Turn Your Garden Outhouse into the Perfect Place to Start a Business

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Updated on 12 Nov 2019 · 2 min read
A garden outhouse is a great room that can be used for many things. While some people prefer to set up a sitting room to entertain in or a studio to work out in, it’s also a great place to start a business.

Starting a business from home can be stressful in those early stages. You will need a lot of space to get your plans in order before the business launches. Sharing a room in your house (or re-purposing a spare room) might not give you the freedom you need to spread out.

A garden outhouse is a perfect solution. Not only can it be a dedicated room for your work plans, it’ll help you separate your home life from your work-from-home life!

Garden Outhouse to Office – Where to Start

Turning your garden outhouse into an office can be either a big job or a quick job. Depending on what you currently use your garden room for, the transition to office might be simpler that you think. 

Building an outhouse with an office in mind is the easiest way to start, but updating an existing room can be simple too.

Getting started – make a list (or three)

Before you do anything at all, it’s essential to figure out exactly what needs doing. If the room is already is use for something else, consider how you’ll empty it and what you might keep. Next on the list should be checking what you need. A desk chair is no good without a desk, a lone monitor be any use without the rest of the tech.

Making lists will help you figure out what you’ve got, what you need to buy and what you should really get rid of.

Once you’ve got lists coming out of your ears, it’s time to take action.

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Get things moving (in and out of your garden outhouse)

Now you know what you should be doing, it’s time to start doing it. Your garden outhouse won’t get office ready on its own!

If you need to get things out of your garden office before more moving things in, then it’s a good idea to borrow an extra pair of hands to help with any heavy lifting. Once your new office space is a blank canvas, you’ll need to set up the essentials.

The bare essentials

You should already have a list of what you need, so your next task is to get it all in your garden office. If your ‘business essentials’ list is more of a shopping list than a list of things you’ll need to move from the house to the outhouse, then it’s best to stagger your spending.

Startup costs can require a large amount of capital, so it makes sense to only buy the essentials first. That way you can maintain a contingency fund, and build up your business equipment incrementally in line with your profits.

Once you’ve got the basics for your business, building up additional kit this way shouldn’t take too long and won’t leave you out of pocket.


Our Garden Office Features

Zero Maintenance

Modern Garden Offices are designed with the future in mind, and once your new workspace is in place there’s nothing to do to maintain it – ever! We use top-grade materials to ensure your garden office stands up to the elements for decades.

No Planning Needed

We have specifically designed our outdoor workspaces to meet pre-approved planning permission guidelines for garden offices. In most cases your Modern Garden Office can be installed without a planning application.

30+ Year Lifespan

We use innovate building methods and exceptional quality materials to ensure our Modern Garden Offices have a minimum life span of 30-years. All our buildings are backed by a 10-year warranty as standard, to give you peace of mind.

Equipped for Work

Modern Garden Offices are purpose-built workspaces, so we’ve factored in everything you need for comfort and productivity. Internet, telecoms, and plenty of power sockets can be included and placed wherever you like.

Fully Customisable

Our garden office designs can be easily customised. From the size and shape of the building to the quantity, style and placement of windows, doors, fixtures and fittings; we tailor your Modern Garden Office to your exact requirements.

Year-Round Use

Your garden office is designed for use throughout the seasons. Industry-leading energy efficient insulation to keeps your office space cosy, and we build in heating, lighting, and other home comforts so you can work year-round.

I have recently had a garden room built and am so pleased with the finished product. Although it is one of the smaller rooms, it has given me a spacious working space that has exceeded my expectations.

Jo Hunt (September 2021)

Steve and Sam completed our room not that long ago and it was a fantastic job through from our initial contact with Mandy to the final completion.

Graham Cartmell (September 2021)

From start to finish the Modern Garden Rooms team we're fantastic. Michael was great with the plans and talking us through our options and what would work to make the most of the small space we had.

Becky, Seth and Fern Bignall (October 2021)

Hi Mandy hope all is well with you. Many thanks for a wonderful space that you and your team created for us.

Matt from Liversedge (July 2020)

Communication is amazing, and Mandy is very thorough! Looking forward to works in the future.

David from Potton (June 2020)

Hi Amy, Martin & Jack were great this week. We enjoyed the build and greatly appreciated their efforts.

Richard from Sheffield (June 2020)

Hi Jonny, very happy with Lewis – good guy who gets on with the job and is easy to work with. The pool house looks great.

Janice From London (June 2020)

Lewis thank you once again for all your hard work over the past few days. The room looks fantastic, and we are delighted with it.

Corinna from Doncaster (April 2020)

Just like to say how great your guys were to deal with- a real credit to any business and exceptionally hard working.

Allen from Guildford (March 2020)

Hi Jonny! We are very happy thanks. It looks brilliant and the guys were lovely.

Jo from Farnham (March 2019)

Thanks again for everything. You’ve done a cracking job. I look forward to passing on your details to plenty of jealous friends and clients!

Tim from Kingswood (March 2019)


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