As the first signs of spring become visible, you might be thinking about upgrading and enhancing your garden. With long, hazy evenings and sun-drenched weekends on the horizon, have you considered adding a summer house to your garden? With a summer house, you can make the most of your outdoor space and create an outdoor oasis where you can spend quality time as a family.
How your garden gets bigger with a summer house?
If you’ve never looked into adding a summer house or constructing a garden office or playroom at the end of the garden before, you might expect that a new building will make your outdoor area look or seem smaller. The truth is that when you build a summer house at the bottom of your garden, you’re likely to find that the usable space you have outside your home increases substantially because you’ll be making use of areas that were previously inaccessible or overgrown.
Often, we find that our summer houses, garden offices and playrooms are located in parts of the garden that are disused and covered with bushes or unkempt, long grass. A new summer house or playroom can be positioned right at the back of the garden or in a corner to maximise the space and ensure that you’re utilising 100% of the surface area. Before the summer house arrived, you might never have used the whole length or breadth of the garden before, and this is a fantastic way to make your garden more versatile all year-round. We can transform damp, dark, shady areas into a beautiful summer house you can enjoy come rain or shine.
As well as giving you more space outdoors, a summer house or a garden office can also free up valuable storage space indoors.
Creating your dream garden with a summer house
At A Room in the Garden, we put in the hours designing and planning your new summer house to ensure you get hours of enjoyment once we’ve finished. We have many years of experience in designing and installing bespoke summer houses, playrooms and garden offices, and we will work with you to breathe new life into your garden and create an outdoor area that gives you so much more. We take great pleasure in hearing about how our summer houses have given our customers a new-found appreciation for their gardens and bags of space to enjoy those long-awaited summer days.
If you’re thinking about adding a new building or structure to your garden, it could open you up to a raft of opportunities. A new summer house positioned at the back of your garden enables you to use the entire garden and make use of a versatile room, which will enhance the look of your garden and give you a wonderful spot to relax and enjoy the fresh air. If you’re searching for inspiration for a garden office, a new baby room or a summer house, why not take a look at our gallery or get in touch to discuss your project in more detail?
As office rental prices go up and more businesses reach their audiences via the Internet, company owners are starting to save money by running the show from their home. We feel that a garden office pod is the solution to the modern challenge of having a professional space that’s not only productive, but also cost-effective.
To show you what we mean, here are our top five benefits of having a garden office pod instead of a traditional office space.
The Benefits of Having a Garden Office Pod
1. You Avoid Frustrating Commutes
A great many of my Brighton friends have attempted to live out the dream of working in London. But soon the reality of the daily commute kicks in and waking up on Monday to catch a 6am train becomes a chore.
Some have chosen to find employment in Brighton whilst others have decided to set up their own businesses. What this then creates is the dilemma of where to have your office.
On the one hand, you can choose somewhere nearby, but I’m sure you can take an educated guess on what the office rental costs are in Brighton. That then leaves renting a space out-of-town as the alternative and you’re back to the early morning commuting again. A garden office pod allows people to drop the frantic mornings and expensive rental prices in favour of a leisurely 30-second stroll across the garden.
2. You Save Money
I did some research when writing this article and looked at some of the rental costs for an office space in Brighton. Generally speaking, it was quite difficult to find spaces that charged under £200 per person, per month.
As you can see via our price guide page, our small garden office pod option starts from approximately £98.58 per month. That is half the cost of what I found to be a typical office space in Brighton, if you are planning to use the office alone. If you have other employees, your savings could be even greater! That’ll be very nice when it comes to planning your next holiday.
3. The Value of Your Home Increases Instantly
This is something we’ve discussed before when interviewing Clifford Estate Agent’s Ben Hooper last October. According to Ben, having a visually attractive garden office pod could “easily add about 10/15k to the price of the property” and also be of help when it’s time to sell your property.
4. Your Working Environment is Comfortable
Renting an office space means you have to adapt. There may not be enough plug sockets, the room might have maintenance issues or the neighbouring businesses are a nuisance. At A Room In The Garden, we build bespoke spaces that are tailored to your business and personal needs. This means you get something that’ll help your business run smoothly and put you in a productive working state.
A comfortable space is also useful when you have client meetings, as they can feel at ease when discussing business with you. The more comfortable your prospect is, the more likely they are to buy from you. It’s a nice opportunity to create a positive first impression and build a strong relationship off the back of that. This can then lead to more loyalty from your customers.
5. You Achieve a Better Work-Life Balance
One of the greatest annoyances in my life are delivery companies. You get an estimated delivery time that covers most of the day and somebody has to be present in order to sign for the package. If you try to reschedule, the only times available are when you definitely aren’t at home.
By working from home, this is no longer an issue. Neither are ill children, as a garden office pod allows you to have that flexibility when the unexpected occurs. You are able to catch up later in the day after nursing your poor child back to health. As an added bonus, you can also catch up on your housework when necessary. It won’t take much time out of your day to pop on a quick laundry wash, or a dishwasher load.
Some offices that are available to rent have a strict policy on hours of operation, meaning nobody can be in the building or on the estate between certain hours. This isn’t very flexible if you fancied taking the kids out for a daytrip, but with your own garden office you can take the kids out for the day and catch up with work at night. It’s very handy!
Garden Office Pods Are The Future
Technology has improved to such an extent now that people can run hugely successful businesses from their home with ease. You don’t need big servers or expensive computers, thanks to The Cloud and Smart technology.
Our prediction for the future is that office spaces for small businesses that have fewer than five employees will become a thing of the past. Instead, garden office pods will become the modern, up-to-date choice.
Having a successful business is based upon high productivity and low costs. As discussed in our five benefits above, having your own garden office can prove to be cheaper than a traditional rented office space and also boost productivity. If you would like to know more about our garden office pod solutions, please get in contact today to book a free site visit.
Recently, I welcomed a new life into my family and it got me thinking about how garden rooms from us and other manufacturers are often thought of as sanctuaries, spaces or offices for adults. But what about the children? I wanted to share some of my top garden baby room ideas with you.
In hindsight, I actually find it a little odd that we don’t consider the younger people of this world when discussing rooms in the garden. If you’re anything like me, you will constantly find yourself treading on toys and tripping over building blocks that haven’t been packed away. It can really get on the nerves of some parents, so perhaps we could use the spaces in our respective gardens to provide an indoor area for our children to play, develop and make a mess whilst also allowing us to reclaim our home space. What do you think?
Baby Room Décor Ideas
At the age where you have to make decisions for your child, it can feel a little daunting to say the least. Some may think that a newborn baby won’t necessarily need much, but there are a lot of garden baby room ideas you can use to help nurture their development whilst providing a stimulating space that the child can use. It is also important to remember that the room layout and features will need to adapt as the baby grows.
Wallpaper that your child can colour on could be a great idea. We found this one at Resurface
Soft Rug or Play Mat
Firstly, you can start with a soft rug that’ll provide a comfortable place for your baby to continue doing what it’ll spend most of it’s early months doing: Lying on it’s back. Eventually, this will lead to what many like to call ‘tummy time’, followed by crawling and, finally, their first steps. One additional thing you can also do is spread out several rugs made from various materials around the room in order to provide your baby with different sensory experiences.
Whilst your baby is spending lots of time of their back or tummy, you should also place mirrors just above the skirting boards, so they are able to see themselves and interact with the mirrors. This is actually very entertaining for the baby and the benefits of this simple object include facial recognition, speech development and an overall sense of self.
Along with being able to recognise their own face, many parents, myself included, look forward to the time when their baby can recognise mummy and daddy. To hear those words for the first time is a memory almost all parents will hold forever. Perhaps your baby garden room ideas can include pictures of special people and animals involved in your child’s life? Of course, I do not recommend traditional photo frames with glass screens, as that could get very dangerous. Instead, consider laminating some photos and using Velcro to attach them to the walls. The Velcro means that your baby can pull the images off the wall if they wish, which helps to develop their physical development.
Those soft frames are child safe and found on Etsy.
Cosy Corner and Bookcase
As parents, we obviously want to be involved in the life of our children, so the next items to explore in your garden baby room ideas would be a cosy corner and bookshelf. This allows the baby to relax in a cosy environment whilst you read to them and develop your bond further. As stated before, you should always consider your child growing and how your garden baby room can adapt to that. So be sure to purchase a bookcase that is low enough for a slightly older child to peruse and take down books when they reach that age. This same thinking can also be applied when installing shelving units to store toys. You want your baby to be able to access those toys themselves.
We often think of garden rooms as a place for adults to indulge in hobbies or operate businesses, but a baby room could be as much or maybe even more of a benefit to you. It could be time for you to start thinking about garden baby room ideas in order to reclaim your living room and avoid treading on any more toys. I’m hoping these ideas will spark some inspiration for you when developing your ideas for the room. Parenthood is a magical time and the one thing all parents have in common is wanting to give their baby the best start in life. Could a specific space dedicated to their development be the answer for that?
Have you got any garden baby room ideas that you want to share? Please leave a comment below or contact us directly to let us know. We genuinely want to hear your ideas. Or if you think a garden baby room sounds like a good idea, why not book a free site survey with us?
When we started thinking about our new garden storage room, the first question we had to answer was, ‘How big do we want it to be?’ On one hand, we wanted to be as small as possible, on the other hand, we wanted it to comfortably fit all the things we wanted to have in there.
None of the solutions available on the market worked for us, so we decided to start our own garden building project from the inside. The first step was to make a list of all the things we wanted to store, and measure the space that they would need.
We had the following list: three bicycles, a lawnmower, bins, wood for the fire pit, a barbecue, garden chairs and table, tools boxes, garden tools, a ladder and some smaller bits and pieces.
Once we put all of those items together, they almost took half of our garden space! We stood there, looking at them, and started working out how we could fit all of them in the smallest space. Finally, all those hours playing Tetris started to pay off! We also knew that we would want to have an easy access to each of them without having to remove half of the rest.
We more or less knew where we were going to position our new garden building, so we could work out the maximum size and height. At this point, we started drawing various ideas until we got to the point of fitting everything compactly and sensibly.
This is how we advise our clients to start their project. If you are looking for the ideal size for your garden building, start thinking about the function of it.
Whatever it will be; a summer house, storage room or garden office, think about the space you need inside. If you want to have a multifunction building, like a summer house connected to a storage space, think about the two different spaces, and add them together.
Usually, the best summer houses have some kind of seating arrangement for people to comfortably relax in their garden. Sofas and a coffee table will perhaps offer the greatest comfort, but would need more space than a set of chairs and a light, foldable table. Benches mounted to the internal walls perhaps offer the best use of space, but if comfort is important to you, this might not be the best idea.
Summer houses are sometimes used as a spare room for guests. Space requirements will be different here. A good idea might be to look at the bedrooms in your house and try to understand the practicality of the room arrangements. You might even find it useful to look at the layouts of caravans or boats as brilliant examples of how to fit in neat, compact bedrooms into a very small space.
Here, a lot depends on how many desks and chairs you want to fit. Will it be just a small office for one person, or you want to put in a few desks for your entire team? Do you need storage for some of your materials as well? Will you need a kitchenette?
All these questions will help you determine the perfect size of your garden building.
As described at the beginning, creating a list of items you want to store inside is the perfect start. The list we had isn’t exhaustive, but you might see a lot of things there that you hadn’t thought about. It’s easy to say, ‘A lawnmower and the bikes!’ but there are usually one or two other things that you need to go in there too. Maybe you’ll need a shelf or a bracket for them. Walk around your house and note down things that need a space in your room in your garden.
How to do it
When I design a room in the garden for our clients, I start by sketching on squared paper. I usually draw them by hand, and use squares as a readymade scale. Usually, 1 square is either 10x10cm or 20x20cm, depending on the space I have to work with.
It might not be the easiest tasks, but when this is done, you will have a good idea of the size of your garden building. By starting from here, you will avoid disappointment at the end of your project, when something you wanted to store inside, doesn’t fit.
Good luck! Obviously, feel free to ask us any questions if you are stuck. And if you want some inspiration on how your new garden building is going to look like, check our article with 20 summer houses ideas.