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

 

eden curve home office

eDen Hub Curve

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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10 Great Gift Ideas For Garden Room Owners

With less than two weeks to the big day, are you struggling to think of gifts for everyone? Panic not, we have come up with ten great gift ideas for garden room owners to give you some ideas.

So, without further ado, let’s dive right in.

Portable Mini Air Conditioner

Being winter now is the time to bag a bargain on a portable air conditioning unit. This is the perfect addition to a garden room, keeping it cool on those hot summer days. This one is currently less than half price and comes in a choice of three colours. This particular unit has the added benefit of integrated lighting and has speed adjustment to suit the owner’s needs

Faux Fur Rug

To achieve that warm and cosy Hygge look, how about a faux fur sheepskin style rug? Available in a range of sizes and colours this rug has the benefit of being included under Amazon Prime, meaning you can get fast, free delivery for a last-minute gift. This rug can be placed on the floor or over a chair for that warm fuzzy feeling this winter.

Portable Heater

Unlike the air conditioner, which is a present for the forward thinker, a portable heater is a perfect present for the moment. Keep warm on those chilly winter days. This DFGOTOP heater is ideal for those using their garden room as a home office. It even has a remote control to change the heat or switch on and off from the comfort of your desk. It also features overheat protection for home offices.

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Portable Radio

This cute little Bush Portable Mono DAB Radio is perfect for listening to your favourite radio station. This battery-powered unit can also be plugged into the mains if the garden room has electrical sockets. There are 60 pre-sets to save time scanning for stations and an alarm clock. There’s even a headphone socket if you need to keep the noise down.

Chunky Knit Blanket

 

These chunky knit blankets are the perfect addition to a garden room. They look great and are super cosy. You can also support small businesses by purchasing one from Etsy, so its an all-round winner. These blankets come in a range of colours and sizes, giving you plenty of choices.

Vacuum Cleaner

 

How about a compact hoover to keep the space clean? This 2-in1 stick vacuum is ideal. You don’t need to bend over and hurt your back when cleaning the main floor, but you can also use it as a handheld to clean computer keyboards etc. This one comes in at only £20, making it very reasonable indeed.

amazong echo Gift Ideas For Garden Room Owners

Amazon Echo Dot

 

Now in the 4th generation, the restyled Amazon Echo Dot is very attractive. This handy device can answer questions, play music from a selection of streaming services such as Amazon Music or Spotify, add things to your shopping list and more. It’s the perfect little companion and comes in a selection of colours. It’s also reduced at the moment, so bag a bargain quickly.

Wax Melts & Melter

 

Keep the garden room smelling divine with an electric warmer and wax melts. Check out some of the beautiful warmers available here and add a selection of wax melts with a vast array of scents to complement this gift. The recipient will just love sitting in their garden room with a gift from Devon Wick.

Desk Organiser

 

For those with a garden offer a desk organiser is a perfect gift. This one being timber blends nicely with most cabins. With a range of slots and cubby holes, a pen pot, tray and room for books, this is the complete organiser. It’s also available with Amazon Prime for free next day delivery.

Bar Optics

 

Why not create a bar in the back garden with this Reclaimed wooden drinks optics plaque. You’re doing your bit for the environment as it utilises reclaimed wood, helping a small business on Etsy and giving the gift of fun and socialising, which will be even better when all this social distancing ends.

We hope you got some good gift ideas for garden room owners from the list, if you have any of your own thoughts, be sure to share them with us on our Facebook page.

 

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Shed Quarters – The New Normal?

Already halfway through our second national lockdown, it’s clear that home working is here for the foreseeable future. Some businesses may permanently offer staff the option to work from home now that the benefits and savings have been realised.

Research by insurer Direct Line has found that a million people have invested in a shoffice, and another 1.1 million plans to do so in the next year.

Since the first lockdown, many creators of garden rooms, cabins and high-end sheds have found their order books filling fast as people realise the potential of some extra space in the garden.

These buildings dubbed ‘shoffices’ or ‘shed quarters’ are likely to be in demand indefinitely. Below, we take a look at some of the key considerations and frequently asked questions of those looking to invest in a garden office.

Do I need planning permission to build a garden office?

In the majority of cases, no planning permission is required to install an office in your garden. Outbuildings can be built under permitted development rights. Providing it’s single-story, does not exceed 2.5 metres in height and is not intended to be lived.  There are exceptions, so always do your research first. You can find out more about this here.

Will my garden office be covered by home insurance?

Of course, being away from the central living accommodation, you will worry about leaving expensive IT equipment in an outbuilding. The good news is, the majority of home insurance policies will cover outbuildings both in terms of buildings and contents. Of course, you should always advise your insurance company of the value of the contents in the outbuilding to be on the safe side, and check that you will be covered.

Does the cost include utility connection?

Most people will require electricity and an internet connection to be able to work from their garden office. Some companies offer a complete solution which includes electricity connection and internet connectivity. The majority, however, do not so this will be an additional consideration.

Options to keep the cost down could be a WiFi booster to boost the strength of the WiFi to your outbuilding. Alternatively, an armoured electricity cable and ethernet cable can be run from the home along a fence, for example.

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Can I have a bathroom installed in my shoffice?

Many garden room creators offer a bespoke service. This means you could potentially opt to add a bathroom or running water to your outbuilding. This will incur additional costs and require the services of a plumber, so in most instances, people choose to use the facilities in their home.

What’s the average cost of shed quarters?

The price can vary greatly, depending on your requirements. For comfort, we would recommend ensuring your garden room is fully insulated and weatherproof. So, while you could potentially pick up a shed for sub £1,000 – it won’t supply the comfort necessary to work in year-round.

As a minimum, you should expect to pay around £2,500 for a small office space. There are numerous options that vary in size and features. Some garden rooms provide dual-use such as office and storage; others are compact and offer a small area to work. You can start by considering your needs and requirements. Our suggestion wizard can help you find solutions. Try it out here.

If you’re looking for something small the Lugarde Napoleon Garden Home Office. This is a minimal space, purely dedicated for working. For those that require a little extra space, a mid-range garden office will set you back just over £7,000 like this Modular Garden Room by Urban Décor. For anyone looking for the complete solution. £10,000 will get you an eDen Hub which is ready to go with electrical sockets and an internet connection point.

For those that prefer something bespoke, eye-catching and unique the Anthropod GO! Or the Archipod are beautiful solutions.

There is something for everyone, with such a large range of options and sizes available. You can even. choose from different cladding options to blend into your garden with ease. You can browse a vast range of shed quarters here.

 

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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.

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