Since the first lockdown, we’ve all spent more time than ever before in our homes, with some studies showing that around 52% of the UK population have worked from home for over a year now. While some homeowners are lucky enough to have a dedicated office at home, many of us have been perched on kitchen tables, or in a spare corner of a busy room, trying our best to concentrate and work effectively, with the hustle and bustle of the home going on around them. For those with young children, the challenges of home schooling during the pandemic made working from home even more of a struggle and left many craving the perfect home office.
While there has been a boom in homeowners wanting to add more space directly onto their homes following the lockdowns of 2020 and beyond, there is also a huge demand for peaceful tranquil spaces within the garden. Garden Rooms have become extremely popular and are the ideal way to create the perfect garden office.
With many of us set to continue working from home at least some of the time following the pandemic, creating a garden office is a fantastic idea with many benefits.
Top 5 benefits of a garden office:
1. A garden office allows for a peaceful working environment without the noise and distractions of the main home. Garden rooms are detached and can be placed pretty much anywhere in your garden – planning permission permitting.
2. Creating a garden office means that a long stressful commute can be a thing of the past. Simply stroll to the bottom of the garden to your beautiful garden room to begin your working day.
3. Creating a garden office within a garden room allows for a space that is completely detached from the rest of the home. Aside from the reduction in noise etc mentioned in point one, this separation allows for a different mindset when entering the home office – you are no longer in your home, you are in your place of work.
4. As a garden office is completely separate from the rest of the home, this allows you to experiment with colour and interior design elements that you might never use in your home. Have fun! Create a space to work in that inspires you. A garden room is a blank canvas that you can turn into the perfect office just for you.
5. A garden office is a versatile space that can easily be adapted to other uses as and when required: office on Friday – perfect space to relax with the papers on a Saturday!
So, what is the best way to go about creating the perfect office in your garden? The starting point is to choose a high-quality garden room in which you can create an office in your garden that will be energy efficient, bright, durable, and that will look good for many years to come. The speed at which your garden room can be built may also be an important factor. If you are crying out for your perfect garden office as a retreat to work in away from the rest of the home, then one which takes weeks or even months to purchase and build may not be the right one for you. Let’s take a look at each of these crucial points to consider when choosing the best garden room to create the ideal at-home workspace.
Energy-efficiency. The key to a garden office that is energy efficient is choosing one that uses components with a high level of technology. A U-Value measures how much heat can escape from your garden room and is a simple way to compare the energy efficiency of different garden rooms. The lower the U-Value, the better the thermal efficiency. Garden Rooms by Ultraframe feature a highly thermally efficient roof with a U-Value of just 0.16 and walls with a U-Value of 0.17. These numbers are half those of most premium garden room brands meaning that Ultraframe Garden rooms are twice as energy efficient. While other garden rooms with lower energy efficiency may be cold across the winter months, Ultraframe Garden Rooms are a comfortable temperature throughout the year without costing a fortune to heat. The amount of light in a garden office is also crucial to creating a harmonious working environment. Most garden rooms have a solid roof while some offer the option to add small roof windows which can be very expensive additions. If you are looking for a home office in your garden that is flooded with natural light, then Ultraframe Garden Rooms offer full-length glazed panels in the roof as standard that are also extremely cost-effective. The only extra costs you will pay is for the glass.
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Durability is another important factor to consider when choosing the best garden room for a garden office. Many garden rooms use low-quality components that may look good when first built but will quickly age and take on a shabby appearance. Make sure you choose a garden room with building regulation approved components such as the ones from Ultraframe which come with a 30+ year lifespan. This means that the components and materials used to build your garden office are of the same quality as those used on home extensions – so your new office will be every bit as durable and warm as your home. Not only are the components used in Ultraframe Garden Rooms durable, but they are also fade free, ensuring a work space that will look just as good in 10 years as the day it was built. This contrasts with cedar clad garden offices which weather quickly and require high levels of maintenance.
Finally, time is of the essence with garden offices. For those of us who have struggled with the space and peace to effectively work from home, choosing a garden room that can be purchased and built quickly may be top of the list! Ultraframe Garden Rooms are watertight in just one day, meaning that your garden office dream, can become a reality much quicker than you may have imagined.
Getting all of the factors above right is very important when choosing your ideal garden office, but it’s important not to forget about the interior and making it a space that you love spending time in. If you have space, add a coffee table area with comfortable chairs so that you can relax away from your desk when needed, or even have meetings with clients. Adding accessories to the interior of your garden office will give the space a personality and make it into a room that is personal to you and in which you love spending time – whether that be to work or relax!
Ultraframe Garden Rooms are an exciting way to create the perfect garden office. We hope that this article has provided you with all the information and inspiration you need to create your own dream space in which to work from the tranquil surroundings of your garden.