If you’ve been working from home with no dedicated workspace of your own, we understand your frustrations. Everyone needs somewhere to work that they can call their own. Somewhere they can spread out, make calls in private, and focus on the task in hand. And somewhere they can close the door at the end of the working day and retreat back into normal life. This shared consensus is precisely why there has of late been a growing interest in the garden office.
Working life has been completely transformed since the pandemic took hold. Working from home may have been a sweeping trend that got many businesses through the crisis, but the word is that it’s not something that’s set to disappear altogether as lockdown restrictions ease and the world returns to the office.
In fact, the hybrid working model looks like it’s going to be the one to watch, with time split between home and office likely to become the norm. It is no wonder, therefore, that so many remote workers are looking to find a way to create their own workspace at home.
From loft conversions to home extensions, from converted garages to kitchen nooks, there are plenty of ways to make a place to work at home. Including the garden office. And, as it’s completely possible to create a fully connected garden outbuilding in which to work, complete with network access points, telephone sockets and Wi-Fi, you will feel right at home working in your office in the garden.
Let’s take a look at why a garden home office could prove the ideal choice for you.
There are various reasons why an office in the garden often proves the most beneficial option when weighing up how to create a dedicated workspace at home.
Home extensions, loft conversions, garage renovations… all very disruptive, all fairly expensive. If you’d prefer not to turn your living space upside down in your quest to create a home office, and you’d like to rein in the costs too, a garden home office has to be the perfect option.
No builders in the house. No dust. And, if your garden office falls under permitted development rules, which more often than not they do, then you won’t have all the planning hassle to contend with either.
Garden offices obviously come with something of a price tag, but they are considered less costly than the alternatives. Plus, if you are using the space solely for business, and that business is your own, then usually you would get to offset the build costs against your taxable income.
Is a garden office worth it in terms of adding value to your property? The answer is that a well-maintained garden home office can considerably improve the saleability of a property, and the extra space could potentially add value too.
Of course, you must bear in mind that the garden office is only a daytime structure. As they are not subject to Building Regulations, then they don’t have to be fitted with appropriate fire safety devices. This also means that they are not considered safe for sleeping in. Also consider that a home office is a depreciating asset which over time will deteriorate, even if you take good care of it.
However, more space is more space, and could set your property aside from another comparable one in terms of sale potential.
Why choose a garden office? Even if you find yourself a dedicated space to work from home within the house, whether it’s a loft room, a kitchen alcove or the corner of the spare room, there is a strong chance that you will feel like you are at work all the time, even when you’re not working.
With an office in the garden, however, you get to put distance between your work life and home life. At the end of the day, you can lock the door to your office, walk back up the path, and ‘come home’, leaving all your work-related paraphernalia behind you. Granted the distance is short, but of course that’s another plus point. You get to detach, but with a super-short, fee-free commute.
A garden home office also offers the benefit of natural light and green views, both associated with workplace well-being.
When it comes to designing bespoke garden offices, Surrey Hills Garden Buildings offers the complete package. Your working needs will of course be unique, and that’s why our experts will work closely with you to design a garden home office layout that suits them perfectly. We’ll also take care of every aspect of the build, electrics, connectivity and furnishings and decoration too.
To discover how we can help bring your garden office ideas to life, and create your ultimate home-based workspace, you are welcome to get in touch.