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Garden Architecture

Offices, Leisure Rooms, Retreats, Treehouses

FAQs

Q: How much does it cost?

A: Each of our garden offices is made to order, and are priced individually. However, as a guide price a fully enclosed, insulated ‘Pod’ with cedar shingles, door, window, glazed roof, foundations and full installation would start in the region of £12,000 inc. VAT

Q:Why should I buy from Archipod when there are less expensive garden offices available?

A: Our ‘Pod’ has been specifically designed to meet a high standard rather than a low budget. This includes it’s unusual and contemporary look, its ergonomic interior placing the user at the centre of the curved desk, and the quality of the fixtures and fittings. There are cheaper garden offices on the market, but our intention is to provide a more interesting and better quality alternative.

Q: I could build an extension on my house to use as an office, which would be permanent and add value, so why would this not be a better investment than a Pod?

A: Building an extension to your house comes with all the problems of gaining Planning Approval and Building Regulations Approval, obtaining quotes from builders, and the disruption of having the work done whilst you live in the house. Some of the cost could be claimed against business expenses, but dealing with taxation can become very complex, especially when you come to sell the house.

Buying from Archipod is a lot more straightforward – You are unlikely to need Planning Approval (see below) and you won’t need Building Regulations Approval.

Having a separate office rather than an extension means that you can separate work and home life, and there are fewer distractions from being in the house. It is more straightforward in dealing with tax and business expenses, and you may not need to heat the main house during the day whilst you are working in the Pod.

Finally, an extension will take much longer, and it won’t be spherical!

Q: What size will my Pod come in?

A: The ‘Pod’ is a 2.9m internal diameter sphere, with a height of 2.5m from floor to underside of the rooflight as standard. However, we are developing a larger diameter ‘FatPod’ for more space and multiple occupants, and would be pleased to provide an estimate if this is required – see Forthcoming Developments

Q: How well is it insulated?

A: The walls use a double design of insulation, starting with a high performance foil insulation and vapour barrier, and an additional 70–100 mm of fibreglass within the curved panel construction and the floor. All construction joints are sealed to minimise air leakage.

The roof dome is double skinned polycarbonate, and the porthole windows are double glazed.

The ‘U’ Value of the structure exceeds that required by current Building Regulations.

The thermal insulation also contributes greatly to the acoustic insulation, and you will find that the Pod is a very quiet space to work in.

Q: How do you get the Pod to my garden?

A: The Pod is constructed of 16 separate 600mm wide by 2400mm long segments. They are designed for manual site installation where mechanical lifting equipment cannot have access, and the whole structure can be carried through a building in component form and assembled. Alternatively, if the site does have easy access for lifting equipment, the whole structure can be pre-fabricated and craned into position on site.

Q: Will I need Planning Permission for this building when it's in my garden?

A: In the vast majority of cases Planning Permission will not be required. Our design is well within the permitted height constraints. As long as it is suitably positioned away from your property and you are not restricting views to any public highway or neighbouring property you should not require Planning Permission.

There are, of course, the odd exceptions: conservation areas, areas of outstanding natural beauty, and construction on a site where there is a 'listed' building. Overall, it is rare that a planning application has to be filled out, but if one is required, we can put you in touch with a specialist that could deal with the application for you.

Q: What sort of foundations are required?

A: Foundations would normally consist of concrete pads or steel posts being driven into the ground. The cost of the foundations is included in the price.

Q: What connections are required?

A: The ‘Pod’ will need an SWA (steel wire armoured) electric cable to supply power for sockets, lighting and heating, and you will need to arrange for an electrician to put this supply in for you and connect it to the ‘Pods‘ distribution board. Depending on usage it may also require a water supply and a telephone line. (change to words)

Q: I’m not sure what it will look like in my garden?

A: If you would like to know what the ‘Pod’ may look like in your garden, we can produce a photomontage for you. Simply email us a photograph of the proposed location, and we can superimpose an image of the ‘Pod’ and email the picture back to you. (please send photo’s in jpeg format) ((change to words))

Q: How long will it take to get one?

A: Pods are made to order, and delivery is generally four to six weeks from order, with installation taking no more than one week. Delivery dates are subject to capacity at the time of order. ((additional words))

Q: Can I order one as a kit for self assembly?

A: The construction of a ‘Pod’ is not straightforward enough yet for self assembly – However, if there is sufficient interest in this option, we shall look at the possibility of supplying the parts only with a set of assembly instructions.