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Garden Office: Should I build one?!

Let’s be honest, the world is different today from what it was even yesterday. Some of the changes the ‘you know what’ has made on our lives are probably irreversible, and we already do things so differently from how we used to do them two months ago. If you have an office job, it is very likely that for the past two months or so, you have been working from home, and while it’s not a bad thing at all, depending on the circumstances, it’s not always perfect.

I’m sure you’ve read those articles on why separating your working space from living is so important, so we’ll keep it short here. Generally speaking, there are two main reasons why you’d ‘physically’ separate yourself from your home: to keep work matters at work, & home matters at home. The environment we work in will have the biggest impact on the way we perform, both at home and at work. 

Of course, some would say they feel just fine working at the desk in the dining room, or maybe they have a separate room in the house just for office work. There is nothing wrong with that, but unfortunately, this is not the case for everyone. Often the rooms in our homes are too valuable to be re-purposed into an office, so why not build one in the garden instead?!

Who said your office has to be ‘in an office’?!

Big companies like Tweeter announced that employees will be allowed to work from home forever. Smaller businesses are also willing to make a change in how their staff will work in the future, and it makes sense. Fewer people in the office means less rent to pay, and fewer office expenses overall. And let’s be fair, the technology is already here for us to make our ‘wfh’ so much smoother without compromising our productivity.

– Ok… Say I want to build one. How much is it going to cost?

Expect to pay between £5 and 15k for a designer made office or an ‘off the shelf’ one. This depends on the specifications, design, style, or whether you put a bathroom in. 

It’s also good to know that the total cost difference between a designer made and off the shelf will not vary significantly – a garden outbuilding is relatively easy to design, and with the right contractor it will be even easier to build. 

– What if circumstances change, and I don’t need a home office anymore?

You see, the beauty of a garden office, especially a cleverly designed one, is that it can be effortlessly re-purposed into something else, and the options are almost limitless. A gym, a media room, children’s playground, library, study room, workshop, design or music studio, or even a bedroom, subject to planning and building regulations of course – Name a favorite hobby or activity and you can re-purposed the garden office for it. 

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– Can I use it in colder weather?

Oh yes! An outbuilding can be designed to achieve some impressive energy specs. There are several types of building techniques and materials that can suit a variety of budgets and necessities, but we’ll talk about that in Part 2 of this article.

In Part 2 of this article, we will talk about design, finishes & specifications, and briefly discuss the regulations concerning the outbuildings. 

If you feel like the garden office would be the right thing for you, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We can help you design the right outbuilding, and also advise with one of our partners to build it for you. Feel free to send us any questions you might have, we are happy to answer any of your queries or give the appropriate advice for your next project. 

The Kay Moden Team

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