Between 2012 and 2016, the UK saw a 12.35 per cent increase in flexible working, with 4.2 million people across a range of sectors working from home. This figure was likely to rise steadily over time, but due to corona virus, increased much sooner than expected – with 50% of the UK workforce now working remotely, mostly from home.
Some of us have turned spare rooms into offices, or dining tables into make-shift desks – even the occasional kitchen counter now doubles as a workstation, all in aid of making our work lives fit around our personal ones – but how has this impacted our work/life balance?
Whether it’s children, pets, or simply a Netflix’s subscription, there are multiple distractions within the home environment that are going to take attention away from your workload. When it’s not things, it’s sounds – zoom calls can be challenging enough without having to strain to hear the other person over the roaring of a washing machine.
Turning off your computer, packing up and leaving the office – these are all actions that we’re used to associating with the transition between ‘work hours’ and ‘personal hours’ – but with your computer always in eyesight and the dreaded email notification sound never entirely out of ear shot, when are we completely switching off from the workday?
When you were first envisioning the look and feel of your living space, I doubt you thought you would somehow have to make a chunky office chair fit in with the interior design of your dreams! Trying to turn parts of your home into an office isn’t just an eye sore, but it also means that you’ll have to sacrifice valuable square feet.
It’s because of these downsides that many permanent remote workers have made the decision to invest in a garden room office.
Why Choose a Garden Office?
Aside from solving the pre-mentioned issues with working from your home, investing in a garden room has added benefits that can massively improve your quality of work life.
By having a space that’s your own, you can create the best environment to encourage your productivity. This could be the type of music you play, the temperature of the room, lighting or even the stationary you choose to use – you can build the ideal space to suit you.
So long morning tube, farewell rush hour traffic, the only travel time you’ll have to allow for when you’re working from your home office is the time it’ll take you to get from your kitchen to your garden! Not to mention the money you’ll save on travel.
Now there are some fantastic office views within the UK, but is there really any better sight than your own garden? With their bi-fold doors, a Norwegian Log Garden Room Office would allow you to really take in your surroundings – and is a brilliant way to let in the fresh air during summer months.
The Lunch Break
Never again will you have to stomach a soggy sandwich that’s been squeezed into the communal office fridge, or cringe at your weekly spend on meal deals. A great benefit of working from a garden office is that your kitchen is never far away (which, admittedly, can also be quite dangerous).
Most importantly, investing in a Garden Office allows you to set your working hours and stick to them. At the end of the day, you can close the door behind you, walk away, and make the most of the evening with your family.
Interested in revolutionising your workspace?
Norwegian Log are a UK-based manufacturer of log homes and garden buildings and have several different sizes within their Garden Room range that are designed to be home offices. Whether you’re looking for a small office space to work as an individual, or you need to create a slightly larger space to run a business out of, or for another family member work from, their bespoke log cabins and garden rooms will be the ideal addition to your home.
If you’re not sure which model would be best suited for your needs, you can fill out their garden room calculator for free, here.