This past year, many of us have faced working from home, which has been great as meant we could still carry on working. At the start of this it was great to not have to get up early and have the commute to and from work. Finding a little corner of our home to claim as our work space, or the dining room table, thinking it will not be for long.
We are now a year into the COVID pandemic that has literally affected the whole world. With the world slowly getting back to some form of normality, many companies are looking at moving forward. Do they continue as they used to with large overheads of office buildings. Or do they look at cost effective ways to move forward, giving employees the opportunity to work from home.
Working From Home
For a lot of us the chance to work from home comes with both pros and cons. The main problem people face is that if this is going to continue to be a permanent option, where are they going to work. Can they set up an office in the home? One option if you just do not have the space in your home is to use the space in your garden with a garden room set up as an office. This is an option that many are taking advantage of. Here are a few answers to those questions you may have.
Do I need planning permission?
You do not usually require planning permission under the permitted development rules under class E. This means that
- The garden room is no higher than 2.5m from the bottom of the building to the roof and is within 2m of the boundary
- The garden room does not take up more than 50% of your garden area with this or any other buildings.
- It is not used for living or sleeping accommodation.
How much does a garden room cost?
This is dependant on what type of garden room you are looking for, and the size. You can request a free survey to discuss your requirements and get an idea on wether this is a cost effective option.
Have you thought about using your garden space for creating a working environment, or even as a chill out area to escape to?