Remote working is the popular choice for many freelancers and entrepreneurs. It allows you to build a career while having the freedom to work in an environment that’s comfortable and has been designed around your personal tastes. Every year, thousands more people opt to swap their morning commute and hectic, commercial office setup for a more relaxed start to the day and a private office space within their homes.
While working remotely comes with many benefits, one of the downsides is the fact that it can be hard to focus when in an environment that you usually relax in. That’s why a huge percentage of home workers are now choosing to build outdoor offices within their gardens. This gives them the luxury of working from home but with a specific workspace that’s separate from the rest of the house.
Love the concept of working from home but in a separate space? Then why not design a magnificent outdoor office of your own? To make the task slightly easier (and less daunting) below is some inspiration and ideas.
Convert or build?
The first question that you need to ask yourself is: convert or build? If you already have a structure within your garden, such as a summer house, shed, or garage, then you should consider whether to convert it into a home office or whether to build a new one from scratch. The size, shape, and features of the building that is already in place, as well as the room within your garden, should determine what you choose to do. For a space that incorporates features like underfloor heating, plumbing, internet access, and electric, you may decide that building is your best option. So, with that in mind, what are the most popular home office buildings? Converted shipping containers, DIY wooden lodges, and modern summer house buildings are all ideal options. It’s just a case of picking the one that’s the best fit for your needs.
Decor and design styles
Obviously, if you plan on working from an outdoor office and having video meetings with your contacts, or even holding meetings on-site, it’s vital that the space is well designed and decorated. It should be professional and smart, after all, it is a workplace. If you aren’t a design genius, it pays to hire help such as an interior designer and painters and decorators. There is plenty of inspiration for outdoor office designs online, so it’s worth taking the time to have a browse – Pinterest is one of the best resources for this.
Layout and features
Let’s talk layouts. The layout of the space will be determined by the type of work that you do, as well as the size and shape of the building. Let’s say, you work at a desk and need room for a computer and area to sketch or plan out ideas, then incorporating an L-shaped desk could be ideal. When it comes to the features that you choose to include, it’s vital that you are practical and include things like storage space, as well as features that will make working in the environment more enjoyable, like comfortable seating for during breaks or a small kitchen area for making coffee and snacks. When you own your office space, you can make it whatever you want it to be, so don’t be afraid to get creative.
For homeworkers, an outdoor office space can provide the perfect work-life balance and make focusing on the task at hand, that little bit easier