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26 September 2019
It is becoming more and more common for people to choose to work from home. Having a garden office can really help to improve the work life balance people are aspiring for. There are numerous benefits to having a garden office; it allows you to save a lot of time and money that you would normally spend on your commute on more productive things. Garden offices are very versatile, despite their name they can be used however you please; as a hobby room, an office or even an extra living space. Having a garden office provides you the perfect, separate, space to work and store important work documents; it will help to keep you a lot more organised as it provides you with specific space for your own work or hobbies.
There are many ways in which having a garden office can improve your working life; privacy, organisation and a shorter commute are just a few of them. Having a garden office can also improve your health; timber buildings are better for your mind, body and sprit than the usual steel, brick and plasterboard in typical offices. Not only will be this be beneficial for your overall health, but it can in turn help you to produce better work; when our body and mind is working to its best, we are far more productive, and our work will improve. Garden offices are available in different finishes and styles based on what you are looking to get out of it; some have larger open windows if you want the light to flow through your office; there are many benefits to having a large amount of daylight in your workspace.
Usually when choosing to purchase a garden building, the first decision to make is what the room will be used for. Generally, if you are looking to purchase a garden office, it would be assumed that you will use it as an office but there are many different uses should you choose to go for a different option.
The most common use for a garden office is typically a home office, as the name would suggest. Many people are choosing to work from home, it allows people a way to address the all-important work life balance. There are many benefits to working from home, one of the main ones being a reduced commute. Although there are a lot of options for home working, having a separate office building provides a great solution as it provides a private, separate space from the home whilst still being easily accessible. You may need to look at extending the range of your Wi-Fi to reach your garden office if this is the case.
Additionally, the large open windows which are available in the majority of summerhouses allow you to enjoy the outdoors whilst working in your office and still get all the benefits of daylight.
Whilst garden offices are primarily designed for work, there is nothing stopping you from using it for relaxation. As with summerhouses, garden offices also offer a great space for an extra living area. It can then be used as you please; you can add some furniture and even entertainment such as a TV if your electrics allow for it. As with offices, large windows can be great when using your garden office for relaxation as it allows you to enjoy your garden but from the comfort of the indoors.
A common choice for a garden office is to use it as a workshop, this is a good choice for those who’s work involves more artistic or creative processes. Using a garden office as a workshop has many benefits; you are able to create in your own personal space and don’t have to worry about the mess. It can also then act as an excellent storage facility for your creations, if this is the case it is essential your garden office has excellent security. For a workshop it may be less important to have large open windows; this could make it too warm through summer or cold through winter which could have a negative effect on your work.
Many people choose to use a garden office as a hobby room, this room can be whatever you desire, and you can make it as personal as you please. It can be used to paint, sculpt, plant, knit or sew. The options are endless; it just allows you a personal space to enjoy your hobbies and spend time doing what you love. It is important to make sure your garden office has plenty of storage space to store your tools and supplies, so adding shelves can be a great idea.
There are various different window styles which come in different garden offices. Windows are likely to play a big role in how much you enjoy your time in your garden office and can actually play a big role in productivity. Daylight can boost mood, reduce stress, improve sleep and improve motivation and productivity in the workplace. For this reason, it is important to allow as much daylight as possible into your garden office, especially if you are using it for work. If the primary function of your garden office is not work, there are smaller window options which will be ideal if you want better temperature control during summer and winter.
There is an array of different roof styles you can choose from for your garden office; pent, apex, pavilion, flat and hipped. Apex roofs provide the most height in the middle, whereas pent roofs tend to provide the most height at one side. The benefit of both these styles, and the pavilion style, is that they are designed to drain rainwater effectively. Flat roofs provide a sleek and contemporary style of garden office which is a very popular choice for home working.
As with the majority of garden buildings, garden offices are available in a few different materials; mainly timber and PVC-u. The most popular choice is timber and as mentioned earlier timber actually has a number of health benefits, whereas PVC-u is usually a little more durable.
If this is your first time purchasing a garden office, or garden building in general, there are a few important things you need to keep in mind.
The most important thing to consider with a garden office is positioning, when you’re planning on using the space for working it is essential that you have access to power and wi-fi. You need to ensure that you position your new garden office within a short enough distance of your home to be able to connect to a power supply and the wi-fi. By having the correct positioning, you can avoid any tricky rewiring concerns.
Garden buildings such as garden offices are considered under permitted development, which means they do not require planning permission however there are certain times when this does not apply, so it is important to know when that is.
If any of the following apply to you, you may need to apply for planning permission;
If any of these apply to you or you have concerns about planning permission, you should contact your local council to be certain.
The majority of garden buildings, including garden offices, require you to have a strong level base before installation. Even where the base is included, it still needs a level ground to sit on. It is advised that concrete, slabs or heavy-duty decking be used. If you’re unsure of how to prepare a base, GBC can advise you on what is best.
Garden offices are pretty durable but there are some things you can do to keep it in the best condition possible. Despite their durability there will come a time when your garden office will need replacing, there are some signs you can look out for!
If you have a good, solid base for your garden office you can be sure that it will be able to last as long as possible. A good base stops the garden office from being affected by a lot of adverse weather and from ground moisture which is detrimental to timber buildings particularly. Once water has found a way into your garden building, it can cause serious damage such as warping. Warping is irreversible so once it has started to occur it means it is time to replace your garden office.
Maintenance and general cleaning are essential to upkeeping your garden office. You will likely be spending a lot of time in there, so it is important to keep it nice and clean. Regular cleaning helps to deter insects which can cause serious damage. If your garden office does become infested with insects, this is another sign it needs replacing.
Especially when you are using your garden office for work purposes, it is likely you will be keeping a lot of expensive equipment in there. This is why it is essential to take proper security measures. First of all, make sure you have all the proper and necessary window and door locks; you can find different kinds. In addition to this you can also add motion sensor lighting which asks as a good deterrent or even a battery alarm system which will help deter any possible thieves and keep your office secure.
In some cases, garden buildings can last over 10 years, this is with the proper care and maintenance.
GBC offer optional installation with the majority of garden offices, so as long as you have a solid base ready to go there is nothing to worry about. Just make sure to ask us about installation.
No, garden offices are classed as an ‘outbuilding’; this means they are ‘permitted development’ and don’t require planning permission. There are some limitations however so make sure to check with your local council if you’re unsure.
Garden offices are a great addition to any garden and help to make going to the office much more convenient. They are a great way to improve your work life balance and are extremely versatile should you wish to use it for a different purpose. We hope this has helped you choose the perfect garden office for you; if you feel inspired, you can shop and buy garden offices with GBC today, contact us for more information or visit one of our many nationwide locations.
Posted by Matt Jordan