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Working without interruptions? Retreat to your garden office!

Working without interruptions

Do you run your own business and do you work from home all the time? Or do you often take work home with you? Whatever your situation, a garden office – a relaxing office space in the middle of your own garden – is perfect for working without being interrupted and delivering the best performance possible. Read on to discover everything you need to know about your own gorgeous garden office!

A garden office – uh, come again?

Perhaps you’ve seen them on television or on the internet: garden offices are the hottest trend of the moment. 

A garden office or garden studio is a home office in a separate building in the garden. It’s a place that allows you to stay completely focused, a hide-away from phone calls that take you out of the zone, noisy colleagues, chores or other visible reminders of that growing household to-do list. What’s more, with its views of the garden, your office is an environment where inspiration can flow freely. Last but not least: you’re only a couple of meters away from your home, so bye bye daily commute to work!

Creating your own garden office

The sudden popularity of garden offices has got designers, do-it-yourselfers and other creatives improvising. They have come up with a wide variety of options for creating a garden office:

  • Transform your screen porch or sun room into a home office. It’s not really a garden office, but it takes you very close to the real deal anyway.

  • Set up your garden office in your garden shed. Though this solution is cheap and easy, it does not guarantee the most practical or high-quality working space.

  • What about an ‘office pod’, a home office tucked into a cozy, portable unit? These modules are quite pricy, but you do get a unique design and an unforgettable work environment in return.

  • If you want a large office space with all the trimmings, you can even put a freestanding building in your garden – think a garage with large windows, central heating and of course a beautiful desk. 

  • A fully closable terrace cover can also provide the perfect home office. Go for a high-end covering with mobile slats and sidewalls. In the summertime you can enjoy working outside, while the rest of the year you’ll be comfortably sheltered from showers and cold breezes.

Telecommuting and working at home, not just a phase

More and more people are working from home a couple of days a week or even every day. Governments and companies are putting their stakes on telecommuting and working at home, because flexibility becomes increasingly important for both employers and employees. Make sure your home or garden office meets the highest quality standards. This means using sustainable materials, installing a central heating system and air conditioning, and paying attention to ergonomics.

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Turn your garden into a relaxing retreat with a pool and lounge area

Turn your garden into a relaxing retreat

Gardens owe much of their popularity to their calming effect. They’re the perfect place to de-stress after a hard day’s work. Make yourself comfortable on that lounge chair and feel the tension in your shoulders flow away. What better place to relax than a pool with lounge area?

Nothing beats relaxing at home

Are you always busy, busy, busy? Is your schedule getting the better of you? Are you overloaded with responsibilities, both at work and at home? You’re not alone. More and more people are struggling to cope with stress and unrealistic expectations. Expected to be available all day and every day, we’re finding it nearly impossible to have a minute all to ourselves. 

It’s no wonder de-stressing has become the new trend. We all need time to catch our breath every once in a while, relaxing and truly enjoying life to the fullest. A spa weekend or a romantic getaway are perfect to escape the rat race, but there’s an even better solution closer to home: de-stressing in your own garden!

Keeping it cool with a pool in your garden 

Do you love the outdoor life and want to spend your summer relaxing to the max? A pool in your garden provides everything you need:

  • Hours and hours of fun for you and your children, with no TV or tablet in sight.
  • An outdoor pool is a must-have to stay cool on hot summer days.
  • Swimming is a healthy workout. Your muscles will thank you!
  • Being near water has a calming effect: get into that Zen state of mind. 
  • An outdoor pool or swimming pond adds a luxurious, elegant touch to your garden.

Don’t forget to include a lounge area

To get the most out of your outdoor pool – and to de-stress completely – installing cozy lounge furniture near your pool is simply indispensable. A lounge area is perfect for sunbathing, devouring book after book, entertaining friends with cocktails, ...

lounge area garden

Decorating an outdoor lounge is easy-peasy. Go for stylish furniture that matches your pool and garden. A modern garden requires minimalist design furniture, while a romantic landscape garden looks its best with an elegant, rustic seating area. Do you want to enjoy your pool and lounge seats no matter the time of day? A few parasols, a canopy or a pergola and heating elements will do the trick.

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Hydrotherapy outdoor space

sunken swim spa under a camargue

Garden House Design were commissioned to design and build a hydrotherapy outdoor space that also took full advantage of the surrounding countryside location.

We are delighted to say the clients think we got it spot on with a sunken swim spa under a RENSON Camargue with lighting and fix screen blinds, freestanding on a Millboard composite deck and finished with glass balastrades. Only problem now is keeping the kids out of the pool!

Realisation: Garden House Design

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7 tips for a care free garden!

Care free garden

Laying out a garden is not a one-time task but a growing process. You should see the lay-out of your garden as a path towards success.

  1. Plan ahead 
    Think about all things you need to do in your garden and all tasks you like and do not like. Things you do not like you have to avoid as much as possible. If you for example think it is annoying to weed out, than think about how to minimise the amount of weed (see next tip).
  2. Do not give weeds a chance 
    The most annoying and time-consuming task is weeding out. A solution for this problem is an adapted bottom covering. You can use synthetic or natural materials such as compost, wooden chips, stones or grind.
    By setting the plants as close as possible next to each other, you limit the amount of sunlight, which gives weeds less chance of growing. 
  3. Put the right plant in the right place 
    All plants need maintenance, but the right plant in the right place can reduce the amount of work. Take into account the plant’s needs: sun, shadow, lots of water, less water… Put the plants that needsunlight not in the shadow and put the thirsty plants close to the garden hose. 
    Avoid plants with thorns or sharp edges or put some softer plants nearby, so the passengers do not get scratched. 
    Put the big plants not in too small pots. This leads to additional maintenance and safety problems.
  4. Think twice about a pond 
    A pond can be beautiful in your garden, but you should also take into account many maintenance problems: spring clean, making the pond ice free in winter, leaks, water circulation, the fishes’ health…
  5. Provide paths and hard grounds 
    Lay out hardened paths in your garden that are broad enough for wheelchairs. Give small corners in your garden a hard ground. In this way, you create small terraces in your garden.
  6. Avoid small pots 
    Pots can be very time-consuming as they need water on a daily basis. Choose therefore for bigger pots and put these close to your garden hose. Moreover, you may not forget to call someone to water your plants when you are gone. 
    Luckily, there also exist pots with a water reservoir that catch the redundant water to give it back to the plants later.
  7. Choose bushes instead of flowers 
    Instead of flowers, you can also bring more colour into your garden by planting trees or bushes. Flowers are more difficult to maintain, as they frequently need water, need to be cut and need to be fertilized.

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