Over lockdown, many of us have had to get used to a new way of working, with the great majority of employers adhering the new Working From Home regulations.
While working from home comes with a few advantages – think about the time saved not having to commute to and from work every day – there are also some downsides to sharing your workspace with other family members.
In particular, this issue affects those who are not lucky enough to have a spare room or garage to create a dedicated work area and find themselves having to hide away in their bedroom to find some peace and quiet.
As the problem started affecting more and more workers across the UK, many turned to a garden office as a practical solution.
What is a garden office?
A garden office provides a far greater working experience than a converted shed office as it gives you a versatile, elegant workspace that is comfortable all year round. Insulated garden offices, in fact, enable you to work in comfort throughout the seasons, with minimal energy costs.
Available in a variety of styles, garden offices can be easily installed on an under-used area of your garden, allowing you to find the best solution tailored to your garden, so your office can be built as a corner office, hexagonal building or fitted into a tight space.
What are the benefits of a garden office
As we mentioned at the beginning of our article, a garden room or garden office can give you great peace of mind when working from home and the perks that come with it are many and varied. Here are the three main reasons why a garden office can help you maintain your focus and stay productive while working from home.
- Save time: The first, most obvious advantage of having an office installed in your own back garden is the time you’ll be able to save not having to commute to and from work on a daily basis. This will allow you to efficiently manage your time and optimise your workdays while also improving your productivity.
- Find work life balance: Working from home often feels like you’re always at work; gone are the days when you could just switch off once you stepped through the door, as the lines have now been blurred. Having a dedicated workspace will give you some structure back, removing the metal strain that comes with feeling like you are always at work even when you’re not.
- Stay professional: Have you ever had to mute yourself during a work call because you didn’t want your colleagues – or even worse a client – to hear any disruptive noises in the background? Working from a well-insulated, soundproof office can give you the peace of mind you need to conduct a quiet, professional work call without having to mute yourself after each sentence.
What customisation is available for garden offices?
When deciding which office structure is the best one for your needs, it’s good knowing that there are a variety of customisations available on the market, covering every detail, from the electrical installation to a wide choice of joinery.
Some of the add-on options available when choosing a brand new garden office are:
- Heating and air conditioning systems to provide the perfect climate,
- A variety of colours and finishes for both the interior and exterior of your garden room or office,
- Composite decking and internal walls for extra storage or facilities (I.e. a bathroom)
So, as the national workforce is slowly making a return to “normality”, a good portion of professionals have decided to carry on working from home, at least for the foreseeable future. As more employees adapt to this new way of working, employers are also on the look out for new ways to improve their Work From Home experience.
Whether you decide to go back to the office or carry on working from home, having a dedicated work area is undeniably going to have a positive effect on your productivity, allowing you to re-establish a healthy work-life balance.