The pandemic dramatically changed the way the workplace world saw remote employment. At first, it seemed like a temporary solution during mandated lockdowns, but as many places are lifting restrictions, the desire to work from home is growing stronger. Remote employment is expected to have doubled by the end of 2021, and it is anticipated that most of the workforce will be at least partially remote by 2025.
With this in mind, it’s not surprising that many expert real estate agents, like the ones at Harvey Kalles Real Estate, have seen demand skyrocket for homes to have a dedicated office space. But having home office space doesn’t have to be confined to the walls of your house. The equally strong desire for the outdoor space has formed one of the most popular property trends of the year: outdoor workspaces.
85% of experts agree that homeowners are more likely to invest in outdoor living spaces than before the pandemic, and for many good reasons.
Why an outdoor office?
It’s good for your property value: Outdoor workspaces add value to real estate properties. Not only are they aesthetically pleasing in your backyard, but the demand for at-home offices is also higher than ever. These backyard workspaces offer a unique take on this demand and help drive your property value when you sell your house.
It’s good for your focus: Households can be loud and chaotic, especially if you have children, pets, or multiple people working remotely simultaneously. Having your own dedicated space separate from the house will help keep these distractions and noises at bay, allowing you fewer distractions in your day to keep you from your work.
It’s good for your productivity: In addition to peace and quiet, working outdoors can dramatically improve your workflow. A study conducted on 2000 employees and 1000 managers showed a 45% increase in productivity after just 29 minutes of being outdoors.
It’s good for your health: It’s been proven that being outdoors improves both your physical health and mental health. Spending time outside can increase happiness and memory. Meanwhile, it also lowers stress and can even help with inflammation.
It’s good for multipurpose needs: Outdoor workplaces aren’t just restricted to an office. Many utilize this covered space for a home gym, yoga studio, meditation room, and playhouse for children.
Things to consider
Legality: Depending on where you live and the size of your structure, you may need a permit to install the outdoor office. Some choose to install plumbing into their offices as well, which may require an additional permit. It’s best to consult with your contractor and familiarize yourself with your local by-laws.
Seasonal or Year-round: Outdoor workspaces can be fully insulated and equipped with electricity, heating and air conditioning. These features come at additional costs, of course, so be aware of what you’ll be needing when using your space.
Cost: So, how much does an outdoor space cost? It can drastically vary depending on the size of your structure, materials used, whether HVAC and plumbing are installed, and more. On average, costs can vary as wide as between $6000 and $30,000.
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