If you had a choice between working from home and commuting every day, what would you prefer?
I imagine most of us, would say ‘working from home’ without thinking about it too much. Of course, we are all different, and some still find their commuting routine actually pleasant. There’s nothing wrong with that 🙂 I used to be a commuter myself, when I was working for Fenton Whelan and 1508 London studios. Every day, I would catch an express train to the Kings Cross station and then jumped on the tube; although I had it all worked out, and experience of working with such prestigious, high-end interior design studios was invaluable, I found myself exhausted and with no time or energy to do anything after work during the week. Weekends were also an opportunity to catch up with sleeping, house chores etc. The answer was simple: stop commuting and start working from home! Brilliant! But working from home, inside the house, has its disadvantages as well. It might be difficult to focus if you don’t have a designated space for your work. But there’s a simple solution to that: a garden office (provided you live in a house). It doesn’t have to be a big one; you can apply very clever solutions to a small space; what is important is to think very carefully about things you need in the space that are absolutely essential. Think about how you want the space to feel as well; it’s not just the function but the feeling as well.
I have been recently asked to design a small garden office for a client who runs a charity. He wanted the space to have a bit of industrial, Brighton cafe feel and allow him to work. I arranged a space so that he has some space to put his laptop on, but also to relax and read if he decided to take a short break or invite someone in. There’s also some shelving to display his memorabilia from Africa, a super cool, vintage music player that ‘has it all’, and even some space to put notes.
Most importantly, his desk is facing the door/window, which was a very important factor to him. I totally understand, as mine is also facing the garden- irreplaceable!