Home Office Vs. Garden Office – Which Should You Choose?

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Over the past year, more people than ever before have been working from home. What began as a necessity due to the pandemic has now become a convenient and cost-effective choice for many individuals and businesses. As many people have learned the hard way, productivity depends on having a suitable home working environment. This post compares the more traditional home office to the contemporary garden office to see which comes out tops.

The case for a dedicated space

For those who have partners, children or housemates at home, it goes without saying that a dedicated workspace is essential to avoid frustrating distractions.

If you live alone, you may think you don’t need a dedicated workspace as you don’t have other people making noise and interrupting you. Whilst this does make for fewer distractions, working from your living environment often proves unproductive due to the temptation of your home comforts. This is the space you’re used to relaxing in; your TV, fridge and sofa can all provide temptation to slack off.

A dedicated workspace can be set up to help you to focus. It also provides the boundaries between work and relaxation time that often get blurred for homeworkers.

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Home office

A home office is a room in the main house that is dedicated to work or study. People often choose to use their smallest bedroom as an office. Some people use their dining room whilst others are fortunate enough to have a large property with plenty of space to choose from. Building an extension or loft conversion is an option for those lacking space, although this may prove costly, stressful and disruptive. Home offices are a popular choice for those who are employed and work flexibly, both in the office and at home. Part-time freelancers often choose to use existing space because the investment of an extension or garden room is not warranted.

Pros:

  • Using existing space is the cheapest option
  • You’re incredibly close to family members if they need you
  • An extension/loft conversion will add value to your property

Cons:

  • You’re extremely close to family members if they’re disruptive or noisy
  • Building an extension could involve planning permission
  • Building works for an extension/loft conversion can be lengthy, disruptive, and costly
  • It doesn’t have its entrance, so clients and visitors have to come through the main house

Garden office

 

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A garden office is a self-contained workspace in your garden. There are many different sizes, styles, and providers to choose from, which means there is an ideal option for everyone. You can even get tiny office pods, (like the one pictured above) for those with smaller gardens, so you don’t lose too much of your outdoor space. A garden office is not only a wonderful home working space, but also adds an attractive feature to your property. Garden offices are a popular choice for people who run their own business as it provides a dedicated, professional space to work, hold meetings, and collaborate with others. They are also popular amongst those working in professions requiring a studio-type of environment, such as fitness instructors and artists, as well as people who work regularly with clients such as hairdressers, beauty therapists, counsellors, and consultants.

Pros:

  • Because it’s self-contained, disruptions from family members are minimised
  • You’re close enough to family members if they need you
  • Separates work and home life
  • No planning permission required
  • Vast choice of sizes and styles means you can create the ideal workspace
  • Views of the outdoors
  • Cost-effective options that can be much cheaper than an extension/loft conversion
  • Adds value to your property
  • Provides a professional space to hold meetings/work with clients
  • Options available that are larger than a box room or extension

Cons:

  • It’s more expensive than using existing space
  • Takes up space in your garden
  • Requires heating, insulation, and electrical hook up (although this is often included)

Conclusion

Whether a home office or garden room will suit you best will depend on your individual circumstances, including your income and living situation, as well as what you do for a living and when and how you want to work from home.

When weighing the pros and cons, the contemporary garden room comes out tops. If you dip your toes in and out of home working, a home office may be enough to meet your needs. If you’re serious about homeworking for the long-term or building a small business, this is the option to go for because it will provide a dedicated, quiet and professional space that is designed to meet your exact needs.

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Could Travelling Offices Be The Future?

There’s no denying that COVID changed the world, only time will tell how long we need to maintain some form of distance. While things are gradually beginning to return to some form of normality, albeit slowly, there is fear of a second peak.

One of the most notable consequences of this pandemic was the sudden and immediate need for people to be able to work from home. Requiring space, and somewhere quiet to carry out work. For parents of young children, this has proved somewhat difficult.

Garden rooms have been surging in popularity in recent years, a versatile extra room to serve the exacting needs of their owners, but they aren’t the only way of gaining an extra room.

Multi-Functional Caravans

On our marketplace we have a few caravans which can double up as a spare room/office space while being a travelling home for holidays and weekend getaways, making them even more versatile than a fixed structure such as a garden room.

We have selected two options below, but you can check out the full range of caravans available on our marketplace right here.

The Lone Traveller

Lone Traveller

Designed and built for a lifetime on the road this 18ft Tiny House on wheels is perfect for anyone wanting the flexibility to easily move from site to site.

The Loan Traveller is designed to be very mobile friendly for anyone that may need to move their home regularly. Standard sizes start from 18ft x 8ft which have room for a large mezzanine bedroom upstairs which can fit a double bed.

The ground floor is fully equipped with a kitchen, bathroom, breakfast bar and seating area all with underfloor heating as standard.

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Barefoot Caravan

Barefoot Caravan

The Barefoot Caravan is a versatile space perfectly suited to the current home working conditions. It can be set up for homeworking and then taken away for adventures. It comes completed to a high spec. with your own bespoke choices.

Curved, stylish and unique, the Barefoot Caravan has been designed and developed in Britain in a collaboration of manufacturing expertise.  Despite being compact on the outside, they are light and spacious inside, with luxury seating that converts to a huge bed, plus a kitchen, shower room and lots of storage.

Perfect for great adventures in the UK and abroad, and a versatile space for home working or as an extra bedroom.  Ideal for people who are new to caravanning, and attracting great demand from campervan enthusiasts and tent campers.

Each Barefoot is made to the customer’s own specification with a lovely choice of body colours and upholstery.

The Benefits of Using Caravans for Home Offices

We have listed some of the benefits of opting for a caravan like the two above to provide your extra space/home office requirements. Can you think of any to add?

  • The caravans are built to order with a choice of interior options to suit your exacting needs and requirements.
  • Your home office set-up can literally be taken anywhere.
  • Work while enjoying the sights of somewhere new.
  • Allows for an extra room/office to be parked on the driveway or in the garden for use whenever it’s needed.
  • The most versatile extra space solution there is.
  • Eliminates restrictions.
  • Offer complete freedom.

No one expects COVID to last forever, but this pandemic has brought to the forefront the need to be adaptable and versatile. The world is changing and with it the way we operate and do things. A caravan could provide the ideal solution; bringing the ability to travel in freedom and work in isolation together in one unique space.

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Work from Home in a Garden Room

With the Coronavirus pandemic, came a never before seen need to work from home. Large numbers of people have had to work from home for as long as is needed to mitigate the risk. Businesses small and large may be beginning to think about re-opening but nobody knows the true scale or length of time the unprecedented healthcare crisis we face will limit our lives in one way or another.

Flexible and remote working has been on the rise for many years now, since technology and legislation have developed to a point that facilitates this lifestyle well. Home working reduces travel time and costs and improves employee wellbeing because it provides a less stressful environment and improves work-life balance.

The current health crisis may be the worst we have yet witnessed as a planet in living memory but it’s not the first and the fear is that it won’t be the last, with rising populations and ever-increasing global interconnectedness. With the blessing of technology that facilitates it, it may be the time for people to seriously consider home working as a viable long-term option, whether in an employed or self-employed capacity.

How can you create an effective workspace in your home?

Many people struggle to work from home because there are so many more distractions, from kids running around making noise to the temptations of home comforts including the TV, sofa and the lure of the fridge.

The key to working effectively from home is to create a dedicated space as free of distractions as possible. Your workspace should be set up in such a way that promotes productivity, with the right equipment and technology to do your job effectively.

It is helpful to have a set work schedule and stick to it, making sure others in your household do not disturb you during these hours.

Garden rooms are becoming an increasingly popular way for people to work from home because they provide a beautiful workspace which is separate from the main house and all it’s distractions.

The great thing about a garden office is that you can design it to meet your working needs, so you’re not just making do with the inadequate space you have available indoors. If you run your own business, garden rooms often provide a space adequate to meet people’s entire business needs which dramatically cuts the cost of renting space elsewhere.

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Many types of business can run effectively from their garden, from internet ventures to beauty salons, art studios and personal training gyms. Much of what you can imagine can be facilitated in a garden room and they can be designed to scale and be future proof too.

For example, many people start their venture working alone from home but design their garden room to facilitate another three desks so they can employ staff easily when the need arises.

Having a garden room promotes a work mindset far more than using a room inside the main house because, even in some small way, you are still leaving the house and going to a different environment to start your working day. You get the best of both worlds, by travelling home from work each day in literally seconds.

Future proof your career now with a dedicated workspace at home

There’s never been a better time to create a lasting workspace in your own home. Getting the perfect space set up now, whilst you have the time to design and facilitate the installation, will set you up for many years to come.

If you’re an employee, you will be able to enjoy greater freedom by asking for flexible working rights from your employer and being able to demonstrate your capacity to work in this way.

If you’re self-employed or thinking of starting your own business, now is the time to take the plunge or take your business to the next level.

We don’t know what the future will hold or how things will change as a result of the current crisis. All we can do as individuals, is use the time we have wisely to rethink our habits and routines and restructure our lives to prepare as best we can for an uncertain future – working from home may just become the new norm.

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5 Ways to Create the Perfect Home Office

More people than ever are working from home, whether on a self-employed basis or a flexible working contract. Home working can bring flexibility and an improved work-life balance, but it comes with its own challenges. To work from home effectively, you must be super organised and disciplined. The space you work in will make all the difference. Maximise your chance of success with our top 5 ways to create the perfect home office.

Make your home office a space you want to spend time in

Unless you’re a true minimalist, plain white walls and nothing other than the most essential furniture and equipment will not make for an inviting space. If you’re working from home, you will be spending a lot of time in your office, so you need it to make it somewhere you want to be.

This will vary between individuals but consider creating an ambience that suits your personal style as well as being conducive to productivity. If you need to get a lot done quickly, dim lights and incense probably won’t help. Make it comfortable by investing in a good chair. Are you the type of person who works better with photos of loved ones around or do you see work as an escape from the family, preferring to look at scenic pictures of nature?  Get a good balance between style and functionality, adding personal touches to boost your mood.

Keep your home office neat and tidy

You will do your best work in a neat and tidy office, free of clutter. Invest in useful storage and filing solutions – and use them! When working from home, it’s your responsibility to clean the office. Make time in your schedule for clearing and tidying your space so that it doesn’t get cluttered. Knowing where everything is can help you to stay calm and focused whilst working.

Equip your home office to meet your needs

Make sure you have everything you need to get the job done. The right technology can make all the difference to your work rate and how easy your life is whilst working. You might want to consider upgrading your internet connection or having a dedicated work phone number.

How do you want to use your office? Will you be holding meetings in there or is it just for you? This will affect the furniture you need. If you intend to have customers in your space, think about how it will look to them and whether you’re creating the right impression.

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Utilise the space effectively

Depending on the room you are using, you may have limited space so it’s important to get the most out of it, no matter how small. Measure the space before you buy furniture and invest in smart storage solutions that don’t take up too much room. If you’re working with limited space, consider devices that have multiple functions in one.

If you have the luxury of a larger space, make sure you maximise it’s potential. Don’t be tempted to junk it up with furniture you don’t need or use it as a storeroom. Consider having different areas for different purposes, such as a refreshment area, desk space, guest area etc.

Plan for avoiding distractions

Working from home inevitably brings its own distractions. Whilst you may be free from the office gossip, now you’ve got to manage yourself and that’s easier said than done for most people. Partners and children can add an additional layer to this problem. Make sure you plan for any distractions you may face. Clearly define your boundaries in terms of workspace and hours you will be working. Communicate these clearly to members of your household. Get a Do-Not-Disturb door sign if necessary. Write a list of things that may distract you – your phone, impromptu visitors, the lure of the fridge, the tv etc. – and plan for each one. Be strict with yourself. Plan your schedule and stick to it.

Following these top tips will help you create the perfect home office. If you find your spare room just isn’t enough, consider a garden room, tailored to your needs. This will ensure you have the ideal space for your requirements, separate from the main house and all its distractions.

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