Work From Home With These Outbuilding Ideas for Your Home Office

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Updated on 11 May 2020 · 3 min read
A garden office is a sought after structure for those who work from home. There are a few outbuilding ideas that work well as home offices, but not every structure makes a suitable office. Home owners often like to consider lots of different options before having a garden structure built. Some garden rooms work better than others for a home office.

If your property already has an outbuilding, it might be possible to convert it into an office. This list of outbuilding ideas might inspire you to have something new built or work on what you’ve got already. Whatever you decide to do, you need to read to this list.

Popular Outbuilding Ideas for Home Offices

Below are some of the most popular outbuildings that can be used as garden offices. Whether you need a small amount of space for an occasional evening of work, or you’re business is based at home all the time, this list has got you covered. 

Modern Canopy Garden Room

These garden rooms are perfect for those who take working form home seriously. If you’re likely to spend a lot of time in your home office, then you want something that’s got it all. A modern canopy room will be insulated for year-round working, have a power supply, heating and in-built lighting. There are usually lights in the canopy to illuminate the room in the evening and make it look beautiful in your garden at night. 

A modern garden room will usually be fitted with French doors, meaning your office will be bathed in light during the day, saving on electricity. As this type of room is often insulated too, it means working conditions will be comfortable throughout the winter. This is a smart option for anyone who works from home most of the time

Converted Garages are Popular Outbuilding Ideas

Garages are notoriously cold and dark. To truly turn one into a suitable office space it would be sensible to look into insulation options and good lighting. As garages are usually permanent brick structures, getting one professionally modified could leave you with a very stylish office. 

If you convert your garage, it’s very important to get the lighting right. Garages don’t let a lot of natural light in, so bright bulbs are essential for work conditions. Computers should be operated in a well-lit room to help prevent eye strain. It is possible to have the building modified to create more light, for instance it is possible to add a window and a uPVC door. Get a quote before getting your heart set on a garage office, it might not seem like an efficient use of the funds.

Garage outbuildings conversions
Could a dingy garage be turned into an office?

A Traditional Timber Summer House

An old-style timber summer house can look beautiful in your garden. As a garden office it can work well in the summer months providing there is a power supply and WiFi signal. 

This is a fabulous option for those parents who opt to do their job from home in the summer holidays. Sadly this isn’t ideal for all year round because these buildings aren’t usually well insulated.  

 Whichever outbuilding ideas take your fancy, it’s important to weigh up the pros and cons before taking the plunge.


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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