Working from home has many benefits, but sometimes it’s just too nice outside to stay cooped up inside. Or maybe you need a change of scenery to help you focus. If this is the case, then an outdoor office space might be the perfect solution for you! In this article, we will discuss some things to consider when creating an outdoor office space, such as location, protection from the elements, and furniture options. Stay productive outdoors this summer!
Before we continue, we should point out that the term “outdoor office space” may be a bit of a misnomer in some cases. You may want a space that is fully outdoors, or you may prefer something like a screened-in porch that gives you most of the benefits of being outdoors, but can be used even if the weather isn’t cooperating. No matter what type of space you are looking for, there are a few things to consider before getting started.
How often do you plan to use your space?
If you are only going to be working outdoors occasionally, then you may not need to invest in furniture or other items specifically for your outdoor office. However, if you plan on spending most of your workdays outdoors, you will want to make sure that you have everything you need to be comfortable and productive.
What is the climate like where you live?
If you live in an area with a lot of extreme weather (hot summers, cold winters), and you want to make sure that your space can be used year-round, a space that is enclosed and temperature controlled may be necessary. If you do want to use your space daily, consider a more protected location. A screened-in porch or an enclosed sunroom may be a better choice. These types of spaces will give you the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors without worrying about the weather.
If you live in the Greater Nashville Metropolitan area, you know the weather is anyone’s guess. It is best to be prepared for all kinds of extremes. At Landscape Solutions, we’re passionate about creating outdoor spaces that fit your lifestyle and stand up to everything the weather throws our way. Contact us online or call (615) 852-5009 today to schedule an appointment to discuss your outdoor office space.
On the other hand, if you live in a milder climate or only want to use the space occasionally, a simple canopy may provide enough protection from the elements.
Where do you want your office?
When choosing a location for your outdoor office space, there are a few things to consider. Think about how much sun or shade you would like. If you are going to be spending a lot of time outdoors, you will want to make sure that you have enough protection from the sun. If you only plan to use your outdoor office space from time to time, a shady spot under a tree or an umbrella may be all you need. But if you plan to spend time there daily, you will probably want an enclosed and temperature controlled space.
How close do you want to be to your house?
If you are working from home full-time, you may want to be close enough to take breaks indoors as needed. On the other hand, if you are only using the space occasionally, being further away from the house may not be an issue.
Do you need to minimize distractions and noise?
Another thing to think about is how much privacy you need. If you are going to be working on confidential projects or taking client calls, you will want to make sure that your outdoor office space is in a quiet location away from foot traffic – from inside or out. But if you are just using your space for general work tasks or checking email, a location closer to the house or the property line may be fine.
Do you need electricity or wifi?
This is another important consideration, especially if you plan on using your outdoor office space full-time. If so, you will need to make sure that there is an outlet nearby or have some installed. The same goes for wifi – if you need it for work, you will need to make sure that the signal is strong enough to reach your outdoor office space. You may need to move your router or install wifi signal boosters or a mesh network in your outdoor area.
What type of furniture do you need?
This will depend largely on how you plan to use your space. If it is really a combined use space and you are only going to be using it occasionally for meetings or conference calls, then a small table and chairs may be all you need. Sturdy, comfortable outdoor furniture that can be used when you’re not working will be a good choice.
However, if you are planning on setting up a more permanent workstation, you will want to make sure that you have a comfortable chair, a desk or solid table, adequate lighting, and possibly some storage options. What other amenities would you like to have in your outdoor office space? This is entirely up to you, but some people prefer to have a few creature comforts like a coffee pot or mini fridge. Others might want to add a TV so they can watch some news or the game while they work. It’s really about what will make you most comfortable and productive in your space.
What about the view?
Think about what type of view you would like from your outdoor office space. If you want to feel like you’re in a secluded retreat, choose a location that is a bit away from your house and surrounded by trees or landscaping. If you prefer an open feel, pick a spot with a view of the yard or garden. Putting your office on the back porch might be ideal.
On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!
Now that you know what to consider when creating an outdoor office space, it’s time to get started on your own project! If you live in the Greater Nashville Metropolitan area, contact Landscape Solutions today to get started. Let us help you find the perfect location for your outdoor office space. We will work with you to determine your needs and create a custom design that fits your lifestyle. We are passionate about helping our clients create beautiful and functional outdoor spaces that they can enjoy for years to come. Visit our website or give us a call at (615) 752-500 to learn more about our services. We look forward to working with you!