Can Wooden Garden Rooms Make Suitable Offices?

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Updated on 03 Mar 2020 · 3 min read
When it comes to working from home, wooden garden rooms might come to mind as a home office option. After all, it’s a quiet room, separate from the rest of the house but without the hassle of a commute. But is a garden room a viable option for an office?

Wooden garden rooms certainly look the part. Whether you’re looking out of your window into the garden, or you’re a client walking down the path for a business meeting, a dedicated office room looks smart and professional. 

It’s likely you’ll have some questions about whether or not a garden room would suit your office needs. One on hand, home businesses tend to have some very bespoke concerns, but on the other, more general business questions can be answered easily. Do your research, make a pros and cons list and get some financial advice before you take the plunge. While you’re in the mood for gathering information, have a quick read of this article as it answers some of the more common business questions.

Wooden Garden Rooms – Are They Suitable for a Home Business?

While most businesses operate in their own unique way, some common questions will crop up. With all businesses, there are universal rules and routes success. This article will answer some of the broader questions about wooden garden rooms being used for home businesses.

Can Wooden Garden Rooms be Treated as an Expense in Your Accounts?

The short answer is: it depends – ask your accountant. 

The more comprehensive answer is that there are a few factors to be taken into account. Has the room been built for you or was it there when you moved? If you didn’t spend money on having it built, then obviously you can’t count it as any sort of expense. This doesn’t mean you can’t treat some of its running costs as a taxable expense, it just means the expenses will be recorded differently.

If you had the garden room built yourself, what were your intentions? If it’s for office use only, you may have to pay capital gains tax when you sell the property. Conversely, if you use it for more than one pastime, you might escape the capital gains tax, but in turn be unable to claim the full building costs as an expense.

The best thing to do is always ask your accountant about what best suits your needs.

Can Garden Rooms be Used All year Round?

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Usually garden rooms are both heated and well-insulated. If you’re planning on having a garden office built then check what will be the most efficient and effective option for year-round use. Most new garden rooms will have excellent insulation, making them cheap to heat and good at keeping that warmth in. 

Are They Considered a Secure Structure?

Providing you’re having a garden room purpose built, you can discuss security with your planning advisor. Modern garden rooms will have secure, lockable windows and doors, meaning your valuables and client’s details are safe. 

If your garden room is an older structure that was there when you bought the house, you might need its security assessing. Generally speaking, if it has double glazing and all the doors lock then it should have been built with security in mind.

Can I Get WiFi?

Depending on how close to you main property your wooden garden room is built, WiFi shouldn’t be an issue. If you’re a little out of range and your signal keeps dropping, it’s possible to contact your provider and arrange another hub just for your garden office. All modern garden rooms have a power supply with a few power outlets, meaning internet access is unlikely to be a concern.


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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