Making room for green commitment, a garden office without compromise

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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.

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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 larchwood 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 unchemically 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

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“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, basework, 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

“I was so very pleased with all my dealings with you and the professional but friendly help received and the level of excellence from the building itself to the erecting of it From one very satisfied customer - with very best wishes and thanks for a job well done”

Mrs B, Ipswich

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What our customers say...

“ Your team are excellent. The garden retreat looks perfect in the sunshine this afternoon. Thank you for this stunning building”

Mrs Flanagan - Swindon

“ & I would like to thank you for hosting us when we visited on Friday morning. Your outdoor “showroom” is a great way to view your products. The different cross sections were very helpful (for someone technically minded like myself at least!). We particularly liked the fact you let us see the breakdown of costs for the initial quotation. We like straightforward/transparent pricing like this rather than just a single bottom line figure.”

Mr & Mrs Bordoli

“How pleased and delighted I am with the summerhouse .... Everything fitted in perfect order - nothing to worry about - all delivered on time and erected without fuss.”

Miss M, Wiltshire

“ I wanted to say how pleased we have been with the whole experience from Garden Affairs. Once again the team this week were most polite, friendly and helpful. They made the job look easy and left the site perfectly clean and tidy. They are certainly a credit to you. As for the gazebo, we are extremely pleased and believe we definitely made the right choice. It is a little higher than we had anticipated but we are not unhappy about that as it…”

Mr & Mrs Knight - Chippenham

“ Many thanks indeed for a great job - the installation yesterday went very smoothly and we are delighted with the building. Just a final word to say that your installation team are an absolute credit to you - what a great bunch of guys! All the best and thank you again Sue xxx”

Mrs Prain - Gloucestershire

“ Just to thank all at Garden Affairs for the new cabin.... It's perfect and it was a pleasure to do business with you again.”

Mr Brinley - Pontypridd