ad // In 2020 I had my garden office built, which if you’ve been reading this blog for long enough you’ll already know about because I literally didn’t stop talking about it for about a year. Well, there’s not been any home office content for quite some time, so today I wanted to share some important things to remember when building your home or garden office.

These pointers will apply to you if you’re getting an office built from scratch. Perhaps an extension on your house or a completely separate room in your garden – like me. There’s always going to be a ton of things to consider when it comes to home renovation and it’s important that you get it right.

It often costs a lot of money and will take a lot of time and effort from everyone involved during the process from start to finish. It’s not something you want to get wrong! Because then it can cost a whole lot more to get those mistakes fixed. Eek.

I was pretty set on what I wanted and I knew from the onset what I wanted from our builders. They were actually quite surprised by how decisive I was about the whole thing but that no doubt made their job a lot easier. But it’s your project that you’re paying to have done, so the ball is in your court! Here are some important things to remember when building a home office:

Don’t let anyone rush you

Having a whole new room built specifically for you is a big job and a big change, so you want to be 100% sure of what you want and how you want it. Although I was very decisive with my decisions, it doesn’t matter if you aren’t. You call the shots and if you need to take your time with things, don’t let anyone rush you!

It’s YOUR space, you make the decisions

From finding the perfect paint colour to where your desk is going to go, this is YOUR space that you’re going to be spending most of your time in. Nobody else’s. So when it comes to decorating your office, the decisions are yours. You’re likely going to get people putting their two pence in about colours or furniture but it really doesn’t matter. Make it a space you want to be in.

But you might need to take some practical advice along the way

However if you’re not a builder or know much about building yourself, then you might need to take some practical advice along the way from the professionals and people who know what they’re doing. This might be something to do with heating and cooling options for your office, to electricity.

Hire reputable tradespeople 

these people are going to be spending a LOT of time in your house and in your life for quite a long time, so you need to ensure you’re hiring reputable tradespeople so you know you can trust them with the work and being in your house. If you’re wondering what insurance tradesmen should have, check out that link!

If your tradespeople aren’t listening to you, you can find someone else

Thankfully this wasn’t something we had to contend with but if it was, I’d definitely have changed tradespeople if I felt like something was off or I didn’t trust them. It’s your house, your money, your renovation, again, you call the shots and you’re well within your right to hire someone new.

It will be pricy – so make sure you REALLY want it

And finally, you need to be 100% sure that it’s something you really want because building a home office is pricy. You might want to save more money beforehand to ensure you have enough for the project.

So if you’re getting a home office or a garden office built I hope you’ll find these tips helpful! Do you have an office or are planning on getting one built? Let me know!

24 Comments

  1. Mine would be heating, I don’t function with the cold so I’d need some pretty good heat options xx

  2. Wow. What an interesting piece. I’ve always liked having my own office space, and I’ve recently incorporated that into the new home we have. But I’ve always thought that maybe one day to do something like this, and build a little office space in the garden. Just so that it really separates things.

  3. We are planning a home office as we speak and let me tell you, it’s been very helpful to see this today! We are going to try to do it ourselves as much as possible, and we cannot wait for it to become our little nook where to hide and do work! We love the way yours looks so we’ve been very jelly for a while x

  4. I will have these ideas in mind when I finally decide to build my home office. For the time being I still use kitchen table and dream of how great it will be once I make it.

  5. You’ve shared some really great tips here lovely which I really think will help a lot of people. At this moment in time i don’t need a home office but I’ll for sure be sharing this with friends who are still working from home. Thank you so much for sharing Jenny Xo

    Elle – ellegracedeveson.com

  6. I loved my home office dreams through you when you were sharing about your office ha ha! I cannot wait to have my own place so I can have a whole office to design. These tips are so helpful. I will have to refer back to this post when I am designing my own office.

    Thank you for sharing.
    Lauren

    1. These are really helpful tips. I definitely think its so important to take your time and really think about what you want with any large or costly project.

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