If you're into saving money and doing good things for yourself and your family, read on. The best resolution you can make is to invest in a garden office, hobby room or workshop this year. Here are ten good reasons why!
1. Work-life Balance
A garden office means a better work-life balance. Instead of commuting, use that time to be with family, stay organised, stay healthy, and pursue your hobbies. Result: a calmer, more fulfilled you and a feeling that you’re more on top of things next year.
2. Keep things tidy
You could achieve some of this with an office in your home, but not keeping things in order! Shared space is a recipe for clutter.
Creating a dedicated, separate workspace in a garden room keeps things tidy and ensures you’re effective at work. The same goes for crafts, hobbies and projects: a garden room keeps things separate. Result: less clutter, better organisation and more efficiency.
3. Keep work separate
The same is true in reverse of course. Keep your work kit and caboodle out of the house. If surrounded by work items it can make you feel you can never escape from work.
A little separation is ideal to keep you and everyone in your family sane. The result is that you have control over when your work day begins and ends. This allows you to feel empowered. Additionally, your family gets a break from you for a few hours.
4. Healthy environment
Timber buildings are healthier and more uplifting than steel, brick, and plasterboard structures. A breathable wooden structure is far superior to unhealthy air-conditioned offices.
Timber buildings help maintain consistent temperature and humidity, and prevent dust and mould, and wooden environments have positive effects on stress symptoms. A timber log cabin can improve your well-being and help you handle stress at work.
Add a Sedum roof to encourage bees and butterflies and encourage nature.
5. Add value to your property
Prices for garden buildings start surprisingly low for smaller garden offices. Even grander designs are much cheaper than the equivalent extension and so much easier to plan.
You don't usually need planning permission or building regulations to build them. You can quickly design, build, and decorate them to look nice.
6. Value for money
Compare the costs of a garden office to a rented office if you're self-employed or have a small business. It’s difficult to get space even in a new business incubator for less than £400 per desk per month. Your lovely new garden office could pay for itself in its first year alone.
7. Save on energy
If you work from home and keep the heating on all day, an insulated garden office can save you money. Our garden offices let in natural light through double-glazed doors and windows. Choose from various insulation options to help those heating bills go even lower.
8. Work and play
A garden room can be a multi-use space. A garden office can have various uses, including as a workshop, leisure room, shed area, gym, garage, hobby room or summerhouse. You can design it with multiple rooms or dividing walls.
9. Still thinking about cost-effectiveness?
If your business is VAT registered you can claim back the VAT on the installation cost and some fixtures and fittings in your garden office.
Office premises don’t usually qualify in your capital allowance against corporation tax, but some fixtures and fittings do including installing utilities. We recommend you chat with your accountant for expert advice.
Or you may decide it’s better for your business circumstances for your household to charge rent to your business for use of the garden room. Either way, it’s a great way to offset the costs of a garden office.
Remember a good quality garden room adds value to your home.
10. Let’s Recap
Creating a garden office is a great idea. It saves money, and time, and keeps work and home separate. But the best part is the satisfaction of having your workspace.
Your garden office is yours, and we can design it just for you. It’s outdoors, close to nature but with all the comforts of indoors. And your timber office can be a very beautiful building which makes you happy every time you see it. All this and cost savings too.
Get in touch with one of our garden office experts to discuss a bespoke design for your garden.Contact Us