With the emergence of yet more variants of COVID-19 and government guidelines to work from home when you can, outdoor buildings firm, Garden Retreats is predicting a huge rise in the number of ‘Hygge’ hybrid outdoor spaces.
The pandemic forced more and more of us to spend time at home, many sought to expand or add another room to their homes – especially in the garden. One investment many consumers have snapped up during lockdown has been a garden room.
Justin Williams, director of Garden Retreats has seen exponential growth in the number of installations his firm has made during the past 18 months. His garden buildings are based on the Nordic lifestyle concept of ‘Hygge’.
He comments: “What we all very quickly found out is that working in the family home isn’t always easy or convenient. Neither is working from a garden building that is designed to be used during the fairer months. You need an all-weather, insulated space with power and lighting to create a warm , welcoming work environment that also ticks all the health and safety boxes.”
However, many more families have added garden rooms as replacements for visiting bars, gyms and salons during lockdown restrictions.
Justin developed a new garden building that can suit many lifestyle choices and aspirations. He comments: “Many Garden Retreats are the fulfilment of a vision – ‘to have my own bar, my own music studio or even my own health spa’. The nation has adapted to living, working, and entertaining at home and our garden buildings allow them the space to do just that.”
Set over two levels, the modular Garden Retreats are designed to last a lifetime and are constructed from fibre glass and carbon fibre ensuring that the buildings are strong but lightweight. They can feature a flat veranda roof and owners can choose to configure the buildings to suit a specific purpose. All electric, heat and air conditioning is included internally and the buyer chooses their own individual wall and floor styles and patterns.
Last year 4.4 million new companies started worldwide*. This was the highest increase startups have seen over the past decade at 26.9%. Garden Retreats are ideal for use as a home office, a bar or pub or kitchen, a small business such as dog grooming, training, an art or photography studio or a beauty treatment salon.
Justin continues: “Many months of lockdown has allowed many entrepreneurs to re-evaluate their commute to the office and, as a result, many will consider setting up on their own. A Garden Retreat reduces the need for additional business rent and taxes and allows you to create your very own dedicated workplace from scratch.”
The buildings are clad in a composite material that lasts a lifetime and never needs maintenance. The interior is decorated with Italian luxury vinyl tiles and install only takes a few days unlike a wooden or steel structure that can take 10-14 days before use.