Just about the only thing better than working from your very own home office is setting up a garden office. All the perks of working at home, but with the added bonus of being able to separate your home life and working life much more successfully. And of course, get it right when setting up your garden office and you could end up with the kind of blissful, tranquil and 100% private sanctuary that’s nothing short of a pleasure to spend your time in.
So if the idea of a garden office appeals to you but you’re not entirely sure where to start, here’s a quick rundown of a few important tips and guidelines to be mindful of along the way:
Layout and Size
First of all, when considering the specifics of your office in terms of size and layout, there are three things to ponder – what you want, what you need and what you can afford. Often, all three of these can return completely different answers, so it’s up to you which of the three represents the biggest priority for you. With a well-designed layout though, you might not need nearly as much space as you think.
Before even thinking about getting started with the ground-breaking ceremony, you’ll need to ensure that you have the required permission to do so. After all, the last thing you want is to face a heavy fine and the prospect of having to tear down your gorgeous new office at your own expense. Speak to your local council to see where you stand in terms of planning permission.
Assuming you’ll be working in your garden office throughout the year, you need to be ready for all seasons and all weathers. Try to remember that poor insulation and insufficient heating can lead to not just uncomfortable working conditions, but the kind of damp and mould that can be hazardous to your health. Insulate well, keep the place as free from drafts as possible and invest in a slimline electric radiator to keep temperatures under careful control.
Opt for Double Glazing
Double glazing will also make a huge difference in terms of both comfort and noise reduction for your garden office. The good news being that as it will probably be a rather small space, it probably isn’t going to cost you a great deal to swap out the windows for double or even triple-glazing. Plus the more efficient and attractive your garden office is, the more value it will add to your home when the time comes to sell.
Take Care with Electronics
Last but not least, not only do you need to ensure that you have plenty of power sockets available, but also that you take care with all things electrical in general. For example, you don’t want to make the mistake of connecting everything in your garden office via a single outlet in your home, which could risk overloading it. Likewise, you need to be aware of the dangers of damp, condensation and so on which could be hazardous for your equipment and outlets.