Kevin McCloud
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Shedworking – What is shedworking?

19th February 2021

What is Shedworking?


Shedworking is part of the alternative workplace revolution.

Shedworking as a concept dates back to the Victorian age, but its recent surge in popularity has seen this trend go from strength to strength with some fascinating results! Scandi-minimalist trends and modern smart living solutions have made it possible for some amazing shedworking projects to come out of the woodwork (excuse the pun).

shedworking in a garden office

Shedworking has been a popular choice for artists and writers through time, giving them space to focus on their craft. But nowadays you would be just as likely to find solicitors, accountants, office workers and even entire small businesses working from their shed quarters.

Roald Dahl Shedworking Writing Hut

Roald Dahl’s Writing Shed | Photo Credit: PA

Fun Fact! British novelist Roald Dahl famously wrote some of the most celebrated books from his garden shed building in Buckinghamshire! Coincidentally, not far at all from the home and head office of Green Retreats! The image above is his office shed.



Shedworking Trend in 2021


Working from home has been a growing trend, especially over the last decade. Many modern and forward-thinking companies offer ‘work from home’ as a perk to their staff knowing the benefits to both productivity and morale.

small business shedworking building

Since the global covid-19 pandemic many more people have been thrown into the work from home culture and experienced the benefits for themselves. Remote working for employees is now set to become the norm with many of the worlds largest and most influential organisations making the switch. We’ve all managed to adapt to the circumstances and carry on as best we can. We’ve created multi-purpose spaces at home just to get by, like a dining room/office or living room/classroom, and some a shed/office!

work from home garden office

Since the pandemic began, the popularity of our garden room buildings doubled with more people than ever needing to find extra space at home to fit in everything they now needed their house to do and be. Our buildings being used as garden offices continues to be the number one use case from our customers, but with more people than ever needing that space.

Interior of interior design office and guest room


Why is shedworking so popular?

  • Creates extra space at home
  • Detached from the main house for total focus
  • A unique space that helps spark creativity

Extra space: Space inside the home can be limited and taken up by traditional uses; dining room, living room, spare room – and therefore don’t make the best workspaces. By creating extra space in the comfort of your garden you can leave the home as it is and keep a distinction between home and work life. As they say, it’s all about balance.

Detached: Shed working spaces and garden rooms are completely detached from the main house by design. This separation from the home lets you be free from the daily distractions and allows you to focus on your work and get more done.

Unique setting: Working from an outbuilding certainly has a novelty factor which makes it an exciting and unique place to work. With gorgeous garden views, fresh air and natural light in abundance and distance from the hustle and bustle of home, it’s no wonder why people turn to their shedworking space for a productive day or a creative space.

Exterior of garden room used as office and guest room



How a garden room is the perfect shed quarters


Designed like an extension of your home

Garden room buildings from Green Retreats are not at all like your typical garden shed. Our buildings are designed and constructed using premium grade materials to the same high standards as a modern home, making the spaces as warm, dry and comfortable as a room in your home would be.


Insulated for year-round use

Premium grade insulation is used throughout our buildings to keep you warm in winter and cool in summer. The inside space is also breathable, making it a healthy space without the risk of condensation or dampness. Find out more about our building materials and construction….
We also include a wall-mounted radiator in the price of every building, with upgrade options available for underfloor heating and even air-conditioning.


Planning permission rarely required

Garden room buildings are classed as outbuildings and as such, they fall within your permitted development rights. This means that planning permission is rarely required, saving you time, money and hassle! If for any reason you did need planning permission for your project, we will take care of the application process for you, giving you one less thing to think about.


Inclusive and transparent pricing

To make the process simple, we list our prices for every design and style of building. We also try to include every possible “essential” in our prices so that you can easily get a realistic idea of how much your project will cost. All you need to add is the electrical connection from your home to your building and some furniture! Find out more about what’s included in a garden room building here…


Backed with a 10-yr guarantee

We’re so confident in our quality that every building comes with a comprehensive 10-year guarantee. Green Retreats have been constructing garden rooms since 2005 and are now the UK’s leading and most trusted supplier – so you can be sure that you’re in good hands.



Find out more

Contact our Sales & Design team today to find out more about our garden office buildings as your ideal shedworking solution:

For more inspiration, take a look at our videos!

Our garden rooms are priced based on the internal sizes rather than the exterior footprint, making it easier for you to plan your space. The price includes base, installation and VAT so there are no (nasty) surprises when it comes to final payment!


Building Measurements

You can get a great idea of how your new garden office will look by using the 360 degree rotating viewer.

Also compatible with mobile and tablet devices


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Start designing your garden room today using our online Visualiser tool. You’ll be able to choose your style, size, finishes and get an accurate cost.

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