Although the government is no longer forcing people to work from home, the number of people in the UK remote working remains high.
Whether you have actively asked your employer to allow you to continue to work from home or the company you work for has requested that you do, you may be concerned about the long-term logistics of this working style.
For many, the most pressing matter is space.
While you may have been happy to work at the dining room table in the short term or in the spare room with a makeshift office set-up, if you will work from home permanently, you need to find a more long-term solution.
Convert a conservatory into an office
Modern conservatories are an excellent option for remote workers who want to create a versatile space for a home office. Some of the most notable benefits of building a conservatory as an office space include:
- Outdoor views. If you have spent the last year or so staring at your living room wall while working, then the thought of looking at the views of your back garden will come as a welcome relief. Providing plenty of light into your working environment, you can enjoy reduced stress levels and enhanced productivity.
- Peace and quiet. Once you have your own dedicated workspace, you will find it much easier to shut yourself off from the rest of the house, which means fewer distractions and better efficiency.
- Convenience. If you have been effectively hot desking in your own home to accommodate the needs of the rest of your family, a home office in a conservatory will provide you with a constant and convenient space that is your own.
- Increase the value of your home. Adding a conservatory to your home can increase its value by roughly 7%. This means you will see a good ROI if you sell your property in the future.
- You do not need planning permission. In England, you do not need planning permission to add a conservatory to your home. You do, however, have to follow specific guidelines.
You may be worried that modern conservatories will become overheated in the summer months and feel cold during the winter. If this is the case, you should know that modern conservatories have been designed to eliminate these problems.
For example, you will find that modern conservatories that use triple glazing for enhanced energy efficiency and better protection from the elements. Triple glazing can also help to reduce noise, providing a more tranquil working space.
You can also invest in a warm roof system that will ensure your conservatory stays at a comfortable temperature all year round.
Adding blinds to your conservatory windows can allow you to control how much light comes into your new conservatory, which can help you to protect your eyes while you work.
Top tips for turning a conservatory into a home office
- Check your Wi-Fi connection
- Invest in clever storage solutions
- Paint the walls a calming colour
- Position your desk to face the window