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    Thanks cycling programmer that's a really comprehensive outline. I think I might go with these people Morespace4u Bespoke Garden Buildings Lichfield | Bespoke Garden Offices. Pretty simple design, thermal foam with board stuck either side and then external cladding to make it water tight, pretty simple design but effective.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueSharp View Post
    Thanks cycling programmer that's a really comprehensive outline. I think I might go with these people Morespace4u Bespoke Garden Buildings Lichfield | Bespoke Garden Offices. Pretty simple design, thermal foam with board stuck either side and then external cladding to make it water tight, pretty simple design but effective.
    Just to add to my previous post, if you're working mostly from your garden office, you *could* investigate the idea of renting the space to YourCo 9-5 Mon-Fri for a reasonable rate (it can't exceed a fair market rate and generally you'd only charge what you can reclaim in rental costs otherwise you'll just be taxed personally on the rental profits) but you should discuss this with your accountant as it needs to be done properly. You would need to consider whether or not it's worth it.

    Personally I just continue to claim the normal £6/week and I also have a dedicated broadband package in the company name which is also paid for the company (do make sure you run some CAT5e or CAT6 to the building when you do it).

    Those buildings look OK - to be honest most of the garden office companies sell largely the same thing - prefabricated insulated panels that they can produce off-site and assemble in a couple of days. They may have varying levels of fit and finish. I paid a bit extra for red cedar cladding on two sides (the other two sides face out of the garden so are standard cladding) and a fully plastered finish which makes it much more like a proper room.

    If you can find one near enough to you with a showroom you can visit I suggest you do that.

    Finally, don't forget insurance. If you pay for the building as I recommend you'll need to check:

    * That the building structure and any personal items you keep in there are covered by your existing buildings and contents insurance. Most building policies cover outbuildings, including timber construction buildings but they are typically your average shed with a value of £1k or less. Do check and also make sure your insurance company is happy with you using the building for business purposes - it will probably need an endorsement on your policy.

    * Take out dedicated business contents insurance cover for all business-owned contents and make sure they cover contents kept in a secure outbuilding. Whilst your personal contents cover will probably cover some business equipment it will be limited. You'll probably need a decent insurer that you can explain this to and make it clear that it's a proper building with insurance grade locks, not a shed or a garage. My old insurer Direct Line would not cover this, I had to go with Hiscox in the end - the combined policy of employer/public liability + business contents and interruption was 3x the price of Direct Line. The company can pay for this of course.
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    If you are in any way DIY inclined, one of the cheaper options is to build your own using a kit. I used a kit from Supersips (SIPs Panels | SuperSIPs UK Manufacturer of Structural Insulated Panels | Design G) which gives you a set of SIPs (structural insulation panels), some glue, screws and foam. Not a hard job at all with two people (apart from getting the roof panels in - but we managed it, just about). You then have to sort the windows/door, roof (EPDM roof kits are a couple of hundred quid for this size), electrics, floor, plastering etc. I had a full foil-lined plasterboard and plaster finish, which was probably £500 all up, armoured electric and cat6 under the lawn with a ton of electrical sockets (12 I think) running off a small consumer unit, engineered oak floor and cedral weatherboard on the outside. All up about £5.5k, but I did deduct VAT through the company.

    It probably cost about half of an equivalently specced off-the-shelf solution, so if you've got time (on the bench) or the inclination then it's definitely worth looking into.

    The office itself is fantastic - so incredibly well insulated that I rarely need the heater on even in winter. I honestly don't know how I would have managed without it during the last 4 months with the kids at home most of the time.

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