Garden Offices

Versatile garden buildings for work and leisure

Ideal for professionals, practitioners and craftspeople. Cut commuting and office costs, and enjoy work in peace without intruding on the family home.

Work in comfort

Effective natural insulation and draught-free construction keep running costs low, with your office naturally cool in summer and cosy in winter.

Wide range of sizes

Our huge range of standard sizes and layouts means we can satisfy most requirements, from a quiet office to an inspiring studio or craft workshop.

Planning permission not normally needed

You won’t need Planning Permission in most cases, which makes things much simpler. If you do need it, we can offer guidance and submit your application.

Contemporary option

As well as our traditional Scandinavian-style offices, we now offer Inovar – a different, distinctively contemporary, look that opens up wholly new design opportunities.

Versatile garden buildings for work and leisure

Our home offices are ideal workspaces for professionals, practitioners and craftspeople of all kinds. Great for leisure activities, too, as studios for art or music, or dedicated home leisure centres and gyms, for example.

As a business, you’ll be reassured that the financial numbers make so much sense: just compare the value of an asset in your garden with the constant outgoings of commuting and leased office space.

Work in comfort

In our tranquil garden buildings, you can work with a sense of pride and confidence, which is particularly important when you’re dealing with clients at home. You can work in comfort throughout the year, too, because our home offices are cool in summer and warm in winter.

Wide range of sizes

Our home offices range from 9 -30 m2 (97-323 sq. ft.), so it’s easy to find the size that’s right for your needs. Then our versatile construction system makes it easy to create the working environment you need, complete with wiring, plumbing, etc. For the ultimate in customisation, we also offer a completely bespoke design service.

Planning permission not normally needed

Our classic Scandinavian-style Norwegian Log garden buildings have particularly airy interiors, thanks to their pitched roofs. You won’t need planning permission in most cases, provided your building is 2 m from a boundary. Alternatively, see our Contemporary option below for a different solution.

Contemporary option

If you prefer a different, distinctively contemporary, look, or you want to avoid all planning issues, take a look at our Inovar garden buildings. They’re not only within the 2.5 m height limit for planning close to boundaries. They’re also easy to design to take advantage of the spaces in your garden – an under-used corner, for example. Read more about Inovar and our unique I-Key joint, our major advance in log technology, Inovar Garden Rooms


'I needed more space for work and storage as my business grew, my spacious Norwegian Log home office provides the perfect answer.'

Nigel Dent - Consultant

'We saw other cabins, but Inovar really stood out. It will really add value to our property.'

Cristina Lopez-Pascual

Most frequently asked questions

Can you construct to my own design?

Provided the main component of the building is log, we can build a structure of almost any size within reason, and for a wide range of applications.

Do I need Planning Permission for a building in my garden?

In most cases, no, provided it satisfies all the criteria for Permitted Development. Outbuildings are considered to be permitted development, subject to the following conditions:

  1. The outbuilding is not to the side of a house on designated land (includes national parks and the Broads, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, conservation areas and World Heritage Sites). Note that outbuildings are permitted development within the grounds of a listed building.
  2. The outbuilding is not forward of the principle elevation of the original elevation of the house.
  3. The outbuilding and other additions must not exceed 50% of the total area of land around the original house. Sheds and all other outbuildings and extensions to the original house must be included when calculating this 50% limit.
  4. The outbuilding must not itself be separate, self-contained living accommodation.
  5. The outbuilding is single storey with a maximum eaves height of 2.5 m and a maximum overall height of 4 m with a dual pitch roof, or 3 m in any other case.
  6. If the building is within 2 m of the property boundary, the whole building must not exceed 2.5 m in height.
  7. Any veranda is no higher than 300 mm.

We strongly advise that you check with your local Planning Office before proceeding. If you want to avoid all planning issues, take a look at our Inovar garden buildings. They feature a different, distinctively contemporary, look, and fall within the 2.5 m height limit for planning close to boundaries. Read more about Inovar and our unique I-Key joint, our major advance in log technology, here.

Will my building require Building Regulations approval?

Provided your building's internal floor area is less than 15 m2, or 30 m2 if it is more than 1 m from a boundary, Building Regulations should not apply. We strongly advise checking before proceeding. Buildings over 30 m2 require a full Building Regulations application, which we can handle for you.

Visit our show building or speak to one of our experts

Contact us to make an appointment at our headquarters in Reading or discuss your requirements to find the building that's right for you.

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Prefer something a little more contemporary?

Inovar is the new contemporary garden room concept from Norwegian Log Buildings. They are garden rooms with a stunning contemporary design and performance – perfect for your home office, gym, studio or music room.