Working From Home: Should I Build a Garden Office?
Thanks to COVID-19, over the last few months, a great deal of the global population have been forced to work from home. While the circumstances which brought about this change have been difficult at best and harrowing at worst, the change to working from home has been surprisingly smooth for most. Many studies have pointed towards a drop in general anxiety amongst home office workers, and some companies, such as Twitter, have decided to let their staff work from home indefinitely.
Why a garden office?
While working from home has its benefits, it also has its drawbacks. That is, working and relaxing in the same space can have a profound effect on us mentally, making it difficult for our brains to separate the two states. For example, if you’re working on your laptop in the living room and put it down to watch some TV at the end of the day, you may find it difficult to properly switch off.
This is where your garden office comes in. Not only does your garden office give you somewhere that’s physically distinct from the home in which you relax, it also allows you to spend more time in your garden and appreciate it properly. With this setup, you truly get the best of both worlds.
Still need convincing? Well, here are a few more things you might want to consider:
We should all get more sunlight. Vitamin D can work wonders for our bones and immune system, and yet barely any of us get their recommended daily intake. Sunlight can also help with our sleep cycle; if we spend enough time in the sun during the day, our brains know to switch off when the sun goes down.
Thanks to the amount of natural light you will get in a purpose-built garden office, you can guarantee yourself a healthy working environment. And while we’re on the subject, the natural sights and smells of our garden will only serve to relax us further, something that will help boost both mood and productivity.
Whether it’s kids, dogs or our favourite hobbies, our homes are full of little distractions that can really make getting into the swing of work difficult. Luckily, with a garden office, you can take yourself away from those distractions and get some meaningful work done, secure in the knowledge that those things are waiting for you, not far away, when you clock off.
Add value to your home
You might not be thinking about selling your home now, but the chances are you will at some point. With this in mind, it makes sense to not just see your garden office as a money sink, but as an investment. That is, just like any home extension, a garden office will add value to your property. Many buyers value garden rooms greatly, whether they’re looking for an office themselves or simply want to find a respectable place to house elderly relatives, which is why, in the long term, a garden office could truly pay for itself.
If you’re looking to create a garden office, or you’ve got other plans for your outdoor space that you need help with, contact Gardenscapes today. With a wealth of experience providing the highest quality gardening and paving services, including hard and soft landscaping in Guildford and Reigate, we’re the perfect people to help. Give us a call.