Dalmeny Road 1Contemporary Garden Shed and Building, London
What Houzz contributors are saying:
Is wood the best option for the building?“A timber building can be airtight – it keeps heat energy in,” says Benjamin McPhee, whose team works from a log cabin in Wiltshire. “It’s also breathable – it lets moisture out. It will keep warm without being stuffy and, even with our PCs running in summer, we don’t need air conditioning.” The company uses northern European Siberian larch for all its garden buildings. Benjamin urges buyers to check for two eco standards when looking to buy or commission a design: the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), an umbrella organisation that cares for forests locally and globally; and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), an expert in sustainable forest management.Accoya and Tricoya rot-resistant wood composites are another eco-friendly option worth exploring.
How about those who don’t have space for an office indoors? Judging by the rise of ‘garden office’ in searches on Houzz, it seems homeowners are looking more and more to their outdoor plots for a solution.“Having realised that working from home, at least for some of the time if not full time, isn’t going away after the pandemic is over, people are asking for a garden office,” Yoko Kloeden says. “Even if they have one inside the home, our clients, who are often a couple, need a space for two.”Ready to find a professional to renovate your home? Look no further than the Houzz Professionals Directory, where you can see past projects and read client reviews for pros in your area.
Work in woodIf you’re weighing up which materials to use for your office space, timber is a great option, as it’s sustainable and has natural health-boosting properties. Barbara Fischer-Clark explains that her firm works in an eco timber house. “The timber comes from FSC-certified forests and is untreated,” she says. “The amazing characteristics of timber, such as breathability and antibacterial properties, can benefit the people working in this environment.” She cites a 2009 Austrian study, which found that children in a timber-clad or timber-furnished classroom had lower heart rates, were less stressed, and were more able to concentrate than those in standard classrooms.If you can’t incorporate wood in the structure of your building, try bringing in timber elements, such as furniture, shelving and accessories.