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Is It Possible To Welcome Clients Into Your Home Garden Office?

A home garden office is a great place to home work, but if you clients to meet, then how can it work for you?

Not everyone wants to welcome clients directly into their workspace.

With confidential papers and – possibly – work clutter and the noise of other colleagues trying to get work done, it could give a less than positive impression and make having serious discussion tricky.

For many business owners, a dedicated meeting room is much less distracting and more professional environment to conduct business, whether this is in person or a quiet space to conduct Zoom meetings. But is it possible to create a multi-room home garden office which can provide space to work and to meet with clients?

You can welcome clients into your home garden office

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The first thing to acknowledge is that when building a home garden office, you can be entirely flexible.

As long as you have the space to build it in your back garden and it is not a listed building or Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, then it is likely that you will not need planning permission unless it is taller than average, or you want to build over 50% of the area of all your garden. However, always check the government planning regulations before your commence your build.

If you have a large enough garden, then it’s entirely possible that you could build a home garden office large enough to partition into different rooms. For example, you could welcome clients into a dedicated reception area which would not only be practical, keeping clients away from the main office work area, but also look very professional. A small sofa, a coffee machine and some artwork can provide a great first impression.

Separate ‘office’ and ‘meeting room’ areas could provide you with the space you need to impress clients and get work done.

It is even possible to plumb in a home garden office

This means that you can create a small kitchen area for employees to use, and even a toilet so that you don’t have to traipse back into the house when you have to go; and more importantly one you can offer clients to use.

Plumbing in a garden room will obviously take more build time and work out significantly more expensive than a straightforward one-room home garden office, but it could be an excellent investment which would help your business go from strength to strength over a number of years.

Other things to consider

A multi-room home garden office which has been plumbed in can have many alternate uses, should the business discontinue or move to difference premises. With separate rooms providing privacy, it could become a well-used living area, or even a place for visitors to sleep occasionally and would add value to the house too. However if you’re considering moving at a point in the future, then think about how you would cope without your office during the move, especially if you have other employees to consider, as relocating the business to new premises comes with its own considerations.

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Clever Tech for Your Home Garden Office

There is no reason why your home garden office should be a modest affair. Working from home doesn’t mean holding back on the gadgets – quite the opposite. Working from home means you’ve got the freedom to create the exact environment that you want. I makes sense to make life easier with the latest tech and gadgets.

Gone are the days when working from home meant being frugal and keeping things basic. A few years ago that might have been sound advice for working from home. These days, when technology is your friend (and might even help you avoid employing someone) it’s almost always best to invest!

Clever Tech for Your Home Garden Office

Everyone wants an easy life, right? So why shouldn’t that apply to working from home? Where in the past you might have been working in an office with an assistant, working from home with the latest gadgets to hand is the new productivity booster. 

Below are some gadgets you should really consider for your home garden office.

A Robot Vacuum Keeps it Clean

The last thing you want to do after a hard day working in your home garden office is to clean it too. There’s no question it needs to be done, but really, who can be bothered?  A robot vacuum will do the job for you (and it won’t even audibly sigh as it passes to let you know what a chore it is). Obviously surfaces will still need to be wiped and polished, but you’ll half your cleaning time if your daily vacuuming is automated.

An AI Assistant Runs Your Home Garden Office

Cheaper than a person (and probably more organised) an AI assistant will help keep you up to speed with your daily tasks. Whether your allegiance is with Google, Alexa or any other friendly robots, investing in some form of digital assistant will make your day easier to manage. Tell it about meetings, Skype calls and deadlines to help organise your week.

Home Garden Office tech

A Smart Air Purifier Keeps Your Brain Working

Poor air quality can leave you feeling sluggish. If you’re not getting enough good quality air, it can really affect your brain power. A smart air purifier is a compact purifier that can be controlled from your phone. While in the summer you can open the windows for fresh air, the same can’t be said for the winter months. Cold or wet days mean windows and doors stay firmly shut. When this happens, it’s your air purifier’s time to shine. They monitor humidity, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and volatile organic compounds which you can see on your app and adjust your settings accordingly.

A Smart Coffee Machine Keeps Thirst at Bay

Like your coffee a bit too much? Waste time nipping to prepare refills and spend time standing around doing nothing while the coffee is prepared? Sounds like you need a smart coffee maker! You can control brewing your beans from an app. Each coffee machine out there is a little different but most let you set timers, brew automatically and send notifications to your phone when it’s ready. A perfect way to save time and keep you caffeinated!

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