It’s becoming more and more popular for people to work from home. Whether you’re a parent of young children, or just dislike the hustle and bustle of the commute and office itself, it can be tempting to work remotely. This can cause problems, however, with separating work from home – causing stress in home time. Disturbances within the house can also affect concentration, which may harm your business. One solution to this is garden offices, as they allow the convenience of home working but with the privacy needed for work. Before choosing your garden offices, however, it’s best to give the idea lots of thought as there may be some unexpected costs and inconveniences.
First of all, you need to consider how you will get power to your garden offices. An office is no use if you cannot plug in your laptop, printer, phone or other office necessities. The easiest way to get power to your office is to (get an electrician to) run a cable from the main power supply. This will obviously incur additional costs you may not have considered, so you should research local electricians to get a rough quote.
Another thing to consider is getting broadband to your garden offices. Internet connection is necessary in almost all businesses, and you will almost certainly need a good connection. This can be difficult, however, especially if the Wi-Fi from your house doesn’t reach the garden office. Consider either running a network cable from your house or using a ‘Powerplug’. Whilst running a network cable will be more reliable, it could also prove more costly, so consider carefully whether reliability or savings are more important. If you already have a plug socket where the garden office will be (perhaps there is a shed there) then testing a ‘Powerplug’ for its efficiency before the renovation would be a good idea.
Lighting and Heating
Lighting and heating are also an essential consideration, especially if the garden offices are also for use during winter. Install lighting as you would in your home, and position the garden office so it faces the most daylight to save lighting costs. When choosing heating options, consider your budget and space-saving needs carefully. Underfloor heating is a great way of ensuring the office is warmed by the rising heat, but installing it can be costly. If cost saving is important, then an electric/oil filled radiator or heater might be a better option, however they can take up quite a lot of valuable room space.
Finally, one of the most important things to consider when installing garden offices is security, especially if you will be keeping expensive items such as laptops or computers in the office. Ensure that all doors have 5 lever locks and windows are double glazed and lockable. You should also alarm the office back to the house.
If you would like more information, or your own garden offices, visit Wentworth Garden Rooms today.