Establishing a home office in a separate structure from your house might be the perfect route to avoiding a long or busy commute.
With working from home getting more common, the convenience of having an ‘at-home’ set-up is making its way on to many a homeowner’s want list.
Many people working from home do so alone, in which case planning permission for an office isn’t normally needed.
But, if you are employing staff who will show up every day or are holding numerous meetings, it could be classified as business use and, moreover, might be bothersome to your neighbours– in which case you will need to get the planners included before you commence any construction.
If you want to create a garden room well-suited for office use under PD rights, it will need to fall under certain rules. It’ll need to be single storey with a max eaves height of 2.5 m, and an overall height of 4m with a dual pitched roof (3m for other types). Structures erected within 2m of a boundary can be no taller than 2.5 m.
Garden rooms may be an ideal option for gaining additional space without the hassle (and price tag) of an extension.
While the most basic models come just as a standard ‘pod’ outdoors, many others may be equipped with power, heating and ethernet connection so you can continue with work in private without disturbances, all with a great view of the landscape.
Once you’ve figured out where you stand with planning, you’ll need to think of a design that’s not only visually attractive but also practical for day-to-day work.
A sun-filled working space will positively affect efficiency and the same is true if your windows face a beautiful, calming scene. Or creating a cosy snug-cum-home office may be the perfect place to retire to when you need some peace and quiet to get on with work– or simply to read a book.
Think about the health-supporting characteristics of the materials you use, as well. As an example, a building with timber that has been treated with eco-friendly, non-toxic finishes can drastically improve the quality of your space.
Air quality and temperature also play a big part in feeling comfortable in any room. If you are planning on working in your home office through the winter seasons then you’ll need to make sure the structure is well insulated and that efficient heating and ventilation options are in place.
Loft conversions don’t just need to be for playrooms or an extra bedroom– they make for great home offices too. Remember as well it’s not only the adults of the household who need an office space– kids now need their space to focus on homework too.
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