I’m lucky enough to be able to write from a garden office at my home in Bath. At 2m x 2m x 2.3m it’s not big, but big enough. A friend called it ‘Shedquarters’ once and the name stuck. The alternative, ‘Shoffice’ never had the same appeal.
In truth, it was my wife who suggested a garden office. As anyone starting a business from home will tell you, finding a space and coping with the clutter, noise and distractions of a young family isn’t easy. And I just couldn’t justify the expense of renting office space in Bath, a half hour’s walk away.
After 18 months I gladly moved out of the back bedroom and into the garden. The Shedquarters was born.
So it turns out that there’s more than 1.5 million people in the UK working from home, and tens of thousands of them have moved into a garden office. It’s a far cheaper option than moving or extending a house and as long as it’s under 2.4m shouldn’t need planning permission either.
What’s good for Roald Dahl, Dylan Thomas and Trevor Baylis is good for me! If you get the opportunity I recommend you try it 😉
With just The 49 Steps (true) from house to office, the commute’s the shortest I’ve had and snow doesn’t stop me either.
And yet there’s that handy psychological divide between work and home. The Shedquarters gives me the peace and quiet that writing needs and views over the famous Solsbury Hill as well.