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Work from Home in 2024

7th January 2024

Why are Garden Offices the Ultimate Work from Home Solution?

 

Working from home has proven it’s here to stay with the UK workforce, adapting to remote and hybrid models and improving our wellness and productivity.

That being said, not all of us have been able to take advantage of the possibilities that working from home offers. The reason? Space!

Many of us have dreamed of having that little extra bit of space so we can have the perfect home office, but with a garden room, this dream can quickly become a reality.

home improvement garden office to work from home

 

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

Working from home was not so long ago considered a perk of the job, however, the much-longed-for 30-second commute, for many of us, has finally become a realisation. Before the global pandemic, we would have spent 492 days of our lives commuting to and from work and inevitably, the pandemic has brought about a catalyst of change.

Businesses are now seeing not only the financial benefits of reducing overheads by decreasing or giving up office spaces, but also seeing the advantages within their workforce too.

The general consensus is that working from home is wholly positive and can provide a better work-life balance. Whilst this is true, there is evidence to suggest that this can be quite the opposite, with staff clocking off later than usual as they battle to ‘switch-off’ when there’s no separation between work and home.

client working in a bepsoke garden office

 

Top 5 Advantages of Working from a Garden Office

 

1. Prioritise Your Well-being

Long before our dining rooms turned into makeshift offices, we used to break bread and not our backs hunched over improvised workstations. Ensuring a healthy and ergonomic work setup is crucial for your well-being at home. Avoid discomfort by refraining from tilting your head to read emails on your laptop while lounging on the sofa. If finding a suitable workspace at home is challenging, consider creating one with a garden room!

2. Add Value to Your Home

Similar to any extension, expanding your home space boosts its overall value. The demand for spare rooms has surged with the rise of remote and hybrid work. According to the property comparison site OnTheMarket, the average price difference between a 2-bedroom and 3-bedroom property is a substantial £68,367! Opt for an economical solution by choosing a garden office starting from £11,372. Increase the value of your home the smart way with Green Retreats!

HOW MUCH VALUE DOES A GARDEN ROOM ADD?

 

3. Boost Your Productivity

Home environments can be full of distractions, from noisy speakers to flashing televisions and rumbling washing machines. A bustling household creates an impractical work setting, impacting productivity.

Enhance your focus with a private garden office. Research by neuroscientist Colin Ellard indicates that individuals working in garden offices experience a 25% increase in focus compared to those working in bedrooms. Escape the distractions; retreat to the garden office instead!

 

4. Design Your Own Office

Make the office you’ve always wanted to go to! Some office designs may not foster practical working conditions, featuring harsh lighting, cold spaces, and questionable décor choices. With your own garden office, enjoy creative freedom to design the ideal workspace. Whether you prefer a contemporary, sleek design or a comfortable and snug space, the choice is entirely yours!

Interior of garden room featuring retro decor

 

5. Eco-Friendly Workspace

You’d be surprised how eco-friendly garden offices can be. Our fully insulated garden rooms mean you’ll be saving the planet while working from home. Additionally, our garden offices are made from responsibly sourced timber. As part of our eco policy, for every tree we use in production, Green Retreats guarantee to replant five more to ensure the conservation of our beautiful forests. Do your bit for the planet, work from home in 2024.

 

So, what’s the solution?

Work from Home in a Garden Office

We have long been advocates for utilising your garden to create extra space, no matter the use. One of the most popular uses for our garden rooms are garden offices for those who work from home, but want to be away from the house.

Our garden offices provide the ultimate work from home space that gives you the best of both worlds – an office to work in without the distractions of home life and when it’s time to finish, you can walk away and lock up and resist the urge to open the laptop.

Suitable for year round use there’s no need to pack away when the seasons change, meaning you can create a unique office that suits your work style! Sizes start at just 4m² and go up in half-metre increments to 30m² with width and depth choices to suit whatever you need.


 

Do I need planning permission for a Garden Office?

Garden rooms generally do not require planning permission because they fall within permitted development rights. Garden rooms are classed as ‘outbuildings’ and as such can be built without permission as long as customers comply with permitted development guidelines. Read more about planning requirements

 


 

Choosing a Garden Office Company

Whilst there are plenty of options out there for customers to look at, Green Retreats have become the go-to provider for the turn-key solution to garden offices. With modern showrooms in Buckinghamshire and Twickenham, unparalleled customer service, a 5* Trustpilot rating and an enviable environmental policy, Green Retreats are the clear choice when choosing a garden office provider in 2024.

 

Key Facts and Prices

Prices start at £11,732, which includes all of the essentials; a choice of doors, a window, internal wiring, flooring choices, plus much more. Prices also include the concrete pile base, full installation and VAT.

– Designed and built in the UK
– 10-year guarantee
– Eco-friendly
– Insulated, weatherproofed and heated for year-round-use
– Planning permission rarely required

 


 

Want to Work from Home in 2024? Get in touch!

We’d be delighted to help with your work from home plans for 2024 and talk to you about our garden offices. Please fill out the form below and a member of the team will be in touch to discuss your ideas.


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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!

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