Working from home isn’t as easy as you may think. Despite more people around the UK setting up a home office each year, many struggle to create an appropriate or suitable professional environment. As an increasing number of employers begin offering remote roles while companies close and downsize their current office spaces, creating home offices within private residences is likely to become essential. Job listings are already beginning to request professional work environment on their listings, so as to ensure video conferences aren’t taking place on the sofa.
If you see your remote working position as long term and want to create a dedicated workspace that will allow you to operate to professional standards, then your garden is likely to be the most appropriate space to create a dedicate room. Annexes or summer houses, even log cabins nestled by the hedge, are each potentially perfect spaces for a home office. They can be bought and built affordably and simply, creating a private space separate from your home.
Can I Build It?
There are a few criteria to keep in mind and some people are initial concern about planning regulations. Prosing you establish only a single floor and a building that does not surpass 2.5 metres you should not need to seek planning permission. Most catalogue structures will alert you if they would not fit into nationwide regulations, however, if you are concerned, your local council’s website should offer more information.
Before considering your garden office, consider how it will be used. Promising your outdoor office is solely for personal use, then there would be little to no issue about it becoming your permanent workplace. If, however, you intend to use the building more commercially, inviting clients and employees, then you may risk upsetting neighbours or become classified as a business site instead of a residential building.
How Should I Design It
Designing an office space to be established in your garden should prompt you to consider amenities and aspects such as light, heat, and comfort. These are the key factors alongside basic practical requirements, such as storage and internet connection. Your professional role will dictate the capacity of these.
If the office is not well lit, then you’ll run the risk of larger energy bills as you rely on indoor lighting. Additionally, if you do not take into account the direction of the sun, you may end up in the shade for a large portion of the day or, and perhaps worse, the direct sunshine can create glare on your screen. If you do require electrical lighting, perhaps working at night, then consider the long term investment of solar panels, which can reduce your overhead costs.
A common concern of outdoor structures is their insulation. During the colder months and without the proper construction, outdoor structures can become quickly cold. Or, as many office workers will know, a desk at the window during the summertime can become unbearably hot. Both situations can be easily avoided with a little foresight.
Finally, be sure to create an environment that brings you pleasure. Quietness and good ventilation are important, as are natural light, plants, books and any other asset that might promote your wellbeing. Your comfort within your home office will be directly reflected in your mood and productivity. Home offices are a great opportunity to remedy the issues that many employees experience within central offices. As people begin to customise their home workplace, maintaining their own hours and arrangements, productivity and happiness are certainly going to improve, solidifying remote working as more than just a temporary trend.