Making room for green commitment, a garden office without compromise

Garden building with a green sedum roof

3.5m x 2.5m Linea, Eco Garden Room

As more and more of us reject the grind of commuting, the compromises of big business and the sacrifices of long hours away from home, we are seeking options for our home-based workplaces which still sit comfortably with environmental commitments.

Extending or converting part of your home is the obvious choice for many, but an assessment of the energy impact of such a major project may make it unattractive, to say nothing of the disruption and cost. 

At Garden Affairs we practice what we preach. We work from a log cabin made of a living, sustainable, renewable material: wood. It’s breathable and its natural thermal qualities mean it’s easy to keep warm without being stuffy, and we don’t need air conditioning even with our PCs running.

Garden Affairs log cabin sales office

Garden Affairs sales office - Trowbridge Garden Centre

Garden Affairs Director, Richard Squire, confesses that he only realised the environmental benefits of this working environment once he had starting using it himself.

Garden Affairs, grew out of Richard's own enthusiasm for garden offices. "All the garden buildings we supply are constructed from high-quality timber be it spruce or larch wood all grown in Northern Europe in managed woodlands. Or you can choose eco-friendly Tricoya, a rot proof wood composite, used in our Proline buildings. Unlike some off-the-shelf garden buildings, these come non-chemically treated. Whilst the base timbers are treated against rot,  the rest of the construction is painted with low VOC, water-based finishes, or treated individually according to client preferences,” explains Richard. “And we can recommend a number of great options for treatments which minimise off-gassing and other harmful effects.”

What about insulation? This is built into the design: Heat-conserving double-glazed windows come as standard, as is additional insulation built into the floor, roof & some buildings also have wall insulation. Many of our garden offices also have the roofing option of thermally-efficient green sedum roofs

garden room interior“These outdoor rooms can be comfortably used all year round, and do not require expensive heating”.

The cost of a Garden Affairs home office obviously depends upon size and specification. “A medium-sized garden office such as the contemporary flat roof 3m x 3m Kubus delivered, base work, installed, insulated is very reasonably priced, compared to £30,000 and upwards for a standard loft conversion”, says Richard, adding that clients can choose a complete DIY assembly option to keep costs down if they prefer. “And it will be ready for business in a couple of days at most – not eight weeks of mess and disruption like having the builders in!"

For your own eco-friendly solution to home working, contact us, call on 01225 774566, or visit our display centre to view a range of buildings for inspiration.

What our customers say...

“We have no hesitation in recommending your company, and it's products, to friends. We are thrilled with the summerhouse your "boys" erected this week. The team were courteous, polite, worked well to-gether and were very grateful of any "tit bits" given them! In fact a pleasure to have in our garden. Not to be confused with the birds!! We have no hesitation in recommending your company, and it's products, to friends.”

Mr & Mrs D, Cirencester

“Well everything is finished and it looks wonderful The garden room has already been used many times. Thanks again for a terrific job, we've already had a couple of people saying that they want to move in!”

Mr & Mrs Thomas, Bristol

“Just a quick note to say thank you, for a great product & service We were really pleased with everything from start to finish especially having our room delivered early. Please pass on our thanks to your team”

Mr & Mrs Fowles - Trowbridge

“We are delighted with the "bunkhouse" and have painted the inside - the beds are up and have been slept in. The grandchildren are going to have so much fun! ”

Mrs Franklin-Adams, Surrey

“It has been a pleasure to work with you all over the past few weeks and I would like to say a big thank you to everyone involved. Without exception your whole team has been super-helpful, calm and efficient and I know this wasn’t the easiest of projects to fulfil being so much off the beaten track. We are looking forward to many happy years enjoying our cabin in the woods. I attach a few photos to give you a glimpse of the team effort from your team! Very best wishes to you all and do come and visit the cabin…”

Sarah Backhouse - Wiltshire

“ I’d just like to say a big thank you for all your help and guidance throughout, and to say that the guys were tremendous from start to finish. I’ve had a lot of people/ trades on site over the last 18 months and your team were by far the best in every way, from their level of productivity right through to their manners, it was a pleasure to have them around. Once again, many thanks.”

Mr Rees - Marlow, Buckinghamshire