Why You Need an Outdoor Office: The Benefits of Working Next to Nature

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Updated on 20 May 2019 · 3 min read
An outdoor office is a relatively new concept. Although people have been working from home for many years, advances in technology and employers attitudes towards the holistic well-being of their staff means more people are working from home than ever before. Working in an outdoor office (as opposed to sitting on your sofa) is a trend that’s catching on among the modern remote workforce.

A garden office can help to increase your productivity, improve your mental health, and double up as place to entertain once your working day has finished. Working in an outdoor office has loads of advantages, some are listed below.

The benefits of working in an outdoor office

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Whether you’re self-employed and trying to avoid the stresses of the daily grind, or your boss lets you do your job from home part of the week, there is a lot to be gained from working close to nature.

Fresh air is a miracle worker

In addition to fresh air being much nicer to breath in than the communal office air-con, it’s got lots of benefits for your overall health. Open your windows (and doors – weather permitting) when working in your outdoor office to improve your well-being.

Breathing in fresh air has been linked to improving digestion, lowering blood pressure, and strengthen your immune system. Stale indoor air can house a lot of nasty bugs that fresh air doesn’t, so don’t be surprised if you don’t get ill as much when you’re regularly working in fresh air.

Your stress levels might drop

It’s hard to avoid stress completely, but working close to nature can help decrease your stress levels. It is thought that stress levels drop when people spend time in nature for a few reasons. One being that the air quality is better, and breathing in oxygen-rich air can help your body produce more serotonin – the happy hormone.

Another reason your stress levels might drop is down to being surrounded by plants. Researchers aren’t sure on the exact links, but found that people are calmer and more productive when working surrounded by plants than when they are not. Some surmise that because the green colour of the leaves is easier for your eyes to see, they’re doing less work and that helps you to relax all over.

green is calming in your home outdoor office

Better Productivity

Working close to nature in an outdoor office can increase your productivity. As mentioned above, studies show that people who are surrounded by plants are more productive, which could be one explanation.

Another explanation is based on a management theory, where if a worker feels they have more freedom to make their own choices, they will be more productive than when a manager is breathing down their neck. Modern management techniques try to consider what makes workers happy, because a happy worker is a hard worker. Unsurprising, it was found that workers don’t like to be told what to, so the freedom of working at home in a garden office might means the workload gets done much quicker.


Our Garden Office Features

Zero Maintenance

Modern Garden Offices are designed with the future in mind, and once your new workspace is in place there’s nothing to do to maintain it – ever! We use top-grade materials to ensure your garden office stands up to the elements for decades.

No Planning Needed

We have specifically designed our outdoor workspaces to meet pre-approved planning permission guidelines for garden offices. In most cases your Modern Garden Office can be installed without a planning application.

30+ Year Lifespan

We use innovate building methods and exceptional quality materials to ensure our Modern Garden Offices have a minimum life span of 30-years. All our buildings are backed by a 10-year warranty as standard, to give you peace of mind.

Equipped for Work

Modern Garden Offices are purpose-built workspaces, so we’ve factored in everything you need for comfort and productivity. Internet, telecoms, and plenty of power sockets can be included and placed wherever you like.

Fully Customisable

Our garden office designs can be easily customised. From the size and shape of the building to the quantity, style and placement of windows, doors, fixtures and fittings; we tailor your Modern Garden Office to your exact requirements.

Year-Round Use

Your garden office is designed for use throughout the seasons. Industry-leading energy efficient insulation to keeps your office space cosy, and we build in heating, lighting, and other home comforts so you can work year-round.

I have recently had a garden room built and am so pleased with the finished product. Although it is one of the smaller rooms, it has given me a spacious working space that has exceeded my expectations.

Jo Hunt (September 2021)

Steve and Sam completed our room not that long ago and it was a fantastic job through from our initial contact with Mandy to the final completion.

Graham Cartmell (September 2021)

From start to finish the Modern Garden Rooms team we're fantastic. Michael was great with the plans and talking us through our options and what would work to make the most of the small space we had.

Becky, Seth and Fern Bignall (October 2021)

Hi Mandy hope all is well with you. Many thanks for a wonderful space that you and your team created for us.

Matt from Liversedge (July 2020)

Communication is amazing, and Mandy is very thorough! Looking forward to works in the future.

David from Potton (June 2020)

Hi Amy, Martin & Jack were great this week. We enjoyed the build and greatly appreciated their efforts.

Richard from Sheffield (June 2020)

Hi Jonny, very happy with Lewis – good guy who gets on with the job and is easy to work with. The pool house looks great.

Janice From London (June 2020)

Lewis thank you once again for all your hard work over the past few days. The room looks fantastic, and we are delighted with it.

Corinna from Doncaster (April 2020)

Just like to say how great your guys were to deal with- a real credit to any business and exceptionally hard working.

Allen from Guildford (March 2020)

Hi Jonny! We are very happy thanks. It looks brilliant and the guys were lovely.

Jo from Farnham (March 2019)

Thanks again for everything. You’ve done a cracking job. I look forward to passing on your details to plenty of jealous friends and clients!

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