Working from home beats commuting to the city and is an increasingly popular option for many. In the digital and ever more connected world, there is no good reason to avoid home working. Nevertheless, if you do not have a dedicated place to work from, office tasks can impinge on your home’s primary purpose of providing a place to relax in. If you don’t have a room that you use as a study or an office it can be tempting to work in your living space.
Another option is to convert a spare bedroom. Both are compromises that have advantages and disadvantages. An outbuilding, that has been converted to an office space is usually more preferable, as it creates a bit of distance between work and home. If you don’t have an outbuilding in your garden, there are plenty of bespoke makers who can design a good garden office space. There are now also a good number of manufacturers who offer prefabricated sheds that have been specifically designed with the home office market in mind.
Well Glazed Offices.
The primary difference between a shed and a garden office is that you will need to feel comfortable in it for extended periods of time. As such, heating and lighting are essentials. You will probably also need some form of data connection, or wireless network, that you can draw on. The next most important factor to consider is the amount of space you have.
Unlike a shed, a prefabricated office of any quality will offer you plenty of glazing. Not only will extensive glazing provide lots of natural light to work in, but it will prevent you from feeling cooped up in a relatively small work area. Choose an office that has glazed doors and at least one window. Skylights in the roof are also highly beneficial, too. Contemporary designs also include recessed lighting that extends the natural daylight available into the evening. If you are going for a bespoke office, why not specify a roof that is entirely transparent?
Domes And Pods.
Prefabricated offices come in a wide variety of styles, as you would expect. Korean designers have developed a funky dome outbuilding which can be used in a variety of ways, so long as you don’t mind working in a huge tomato. Prefabricated pods will probably blend into more conventional garden designs. They are usually standard designs which also offer a range of customisable options. Some pods are so sophisticated that you can use them as extra living spaces, let alone working ones.
Tetra shed is a design that provides an external work space. However, the product allows you to add more and more, in a modular fashion. They are sold individually, but can work in a cluster of up to six, giving you a very flexible system for working on your own, or in small teams, all from the comfort of your home.
Studios With Decking.
Add decking to your home office so that it connects more satisfyingly with the rest of the garden. There are plenty of prefabricated offices that have included a section of decking as part of the design. If you don’t have a flat plot of land, the increased footprint might mean a decked studio is unsuitable. If so, build some decked steps that will lead up to the office.
If you want a workspace with plenty of natural light, peace and quiet away from the main home, it might not just be for remote office work. Prefabricated home offices also work well as artist studios or even as a rehearsal space for musicians. They also work very well as conventional summer houses, too.