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If working from home has become the new normal for you, it might be time to start thinking about setting up a proper office.

 

Businesses up and down the country are keeping their employees out of the office for as long as possible to avoid an outbreak of COVID-19, some are even considering allowing people to work from home indefinitely! Of course, few people ever thought that they'd find themselves in this position and even fewer have dedicated office spaces in their homes.

 

Speaking to people who find themselves suddenly working from home, you'll hear the same difficulties come up time and time again. "I don't have a proper space where I won't be disturbed by the kids", "I'm having to use the coffee table as a desk", "I'm struggling to separate work and home life"... the list goes on. 

 

Well, we've been thinking about possible solutions for these people, and we think a sunroom office could be the answer to all these problems. You've probably seen previous blogs we've shared about adding a garden office to your home before, but today we're going to talk about converting your sunroom into an office.

 

Strip it back

To convert your sunroom into an office, the first thing you need to do is declutter. What are you using your sunroom for currently? Is it a cosy relaxation space? An outdoor dining area? Or simply extra storage space?

 

However you're using your sunroom, you'll need to strip it back if you want to create a functional office, and while the dining table might be a healthy addition to your new office - beanbags, blankets and dog beds definitely won't. 

 

The best workspaces are free from clutter and fairly minimal in design. Having too many 'things' around can distract you from your work and make you feel overwhelmed. So, take a look at your sunroom and decide what needs to come out of there so your office conversion can commence.

 

Converting your sunroom into an office

The way that you set up your new garden office conversion can have a huge impact on your productivity. As we've previously mentioned, minimal design and clutter-free spaces are ideal. You should consider:

  • Facing your desk away from the garden so you don't get distracted by things in the garden
  • Taking advantage of the natural light by keeping windows and doors clear of furniture
  • Allowing space for things you need for work eg. paperwork, folders, coffee (of course!)
  • Closing the door and reminding people not to disturb you during work hours
  • Keeping your phone out of reach

 

Benefits of a sunroom office conversion

So, by now you're probably wondering - why should I convert my sunroom rather than another room in the house? There are a few benefits to choosing an outdoor office, including:

  • Lots of natural light
  • Easy access to fresh air
  • An obvious separation between your 'work' space and your 'home' space

If you don't already have a sunroom that you can convert into an office, we can help! We have a wide range of sunrooms that can be fully customised with lights, heaters and shades to help you create the perfect office space. Get in touch to find out more.

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Building a veranda

 

The SunSpaces installation team recently spent a few days in the East Midlands. They were there to construct an Ultra veranda for a customer in Rutland - the installation took approximately three days, and one of our installers, Mike, was taking photos and sending us regular updates throughout the project.

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Over recent years, more and more households up and down the country have added a sunroom to their property with the aim of combining their outdoor space with the indoors. As well as this, sunrooms bring a host of other fantastic benefits such as providing extra space and adding greater value to your property. For these reasons, it comes as no surprise that more homes are seeing the introduction of sunrooms, rather than conservatories, which have been the go-to for UK homes over the last 20 years. 

 

Despite the popularity of conservatories, one of the biggest drawbacks that they bring during the warmer, summer months is overheating, another reason why more homeowners are switching to sunrooms. Now, we're not saying that sunrooms do not get hot during the summer, they do, we are just saying that they are far less likely to turn into a walk-in oven that's attached to your home. However, if we are lucky enough to get a sustained period of warm weather in the UK, you may feel the temperature beginning to rise within your sunroom, something you might want to avoid if you or your family spend the majority of your time there getting away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

 

So, what can you do lower the temperature? Here we present you with five simple ways to keep your sunroom cool in the summer! 

 

How to keep your sunroom cool in the summer

 

Insulate, insulate, insulate 

As sunrooms are often added to homes after the home is initially built, homeowners tend to forget to insulate them which can lead to increased temperatures during the summer. Therefore, an easy way to keep your sunroom cool during hot periods of weather is to add proper insulation. One great way to insulate your sunroom is to add multi-foil insulation. This acts as a vapour-controlled insulation blanket that will not only keep your sunroom cool in the summer but warm in the winter. It also helps to prevent damp, reduce glare and minimise the risk of the fading of your furnishings as a result of extensive exposure to the sun. 

 

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Sunroom

 

Our stylish glass sunrooms are fast becoming an extremely popular alternative to more traditional home extensions.

 

This is partially because our sunrooms can be installed with no foundation whatsoever.

 

So installing a SunSpaces garden room is far quicker and less labour-intensive than building a conservatory.

 

What's the Difference Between a Sunroom and a Conservatory?

 

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An afternoon on the patio is a great way to relax and unwind, but it's not such a pleasant proposition during spells of wet weather. It's hard to enjoy a glass of wine and a good book when you're getting rained on!

 

But there is an alternative to dashing indoors when the weather takes a turn for the worse.

 

Patio veranda

 

Pictured: Aspire Veranda

 

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