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Working from Home

Updated: May 23, 2022

Since the pandemic forced many people to work from home, a growing number of employers have decided to adopt this flexible approach permanently in some capacity. Through new or enhanced technology, even jobs that were once considered an on-site only role can now be done at least in part in a remote capacity.

It is no surprise then that the demand for home-office buildings has increased significantly in the UK, however, there are a few things to consider before deciding on what is right for you.

Do you need power/water/toilet facilities?

How will you heat/cool it down?

Is it secure enough for your equipment?

UK building laws state that.

  • Outbuildings should be single storey. If you buy a shed, summer house, log cabin or insulated garden room with a dual pitched apex roof, it should have a maximum eaves height of 2.5 metres and a maximum overall height of less than 4 metres.

  • If you choose a building with a flat or pent roof, its maximum height should not exceed 3 metres.

  • If a building is placed within 2m of fence or boundary, the whole building needs to be under 2.5m meters high.

  • To fall within permitted development, an outdoor building shouldn’t have a raised platform, deck or balcony that’s more than 300mm high.

Timber Frame kits can also be used for smaller buildings, manufactured onsite and arriving in panels, they are much easier to construct, potentially meaning that you have a watertight structure within the day!

Below is a small home office that we manufactured and supplied as a kit for a customer in Leicestershire.

The building was fitted with electricity and insulated before a plaster finish was applied. We can also offer an erection service (prices on request), please contact us for more information.

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