Even before the pandemic many of us have been working from home. If like me, you’re part of the pre-pandemic work from home crew, then you have known longer than others that it can be a bit of a headache to get into the work from home groove some days. Now that there are even more people trying to find a balance between working from home all the time or working from home on a flex schedule it’s important to think of solutions to make it work. This is why we wanted to chat about a different option for creating a perfect home office that maybe you hadn’t thought of – a garden office!
Why a garden office
We know that the love for gardens is a quintessential British thing. And even though we may not have the best weather in the UK you know that for anyone who lives here, our need for being outdoors come rain or shine takes precedence.
Sometimes working from home can feel quite stifling as you don’t get to change locations and are either working from a desk in your spare room, or like me, are sitting at your dining table; having to transform it from a place to sit and eat to a home office daily. It can be quite a frustrating ordeal.
This is why garden offices are really the ideal alternative. You get to make use of the outdoor space you have and are able to create a space that’s hopefully all your own.
So, what do you need to consider when setting up a garden office?
It’s understandable that when you are thinking of setting up a garden office you may feel a bit overwhelmed about where to start. The good thing about this is that you don’t have to worry about doing any of the actual building yourself. You don’t need to worry about permits either as the rooms are already pre-designed to meet any planning permission guideline requirements.
The process is quite simple. Here are the 4 steps that you should expect;
- A location visit,
- Concept and design,
- Project planning, and,
- Construction and completion.
These 4 steps are quite simple and self-explanatory. Your garden needs to be assessed and surveyed, then the design process begins. Once there is a design that will work with the lay of the land project planning stage commences, which is when you get an accurate estimate and a timeline. Finally, the construction part begins. The process will usually take from 1-3 weeks from start to finish, which is good to know as it won’t set you back that long.
Getting your home office ready
Of course, getting the actual garden office built is the bulk of the job. But decorating your home office is also a very important (and very fun) part of the whole ordeal. So, what do you need to consider when creating the perfect home office environment?
Making the best of your new garden office
Each persons needs can be so different, but if the reason that you opted for a this type of office is because things were a bit too cramped inside the house, then try and keep this zone as a separate entity. Sure, you may be able to use one half of the room to store your guitars for example to personalise the space, and that may also free up space inside, but don’t bring in boxes of random bits from inside just because the space is there.
Keep your office as you would your “office” office – as a place for all things work related.
Of course, working from home isn’t solely for freelancers and office workers, there are many people who work from home that can need a designated work space. For example;
- Potters, and the list goes on!
We hope that you consider getting a garden office to not only make your worklife more efficient, but also to give you that piece of mind and clarity. And of course, to help you enjoy your beautiful garden.