will need to factor in groundworks, electrics, and finishing. Every garden room created by John O’Connell Building Solutions is bespoke to you. From design through to the finishing touches, we strive to give you exactly what you want, within your budget.

Converting Unused Space

If you want to go up rather than out, a loft conversion can transform unused space into something incredible. In fact, it is entirely possible to create a large new office space, plus add an extra bedroom and en-suite bathroom at the same time. We work with you to maximise any existing space you may not be using to its full potential, to create a bespoke loft conversion that will add living space and value to your home.

A loft conversion gives you the option of adding on to the back, rear or side of your property. The trend of remodelling rather than moving is becoming increasingly popular in the UK, and it can be transformational. Take a look at some of our case studies to see how asking John O’Connell Building Solutions to add extra space, or even taking down a wall or two, has transformed the homes of our customers.


Do I need planning permission for a garden office?

That really depends on if you’re planning a Permitted Development (PD) but in the majority of cases the answer is no, you are free to build a new space in your own garden within certain limits. While the regulations can vary if you live in an area such as a National Park, Conservation Area, World Heritage Site or Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, for your new garden office to abide by PD regulations it should:

  • Be single storey with a maximum eaves height of 2.5 metres
  • Be no taller than 3 metres, or 4 metres including a dual pitched roof. NB: The entire structure must be no taller than 2.5 metres if constructed within 2 metres of a boundary
  • Take up an area no bigger than half of your garden

Will a garden office or loft conversion add value to my property? 

The Telegraph reported that a purpose-built home or garden office can add 10% to the value of your property, while a £50,000 loft conversion can add up to £150,000. Costs can often be covered with the saving on train fares, petrol, and parking, and just a few steps from the breakfast table to the office.

Do I need planning permission for a loft conversion?

Find out more about planning permission for Loft Conversions.

When you work with John O’Connell as your construction specialist, you can be assured that you will have a detailed, fixed price quotation. We are an accredited contractor with the Federation of Master Builders and approved for Local Authority contracts. We promise to minimise disruption, respect your surroundings, work to safe and clean standards and provide a superior service within your budget. We understand that it’s not just a building contract, it’s your home.

How much does it cost to build a garden office or loft conversion? Where should your home office be located and how big does it need to be? How long will a garden office last?

For the answer to all these questions, and any others you may have about this or any potential building project, give us a call today on 01206 396667 or email for your free, no-obligation consultation.

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