Home Office and Gym

Location: London

Like many of us, Nick had realised during the pandemic that his spare room wasn’t big enough for all the different activities he needed to use it for.  He came to us in need of somewhere to base himself when working from home plus a space for his workout equipment.


The original shed would be removed to make space for this project so Nick and his family also needed somewhere to put all the usual ‘shed stuff’ like garden tools, buckets, broom etc.


The space in which he wanted to position his Garden Room wasn’t a conventional shape but this didn’t dissuade us.  We knew that with some clever design we could fulfil his brief.

The Project

Charred Larch
Corner build, Sky-light, Picture Window, Hidden Store
Summer 2022

The pandemic made it clear that it was time to look to move to a more permanent location for both our office and gym needs and that’s when we started looking into garden rooms and making better use of our oddly angled garden which used to house our old shed and our daughters redundant Wendy house.


I chose Outsiders to build my garden room because I liked the practical ‘can-do attitude’ Rob presented upon meeting us and throughout discussions, as well as what we deemed to be a competitive and reasonable quote to complete works. We did add/change certain elements as we went, including a huge amazing skylight, which again Rob approached in a fair and pragmatic manner.


Due to the interesting angled shape of our garden, the design process was ‘interactive’ as we weren’t talking about a simple rectangle, but the final design quickly came into focus based on our needs and helpful clarifications provided by the team.

The Client's Verdict

Since having my garden room built, I have been able re-locate both my office and gym equipment and really enjoy the process of growing into my new space. The burnt-wood facia is stunning and the internal specification and quality is excellent. Can’t wait for the summer when we can open the bi-folds and add a new element to the existing space.


We now have a compact but perfectly formed shed/storage area but also a stylish and interestingly angled, gym and office room. My daughters now playfully refer to as the ‘Gyoffice’.


I really enjoyed having Rob and his team on site, I found them to be engaging and respectful but also hard working and diligent. A great group of guys!