With more and more of us working from home, we are thinking of new and inventive ways to create the perfect office space in our homes. Of course, the majority of people will decide to use a spare room or space that they have in their home, but what if you are short on space indoors? Does that mean that you have to give up your idea of having a home office?
We don’t believe this is true. In fact, to inspire and help you we have put together our guide to creating a garden office at home, a workspace that is ideal for your career or for your business.
A useful first step is to investigate local planning permissions in your area. Visit or call your local authority planning office to check what your limits are. If it is going to be a large space, or brick built, then plans may need to be submitted and approved before work begins.
When it comes to creating a garden office you are going to want to make sure that it is fit for purpose. The last thing that you are going to want is for your equipment or furniture to become damaged due to damp or roof leaks. This means that you need to do your best to use high quality materials. This is particularly true when it comes to your roof. Your roof is going to need to withstand the weather and environment, so, we recommend opting for a durable and long lasting material such as EPDM rubber roofing as your roofing option.
Once you have the bare bones of your garden office, you need to think about installing the basics into the space. This includes electricity, lighting and heating, as well as internet access. Once you have those things in place, you will be able to bring in the furniture, decorative items and equipment that you are going to need to have to work in the space.
Now comes the fun part, the time has come to decorate and furnish your garden office. Garden offices are essentially still an extension of your home, so don’t be afraid to embrace the colour schemes and styles that you like within your home. If you are a fan of bright colours then go for it, just make sure that you pick a shade that helps you to focus, not that distracts you from the work that you need to do.
The next step is furniture, furniture will probably need to be space saving and above everything else, comfortable. You want to make sure that you are going to be able to sit there for some time, however, of course, you need it to fit within the space that you have. Some people decide to opt for fold away or compact furniture choices, as these can be hidden away when you are done, allowing you to transform your garden office into a snug or a man cave if that is what you like the idea of.
All you need then is a laptop or computer, a phone and a dedication to work and you will be well on your way to using your garden office exactly how you want and need to.