We moved last year to a house which has so much outside space. I worry we do not make enough use of it all and toy with various ideas on how we can change this. In the middle of a stressful morning with too many interruptions and too much noise, I decided to consider the benefits of a garden office and how one might improve my lifestyle.
A garden office
I work from home and we have reasonable broadband. My husband works in the office next to the room I work in. His work involves so many telephone calls so it can be distracting hearing him when I am trying to focus on my stuff. A garden office would solve this issue straightaway. Sometimes I work well with no noise at all but when that is not the case, I like to play music loudly which I cannot do with my husband’s work needs. A garden office looks like an attractive option.
Impact on work
I think my morale would improve if I had a safe place where I know I can access solitude. I think I would be far more productive which is necessary as I juggle work and other responsibilities like home education and housework of course. In fact, I could plan home education sessions in peace before revealing them to the children.
Apparently many garden offices can be put up without planning permission. They are quick enough to install and can be taken with you if you relocate. It really does seem to be a no-brainer and I guess the biggest decision is where to put one to make the most of our amazing views. Should I go for a standard shed or ring the changes with a log cabin or similar.
If I am completely honest, the idea of a sanctuary or bolt-hole that I can go to when it all gets too much appeals. Home education is lovely but it does mean I get very little time just to be myself. I don’t think that is good for me at all. I can feel hemmed in and that can push me into a low mood.
Garden office for employees
I do not currently have a job but I am aware garden offices would work really well for employees too. With good Information Communication Technology, so many jobs can be done for home. Meetings can be held online and planning tools can be shared so teams can work effectively remotely. With many of us thinking about the environment too, working from home and cutting out long, stressful and polluting commutes also makes perfect sense.
Could you work from a garden office?