How to Build Your Own Garden-Based Office

How to Build Your Own Garden-Based Office


With that in mind, converting your garden shed into an office or even developing an outbuilding in your garden from scratch to be turned into an office can seem like a pretty great idea. After all, you’ll be working separately from – but still wonderfully close to – the rest of your house, undisturbed by the hustle and bustle of the household.

So, how to begin?

Planning Permission

When developing an outbuilding on your property, there are a lot of guidelines you have to abide by if you want to avoid having to obtain planning permission. Factors such as the size of the development, its location in relation to the rest of your property, and the size of your garden can all affect your need for planning permission. Don’t be too daunted, it’s not that difficult to steer clear of planning permission requirements if you follow a simple checklist as laid out in this simple planning permissions infographic.


Since you’ll be spending a lot of time in your garden office, choosing the right building material is key for your comfort and productivity. There are a range of options to suit your needs, but the main considerations you’ll need to take into account are how weatherproof the material is, how durable it will be in the long term and how well it’s insulated.


Is your office well-lit? Properly heated? Is there adequate ventilation? All these things are vital aspects of your garden office design. Are there big windows for lots of natural lighting, not to mention quality overhead lighting for when it’s dark out?

A lot of features we take for granted in modern office buildings have notable effects on our productivity and health. But then, some things are just common sense: you wouldn’t want to work in a cold, stuffy room, would you?

Plus: is your office close enough to your house for wireless Internet access?

Efficient storage

Your garden office may be comfortable, but space-wise it’s probably not going to be larger than a standard office. Planning your layout and organising your storage accordingly will help you maximise your space and keep everything easily and efficiently sorted.


You may not intend to leave your laptop or any other valuables in your office, but if your work documents and other important items are in there, it’s definitely best to secure it to whatever degree you see fit. Arrange for securely lockable doors, and perhaps for a lockable cabinet or safe for any private or confidential information.

Got any more tips for designing a garden office? Share your advice in the comments!

Estelle Page is an avid DIYer and garden enthusiast, planning a giant shed in her garden this summer – although she and the kids have divided opinions as to whether it’ll be an office or a hangout-slash-soda-bar!

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