What’s the difference between a Garden Shed and a Purpose Built Garden Office?

Generally speaking, if you mention a garden building to someone they’ll probably conjure up the image of a garden shed – a practical place to store tools, your lawnmower and garden furniture. However, sheds do come in many sizes and styles and can be much more than that – like a place to relax, enjoy a hobby or even use as a garden office. If you’re looking for a garden building that does more than just keep your garden equipment dry, and you need a usable space to work that’s away from the house, then you’re probably going to ask yourself what actually is the difference between a shed and a purpose built garden building.

So, here’s a few differences that should help to get your thinking started…

1 Insulation

Storing tools in a garden shed doesn’t require any consideration for whether the environment is cold and draughty. So the first big difference between a standard shed and a purpose built garden building is that a standard garden shed will not come with any form of insulation. Working in a garden shed during winter though would be pretty damp and chilly, so a year round shed would need to be sufficiently insulated to cope with the British winter and, likewise, on a sunny summer’s day a simple shed can get very hot inside indeed. 

A modern garden office can easily meet current building regulations for insulation meaning they’re just as warm as your average brick built house.  The thicker walls on a purpose built garden building will help reduce temperature variations and aid in keeping the environment at an even temperature all-year-round, and with the addition of heating, you can ensure your garden office will be cosy even during the harshest of winters. 

2 Construction

Purpose built garden offices will come with thicker walls and heavier gauge timbers ensuring that the building is more stable and less draughty. The doors will be of a higher specification and the windows double-glazed, meaning they will not warp or leak during inclement weather.

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3 Lighting & Power

A garden shed will usually come with one simple window, which may or may not open, so working in a garden shed, even on a sunny day, can feel very dark and dingy. 

Conversely, a purpose built garden office will have more windows, letting in lots of available natural daylight, reducing the need for artificial lighting, making them kinder to the environment and cheaper to run.

If you want to use electrical equipment in your home office, then you’ll obviously need the addition of an electrical supply these can of course be added to both the shed and a purpose built garden office but you’ll need to consider where the power source is being connected from and how close your building is to that supply.

4 Humidity

Garden sheds will not usually have much in the way of moisture control, except, in some cases, a simple opening window, so paper products and other absorbent materials will inevitably get damp, not much use if you want to store papers and files in your garden office. Also the lack of moisture control could mean mildew becoming an issue. A modern purpose built garden building will include a breathable membrane in the walls and flooring to block moisture rising up from the ground and through the walls.

5 Cost

A simple garden shed could start at about £300 whereas a purpose built garden office will cost considerably more than that, especially if you are having a construction that is tailor-made to fit your specific needs.

Having a bright, beautiful, modern, purpose-built home office constructed, that’s close enough to the house to mean the morning commute is a thing of the past, but with a sufficient distance away from the hubbub of the house to give you the space you need to think and work effectively.



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