Over 1.54 million people work from home full time, up over 880,000 from just one decade ago. Ubiquitous connectivity, a desire for a better balance between careers and personal lives, and the wish to avoid long commutes are just a few reasons why working from home is more appealing now than it has ever been. Indeed, statistics show that around 50% of the UK workforce will be working remotely by 2020. How can you best prepare for this change by finding the perfect, quiet spot in which to create your most inspiring work?
The Stress-Busting Effects Of Garden Offices
“High settlement density may offer some environmental, economic, and social advantages, but it can impose psychological demands that people find excessive,” state scientists in a report that highlights the benefits that natural settings can have on our psychological health and well-being. Numerous studies have pointed to the power the Great Outdoors has when it comes to reducing human stress levels. If you have a big garden, you can therefore strengthen your sense of peace and tranquillity while you work by setting up an office there.
How Much Work Is Involved?
The amount of time and money spent on a garden office varies greatly according to budget. The advent of luxury ‘micropods’ by high-end brand, Pod (which makes independent, futuristic-looking structures that seem taken out of a sci-fi film) can provide inspiration to design lovers. Measuring as little as W3.2m x D 2.5M x H2.5M, they can fit easily into a mid- to large-size garden, providing a view to lush nature, thanks to sliding glass doors.
Of course, you can always buy a ready-made shed (or use a DIY kit) to build a free-standing room that is large enough to accommodate a desk and key furniture such as a sofa or lounge chairs. If you take the DIY route, the main considerations should be light, ventilation and cleanliness. Windows should be large, and at least one wall should be made of glass so natural light can illuminate your desk. Meanwhile, strategic placement of EasyMerchant style guttering systems will ensure that leaf build-up doesn’t ruin the cleanliness and professional appearance of your home office.
Taking it Upstairs
If you have a beautiful attic you’d like to put to better use, transforming it into a home office may kill two bird with one stone. A sharply inclined roof is no obstacle to a useful office structure. Simply affix shelves and other furniture to the wall with your desk holding prime position by the window. Your attic should be anything but dark and depressing; fill it up with life and colour with the help of a few design touches.
A Space Filled with Light
Some of the most beautiful home attic offices make the most of what is undoubtedly the colour of the decade in modern interiors: pure white. White ceilings and flooring look fantastic when married to Scandinavian-style light wood features, and features such as delicately painted wallpaper in hues like light grey or taupe can add the warmth that that ups the comfort factor. An attic office will by nature have a long, empty passage that leads out from the main window. Use this space artistically, with sofas and shelves pressed against the wall, and the space between containing colourful rugs, round cushions and other furniture that inspires rest between tasks.
Garden and attic offices are great, but the reality is that any room with a view and good natural light can serve as an office. Because you will be spending eight or more hours there a day, invest in design features and ergonomics. If necessary, knock down a wall to create a floor-to-ceiling window or sliding door, give due importance to paint effects and wallpaper, and ensure flooring and ceilings are newly painted, so you feel that your home office is indeed a place where you can get important work done.