31st January 2022
How spaces have been adapted for a changing lifestyle
Working life has changed for many. The events of the past two years have opened up more flexible options, with working from home more common than ever. Whereabouts in their homes do people work, though? How have they adapted and found solutions? What are potential purchasers looking for when it comes to the space to work from home comfortably and effectively?
We spoke to Matt Wood, Sales Manager at Alexander & Co in Aylesbury, about how people have been adding an extra working dimension to their home.
WFH remains an option
According to the Office for National Statistics, between 3 and 14 November 2021, three in ten working adults in Great Britain (30%) reported working from home at some point in the previous seven days.
“COVID has been an eye opener for many people: they realised they didn’t actually need to be in the office all the time to do their job,” Matt comments. Working from home looks to be something that’s here to stay beyond the height of the pandemic.
Creating the right space and state of mind.
There are different ways to adapt the home environment, find the space to work or create a home office. For many, the answer is sacrificing a third or fourth bedroom in the house and converting it into an office. For others, it might be a case of finding a corner of a reception room or kitchen that can house a small desk.
Moving the workday outdoors
If outdoor space allows, many people explore the option to put up a garden room. These wooden cabins and insulated units with electricity (and sometimes even plumbing), can add further value to a property. Of course, these units do carry with them a considerable price tag (especially when you consider the current demand for them), but cost isn’t the only thing to think about. Outdoor space is a factor, and it’s important to judge if a property’s garden can withstand space being taken up by a new building. It also pays to think ahead and consider how buyers would feel about having less garden space.
Matt explains more about this type of investment: “There can be a financial return when putting up a new garden room: not a shed, but something more substantial to become an office, studio or playroom. It can put £10-15k onto the value of a property, so you can make the money back and possibly a bit more.”
A new home for a new working lifestyle
Many people have saved money over the past couple of years by not having to travel five days a week. Matt picks up this point: “Some people are now saving a considerable amount of money as they’re not commuting to a workplace like they used to. With this money, they might look to buy a bigger house, that has the extra room to work from home.”
It can be difficult to get way from the idea of work if the space you use is part of the lounge or kitchen area when your work is always sitting in the corner of a room. That’s why so many people over the past two years have got creative and thought about how they can best use the space inside (and outside) their house to create a dedicated area, so they can literally shut the door on the working day. Something that’s become important for owners today, and for buyers in the future.