Did you know that more than 4 million people in the UK spend at least half of their week working at home?
Over the last few years in particular, the UK has seen a genuine surge in the number of people opting to conduct business remotely – with many moving their workload to the bottom of their garden. This working style has proved to suit freelancers, the self-employed and small business owners alike.
Whilst some may choose to convert their old sheds into a makeshift office space, there are now more options than ever in the market when it comes to purchasing outbuildings such as a garden room.
UK sales ofgarden roomscontinue to increase. In fact, some retailers have reported a growth in sales of up to 40% in the last two years.
But what makes a garden room so appealing as somewhere you can work?
Garden rooms are great to work in because…
- You can be amongst the great outdoors
If you’re lucky enough to have a garden room with reasonably sized windows, you may be able to enjoy the nature scenes going on around you on a daily basis. Listen to the birds sing and see the squirrels making an appearance in the garden – not to mention all the plants and greenery (if your garden is well-kept!). By working in this way, you’re replacing the noise of traffic and the smell of car fumes with something altogether more calming and tranquil.
- You can make it your own
This is your space, so you can personalise it as you choose. From cushions, framed prints and the style of desk and chair you choose to the flooring type and the colour palette you adopt – these choices can really help to create a space which is a joy to go and work in every day.
- It’s a break from being in your house…
Working from home is nothing particularly new, however before the advent of building types such as the garden room, you may have been faced with working at your dining room table in the spare room.
It means that you’d be contending with the potential noises of household appliances, such as a washing machine or a television. There’s also the hustle, bustle and general noise caused
by children or pets pottering around the house whilst you’re trying to construct an important business proposal! A garden room can act as a sanctuary from this; allowing you to better focus on the task at hand.
- It’s conveniently close to your house
The proximity of the garden room to your home is likely just a very short walk across the lawn .This means there’s no commute to deal with, so you’ve got more time to actually work.Plus you’re close to the kitchen and your own bathroom. The flexibility this potentially brings might, for example, mean you have a much easier time of making the school run every day.
- It can save you money in the long-term
It could be that you have to invest a fair amount of money in order to obtain a snazzy new garden room, as they don’t usually come cheap. But, the removal of your daily commute means no train ticket costs, reduced car-running / petrol costs and less temptation to treat yourself to expensive lunches out and the odd bit of shopping.Just think how much you could be potentially saving in the years to come?
With the reasons above taken into consideration and all the different shapes, styles and types of garden rooms available to choose from…the time to invest in one is now!