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5 important things to tell your garden room provider

5 important things to tell your garden room provider - Green StudiosIt’s been a great #GardenOfficeWeek, even if the weather hasn’t been quite as supportive as we hoped!

Green Studios bring the week to a close by sharing insider tips on the 5 important things to tell your garden room provider before making a final decision:

There are many things to consider when designing your new home office and selecting a garden room provider.

Our top three are: Insulation – check with your provider how they insulate the building. After all, with a home office, you need it to be useable all year round.

Security – having quality windows and doors in your home office is important. If you’re leaving expensive laptops, computers and systems in situ, you want to sleep soundly at night not worrying about your garden room.

Warranty of materials – what is the warranty on the garden room? If you’re planning to be in business for a long time (we hope you do), then make sure your office is built to last.

Amongst these big question items, here at Green Studios we’ve put together 5 important things to tell your garden room provider when creating your dream home office:

1. Not all businesses will be expecting a client to visit their office – but will you? Just because you work from home, doesn’t mean to say your office is your meet and greet space for clients. The last thing you want is your valued client tapping on your front door and no one replies! Install a very simple intercom system and your business will remain professional and you can welcome your client into your fabulous space.

2. How important is a sink and toilet? Office workers are used to the luxury of immediately having access to the important ‘facilities’, but question whether you want to add this additional cost and how important is it to you?

Whilst you have the luxury of working from home and being your own boss, you could also find yourself sat at your desk without moving for the last 2 hours! This isn’t good for your health, so a quick stroll up the path back into the house to give yourself a well-earned pit stop could be a good thing. However, if you’re set on having one installed, make sure you mention this at the start of the design process.

3. Have you checked your Wi-Fi? Your internet connection is going to be one of (if not THE) most important aspects to your business. Don’t leave it to the day of moving in to find out your Wi-Fi isn’t strong enough at the end of the garden. Take your laptop and test it out. There are simple ways to resolve it, but it’s important to raise the question upfront.

4. Would you like the room to be ‘ready to go’ the moment you step inside in the morning? You don’t want to waste time waiting for your home office to heat up. Despite even the cosiest of rooms, the requirement for a little heater in the winter generally applies. By installing a simple remote control system, you can turn on the power supply and lighting so your office is set up and ready to go when you are.

5. How much storage do you need? It’s sometimes difficult to think about the layout before you move in, but pay particular attention to storage. How much storage do you need for client files, your accounts, general paper work, stationery, printers, shredders – the list goes on!

There are creative ways to design maximum storage when you’re designing the project scope so ask for ideas. You can also create interconnecting doors if you want to have the office for more than one person so it gives you the flexibility of working together, but also privacy when needed.

So when you’re thinking of your amazing new space – remember these 5 important things to tell your garden room provider. They could turn your home office into your dream home office!

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