Creating a dedicated home workspace
More people are enjoying the flexibility of home working. Who wouldn’t prefer strolling to a purpose-built garden office rather than taking the tube? ‘Living and working in one place is fascinating on a psychological level,’ says architect Warren Hagues. ‘We designed a basement studio for a client and, each morning, he would leave by the front door and use the outside stairs to get there. That sense of physical separation is essential.’
Warren and his practice partner Matt Hedges have created many tailor-made garden rooms in the local area. Projects have included artists’ studios, where maximising light is a priority, spaces that incorporate kitchen and shower facilities or successfully integrate office and gardening equipment, a gym, a wine cellar and even a hydrotherapy pool.
‘Achieving a result that looks smart and functions efficiently often comes down to the finest detail,’ explains Warren. ‘Matt and I are used to operating in conservation areas, negotiating the planning process and overcoming problems such as tree root systems and drainage and utility supply issues. We can even provide a turf roof to ensure the new building blends in with the bucolic surroundings.’
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