With ever increasing developments in information technology, there has become a far lesser requirement for many individuals to make the daily commute to the office; as such an increasing number of people are taking the opportunity to work from home. For anyone travelling 45 minutes to work they are spending an additional 7 ½ hours a week, which could be spent otherwise. The benefit to employer and employee alike are immense to the extent that some companies are happy to contribute towards the expense of a home office.
For some, especially those with young and expanding families the option of turning a spare room into an office is not a particularly attractive one, which is why many are turning to the idea of a Lined & Insulated Garden Office.
Quite apart from the close proximity to the home, the garden office has of course got several other plus points in its favour. For those engaged in a creative capacity the relative peacefulness of the garden can be a considerable benefit. Child care can be more easily managed especially during holiday time, and it allows you to separate work from home by just locking the door at the end of the day, and not having to clutter up a room in your house.
Although aspects of its design show a clear ancestry to the traditional garden shed the reality of todays lined and insulated garden buildings is much different. Once equipped with insulated walls, roof, floor, double glazing as well as heating and lighting, all that is then required is for a broadband connection and the building is complete as a fully functioning office.
It can also be a very “Green” Building utilising sustainable timber, natural insulation products, water based exterior treatments and with these modern materials a garden office can easily be produced that meets current building regulations for insulating properties and will compare very favourably, if not better than the average brick built home.
The build process can also be very quick, with most of the sections manufactured in workshops and then assembled on site, often within a day. As such should you decide to move house you can very easily take your office with you. For foundations, depending on the site, either a concrete slab can be poured or even simpler a pattern of slabs laid.
Some manufacturers offer a bespoke service where they will, within reason, build to your design allowing the customer the freedom to design their own building, whether you opt for a traditional style or a contemporary “Glass Box”. The flexibility of these buildings means that if you can draw it they’ll build it.
But of course you don’t just need to use this building just as an office, it can easily be an extra room to entertain, a spare room for guests, a gym or the solution to a child with a drum kit! Whatever the application it gives you an all year round alternative to a traditional summerhouse.
Planning permission is not always necessary, but it is advisable to check with your local planning authority particularly if you live in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or a Listed Building.
Finally, as a warning, if you do oversleep one morning and think you can get away with working in your pyjamas, don’t forget to turn off your web cam!