The Study Space

Like many of us, you may be feeling your home is rather crowded at the moment. 

With the kids’ at home trying to continue their education and maybe your parents also working from home, space can be at a premium. 

If you have a garden, you might consider using a small area to create some extra indoor working space. 

Keep it Simple

You don’t need a big or expensive building.  An average work station is 6’ x 4’ and some are smaller.  This would be adequate to house a desk to potentially accommodate a couple of people. 

Something basic that is dry with the facility to run an extension lead in for heat and a desk light would be adequate.  A window is essential otherwise it could feel very claustrophobic but this need not be an expensive glass unit, a Perspex version would fit the purpose and keep the cost down. 

Upgrading

Should you wish to upgrade the building, this can be done to incorporate insulation to either the floor and roof or to include the walls too.  If you are planning to use the building all-year round for working in, it would be more efficient to heat.  Double glazed window/s and door would also be a benefit during colder weather. 

A standard mineral felt roof is a good option but if you are looking onto the building from upstairs windows, you might decide to upgrade to a tile effect roof.

There are endless uses for a building in your garden.  It can be used for storage of household items or garden furniture, machinery, tools and much more. 

A space for everyone

Kids of all ages benefit from space to escape to that is within the boundary of the home.  Youngsters love somewhere to set up their toys and enjoy imaginary games, away from the adults but near enough to be safe and watched.  It’s great for parents too not have to keep clearing up toys that encroach on the daily living space.

Older children enjoy a ‘den’ they can chill out in.  It gives them a level of independence on a manageable scale.  An old sofa, chairs or even cushions on the floor will be part of the fun. 

Teenagers crave their own space and often, we parents need space from them!  To be able to remove them from the house, allowing them to take calls from their mates without feeling we are listening in, can save a lot of rows. 

Give some thought to what size of building you need and what you will use it for.  Remember to think long-term as kids’ grow up and their requirements change.  A decent timber building will adapt to their (and your) ongoing needs. 

Think about where you would site a work station, given the window and door position.  Consider the direction of the sun and whether the area you are choosing to site the building, is in a windy position.  Ideally, you wouldn’t want the door opening directly into the prevailing wind so you might decide to have the door on a different side.

We can never have enough indoor space so the option to increase it at an affordable figure has to be an attractive one.

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Working From Home?

Thanks to advanced technology, it is often no longer necessary to work in the conventional shared office space we’ve been used to.

Why not have a garden office?

It can be a dream come true to ‘commute’ down your garden path to your purpose-built office. Immediately your stress levels drop, your efficiency rises and long hours spent travelling to and from work are eradicated.  Accepted, there is an initial outlay but this doesn’t have to be high and within a few months it will pay for itself.

You will no longer need your dog-walker and when your older kids’ are off school, you will be around rather than relying on costly childcare.

Instead of compromising your living space by finding areas to work which inevitably have to be cleared away each day, you can design your office to be perfect for what you need.  As you finish work, you can shut the door and walk away, knowing it will be ready to pick up again the following day.

When designing your bespoke office space, give some careful thought to your requirements

If possible, allow as much natural light into your office space as possible but protect yourself from the midday sun which could become uncomfortably warm during the summer months.  If necessary, you can always pull a blind across the window.

When considering the position for your new office, think about the view.  Do you want it facing the house or would you prefer it to be pointing in a different direction?  You may have an area of garden further away from your house that isn’t fully utilised at the moment.  Sometimes, an area overgrown with brambles and vegetation can be bigger than you think.

Something else to think about is the view of your new office as seen from your house.  If you are looking down from the first floor onto the roof of the building, would you want the roof covering to be slate-effect or are you happy with conventional felt or a rubber roof?

Use your garden office all year round

For year round use and energy efficiency it is wise to opt for full insulation to the walls, floor and ceiling as well as investing in double glazing.  Sliding doors are the best choice for making the most of your internal space.

Flooring should be easy to clean as the winter months may cause you to tread mud in from your walk down the garden.

For heating you may choose an electric version of the conventional woodburning stove.  These plug-in smoke effect heaters are very realistic and give instant heat without the mess and need to store logs.

Other options are basic plug in ground or wall mounted heaters, readily available from a wide range of suppliers

Give some thought to how you will position your desk.  Ideally you want natural light but not glare.

 

Accessories your office space

Will you need room for a filing cabinet, a small sofa or book shelves?  Maybe consider some wall shelves for plants for that personal touch.  If you are likely to entertain clients, you might want an area to make tea and coffee and a small table to put your mugs on.  A couple of coat hooks might be a worthwhile addition too.

 

It’s a good idea to think all this through before placing your order for a building.  The design can be adjusted to incorporate what you need, making the building even more user-friendly and enjoyable to work in.

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