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Working wonders

The joy of a shepherd’s hut office in your garden

Your place to focus. Your place to create. Your place that is gloriously free from distraction and gives you control over the way you work.

A garden office offers tantalising benefits. Like embracing the best bits of homeworking, without the well-documented downsides. In an era where striving for work-life balance can sometimes feel like cycling a tightrope, a shepherd’s hut office could transform your working world and your leisure time too. Forget hotdesking, it’s time for hut desking.

Working from home. It’s not always easy, is it?

There are big benefits to homeworking. The commute is a doddle. And there’s never a queue for the kitchen. Yet without a designated office there are downsides, where the lines between business and leisure get blurry. Work time, leisure time and family time are flung into awkward cohabitation.

Without an office it can be hard for your brain to enter ‘work mode’ at the start of the day or properly exit ‘work mode’ at the end of it. This can lead to low productivity, increased stress and a feeling that you’re never really unplugged from your work, yet somehow never fully engaged either.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

A space that works, a space for work

More focus. More productivity. More freedom. Delineation of space can benefit all areas of your life. A garden shepherd’s hut office makes it possible to work from home while having a space where you can focus exclusively on your professional responsibilities – without distraction. Instead of setting up shop on your dining room table, you can walk into your own office with a sense of purpose. A controlled area in the midst of frenetic family life. And when you lock the office door on Friday afternoon, everything is there ready for you first thing on Monday morning.

It's not just your work life that stands to gain. When you are free to cordon off designated time and space for your work, it’s easier to enjoy leisure with more pleasure. Family time becomes something to enjoy, rather than keeping you away from work. And no more fretting about work email while you’re trying to rustle up an evening casserole. In short: when you can switch off from work, you can switch on to something else.

Working out: taking the inside, outside

Delineation of space isn’t the only way your professional life could benefit from taking your work outside. Time and again research has indicated that getting closer to nature is associated with decreased stress, more creativity, reduced attention fatigue and increased happiness.

A Plankbridge shepherd’s hut puts you in the box seat for taking in more of nature. With your choice of large windows, glass walls or skylights, you can enjoy plenty of natural light and attractive views of the outside world.

From the outside to the inside

Of course, what really matters is the inside of your shepherd’s hut. It’s all about creating an environment that you feel comfortable in. Somewhere that motivates you and inspires productivity. You deserve a space that liberates you to do what you do best. And our craftsmen can bring to life whatever your imagination concocts.

With smart ideas for hidden cabling, we can make sure your shepherd’s hut is connected with all the gear you need – including audio and visual equipment – without leads dangling everywhere. And whichever hut you choose, there will be space for up to three desks arranged in an ‘L’ or ‘U’ orientation. But that’s not all. Tropical fish tank in the corner? A hot tub to relax in at the end of the working week? It’s all up for grabs.

We can design your hut to work with any existing office furniture you have. Or get our master craftsmen to design your furnishings from scratch. We can also install a WC room or even a bed in segregated areas of your hut office. Perfect if you sometimes have work sprints that require early starts and late finishes.

Your space, your way. That’s all that matters.

Pure box office: we’ve seen all sorts

We’ve created a pleasing variety of workspaces over the years. From acoustically treated music studios through to an office for veterinary pharma. From artistic boltholes to a hub for remote HR operations. We really can cater for anything.

As you will see, we are happy to work on custom builds. But it’s our signature huts that prove most popular. The Snug is perfect if you just need one desk and has the option of daybed, stove and a comfy chair. For a little extra space you could choose The Cabin, which will easily fit two to three desks as well as a kitchen area and separate WC.

Will you need planning?

Once you have made the exciting decision to create a home office in your garden, the last thing you want is to be held back by red tape and bureaucracy. One of the great things about adding a workspace on wheels to your garden is that you are unlikely to need planning permission. And in the unlikely event that you do, the process of getting permission granted is likely to be straightforward and snag-free. That’s part of the beauty of enhancing your home with a shepherd’s hut.

Hunker down and get productive with a Plankbridge hut

Keen to get started? To discuss your requirements, please make an enquiry with our customer liaison team.