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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Manage Lockdown2 Like a Boss with a Shoffice

*Pictured above is the Lugarde Napoleon Garden Home Office by Cotswold Garden Spaces from £2,699

With plans for a new nationwide lockdown announced at the weekend, the population is once again having to consider working from home.

This lockdown is different from the one back in March, with less stringent regulations. The key differences are that education settings such as schools and universities may remain open and people who cannot work from home may still go to work unless they work in non-essential shops that cannot offer a click and collect service.

The news has been welcomed with mixed reactions, but the message is clear – We must protect our NHS.

So, Can You Work Effectively From Home?

Many people discovered during the last lockdown that there are perks to working from home. There’s no commute time, you saved money on travel and lunch, coffees, etc and you can wear what you want!

Of, course there were some downsides, many weren’t equipped – Argos sold out of many desk designs back in March and the kids were also at home, so parents had more distractions than they would at work.

So, What’s the Key to Home Working Success?

  • Quiet
  • Comfortable
  • Warm
  • Connectivity

During the last lockdown, many people found themselves working in cramped and uncomfortable makeshift conditions. Productivity can be greatly reduced by poor posture, background noise, and discomfort.

You needn’t despair though. We have a solution that caters to all of the above points creating the perfect home office.

Garden offices or Shoffice’s (shed/office), have become increasingly popular since the first lockdown. Many people realised the potential of having a dedicated working space.

How Can a Shoffice Help Me Work More Productively?

Having a dedicated working space can greatly increase productivity and keep you focused on the task at hand. Somewhere quiet and away from distractions, as well as any embarrassing background noises that could interrupt phone calls or zoom meetings is the key. (If you need a laugh you can view some hilarious zoom fails here).

Being away from the main living accommodation, a garden office is the perfect solution.

Comfort Catered For

Garden Rooms make a perfect shoffice because they are versatile and come in a range of sizes. From the compact single person office space to large multi-room, multi-function spaces. Whatever your needs, there is a range of sellers ready to create off-the-shelf, or bespoke garden buildings to fit your exact requirements.

With double glazing, insulation, electrics, and even heating or running water if required, these rooms have everything you need to comfortably work throughout lockdown and beyond.

Need Some Shoffice Inspiration?

We have selected some popular shoffice choices below, but you can start your own search for the perfect home office here.

Nordic GB Shoffice

Broadway by Nordic Garden Buildings from £13,395

The Broadway has a flat roof to maximise the space within the building. Constructed with modern materials Nordic Garden Buildings have created a durable space that is ideal for home working. The Broadway is a maintenance-free, insulated building that can be used comfortably all year round without the inconvenience of annual painting or staining. It also has the added benefit of high security locking on all the doors and windows, you can rest assured that your property within the building will be safe and sound.

Serenity Self-Build Office

Serenity Garden Room – Self-Build Kit by Serenity Garden Rooms from £10,346

Save money with a ‘Serenity Self-Build’ garden room. If you’re a little handy you can build your own stylish, fully insulated, all year round, Serenity Garden Room. Supplied with a step by step tutorial, full support and detailed video guides to help ensure a high quality, professional finish for your new space.
This garden building lends itself well to a home office set-up and looks great thanks to top-quality timber C24 which Serenity garden Buildings import from Sweden. Serenity uses timber only from a range of planed-all-round carcassing, providing a reliable and consistent high-quality finish.
Scotts of Trapston Summerhouse shoffice

The Newhaven Corner Summerhouse by Scotts of Thrapston from £6,730

For smaller or odd-shaped gardens, corner buildings work really well. The Newhaven has been cleverly designed to make the most of a corner setting and to fit snugly into a confined location. It is supplied with lockable doors and casement windows with laminated glass. The doors and windows are all fitted with brass ironmongery, as standard. The Newhaven opens up to create a spacious and airy summerhouse offering the ideal view across the whole garden, which is great for those working from home.

Dryspace Modular Office

Dryspace Spaces – Small by Dryspace Structures from £14,394

Dryspace Spaces offer a fully configurable and modular semi-permanent maintenance-free space. Each space comes with a 10-year structural warranty to provide customers with peace of mind. Fabricated using carefully sourced and tested materials, a Dryspace Space has a projected life expectancy of more than 35 years. Insulated panels, ensure that these structures can provide the perfect year-round space to work, rest or play.

POD SHED OFFICE

POD Garden Room by Winslade Landscapes from £11,160

The POD Garden Room is ideal for use as a shoffice, It comes with a 10-year product guarantee and a 5-year installation warranty. An attractive unit with plenty of natural light and space to work. This garden building looks great while offering that all-important extra space to work, rest, or play.

Winslade Landscapes cover Hampshire, Surrey, London, Berkshire, and other surrounding areas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Compact Garden Offices – Don’t Sacrifice Style

With an increasing number of people now willing and able to work from home, people are turning to the garden to get the space they need to work in peace, quiet and calm. With so many garden room office options providing the ideal working area we have decided to narrow down the options and share some compact Garden Office solutions that are ideal for people who just need space for a desk, computer and chair to get their work done.

 

Compact Garden OfficeLugarde Napoleon Home Office

The Napoleon Garden Home Office is available through Cotswold Garden Buildings. It utilises the Lugarde System which means it is easy to build at home and comes with easy to follow tutorials. Its compact size belies its capacity to be the perfect tiny home office which is planning rules friendly at less than 2.5m high. It’s flooded with natural light through its double-glazed windows and matching door and the interior is beautifully finished in natural pine with an internal roof finial, requiring no further wor, unless you choose to decorate to make it your own.

 

 

Barbados Compact Office

Barbados Mini Garden Office

The Barbados Mini is a compact office solution by Cabin Living which incorporates a stylish design with a smaller footprint for tight spaces. The lowered ridge height allows placement close to a boundary often without the need for planning. This stylish timber cabin is delivered for self-assembly by the owner although you can opt for installation for an additional charge by contacting the seller in advance.

 

 

The Micro - Compact Garden OfficeThe Micro 

The Micro by ModuLog is the smallest building in their range and is made up of 2 modules creating an internal space area of 2.44m x 2.2m. Taking up very little garden space, and with a curved design, this cute little garden room is certainly eye-catching. This building g can be delivered as a flatpack making it ideal for anyone with access issues and can be built at home as a DIY project. You can even customise your Micro with cladding and window options including Bi-fold doors.

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Madison Compact Garden OfficeThe Madison 1900 Small

The Madison by Nordic Garden Buildings is a superb garden room specially designed to make the best use of those awkward corners in the garden. Retaining privacy towards the rear, the front of the building allows light to flood in bringing you closer to the surroundings of the garden for a beautiful view while you work.

 

 

As you can see, being limited on space doesn’t mean you need to compromise on style or taste. There are numerous options, in a multitude of styles, colours and materials even at the smallest end of the scale, allowing you that dedicated, peaceful working space to get your job done and maximise productivity.

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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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6 Versatile Garden Office Solutions

There’s no denying the Coronavirus pandemic has changed the world, the repercussions of which we have yet to see. Many believe, that the way we do things will be permanently changed, long after the threat of the virus has disappeared.

One of the changes that are anticipated, is the rise of remote working. Remote working isn’t exactly a new concept. The internet, cloud storage, connectivity, and enhancements in security have made it easier for employees to carry out their work from home, which has a number of benefits for both the employer and employee. Employers can reduce the overheads of their office costs and employees can reduce commuting time and costs.

The COVID pandemic, expedited the need for companies to implement systems to allow customers to work from home. Zoom became a verb almost overnight with many people now referring to online meetings as zooms in the same way we refer to searching the internet as googling something.

Working from home does, in some cases have its disadvantages though, such as distractions, interruptions from the people or animals you live with and a lack of dedicated space, all of which reduce productivity. For those that simply don’t have the space to create a home office inside the house, a garden room is the ideal solution. We have selected six from our marketplace to showcase versatility. But you can, of course, start your own search here.

 

Lugarde Napoloen Garden Office

Lugarde Napoleon Garden Home Office

The Lugarde Napoleon garden home office always puts a smile on people’s faces. Its compact size belies its capacity to be the perfect tiny home office. Planning rules friendly (less than 2.5m high) and offering lots of light through its double-glazed windows and matching door, the windows offer air-grates for fresh air. The design is clean and contemporary and will fit into any sized garden. The inside is beautifully finished in natural pine with an internal roof finial, requiring no further work.

 

Morgan Garden Studio garden Office

Morgan Garden Studio

A stylish and alternative solution for extra indoor space within your garden. Morgan Garden Studios offer a product that stands out for its beautiful design and quality build. Every garden-studio is handcrafted in their workshop and delivered and assembled on site. The concrete pad system in which the studio will sit on is also provided and the highest quality materials such as cedar shingles, slate and the choice of stone or brick cladding will give your garden studio the individual look.

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Oakland Garden office

Oakland

The Oakland garden room is ideal for use a garden office and highly customisable to suit your individual style. It comes in a range of size and design options with a choice for supply only, or supply and fit. There is a range of colours to suit your taste which requires no painting. This room is low maintenance and fully insulated and secure.

 

Merywen garden office

Merywen 

The standard Merywen design comprises of a highly insulated core clad in local Welsh larch and comes in three sizes. Inspired by traditional Japanese architecture, it is designed to be versatile, economical and contemporary and provide space ancillary to the main living quarters. Another Japanese element that can be included on request is the upholstery of furniture and for this, the maker will follow principles of Wabi-Sabi in the designs of patterns for cushions or mattress covers with the introduction of some Sashiko stitches technique.

 

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The Garden Office | TGO1

The TGO1 combines modern styling with a traditional garden lodge feel to create what is now a current-day classic. The sloping roof of the TGO1 extends from all sides creating a grand hooded feature, styled in either black or graphite. The three-board decking is colour matched with your choice of either graphite or black to complete the pleasant aesthetic finish. Unique to the TGO range is the wrap-around door and window sets to enhance the corner aspect of your garden office.

 

OfficePOD 5.0 garden office

OfficePOD 5.0 Series

Through their unique ability to be located both outside and inside buildings, OfficePOD’s range of products offers unrivalled choice for those who need to make better use of their valuable real estate. And when a lack of space and privacy risk compromising basic operational effectiveness, productivity, and even morale, they can create new space in underused areas such as lightwells, courtyards, and atria. The OfficePOD 5.0 Series is also available to rent as well as purchase, which makes it ideal for people who don’t want the commitment of a large purchase, those who rent their home or people looking for a less permanent solution.

 

 

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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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Can I Work From Home?

Running a small business has its challenges, the biggest of which is usually profitability. Whether you’re a freelancer, or run a small outfit with a handful of staff, the ultimate goal is to keep profits maximised.

So, how can you cut costs, save money and increase productivity? One of the ways to consider doing this is by working from home.

Working from home, is of course an obvious solution, but it can present a few obstacles of its own. So, what should you consider?

1.    Do you have the space to work from home?

The first consideration is whether or not you have the space to work from home. Do you have a spare room, a spare corner or a garden?

How much space to you ideally need? Consider the below to decide.

2.    What facilities would be required to work from home effectively?

What type of business do you run? Do you work from a computer, do you make things, are you an artist? Whatever you do, certain pieces of equipment will be required and need to be factored into your costings. For example, if you work online you need a computer and a reliable internet connection. You need to be near a power point to power the computer and need a strong WiFi signal or access to a telephone socket nearby. If you create wooden items you will need specific tools, perhaps a lathe, this again creates the need to be able to access to power sockets easily.

Take all of these things into consideration so you can factor in the costs and create the ideal work environment, rather than running into problems that need to be overcome after the fact.

3.    The running costs.

Whilst working from home eliminates the cost of additional premises, it does of course, incur its own costs, such as utilities. Some charges are tax deductible. You can find out a bit more about that here.

It is good practice to do some projections. Do this in advance for the tax year ahead. If it is already close to the end of the current financial year then also consider next years. Add in your costings for utilities, equipment, any monthly charges for subscriptions you may require ie accounting software etc and any projected earnings. This gives you some idea of the minimum amount you need to be earning to cover all of your costs and eliminates most of the nasty surprises.

4.    What distractions are there in the area you will be working from?

While working from home, may seem like an ideal solution you need to remember that it is more distracting than going to a physical place of work each day. If you work from home close to a television for example you need to consider the distraction that may be posed by this.

Do other people live in the property with you? Will they be there during your working hours? Could they distract you? Consider all of these points when deciding upon the area you should be working in.

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5.    What equipment will be required?

Do you need to purchase physical equipment such as technology, furniture, machinery, stationary, tools etc to conduct your day to day business activities?

Do you have the space to accommodate all of this equipment? Consider the area you have to work with and how you can make it work for you.

6.    Do you have to meet customers or clients face to face?

One of the biggest considerations is whether or not you need to meet customers face to face. Are you comfortable inviting clients or customers into your home?

The great news is that there is a solution available that can help you overcome many of the difficulties, if you have a garden or outside space available to you!

garden roomGarden rooms come in many shapes and sizes. They can provide the ideal working environment, taking you away from distractions, while keeping you close to home. They provide a dedicated working area, one in which you can plan to have built around your needs and requirements. Whether you need a small office or a home workshop, meeting customers is safer and you can still feel like you are going to work everyday!

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10 of the Best Uses for Your Garden Room

Garden Room

Garden rooms are the latest must-have home improvement. An innovative and stunning addition, a garden room adds value to a property and provides additional space which can be custom designed to meet individual need. With almost endless possibilities, what would you use yours for? Let us inspire you with 10 of the best uses…

1. A self-contained living space

Whether it’s your teenager who’s not quite ready to move out or your elderly parent who needs a helping hand, a garden room can provide the independence your relative needs, in a place where you can keep a close eye. You can create a space that is perfectly tailored to your relative’s needs and separate from the main property to maximise privacy and independence. You’ll never need to worry, knowing you’re only a stone’s throw away if they need you.

2. A Home Gym

With a beautiful home gym, you’ll never need to fork out for expensive memberships again. Many people find it hard to keep up the habit of going to the gym, especially when they feel self-conscious. With this little addition to your home, you can workout in peace at any time that suits you. Because it’s all yours, you can kit it out with just the equipment to suit your fitness needs. Whether it’s cardio machines, free weights or more of a yoga studio that you’re after, you’ll transform your body in no time at all.

3. A playroom

Your home can quickly become a cluttered and noisy space when you’ve got kids. Your garden room can be designed to be totally child-friendly, offering a safe place where your little ones can play to their heart’s content. With beautiful patio doors, you’ll be able to supervise them from the garden or onlooking rooms in the house. Children love to have space to play and you’ll never have to step on a Lego brick on the way to collect the washing again – everyone’s a winner!

4. A garden Lounge

Tired of having to constantly turn the TV volume up to drown out the sounds of everyone else in the house? A garden room can provide a wonderful, relaxing retreat where you can escape the stresses of everyday life in purpose-built comfort.

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5. A guestroom

You’ll hardly even know your guests are there when they’re accommodated comfortably at the bottom of the garden. By using your garden room as a guest bedroom, you’ll never have to bribe the kids to give up their rooms for guests again. With the rising popularity of Airbnb, you can even make a bit of extra cash renting this space out to holiday guests or students, without them encroaching on your personal space.

6. A hobby room

Everyone has a hobby, what’s yours? A garden room can give you the space to indulge in your favourite pastime in peace. With a dedicated space to fuel your passion, you might even find yourself growing it into your very own business before long!

7. A salon

For those working in the beauty industry, a customised garden room can provide the solution to costly commercial premises. And why work for somebody else when you can be your own boss? You can have your garden room kitted out with all the amenities to be a fully functioning, professional space to meet all your clients’ needs. You can choose your hours and you’ll never have to commute to work again, hooray!

8. A Home Office

Home-working is on the rise with more and more people opting for the flexibility and work-life balance it can bring. A garden room can provide a designated office space with ample room for all your paperwork and equipment; a professional environment in which to meet clients and hold important meetings. And at the end of a long day in the office, you can be home from work in a matter of seconds. Life-changing.

9. An Art or Photography Studio

If you make a living out of your creativity, a garden room can offer a stunning space-enhancing solution to working from home. Let your creativity flow, free from the distractions of communal spaces or the family home. You can have your room designed to meet your exact needs and you’ll never have to worry about the mess that art can make in your house again. With this setup, artists and photographers alike can enjoy the abundance of natural light that garden spaces bring.

10. A Bar

Tired of your local? You can’t get any more local than your own back yard. Rising prices have boosted the popularity of home entertainment and what better way to impress your friends than with your very own garden bar? You can entertain all year round, opening the doors onto long summer nights in the garden, sipping on your favourite cocktails with friends, and closing the doors on the cold with cosy winter nights around the bar with your nearest and dearest. You’ll save a fortune on the cab fayre home.

 

With this much versatility, it’s easy to see why garden rooms have become so popular amongst home-improvers. Contact us today for more information about this life-changing home addition.

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