Work in a garden office from home to beat rail price rise

Today sees action being taken by commuters at railway stations across Britain in protest at the announced fare

hikes. Train ticket prices are expected to rise by anything from 5% to 10%, way above inflation or salary increases – in real terms, some commuters may be paying an extra £1000 a year for their work travel in the next couple of years. Statistics back up claims that people in the south-east of England, at least, are routinely spending 15% of their salary on commuting costs. With such extortionate train costs, and petrol being no better should you use a car for commuting, it is no wonder that so many people in Britain are starting to work from home.

Our company makes high-quality garden offices, and has seen a big rise in the numbers of people who are choosing to be home-based rather than travel to an office. Scepticism is rife that the claimed purpose of this rise in ticket prices, to raise revenue for improvements across the network, is unlikely to result in any visible regeneration of rail services. All too often in the past, investment has not resulted
in any discernible results. Passengers already angry that they pay a hefty proportion of their salary just to stand on overcrowded, dirty, late trains were never likely to receive well the news that they would have to pay even more for the privilege. In these days of high speed internet and teleconferencing, there is no reason why many people cannot choose – or ask – to work from home. A bespoke garden office can be the ideal answer to the rising costs of commuting – with many spending thousands a year on train tickets, a home office could soon pay for itself, not to mention the time saved, increase in productivity and value it will add to your home. If you think it could be a solution for you, have a look at our garden office range.


Garden Offices: A Working Haven

A garden studio is an increasingly popular alternative to a home-based office. The fact that you are physically separated from your home means that you are isolated from your family, reducing the number of interruptions and distractions while you try to work. Instead of making do with a table in your kitchen or squeezing yourself in beside the bed in the guest room, you will find that a garden office provides you with a tailor-made space which is easy to equip with everything you need – from shelves and filing cabinets to desks and computers – in order to achieve maximum efficiency.Garden offices do not require planning permission and can be erected and ready to occupy in the space of just a few days.

Compared to the cost of building an extension or converting your loft they are extremely affordable and create far less mess and upheaval. Garden rooms are not limited to just being used as offices. You could turn yours into a place to listen to or play music, a home gymnasium, an artistic studio, a play room for your children or just a quiet place to relax and get away from it all. Because they are so flexible, garden offices will ultimately make your property more valuable. While conservatories and loft extensions have only a limited number of uses because of potential noise pollution, the fact that a garden room is a separate building means the possibilities are endless.

Garden offices also allow you to enjoy your garden from a whole new perspective, all year round. With high-quality insulation, ventilation and double glazing, your room will remain comfortable no matter what the weather. With a wide range of styles and designs from which to choose, it’s easy to find something that fits in with the overall look of your property. This way you can be sure that your garden studio will not only add to the value of your home, but will also enhance the look of your garden as a whole. If you want to find out more about the range of garden offices that we offer, you’ll find details on this site or you can contact our friendly team.


Working from home can be fulfilling with a garden studio

These days, it is becoming easier and more beneficial to regularly do business from the comfort of one’s own home. Even ignoring the crowding caused by the Olympics this summer, a lot of us have lengthy commutes to deal with, making it very difficult to go into an office every day. However, some feel that working from home, with the domestic distractions all around, can cause demotivation and distraction.

Instead, doing work from the comfort of a garden studio on your own property can provide the solution to both problems. In the past, working from home was discouraged and, in the rare instance that it occurred, it was generally looked down upon. In the lead up to the Olympic Games, however, the Mayor of London was positively effusive about the possibility and this reflects the modern perception that working from home is now widely accepted. Those who work at home or from a garden studio may feel alone but in a report from 2011, it was detailed that there were actually 2.43 million people in Britain that ran businesses from home.

That number represents one in 12 of the working population and continues to increase year on year.
Many appreciate the change of scenery that occurs when going from the home to work – the capacity to differentiate, mentally, between your domestic and work environment can be crucial to peace of mind in both spheres – and a garden office can actually provide this same effect.

Furthermore, the option of having a garden office is increasingly regarded as a status symbol and a luxurious supplement to your house. Instead of just building a plain room outside or one attached to the roof, a garden studio can come in many forms. This type of office can be placed outside on a piece of property and can be made in a variety of sizes and styles.
For those who prefer a traditional style, Garden Lodges have a range of cedar clad lodges with apex roofs. All the garden rooms are eco-friendly and manufactured from insulated panels, and are equipped with full heat, electricity, and any other amenities that are necessary for one’s business. Floor to ceiling windows can be used to usher in a great deal of light.


Garden rooms for the sports fanatic: never miss a game again

With thousands of TV channels available today, it is highly unlikely that every member of the family will want to watch the same thing. For sport fans, this issue can be especially inconvenient because the outcome of whatever game they are missing will likely be broadcasted before they have a chance to watch a rerun or a recording. A completely customisable garden room from Garden Lodges could be the perfect solution. The sport fans in the family could have their own area to cheer on their favourite teams, without disturbing the rest of the family.

Garden Lodges has been so successful with their garden rooms because they create a great, personal space for less money than a house extension or loft conversion. The ability to provide insulation, integral electrics for power, lighting and communication services makes these spaces amenable to becoming a space for the sports fanatic of the family. Garden Lodges will even conduct a no-obligation site survey to determine the suitability of their products to each individual’s garden. If they see that the space is adequate, they also provide a full planning service to ensure that the new space agrees with the Local Planning Authority’s guidelines. Once the planning is done, projects usually take weeks instead of the months that a house extension or loft conversion can take. Therefore, sport fans can be in their very own customised sports haven in a timely manner.

Not a big sports fan? Garden Lodges has the ability to create an almost infinite number of possibilities for garden living. One of their most popular products is the garden office. Whether running a business from home or just working from home, these spaces offer a quiet, separate space away from the house to maximise efficiency. Another popular product is the garden studio. In the past, Garden Lodges has built soundproof music studios as well as art studios. No need for a separate space for your hobby? Garden rooms can be a great place to simply create an additional living space or studio apartment.


Garden Offices of the past

The famous 18th century poet William Cowper, admired and respected by both Wordsworth and Coleridge among many others, is often considered to be one of the forerunners of Romantic poetry. In addition to his poetry, he is known for his letters, translations and essays, and for writing many hymns still sung today. Like many brilliant artists, Cowper was plagued by fluctuating moods and emotions and even mental instability – and also like many other artists, he found it easiest to do his writing in a garden room. Cowper called his quaint summerhouse his ‘Sulking Room’, and it can still be visited today at his house in Olney, Buckinghamshire.


Cowper is known for writing about the countryside and everyday life. With this in mind, his garden office must have been the ideal location for both inspiring his imagination and encouraging concentration. Garden lodges and rooms often seem to have a positive mental effect as well as being practical. Being that much closer to nature is a bonus in today’s technological, digital life – although certainly the buildings from us here at Garden Lodges are fully compatible with the latest technology and we can connect them up for you as we build.

These days, garden rooms are still popular as artists’ studios, whether that art is writing, painting, music or pottery. However, there has also been a huge rise in the popularity of working from home, and with that often goes a need for a bespoke home office. All too often, homeworkers quickly discover that working from a spare bedroom, or indeed the kitchen table, just doesn’t work. There is no separation between home life and work, interruptions are frequent, and concentration is impossible. Choosing to build garden offices is the option many people go for these days, especially since it adds value to the property as well. Our range includes many different options and every single office is bespoke to your particular requirements. Cowper’s comment on his ‘Sulking Room’, it would seem, is just as applicable to garden rooms today: “It is secure from all noise, and a refuge from intrusion”.


Garden Rooms and Garden Rage….

Here at Garden Lodges we like to keep our customers up to date with the latest news and interesting information regarding garden rooms and the garden environment in general. This week we found the results of a survey conducted by the BBC Gardeners’ World magazine insightful and slightly amusing.

The research was based on 800 interviews conducted by Gardeners’ World magazine with the aim of discovering what annoys people most while they are out enjoying their garden – a phenomenon that has been dubbed ‘garden rage’. There are a number of predictable inclusions such as loud music, radios and televisions, mobile phones, dogs barking, security lighting flashing on and off and parties, there were also some more unusual irritations on the list such as the smell of fabric conditioner, stray chickens, model aeroplanes and the sound of wind chimes.

Another annoyance that is creeping up the list of irritants that cause ‘garden rage’ is the hot tub. This relatively new phenomenon, which has made its way over from Scandinavia via America, is becoming increasingly annoying for neighbours that complain about the continuous bubbling sound as well as the tendency for them to bring with them late night parties.

The top 10 causes of garden rage were as follows:

1. Television and radio sounds
2. Parties
3. Children
4. Power tools
5. House alarms
6. Hot tubs
7. Barbecue smoke
8. Cats
9. Bright security lights
10. Bins

Today many people have such busy lifestyles that the garden is becoming increasingly important as a place to find some peace and relax. To make the most of your outdoor space, it is important to choose appropriate furniture, plants, and consider other features such as garden rooms. Garden rooms can provide an ideal space in which to make the most of your garden, whatever the weather.

If you are interested in adding a garden room to your property, visit us at Garden Lodges – whether you are looking for a new area to relax in, or even a new area to work in (such as a garden office or a garden studio), we can create a design to suit your needs. Garden Rooms are highly versatile and the space can be adapted as required.


Garden Rooms and dictionaries

So just what do garden offices and dictionaries have in common? Our historical research into garden rooms has found that way back in 1878, the then editor of the Oxford University Press English Dictionary, James Murray, worked from a garden office he called his ‘Scriptorium’. This was not quite as contemporary and innovative as our designs, but the man had the right idea. The Scriptorium was built within the grounds of Mill Hill School where he was a member of staff and was constructed out of corrugated iron.


When Murray began the colossal job of compiling a modern English Dictionary he clearly understood the need to have a quiet, peaceful work space that has minimal distractions. When the final dictionary was published in 1928 with over 400,000 words and approximately 1,830,000 citations, the job became even bigger – as word passed throughout the country, James began to receive thousands of letters in the post with suggestions for the dictionary. The job was to capture every word in the English spoken language with every possible meaning.

After six 6 years in his original scriptorium, James had another garden office built at his home, which was a bigger version with more storage and workspace. When the job was moving at full pace he even had his very own post box erected outside his house to take the strain off the Post Office.

Today, the school has its own garden office which has been erected in memory of lexicographer James Murray. Called ‘The Script’, it is used for the students as both an IT centre and a peaceful place to study.

If you are in need of a peaceful place to work away from your home life, you may want to consider a garden office from Garden Lodges. Our modern designs are created to meet the needs of our clients and are highly adaptable no matter what field you may work in. If you already have an office that works well for you, our garden rooms and garden studios are perfect for extending your living area, perhaps as a fitness gym, playroom or just an area to unwind and relax.


Your very own garden room may be beneficial to your health

With all the troubling topics in the news today, such as economic crises and political turmoil, many of us crave the chance to escape the stresses of daily life. It is always nice to have a special place close to home to unwind. Your own garden room can be just that – a completely personalised place, designed for your relaxation needs, right on your own property. A “room” means that it is simply a building with four walls, a door and a window, but there are many other possible additions.

The BBC has done research on negative life stressors, including a death in the family, divorce, unemployment and being in a bad relationship. Such incidents can often lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, high anxiety or even a stroke. In other words, high levels of stress over long periods of time can lead to death. In addition, many people do not know how to properly handle this tension and turn to coping strategies that are even unhealthier – including drinking alcohol, overeating, taking drugs, antisocial behaviour and smoking cigarettes.

Clearly, people need healthy alternatives to keep their lives balanced. One solution often discussed is exercise, but going to the gym is simply not for everyone and over time gym memberships can be very expensive. An alternative would be to use a personal gym in a garden room.

If you are looking for ways to reduce the stress in your life, a garden room may be the perfect solution. The BBC suggests a variety of activities, including taking a nap, getting a massage, expressing yourself artistically or using meditation to reduce stress – any of which could be accomplished in such a space. Garden Lodges, a company specialising in creating bespoke garden rooms, has built home offices, pool houses, home cinemas, games rooms, gyms, art and music studios.


Garden Rooms: The 2012 Shed of the Year Awards!

Garden Rooms News: This week has seen the results of the prestigious Shed of The Year Award announced. The winner was John Plumridge from Shrewsbury, who has spent four long years converting his shed into his very own pub. Called The Woodhenge Pub, this garden shed pub is home to an astonishing 500 different real ale bottled varieties, 110 ciders and even a few spirits.
The Shed of the Year Award saw 2000 entries this year, from the weird to the wonderful. There was a whole host of fantastic creations, including Britain’s smallest working post office, an eco-friendly solar shed and even one that paid tribute to Dr Who’s Tardis. Although The Woodhenge Pub won overall best in the competition, there were several categories including garden office, ecofriendly, summerhouse, unique, garden studio, pub, tardis and normal garden shed.

The judging panel included the founder of the competition Andrew Wilcox, property expert Sarah Beeny, author Neil Gaiman, self-proclaimed ‘Sheddie’ and author of Shedworking Alex Johnson, as well as 2011 winner Jon Earl. The judging panel has witnessed tougher competition year on year, as garden rooms and garden studios become ever more popular.

Perhaps surprisingly, individuals in London submitted the most shed entries to the competition. London offered 63 entries, followed by 42 from Kent and 35 from both Lancashire and Essex. This year it was the garden office category which proved the most popular, with more than 125 entries. More and more people are choosing to work from home and avoid long commutes.

Here at Garden Lodges this news got us thinking about all the possibilities there are for garden rooms. Some of the entries for the competition were really inspirational and unique, and yet still completely possible in your own garden, no matter what space you have available. Our bespoke garden studios or garden offices can be designed to fit where required. If you have specific ideas or a specific purpose for your garden room, you can discuss this with the team and they can advise you on the best ways to meet your needs. If you have any questions or if you would like to book a site survey, please contact us


Time for Tennis

Here at Garden Lodges, we’re gearing up for this afternoon’s semifinal at Wimbledon, when Andy Murray takes on Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The Directors and several staff members of Garden Lodges come from Glasgow, Murray’s city of birth, so support for him is particularly high here at head office. Although Murray has reached this stage of Wimbledon for the past four years running, it is the first time he has gone into the match as favourite.

Due to play second on Centre Court this afternoon, it is likely that the Friday afternoon rush hour will see more than its fair share of hasty drivers, anxious to get home in time to watch some of the match. How are you planning to enjoy the tennis? Pimms and lemonade accompanied by strawberries and cream is the ideal, preferably sitting in warm sunshine if you can persuade someone to drag the TV outside.


As I write, however, the weather outside the window is looking distinctly unpleasant, rain and wind battering the road and cars. This really is the perfect scenario for which a garden room or garden studio would be ideal. Centre Court has its own invaluable roof these days, but it’s not only the risk of rain which a garden lodge can alleviate. As they can be fully habitable, a garden room can have its own TV, comfortable furniture and even a kitchen area to prepare those strawberries. If you haven’t got tickets for Centre Court, at least you could get out into your garden room to recreate some of the atmosphere. It’s likely that this afternoon, that would even be preferable to the exciting but soggy Murray Mound. Call us today to get your very own garden lodge installed, ready for the rest of the
sport in this exciting Olympic year.