A garden home office appeals hugely to me. I think it harks back to caveman times when man could colonise rock fissures and perhaps now modern man needs a man shed, a man den or a pod. Not just males either – women too.
There’s been an inexorable rise in self-employment and freelance work and the internet has made us all would-be “entrepreneurs” and with technology shrinking: like the advent of high speed broadband and laptops that are uber powerful, we can all nestle in gardens and make money.
I would like one, even though the box bedroom of our new-build is a perfect space.
I think what appeals is the separation. I could commute down the garden path, unlock the pod, boot up the iMac, fire up the Sonos and work. Then at night, I could lock up and hopefully switch off given the physical separation between house and office.
In expansive moments, I visualise a path meandering to the end of the garden (a tiny garden) with a curved pod waiting at the end, with a nice tub armchair, a panel heater, a compact desk, printer, iMac and a bookcase for those Instagram live parades.
A home office is much cheaper than an extension too and arguably more practical than a conservatory – which are generally ovens or freezers for most of the year.
It would cost only £10,000 maximum for a small space, resting on new foundations and with electricity, broadband and decent levels of insulation.
But that is what deters me: the costs of running a garden office.
If bedroom 5 is a perfect space that doesn’t cost an extra penny to run as it’s in an efficient new build, why would I want the costs of heating a home office for 6 months a year?
And in summer, would the glorified garden shed be too warm to sit in?
It’s one I’ll keep thinking about – any advice would be welcomed too.