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With working from home being increasingly popular for a range of industries, or for those who are self-employed, home office-design is constantly becoming more and more efficient. While some like to convert a guest-bedroom into a convertible home office, or dedicate an extra room to a permanent study space inside the house, many opt for garden offices.

The general regulations for a garden office, as reported by Real Homes Magazine, are as follows:
  • The garden office must be single story
  • The maximum eves height is 2.5m
  • Maximum overall height is 3m, or 4m if the roof is dual pitched
  • If your garden office is within 2m of a boundary, the maximum overall height is restricted to 2.5m

Real Homes continues in saying that most garden offices are built on the edge of the garden, restricting overall height to 2.5m, and therefore choosing a flat roof is best to maximise space.

Working at home often brings distractions, like the television, family members or that to-do list of housework niggling at the back of your mind. So taking yourself out of the house, to the bottom of your garden to a dedicated working area can help rid you of these distractions and allow you to work efficiently.

Insulating the office is key in creating a comfortable working temperature. If the space is cold in winter, it’s likely to demotivate you and leave you working on the sofa, where productivity is likely to be lower. In the construction process, use foam, blanket or panel insulation – depending on your budget - in the walls and roof to make the structure protected from the elements from the get-go. Installing radiators as a part of design will provide warmth, or choose under-floor heating to provide warmth and save wall-space, which could be valuable for other uses like note-making or vision boards.

Design-wise, fill the space with functional furniture to achieve the look you want – choosing your favourite colours, comfortable textures and things to inspire you. Despite it being a dedicated work-space, adding homey touches like photographs and soft furnishings will make the space comfortable, productive, and somewhere you enjoy working.

Make sure there’s a good window or two as well, as natural light always wins over harsh artificial. Install bi-fold doors, large windows or a sky-light to let the natural light flood in.

The position of your desk should be somewhere where you have some sort of view, yet without distractions – out of the window, or at a wall of your favourite artwork or inspirational quotes, to keep you motivated and not bored staring at a blank cream wall.

Exterior design is also important, to look sleek and fit in with the rest of your garden. Using wood and glass, as opposed to harsh bricks or metals, will look nice and not make the office stick out like a sore thumb next to your flower bed. However if you like the industrial, urban look; go for it – it’s personal preference, but most opt for wood to look contemporary and soft within the garden landscape.

Laura Sewell

An aspiring journalist, Laura is our content writer intern.  Pop-punk gig-goer and drag queen enthusiast, Laura is working her way into the industry with an English A -Level and love of writing about anything and everything in tow.
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