If you’re thinking about investing in a garden office so you can segregate your work life from your home life, enjoy a zero-commute and take advantage of your own private space to help you get the job done, you may be wondering whether, when it comes to winter, will you still be able to enjoy your outdoor privacy, or will it be more a case of being frozen out? It’s a good question, and one we are setting out to answer right here.
There are many benefits to installing a garden office, not least the fact you get to enjoy your own dedicated workspace, without having to travel every day, or use up valuable space within your main home. But the question is, with your office being outside and potentially prone to the elements, are you going to be able to comfortably work out there during the colder months?
When answering this question, it is important to consider that a garden office is designed more like a room of a house than a regular outbuilding. There are several layers, plus with the main construction material being Western Red Cedar, you have natural thermal insulation properties to rely on for year-round warmth.
Combined with high levels of insulation, you also have house quality windows and doors, featuring double glazing as standard. So, by design, a garden office is very much an insulated outbuilding. But of course, just as you need heating within your house during the coldest depths of winter, garden office heating is going to need to play a role if you’re going to be kept properly cosy as the temperatures plunge.
You will find that most garden offices come with heating as standard. This could be in the form of electric wall panel heaters, or free-standing oil radiators. Higher specification garden offices may feature underfloor heating and air conditioning, and larger buildings will have central heating, usually powered by LPG gas.
Naturally, most people considering a garden office are going to be more concerned about staying warm in winter, but it is also important to think about how you’ll cope as the mercury rises in the summer months. After all, it can be just as uncomfortable to work in hot conditions as it can in the cold.
The good news is that, thanks to the high levels of insulation, a garden office will stay cool enough to work in productively, even on the hottest days of the year. However, you will need to consider some form of ventilation when designing your garden office. Whether that’s a ceiling fan, air conditioning or plenty of opening windows is down to personal preference and budget.
Do bear in mind though, if you are thinking about having floor to ceiling fixed panel glazing in your outdoor office building to make the most of your garden views, that during the summer this could make it quite hot inside, so be sure to factor in some opening windows somewhere along the line if this is your plan.
Your garden building designer will help you choose the best options to suit your individual needs.
Everyone’s working needs differ, which is precisely why at Surrey Hills Garden Buildings, our experts are committed to designing unique insulated garden rooms that suit individual needs perfectly. Whether you want to stay cosy and warm in winter, or cool, calm and collected in summer, we’ll come up with just the right balance to ensure your comfort the whole year round.
To discover how we can help bring your garden office ideas to life, and create your ultimate insulated garden office, you are welcome to get in touch.